Wolverhampton-based Arise Mobility has gone into voluntary liquidation and has been forced to lay off the remainder of its 80-strong workforce after it was accused of trading misconduct on TV programme BBC Rogue Traders back in July.
Cromwell & Co Insolvency Practitioners, the liquidator appointed to handle the insolvency process, confirmed to AMP this morning that the liquidation process will now begin and that a meeting of creditors is scheduled to take place on 30 November.
Arise had already laid off 60 staff members the month after its appearance on the programme, which accused the business of malpractices including cold calling.
Goe Grewal, who runs the retailer, refuted the allegations.
This morning he told AMP that all 80 staff had now lost their jobs and that he still strongly disagrees with the findings of the various trading bodies involved and the allegations made on the BBC programme.
“That’s how it stands now. What else can we do? I feel we’ve been a scapegoat and as a result 80 people have lost their jobs. Unfortunately, they all have to look for something new now. Selfishly, that’s not my problem but we are where we are at.”
Mr Grewal added that he feels Arise Mobility was “more clean-cut” than other retailers still trading today and said he would willingly name those he believes are “ripping people off” if asked by the authorities or any trade bodies.
Arise Mobility was a member of the industry’s top body but resigned from the BHTA before a disciplinary hearing could happen, which could have seen it expelled from the trade body. He said he felt let down by the body for a perceived lack of support after appearing on the Rogue Traders.
Shortly after the allegations were made along with a number of other industry mishaps involving other companies AMP got in touch with the BHTA about its Code of Conduct. Director of governance and policy, Sarah Lepak, clarified the group’s trading guidelines and where it stands on cold calling.