Castle Inns, the operator of around a dozen bars and nightclubs in Scotland along with Edinburgh’s biggest club City, has fallen into administration after facing “significant cashflow difficulties” in recent months. Administrator Deloitte said all Castle Inns’ sites will continue to trade, “with a view to selling the business as a going concern”. Deloitte is willing to consider selling the sites individually or as a group. Stirling-based Castle Inns operates a mixture of freehold and leasehold venues throughout central Scotland, including four sports-focused Sportsters bars. John Reid, joint administrator and partner in Deloitte’s restructuring services team, said: “The company had faced significant cashflow difficulties in recent months as a result of the economic downturn, increased costs faced by the business, coupled by reduced consumer spending.” Castle Inns was founded in 1983 by brothers Paul and Stephen Smith. It currently employs 400 full and part time staff.

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