Sixteen jobs lost after company behind Jurassic Trail in Leeds goes into administration after trade was hit by pandemic

Sixteen jobs have been lost after the creative agency behind a popular trail featuring animatronic dinosaurs went into administration.

Monday, 20th December 2021, 3:00 pm

Julien Irving and Patrick Lannagan of Mazars, the international audit, tax and advisory firm, were appointed as Joint Administrators of Banana Kick Limited on 15 December 2021.

A statement said: “The company traded as a full service creative agency and was well known locally for organising the popular Jurassic Trail in Leeds city centre which featured large scale animatronic dinosaurs and also had an interactive app, and helped to support local businesses by driving footfall to the city centre."

Julien Irving, Joint Administrator said: “The business has been impacted by the pandemic and in particular the associated restrictions which significantly reduced revenue from experiential events for which the business had been well known in recent years.

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A statement said: “The company traded as a full service creative agency and was well known locally for organising the popular Jurassic Trail in Leeds city centre which featured large scale animatronic dinosaurs and also had an interactive app, and helped to support local businesses by driving footfall to the city centre." Picture: James Hardisty

“Despite a period of pre-appointment marketing, it was not possible to find a buyer for the business which ceased to trade on appointment with all 16 employees unfortunately being made redundant.

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“With the support of Sanderson Weatherall, the joint administrators are offering the assets of the business for sale, including a number of large scale animatronic dinosaurs, which are expected to generate significant interest.”