Cazoo Group, the online used car sales platform, has expressed its intention to appoint Teneo as its administrator, signaling potential distress within the company. The move comes after Cazoo’s high-profile public listing in New York three years ago, which was followed by significant expenditures on marketing and sponsorship deals aimed at gaining market share. Despite these efforts, Cazoo announced a major restructuring last month, which included the sale of its vehicle inventory and the shutdown of its European operations. The restructuring process involved a deal with rival firm Cinch, which acquired some of Cazoo’s vehicle collection sites, and the transition of certain employees to Cinch. The workforce of Cazoo has now been reduced to approximately 1,000 employees. With the company teetering on the edge of administration, its brand, marketplace operations, and intellectual property assets remain enticing to potential bidders looking to salvage value from the troubled firm. A report from Sky Business News mentioned a Cazoo spokesperson acknowledging the company’s efforts to secure a future for the business and extended gratitude to their employees for their dedication. The company has undergone significant leadership changes, with founder Alex Chesterman transitioning to chairman in January 2023, and leaving the company in December 2023. Paul Whitehead succeeded Chesterman as CEO but has since departed from the company as well.

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Cazoo bidders emerge as it files intention to appoint administrators