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28 November 2023 - The collapse of Wilko - Oral evidence

Committee Business and Trade Committee
Inquiry The collapse of Wilko

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Start times: 9:45am (private) 10:00am (public)

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Wilko leaders to be questioned on firm’s collapse

Former Wilko leaders and the firm’s auditors will answer questions from MPs on the cross-party Business and Trade Committee on how and why the firm collapsed.

Wilko had a high street presence since 1930 but folded in August, with the loss of more than 400 stores and 12,000 jobs.

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Work The collapse of Wilko (Non-inquiry session)
Global Retail Research Director at GlobalData
Partner at Stevens and Bolton
National Officer at GMB
Professor of Accounting and Finance at City University
At 10:45am: Oral evidence
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Partner at Ernst & Young
UK Head of Audit at Ernst & Young
former Chair at Wilko
former CEO at Wilko
At 11:30am: Oral evidence
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Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business at Department for Business and Trade
Deputy Director, Consumer Sectors at Department for Business and Trade
Director of Strategy Policy and Analysis at Insolvency Service

Lisa Wilkinson, former Chair of Wilko, and Mark Jackson, the company’s CEO at the time of its collapse, are expected to be asked about:

  • the Wilkinson family’s justification for taking millions of pounds in dividends out of the firm, even when it was heavily indebted;
  • what attempts were made to save the business and whether crucial advice was ignored; and
  • the £50 million shortfall in the company’s pension fund.

During the session, the Committee will also hear from union representatives and industry experts who’ll be asked for their appraisal of the retail environment and options that faced Wilko.

Finally, Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake will be questioned on measures to support the retail sector and the role of the Insolvency Service.


The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

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