I'm in, says insolvency expert, grabs chair on board of Dragons’ Den star's firm

Principal lender Vodafone reads Outsourcery riot act

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An insolvency and restructuring veteran has taken a seat at the board of moribund cloud services firm Outsourcery as one of the requisite Ts&Cs to secure a funding lifeline from Vodafone.

The AIM-listed firm run by former Dragons’ Den badass Piers Linney and joint-CEO Simon Newton revealed David Duggins, senior advisor at Gordon Brothers Europe has rocked up as non-exec director.

Outsourcery admitted last month it was again running out of cash and signed a deal with principal secured lender Vodafone for a new conditional drawdown working capital facility.

Financial results for calendar ’15 again fell some way short of earlier expectations, and the funding arrangement was supposed to buy Outsourcery time to restructure and sell non-core assets.

Not everyone shares the management’s belief they can turn the business into a viable profit making machine (or even a break-even entity) - some analysts and industry onlookers think Outsourcery is likely to be offloaded this summer, potentially to Vodafone.

Outsourcery floated in May 2013 at 117 pence per share but the price is currently 5.12 pence, giving it a market cap of £2.85m.

Huggins certainly has experience of restructuring businesses - he’s held directorships at tens of companies that were liquidated, according to a list that Outsourcery was obliged to include in today’s appointment filing with the London Stock Exchange. ®

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