The Body Shop goes into administration, risking 2,000 jobs

It has more than 200 shops across the UK

The Body Shop has appointed administrators, putting thousands of jobs at the cosmetics chain at risk.

The retailer, which runs more than 200 shops across the UK, announced the move today.

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The administrators are expected to seek buyers for the business and its assets, but the process will nonetheless cast a shadow over the future of its stores and workforce.

The Body Shop has appointed administrators. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA WireThe Body Shop has appointed administrators. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
The Body Shop has appointed administrators. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The retailer was founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick and her husband Gordon as one of the first companies to promote so-called ethical consumerism, focusing on ethically produced cosmetics and skincare products.

It comes only weeks after new owners, European private equity firm Aurelius, took control of the business.

Aurelius, which specialises in buying and turning around troubled firms, secured a £207 million deal in November to buy the Body Shop from Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura & Co.

It only took control of operations officially on January 1.

The business employed around 10,000 people worldwide at the time of the takeover.

Aurelius agreed a deal late last month to sell the company’s operations in most of mainland Europe and in parts of Asia to an international family office in a “decisive step towards delivering a strong turnaround strategy” at The Body Shop.

Administrators FRP said the move to place the retailer in administration “provides the stability, flexibility and security to find the best means of securing the future” of the chain.

They said: “The joint administrators will now consider all options to find a way forward for the business and will update creditors and employees in due course.”

The Body Shop will continue to trade, with shops and the online site remaining open and making sales.

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