Worthing pubs find new suppliers after national wholesaler folds

Pub landlords and bar managers acted quickly to find new suppliers after a national drinks wholesaler went into administration.

The Waverley TBS company, one of the largest drinks suppliers in the UK, failed to find a buyer after being placed into administation earlier this month.

Alan Walker, landlord of The Cricketers, in Broadwater Street West. had to negotiate deals with old suppliers after only half of his order turned up last week.

He said: “My rep phoned up and said that we were going to hear a lot about the company but to do my normal order.

“I did order it but only got half.”

The majority of Alan’s order was easily obtained through other suppliers; however, the company supplied all his speciality wines.

He added: “Most of the stock I could buy anywhere but the wines we can’t.

“We’ve had to go to old suppliers who know us well enough to give some discount but we’ve still spent more than usual.

“It’s not life changing but it is a bother.”

Mike Shiel, landlord at the George and Dragon, in High Street, Worthing, responded quickly after the news broke.

He said: “We all thought they’d find a buyer.

“As soon as I heard I knew there would be problems with stock so I responded quickly to get new suppliers for wine and spirits.”

Worthing Theatres also used the company but were able to source a new supplier straight away.

Gemma Nethersole, press officer, said: “As soon as we heard, we were able to get a new supplier immediately so it didn’t affect us.”

Waverley’s joint administrator, Daniel Butters, said:

“Whilst we will continue to consider offers for the sale of the business as a going concern, we will now focus on realising value from the company’s assets.”