Cougar Leisure, the bar business led by Julian Sargeson, has been placed into administration. Property agent Christie & Co has since been appointed by rescue specialist Begbies Traynor to market six pubs and bars spread across the North of England. The package, which comprises a mixture of freeholds and leaseholds, features the Brannigans branded bars in Blackpool and Manchester, its Mood branded unit in Newcastle, the Spirit and View sites in Manchester, and the Boardwalk in Sheffield. The sites are available individually or as a group. Last June, Cougar instructed Christie’s to sell the lion's share of its business. It placed 11 of its 14 pubs and bars on the market, with an asking price of £5.7m. The property agent subsequently sold the freehold of the Townhouse pub in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, to Wear Inns; the Berkley in Wigan to Amber Taverns; plus sites in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Romford to individual operators. Simon Chaplin, Director at Christie & Co, said: “These sites generated significant interest from a range of parties when they initially came onto the market. We currently have deals agreed on two of the six and expect renewed interest in the remaining sites in administration. These centrally-located sites will appeal to both national and established local operators alike.” Nigel Atkinson and Mark Fry, Begbies Traynor, were appointed joint administrators of Cougar on the 10th January 2011. Cougar was created from Herald Inns & Bars - in the wake of a pre-pack administration. Its turnover last year was £15.53m and is backed by Halifax Bank Of Scotland, now part of The Lloyds Banking Group.