TV rental company Marton Dawes Ltd has gone into administration, making 89 redundancies.

The Westbrook-based company reported a turnover of £11million last year and administrators Les Ross and David Riley, from Grant Thornton in Manchester, have sold the business back to the current management team for an undisclosed sum.

It will remain headed by Martin Dawes As a result of the administration, 89 redundancies have been made and nine retail outlets will be closed. A further 99 jobs across the business have been saved.

The TV rental business will continue to trade and the deal does not affect the other businesses in the Martin Dawes group, including Martin Dawes Solutions, which provides video conferencing facilities in English courts, and Martin Dawes Systems which provides billing for some of the world’s largest cellular airtime providers.

Mr Riley said: “The business recently branched out into the TV sales market and has struggled significantly in that area.

“Historically, Martin Dawes has always been associated with TV rental and this side of the business has remained buoyant. The pre-pack disposal was the best option in these circumstances in terms of saving as many jobs as possible and also maintaining services to the 50,000 rental customers, who, we would like to stress, are completely unaffected by this announcement.”