Southport Reporter (R) Online Nespaper for Merseyside

Read our Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy


Terms and Conditions

Southport and  Mersey Reporter -  Your free online newspaper service covering the Merseyside region - (Greater Liverpool).
Covering the news in and around Merseyside


Click on here to email our news room today!



Your free online newspaper for Merseyside
This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography.



Latest Edition



Order Photos  Help Client Admin Advert Options

Updated news stories weekly.  Published online only, every Thursday

Your online newspaper.   Your words.

Issue:- 4 July 2013

Letters to the Editor:- "STOP Brewery Village and review the Insolvency Laws"

"ON the 10 May 2013, 38 workers at R C Brewery (Cain's {Robert Cains} Brewery) Liverpool were informed by phone that they had lost their jobs for reasons of 'redundancy', with immediate effect. The company informed its workforce one day later, in a letter, which also stated that pay claims for days work owed (back pay), and redundancy, they would need to make claim to the government's redundancy service. The following day, as reported in the local press, the owners of the company proudly announced that they had "stopped" their canning operations to concentrate on the development of the Brewery Village project. In reality R C Brewery continues to trade today through its chain of pubs, under the direction of the same family (a subsidiary company), the beer being produced temporarily by another brewer. The brewery was eventually made insolvent on the 24th June following a decision in the high court in favour of HMRC. Once again, the following day, the owners proudly appeared on television (BBC News North West) stating that the courts and HMC's decision would not affect the Brewery Village Project. Back in 2008, the same owners put the then, "Cain's Beer Company plc" into administration, buying it back from the administrators as "RC Brewery" and leaving a trail of unpaid debts reported to be in the region of £38.5 million (including £11 million owed to the taxman, and £28 million owed to the Royal Bank of Scotland). RC Brewery has now gone into liquidation leaving unpaid employees, unfulfilled contracts, unpaid creditors, and unpaid taxes. Once again the family who own the land, the brewery, the pubs and its associated brands and estate, have legally avoided paying their debts and continue to reap the benefits accordingly. Now, 38 people have been cast aside without a second thought. Some of these loyal employees will not receive a penny in compensation due to their time served, others have lost out on thousands of pounds that they are due, nobody received any consultation, their contracts have been ripped up and are apparently meaningless in law, and whilst this loyal and hard working workforce, (some with over thirty years service) have been abandoned by the law and their homes and livelihoods threatened, the owners are free to rake in millions from the development of the land in the guise of "Brewery Village" a Liverpool Council backed redevelopment scheme. We believe that it is a travesty of justice. The law permits companies owned by the same board members to set up subsidiary companies who they can then trade with to avoid tax, and who can then close one section of the company leaving employees, suppliers and customers with unpaid debts whilst those same board members fill their pockets with cash from the development of the same assets. Please support our campaign. We ask that you support the following proposals which we would like to see debated in the House of Commons:-

1) Stop Brewery Village - Liverpool Council should be forced to refuse permission for the owners of RC Brewery, and their associated companies and family owned businesses, to develop the land occupied by RC Brewery until all creditors have been paid in full.

2) We ask for a full government debate whether the current insolvency and Limited Companies acts are sufficient to protect workers and creditors in situations of insolvency.

3) The government should have the right to seize the assets of the associated companies of RC Brewery in order to sell these assets and raise funds for the payment of the taxes that the company have avoided paying, and to raise funds for the creditors of the company.

Please support us at:-"
- Letter sent by Neville Clifford.

Click on here to go back to this week's home page!

Our radio station phone in message line...   Call us now!

Click on this section to see last weeks edition of Southport and Mersey Reporter!

Sign up today for our daily email news service!

Sign up to our Daily Email News Service by clicking here now...

Southport and Mersey Reporter - leading the way for local news.
We where the UK's first online only newspaper!

All email addresses and information is held under the UK's Data Protection Act.

Highlighted events that are taking place this month:-

If you have an event and want to get it noticed, let us know by emailing us to:-

Click on the event title displayed above to find out about lots more events, as well as dates & times!

Our websites in our online series.   Group navigation, information and useful none group links...
Southport TV - Our online video archive. Liverpool Reporter - Our online music station. Mersey Reporter - OUR HUB WEBSITE.
Southport TV Liverpool Reporter Mersey Reporter Formby Reporter

Add to Google

This is what the moon is doing tonight.  Click on to find out why.

See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

Our live Southport Webcam.  To see click live, click on image.


Show us your location
Please sign our map and let us know where you are  from....


News Room Phone Number

(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge. 

Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint

Complaints Policy  -  Complaints Procedure  -  Whistle Blowing Policy

© PCBT Photography & PBT Media Relations Ltd. - Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope