Planet Power UK

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Planetgen, May 27, 2010.

  1. Planetgen

    Planetgen Read Only Funster

    Apr 29, 2009
    I thought that I would write and thank and apologise to all the people on this and other forums that have supported Alex and I with Planet Generators.

    As many of you know Alex and I have strived to build a good reputation and distribute a good quality reasonably priced generator
    Unfortunately we hit a string of problems. Firstly we were hit badly by fraud, at the time we were 6 months old as a company. We lost in total about £80,000 , we sourced and bought the Big Diesel Generators needed. We thought this was fantastic until 3 months later (When profit had been used elsewhere) we had a succession of chargeback letters through the post demanding £50,000. The Bank then withdrew our card paying facilities. This caused massive problems and since then we have never really recovered as we are now in the position of constantly trying to pay that back along with normal running costs etc.

    The second problem was my Business Partner and still my best friend Alex (Muscles as you know him.)As many of you know Alex and I have strived to build a good reputation and distribute a good quality reasonably priced generator. We failed!
    Alex had to take a back seat role at Christmas as his diabetes became really bad and it seemed it was the hours and the stress that trying to run and start a small business entails.. This meant that our man power was 50% down. In hindsight it would have been easier to close it then, but in a effort to try and look after people's warranties etc I wanted to try and make it work. I have ended up getting swamped as I now do everything with in Planet. It is too much for 1 person. and I simply couldn’t cope. We also laid some people off last year to try and ease the strain on the cashflow which makes my position even more demanding now.

    We have struggled for the last few months, both physically and financially and have today come to the conclusion that we have no other alternative to closing. I thought that I would write and thank and apologise to all the people on this and other forums that have supported Alex and I with Planet Generators. We have today called in the auditors and have ceased trading. For the for seeable future I will only be able to see PM's on here, as my email accounts etc will be shut down.

    We don’t know exactly what will happen, matters are somewhat out of our hands at the moment but rest assured that as soon as we have further information or contact details we will post it on here.
    Personally I am considering what the future holds in store for me, but as yet have not been able to make any decisions at all. Alex is probably going to look for a part time job locally which is about all he is capable of with his health as it is.
    On a very personal note, the only light at the end of a very long dark tunnel is that the stress and worry of the last few months has been the kind words and encouragement that I have had from members of this forum.
  2. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Damned rotten luck ...

    I do hope you and Alex get over this major road hump and your lives become smoother and less stressful

    One must, I feel, always try and find a silver lining.. For me, when the doo doo hit in 2000 I was lower than a snakes belly.. But it gave me the chance to move on in to a different realm.. One which has given my family a whole new and better outlook and prospects..
    It is rare a door closes without another opeing..
    Keep your chin up ( I know,,, easy to say not so easy to do ) and watch out for the next phase in your life to start ! :Smile: Something somewhere has your mark on it !!
  3. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Jul 19, 2007
    Sutton on Sea
    :Eeek::Eeek: Hi Simon, don't wallow in it too much mate. It happens to the best of us, what you learned in the last couple of years they can't teach. Suck it in and do something else. Best of luck for the future. :thumb:
  4. Taran_Las

    Taran_Las Funster

    Mar 26, 2009
    Yr Wyddgrug
    Best of luck for the future.

    I hope you have an easier future ahead of you.

  5. Road Runner

    Road Runner Read Only Funster

    Jul 26, 2007
    My life has crashed in a similar way to yours Simon and it hard to see any future.

    There is one as my life is slowly coming back together.

    Don't think you are a failure as your not, it's the way things are at the moment.

    Please stay as an active member of the forum as your knowledge and friendship is valued on here.

    Chin up mate
  6. ourcampersbeentrashed

    ourcampersbeentrashed Funster

    Apr 19, 2008
    East London
    So sorry to hear your news.

    With the fraud aspect is there no way of clawing the money back through insurance or compensation from somewhere?

