Shearings in administration: Coach holidays travel firm collapses – can I get a refund?

Shearings have cancelled 64,000 bookings as the Specialist Leisure Group has gone into administration. It owns Shearings and National Holidays.


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Abta, a trade organisation, has said the firm is struggling to provide refunds.

However, it does add that most bookings are coach package holidays.

It claims these will be financially protected and hopefully these customers will receive a booking.

Employees and customers have mourning the loss the company.

One employee, Matthew Herbet, said: “Gutted that from today Shearings is no more. 13 years of my life ended a little sooner than I’d like. I’ve met so many people, made so many memories, it’ll take a while for this wound to heal. To my colleagues, good luck, stay safe, stay strong & don’t be a stranger…”

A loyal customer said: “I’m upset about the news. Never in all my years of using them have we ever had a bad experience.

“You get on the coach and you meet some very interesting people, and the service you get from the driver is first-class. It’s like a big family.”

Other coach companies chimed in too.

Skelton Coaches said: “Sad to see the news this evening that the Owners of Shearings Holidays, National Holidays and Caledonian Travel have entered administration.

“So many years of operating and so many people out of work when will the government help the coach tour industry before it’s all gone.”

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Anthony’s Travel said: “Saddened to hear Shearings group have gone into administration, a name long associated with the golden age of coach travel and UK tourism, our thoughts and best wishes to all their employees and suppliers effected.”

There have been a shocking 2,460 immediate job losses.

The group attempted to find a buyer for their companies, however, this failed.

The company is based in Wigan.

Many of the staff had been furloughed before this latest news.

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