KPMG, the administrators appointed by creditors of the collapsed UK off-licence retailer Unwins, have closed all the company's stores and made 1,800 staff redundant.

The first steps the administrators have taken is to close all of the 350 Unwins outlets, making 1,800 full-time and part-time staff redundant with immediate effect. In total, Unwins is thought to employ around 2,500 staff.

KPMG administrator Myles Halley said there had been "no alternative" but to cease trading.

Wine Cellar, the off-licence company owned by David Alliance, has been linked with a possible purchase of Unwins. Other companies mentioned as potential buyers for the company include Castel, the French wine group which owns Oddbins and Nicolas, and Raj Chatha who owns off-licence chain Whittals Wines.