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ATS Heritage buys Antenna business assets in liquidation sale

Pandemic deals final blow to struggling tour solutions company
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The business assets of Antenna Audio (AA) UK Ltd, an audio guide supplier to some of the UK's biggest museums and galleries, have been bought by ATS Heritage after the former company went into liquidation.

The technology firm provided tour solutions and hardware such as apps, multimedia and audioguides for clients including Blenheim Palace and the National Gallery.

A voluntary winding up notice was issued for the company in May and liquidators appointed on 21 June. ATS Heritage, which specialises in visitor experience and engagement, has been named as the preferred company to assume control of the business and assets of Antenna's UK arm.

In a jiscmail to members of the Museums Computer Group last week, ATS Heritage managing director Spencer Clark said: “The pandemic has had a profound effect on the cultural and visitor attraction community, and we have watched with sympathy as many of Antenna’s loyal staff were made redundant and clients were left ta short notice without a plan for the future.

“ATS has been appointed by the liquidator as the preferred company with the experience and means to continue to offer the services that Antenna’s clients were receiving. We are actively engaging with their clients and stand ready to offer our service and support.”

ATS has purchased Antenna’s business and assets, including audio and multimedia guides, charging racks, headphones and accessories; copyright of audio and video content including scripts, production files and copyright; progressive web apps, including software and content; and spare parts for devices.  

ATS has already employed a number of Antenna staff and is likely to recruit more of the team over the next few weeks.

Clark wrote: “In the 20 years that we have been in business, we have grown slowly and steadily and we understand how fortunate we are to be in a position where we can offer employment to some of Antenna’s staff, as well as continuity of service to their clients.”

Antenna clients are invited to get in touch with ATS at enquiries@ats-heritage.co.uk or 02392 595000.

Clarification
29.06.2021

This article was amended to make clear that ATS Heritage has bought the business and assets of Antenna Audio UK Ltd. It has not bought other branches and subsidaries of the company or its clients or debt.

Comments (1)

  1. Kevin Coffee says:

    don’t blame the pandemic for the transformation of digital modalities. the process of supplanting the Antenna model of mediation was already well underway before 2019.

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