Well I had a long chat to Bill this afternoon, thanks Bill for taking the time on your first day back!
It would appear that the root of the issue is that we don’t know who owns the fixtures and fittings, without a title there is nothing to transfer.
It appears that the receivers, the disposal team and the various committees have agreed that the offer is acceptable but, as is the way of everything I do, this is not the end of it. The disposal team won’t release any of the purchase price for fixtures and fittings, not a big problem because nobody has asked them to, and need to assure themselves that there won’t be a future claim.
Had a chat to the manager yesterday and he recounted me with stories that abound of other offers and competition so on a positive note at least there is a plausible explanation for the delay and I can be fairly confident that it is just my offer that’s oh so slowly grinding through the machine.