Motorbike dealership Dockgate 20 calls in business rescue specialists

Daily Echo: Southampton Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership closes Southampton Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership closes

A SOUTHAMPTON motorcycle dealer faces an uncertain future after it shut up shop.

The Dockgate 20 Harley-Davidson dealership closed yesterday after a staff meeting.

The doors to the showroom were open today but customers were being directed to deal with an insolvency firm in East Sussex.

Another business rescue firm David Rubin & Partners LLP later announced it had been appointed to help the troubled firm following a decision by Harley Davidson not to renew franchise agreements which expire on December 31.

However the London accountants said Dockgate 20 Motorcyles Ltd had not entered into any formal insolvency process and could be sold as a going concern.

As many as 18 jobs are understood to be at risk at the dealership, which opened in 1997.

A worker at the store this morning said: "We're going to be hanging open for a few days but it basically will cease, it has ceased.

"The staff are no longer employed here and we won't be paid next month.

"Eighteen of us roughly are going to be unemployed for Christmas.

"Saturday night will probably be the last day of trading really.”

A spokeswoman for David Rubin said the intention was to continue trading but could not confirm whether the dealership would be open tomorrow or whether staff were still in a job.

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Management at the dealership said this morning that it was closing and going into administration although declined to comment further.

A sign in the window of the showroom was telling customers to contact Eastbourne based business rescue and insolvency firm Adam Smith business Developments Ltd.

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9:24am Thu 16 Dec 10

StEmmosfire says...

What a shame, although I am not a biker, I did used to enjoy going past on my push bike towards the new forest and admire the bikes on show, and the cafe was really popular too.
What a shame, although I am not a biker, I did used to enjoy going past on my push bike towards the new forest and admire the bikes on show, and the cafe was really popular too. StEmmosfire

9:27am Thu 16 Dec 10

SotonLad says...

It's tragic how these things often happen just before Xmas
It's tragic how these things often happen just before Xmas SotonLad

9:51am Thu 16 Dec 10

Of the Ilk says...

When a company can no longer trade because of a lack of sales, then they have to close - makes nor difference what time of year it is
When a company can no longer trade because of a lack of sales, then they have to close - makes nor difference what time of year it is Of the Ilk

9:55am Thu 16 Dec 10

GoodnessGraciousMe says...

Way to state the obvious - it's still a shame isn't it?
Way to state the obvious - it's still a shame isn't it? GoodnessGraciousMe

10:09am Thu 16 Dec 10

Beer Monster says...

Pardon the expression, but I echo the sentiments of the above posts... and like StEmmosfire I cycle past on my way into town, hoping that maybe one day I'll own one...
Pardon the expression, but I echo the sentiments of the above posts... and like StEmmosfire I cycle past on my way into town, hoping that maybe one day I'll own one... Beer Monster

10:50am Thu 16 Dec 10

derek james says...

shame but harleys are so expensive, not altogether unsurprising
shame but harleys are so expensive, not altogether unsurprising derek james

10:57am Thu 16 Dec 10

Ozmosis says...

The early article posted this morning suggested that the closure was due to Harley Davidson not renewing the franchise. I take it this is now not the case?
The early article posted this morning suggested that the closure was due to Harley Davidson not renewing the franchise. I take it this is now not the case? Ozmosis

11:21am Thu 16 Dec 10

southy says...

Sort off, Harley Davidson and Indian bikes world wide sales have been going down for a very long time, and have stop the discounts that franchise use to get.
Shame lo like going into there and having a coffee and a chat with some old mates.
Sort off, Harley Davidson and Indian bikes world wide sales have been going down for a very long time, and have stop the discounts that franchise use to get. Shame lo like going into there and having a coffee and a chat with some old mates. southy

11:43am Thu 16 Dec 10

acid drop says...

Sadly this is a sign of the times, my thoughts go out to the staff losing their jobs.So sad.
Sadly this is a sign of the times, my thoughts go out to the staff losing their jobs.So sad. acid drop

11:57am Thu 16 Dec 10

crabbit says...

It was a vibrant fun meeting place with plenty of events, nights and the like. Happy staff and a friendly sales team, really making the effort to make everyone feel welcome. It all went down hill after Bob (old manager) left and the current shop manager joined. He seamed to have no interest in the people or the place. Shame really
It was a vibrant fun meeting place with plenty of events, nights and the like. Happy staff and a friendly sales team, really making the effort to make everyone feel welcome. It all went down hill after Bob (old manager) left and the current shop manager joined. He seamed to have no interest in the people or the place. Shame really crabbit

12:02pm Thu 16 Dec 10

crabbit says...

Oh, and apparently the staff are not getting paid this month either ... terrible.
Oh, and apparently the staff are not getting paid this month either ... terrible. crabbit

12:02pm Thu 16 Dec 10

Saint Bean says...

Well the inside track is that its been on the cards for a while ruhmour has it that HD are refusing to deal with the current franchise owners and they were looking for a new buyer for what reason im not sure. I know a couple of people that work(ed) there. But to be honest the store suffered from overpriced rip of spares and clothing most harley owners myself included only used the place when they had to or cus there bike was still under waranty. It is a shame cus until they got rid of the cafe it was a great meeting place.
Well the inside track is that its been on the cards for a while ruhmour has it that HD are refusing to deal with the current franchise owners and they were looking for a new buyer for what reason im not sure. I know a couple of people that work(ed) there. But to be honest the store suffered from overpriced rip of spares and clothing most harley owners myself included only used the place when they had to or cus there bike was still under waranty. It is a shame cus until they got rid of the cafe it was a great meeting place. Saint Bean

12:29pm Thu 16 Dec 10

Scrutinizer says...

southy wrote:
Sort off, Harley Davidson and Indian bikes world wide sales have been going down for a very long time, and have stop the discounts that franchise use to get. Shame lo like going into there and having a coffee and a chat with some old mates.
"...and a chat with some old mates." Yeah, and as we know from your rantings, Commissar, TORQUE is rather cheap! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Sort off, Harley Davidson and Indian bikes world wide sales have been going down for a very long time, and have stop the discounts that franchise use to get. Shame lo like going into there and having a coffee and a chat with some old mates.[/p][/quote]"...and a chat with some old mates." Yeah, and as we know from your rantings, Commissar, TORQUE is rather cheap! ;-) Scrutinizer

12:39pm Thu 16 Dec 10

southy says...

