If Stephen Hinchliffe was good enough for Sears then suppliers felt they were safe. Anyway they felt they had little option.
Looking back, there always was something dodgy about Stephen Hinchliffe and his ambition to dominate the high street. All that grand vision of creating an integrated retail group, built from chains that had previously failed. The reluctance to talk in detail about performance figures and the even more marked refusal to discuss where his money was coming from.