    Keep your chin up and dont let it get you down. Remember that you did your best and it was not all your fault

    Good luck for the future and please stay on motorhome fun, as a fellow funster I am sure you will receive lots of support.

    Best wishes xxxx
  7. sandyketton

    sandyketton Read Only Funster

    Aug 29, 2007
    South West Suffolk
    Sorry to hear your bad news.

    Best of luck for the future

  8. Wildman

    Wildman Read Only Funster

    May 30, 2008
    Ilfracombe, Devon
    Simon I am so sorry to hear of your problems. But chin up mate you are young and can take stock and start again. Work out how to avoid the problems you had this time decide if it is worth starting the same thing again with safeguards. The fraud and multiple chargebacks must be investigated by the police. To be put out of business because of criminal activity should not happen. Insurance someplace must cover it.
    You have always treated us funsters very well and I know there is a lot of support here should you need it.
    Good luck, don't worry about the future it can only improve.
  9. kennygd

    kennygd Read Only Funster

    Dec 1, 2009
    Anywhere in the UK
    :thumb:I really feel for you and trust me it is nothing to be ashamed of and good for you to put your feelings and expressing your problems on here, I too many years ago lost everything when my business went to the wall, i lost the house, cars, stock and it really felt at the time that it was the end, but, I managed to carry on and went back to being self employed but not with a store and staff as before but as a Driving Instructor, stayed in that for the tweny years and worked my way back up again, now retired and fulltiming, you will pull through trust me and I wish you all the best.
  10. jhorsf

    jhorsf Read Only Funster

    May 15, 2009
    I am sorry to hear your news as others have said things may look bleak at the moment but they will improve I wish you well in what you both do in the future and thank you for your help on this forum in the past and hope you do not let this get you down to much.Just noticed you thought you failed to build a good reputation this is not so your well thought of in these circles :thumb:
  11. wireman

    wireman Read Only Funster

    Dec 18, 2007
    being in the same boat (running a company) i know how you feel. We have managed to ride out the reccesion by leaning out the businmess and getting shot of the stuff that was nice to do but not making a profit. Don't worry about it too much mate, companies that are still trading have let customers down much more badly than it appears you ever will. Maybe you will be able to sell the designs and build works to an other who may take on the warranties which i guess is your main worry.

    Chin, up, chest out head held high and move on that man...:thumb:
  12. imprint

    imprint Read Only Funster

    Jul 14, 2009
    First, best wishes to Alex - being ill , whatever sort of illness, is made much worse by stress.

    Second, best wishes to you personally. Of course I don't know you, but so what? We Funsters are only entitled to laugh at each other in good times if we're ready to help in the bad times.

    Third, for both you and Alex, never be slow, or too proud to get help, particularly medical help, as early as possible. Other people have been there, you know.

    Fourth, there's no doubt whatever that time heals, whether it's bereavement, loss of partner in other ways, business crashes and so on and so on, right down to a sore thumb. As Churchill put it KBO - Keep Buggering On.

    All the best

  13. Landy lover

    Landy lover Funster Life Member

    Jul 11, 2009
    Hi Simon - had been trying to call you the last couple of days and wondered why - very sad to hear this as you are providing a much need service as there are not many specialist in your field. Sadly in the current economic climate the banks have gone from handing out money like sweeties to aggressively withdrawing it - I know many years ago a friendly warning from a friendly bank manager said ' Always beware - when the sun is shining brightly the banks will offer you as many umbrellas as you want but as soon as it start raining they will want them all back' never was a truer word spoken. Try and look to the positive side - you have the knowledge and skill - you should have the tools - you have a growing audience out there - perhaps start again as one man and his van and rebuild the business.:thumb:
  14. Geo

    Geo Trader - Funster

    Jul 29, 2007
    Always sad to see any business falling down, failed? no certainly not, failure is when you don't even try:winky:
    You have a willingness to work and two hands, what more do you need, you cant fail you can only be delayed:thumb:
    Every success for your next venture Simon

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