Scrutinizer wrote:
southy wrote:
Sort off, Harley Davidson and Indian bikes world wide sales have been going down for a very long time, and have stop the discounts that franchise use to get. Shame lo like going into there and having a coffee and a chat with some old mates.
"...and a chat with some old mates." Yeah, and as we know from your rantings, Commissar, TORQUE is rather cheap! ;-)
well if you want to find out things then you talk to people.
[quote][p][bold]Scrutinizer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Sort off, Harley Davidson and Indian bikes world wide sales have been going down for a very long time, and have stop the discounts that franchise use to get. Shame lo like going into there and having a coffee and a chat with some old mates.[/p][/quote]"...and a chat with some old mates." Yeah, and as we know from your rantings, Commissar, TORQUE is rather cheap! ;-)[/p][/quote]well if you want to find out things then you talk to people. southy

1:50pm Thu 16 Dec 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

Very sad to hear :(
Very sad to hear :( freemantlegirl2

4:27pm Thu 16 Dec 10

dj28 says...

Bought many Harleys from there but staff went downhill and prices went rip-off-Britain style -
Any decent Harley dealers in the area ?
-hope cowboy warrs goes the same way-
Bought many Harleys from there but staff went downhill and prices went rip-off-Britain style - Any decent Harley dealers in the area ? -hope cowboy warrs goes the same way- dj28

8:03pm Thu 16 Dec 10

Condor Man says...

Talking to a bike enthusiast he told me that the rising costs of bikes are making it cheaper to drive cars. It's sad to see this store close, but are Harley's really suitable for cruising on UK roads?
Talking to a bike enthusiast he told me that the rising costs of bikes are making it cheaper to drive cars. It's sad to see this store close, but are Harley's really suitable for cruising on UK roads? Condor Man

9:28pm Thu 16 Dec 10

derek james says...

i would guess that the cost of so-called sports bikes makes them more expensive than cars, tyres wear quick and cost plenty, but the motorcycle has a great future because of the increase in traffic congestion
i would guess that the cost of so-called sports bikes makes them more expensive than cars, tyres wear quick and cost plenty, but the motorcycle has a great future because of the increase in traffic congestion derek james

10:57pm Thu 16 Dec 10

skyrider says...

£12,000+ for a lifestyle bike isn't going to sell well in this climate, you can get 3 new bikes for that elsewhere. I agree with other sentiments though, the place went downhill after staff changes, the manager just looked down his nose at you when you went in.
£12,000+ for a lifestyle bike isn't going to sell well in this climate, you can get 3 new bikes for that elsewhere. I agree with other sentiments though, the place went downhill after staff changes, the manager just looked down his nose at you when you went in. skyrider

12:13am Fri 17 Dec 10

southy says...

dj28 wrote:
Bought many Harleys from there but staff went downhill and prices went rip-off-Britain style -
Any decent Harley dealers in the area ?
-hope cowboy warrs goes the same way-
get your self a 1966 bonny t-120 frame. nice bike
[quote][p][bold]dj28[/bold] wrote: Bought many Harleys from there but staff went downhill and prices went rip-off-Britain style - Any decent Harley dealers in the area ? -hope cowboy warrs goes the same way-[/p][/quote]get your self a 1966 bonny t-120 frame. nice bike southy

11:35am Fri 17 Dec 10

samm1551 says...

It is a shame, I loved going down there for a cuppa and a chin wag, but your right HD's are expensive and I would much rather buy a Triumph from down the road.
It is a shame, I loved going down there for a cuppa and a chin wag, but your right HD's are expensive and I would much rather buy a Triumph from down the road. samm1551

2:41pm Sat 18 Dec 10

DG 007 says...

D|G 20 Nice people....NOT.
From this very newspaper this story last March: A MOTORCYCLE dealership has given a settlement payout to a former employee who claimed she was unfairly sacked for smoking at work.
It has still not been paid to her.
The court agreed on a £15,000 payment, in 5 payments, they did not honour that Court judgement, the Bailiffs went in and put charges on several bikes not to be sold, they sold them. i believe she went to court again and has been paid 3 payments of £650, she's still owed £13,000
D|G 20 Nice people....NOT. From this very newspaper this story last March: A MOTORCYCLE dealership has given a settlement payout to a former employee who claimed she was unfairly sacked for smoking at work. It has still not been paid to her. The court agreed on a £15,000 payment, in 5 payments, they did not honour that Court judgement, the Bailiffs went in and put charges on several bikes not to be sold, they sold them. i believe she went to court again and has been paid 3 payments of £650, she's still owed £13,000 DG 007

9:31pm Sun 19 Dec 10

lambinators says...

Oh dear, how very sad, and to happen to such a nice honest crowd, don't know how I will be able to sleep at night! Guess I will just have to try.
Oh dear, how very sad, and to happen to such a nice honest crowd, don't know how I will be able to sleep at night! Guess I will just have to try. lambinators

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