Oddbins has applied to go into administration in a tactical move designed to head off the threat of a winding-up petition from its creditors.

Those owned money by the off-licence chain are to vote on Thursday whether to accept a CVA that would pay them back 21p in the pound. Oddbins needs 75% of the votes by value for the restructuring deal to go through and avoid entering administration.

A spokeswoman said filing for administration was a “precautionary measure” to protect the company from claims by creditors and protect the CVA. Filing for administration takes 10 days and imposes a moratorium over any claims made during that period.

Oddbins applied for administration after British Gas lodged a winding-up order against it.

The result of the CVA vote will be made public on 4 April.

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