Sheffield cake firm’s £100,000 bill

Fancie Cafe's owner Amanda Perry outside the cafe in Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.
Fancie Cafe's owner Amanda Perry outside the cafe in Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.
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Sheffield cupcake firm Fancie owed company creditors more than £100,000 after going into voluntary liquidation for a second time, according to initial figures.

The company’s creditors’ report on Companies House lists debts totalling £106,090.61. That does not include any money which may be owed to former employees.

The figures, which were supplied by Fancie director Amanda Perry, who set up the firm in her kitchen, could change as further claims are made during the liquidation process.

Creditors include HM Revenue and Customs, which was owed the largest amount at £58,926 according to the report, and Sheffield Council, which is owed £16,500.

In Sheffield the creditors include butcher John Crawshaw, owed £404.80, fish merchant William Howe & Son at £1,190.71, licensing solicitors John Gaunt & Partners, owed £1,629, and solicitors Wake Smith at £3,600.

The firm collapsed for the second time after Christmas trading failed to save it.

Ms Perry instructed insolvency practitioners Begbies Traynor to call a creditors’ meeting at its Sheffield office.

Creditors voted by post for the company, FC&Co, to enter liquidation and staff were made redundant.

An external manager, who had no connection with Ms Perry, was running the sole remaining outlet on Ecclesall Road.

The Star understands that company assets, including goodwill and the right to use the name Fancie, have now been sold to an external company.

Fancie became one of the best-known brands in Sheffield after it was set up in 2007.

The popularity of its cupcakes soared and, at its height there were four outlets, including the original cafe on Sharrowvale Road, a stand in the Winter Garden and a kiosk in Meadowhall shopping centre.

The demise of FC&Co comes after the original Fancie entered liquidation in May 2013 with debts estimated at £250,000.

At the time it was said the Meadowhall site was a ‘drain on the company’s finances’.

Ms Perry was unavailable for comment.