A company in my area of business announced that they were closing the doors a few weeks ago and their retail branch network would close. I spoke to the the people involved outside the company directors, who I know, and there were around 100 people who would lose their jobs. Did the NDA, got the information, queries and some responses back and forth etc. I could have saved at least 75% of the retail network, possibly 100%, plus about 60% to 70% of the jobs, keeping all stores open and trading. But I was thwarted. All anyone wanted to do was to strip the assets from the retail stores and crystallise any value, which would be less than £2k to £5k per store. Then, even if you had bought the assets, you have no right of being able to use the stores as no effort was being made to continue trading or to facilitate trade by contacting the various landlords, who are not going to be paid their rent on 25th December. I could have made that payment. But what is really pissing me off is not that I felt I could make decent profits from the retail chain but that all these people have lost their jobs and no-one cares, except me. Christmas is ruined in up to 100 households and yet with just some forethought, it could all have been resolved. Even worse, the taxpayer, that is me and you, is now going to be forced to pay notice and redundancy to these people, because the company cannot. That is up to £1,000,000 which would have been saved if I had taken over. Does anyone have any experience of this type of thing as I would like to be better prepared if a similar situation arises next time. However, I think everyone has been done over and the taxpayer landed with a huge and unnecessary bill and if there was a way to complain, I think someone should. But to who ?