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UK — Albany UK operations temporary halt

10 February 2010

The Albany Group temporarily suspended its UK operations, but its operations in the US and elsewhere remain strong, according to the company.

Albany plans to appoint an administrator this week with the aim of ultimately restructuring and then moving forward again in the UK, according to a company source. Albany's operations in the US and elsewhere are only indirectly affected by the moves in the UK and remain in business.

In January, Recruiter magazine reported that Albany had apologized for any inconvenience or financial hardship after a 3 million Pounds factoring facility was withdrawn and the company had not been able to pay money owed to some contractors and staffing agencies.
The company source said Albany won a major account in the UK that was larger than first thought, and the Royal Bank of Scotland balked at the 65-day payment term requested by the client. The source said the Royal Bank of Scotland has been under pressure and was reviewing its business. The bank was a casualty of the financial crisis and is now 84% owned by the UK government.

The company uses a US-based bank and remains strong with payments continuing, according to the source. It also uses a Dutch-based bank for its Netherlands operations and a local bank for its Asia Pacific operations.
Albany serves as a managed services provider, providing payrolling services and independent contractor compliance services.



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