For Sale – One Magazine2 February 2013
You just couldn’t make this up. I know I’ve said that before and I have a feeling that I’ll probably say it again.
On 1st February, the following email was sent to subscribers of Modern Quilting.
Modern Quilting Magazine
It is with regret I have to inform you that on 10th December 2012 Craft Magazines Ltd ceased trading as we had insufficient funds to pay our bills or to carry on trading.
We wrote to all our trade creditors giving them 30 days to accept the situation or to petition the courts to force us into liquidation at their own cost, which has not happened.
We have during this period been actively trying to get another publisher to take over the magazine, but as yet no one as been prepared to do this, although we will continue to try and find someone.
If anyone would be interested in taking over Modern Quilting Magazine or wishes to contact me please do so at the above address, as we have ceased trading this email address is not monitored on a regular basis.
Craft Magazines Ltd
Simply Sewing, Modern Quilting, Simply Beautiful
The first phrase that shot out of the page to me was “we wrote to all our trade creditors”. No they didn’t. I know two people who are owed substantial amounts by this company who knew nothing of this until yesterday.
The second interesting point is the date – 10th December. On 11th December, Simply Beautiful started tweeting again, after a long absence, to say that a new issue was coming soon. In the last week, they’ve said that it’s at the printers and will be distributed next week. In the last 24 hours they’ve declared that they’re under new ownership, with a new editor. But Richard Rycroft (who is Kerrie Allman’s father) still has that magazine listed under his name on the letter. If they’ve sold it, I hope they got a substantial amount which they can use to pay their creditors. I think it’s just been “passed on” to interested family members. Same people, new names is their usual modus operandi.
And thirdly, what has happened to Simply Sewing? Their subscribers haven’t received an email and CM Ltd don’t appear to be looking for a buyer.
So once again, subscribers find themselves in the position of having no magazine and no refund. However, CM Ltd hasn’t gone into liquidation or been put into Administration, so they can’t currently be absolved from all their debts by just saying they’ve “ceased trading”.
That now brings us to THREE companies that have folded in TWENTY MONTHS. Kal Media Ltd – In Liquidation June 2011. All Craft Media Limited – In Administration May 2012, Craft Magazine Shop, which then became Craft Magazine Limited – Ceased trading December 2012.
I don’t think anyone is in any doubt that the blame for all these debts and mayhem can be laid squarely at the feet of one Kerrie Allman (AKA Tallulah Ray and Jenn Smith-Clarke). But her response is little more than “Poor me; how I’ve suffered”. She has at least admitted publicly that she’s made a few mistakes.
We’ve all “made a few mistakes” in our lives. But that phrase hardly covers the lies, the debts and the deceit that this woman has left in her wake over the last 7 years.
(And if you live in the Bishops Stortford area and are vaguely interested, the 2nd issue of Truffle Magazine is also at the printers, so you can expect to see that about Easter, if the distribution of their Christmas issue is any indication of their delivery scheduling)