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Blockbuster’ed!

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Sky news is reporting that Blockbuster UK, the DVD rental chain, has called in administrators in a move which puts more than 4,000 jobs at risk.

Blockbuster UK is the third major high street store to go bust or on the verge of going bust in the last week and fourth in the last two months. Recently Jessops and HMV went into administration, while Comet closed its stores at the end of 2012.

Source:  Sky News

Jobs at risk: 4000

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4500 jobs at risk as HMV goes into administration.

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HMV has thrown in the towel after years of struggling to fend off nimbler rivals by calling in administrators in a move which puts more than 4,000 jobs in jeopardy.

Following a board meeting that lasted several hours, HMV directors, led by chairman Philip Rowley and chief executive Trevor Moore, decided the business could no longer trade without insolvency protection.

Source: Sky News

HMV has become the second retail chain to enter administration, following the decision by photography chain Jessops to do the same earlier in January.

The business, which sells CDs, DVDs and video games, says that as a result of ‘current market trading conditions’ it faced ‘material uncertainties’ meaning that it would likely not be able to meet with banking covenants at the end of the month.

Accountancy firm Deloitte has been appointed as administrator and will now keep HMV’s 239 UK stores, supporting some 4,300 workers, open while it pursues potential buyers.

Source: Growth Business – Administrator moves in as HMV faces the music

Possible job loss: 4500

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No smiles at Jessops as all 1370 jobs go.

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According to Wikipedia;

Jessops was the United Kingdom’s largest specialist photographic retailer, which had 192 shops across the country. Many branches contained mini-labs that offered one hour processing or an “express’ 25 minute service.

It is a very sad day for the 1370 employers who have all lost their jobs. I am amazed Jessops lasted as long as it did, what with the online market taking off. I have purchased a number of cameras over the years and always found Jessops to be too expensive. I bought most of my cameras from Tottenham Court Road where prices were a lot more competitive than Jessops. I have also bought from the likes of Amazon and Pixmania and of course they can offer a lot better deals.

For me what I don’t understand is, if a company like Jessops in 2007 realized they were not doing well, why did they not close some shops in areas where the market just wasn’t there or get rid of expensive equipment such as the mini-labs that did photo processing? Did they really have to have 192 shops?

Source: Sky News & Wikipedia

Total loss: 1370

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Credit crunch hitting black cab maker hard.

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We’ve had a very difficult time over the last 4 years – the credit crunch has been very hard on us.

There are 288 jobs on the line if the company goes into administration.

Source: Sky news

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Rangers Football Club going into administration.

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Source: Sky News

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350 steel workers lose jobs at Thamesteel ltd.

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Source: BBC News

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Blacks goes into administration.

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Source: The Independent

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Threshers on the rack as 2000 jobs go.

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Almost 2000 jobs will be lost at chains such as Threshers and Wine Rack, it emerged today, as the administrators to their collapsed owner First Quench said it would close hundreds of stores as part of the adminstration.

First Quench, which also owns Bottoms Up, Haddows, a Scottish chain, and The Local, went into administration on October 29, after being hit by cut-price supermarket competition.

KPMG, the adminstrators to First Quench, said today that 381 stores will close across the brands, which will result in 1908 redundancies in those stores that are closing and 34 at the head office in Welwyn Garden City.

The latest store closures are in addition to the 373 shops KPMG said earlier this month would be closing, with the loss of 1738 jobs. The administrators had previously announced 81 job cuts at the firm’s head office.

Source: Times Online

Total losses = 1908

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O’ Neill boardwear stores go into administration.

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Sandcity who own O’Neill have gone into administration with a potential loss of 90+ staff at the 11 stores around the country. Administrators KPMG have been brought in and they are going to try and find a buyer for the ailing company.   Sandcity is actually owned by the clothing company Black Leisure.

Blacks decided there was “no reasonable prospect” of restoring loss-making Sandcity – the subsidiary which owns the stores – to profit.

Potential job loss = 90

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Lingerie maker Intimas has brought in the administrators.

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Lingerie maker Intimas has brought in the administrators after a long spell of poor trading in the Economic Downturn. The Derbyshire-based business has called in PricewaterhouseCoopers to sell the company as a going concern and protect its 200-odd employees’ positions. The administrators are to review the business and the sale options for Intimas and its main brands. Intimas reported £1.65m of losses in the first half of 2008, due to declining sales.

Intimas specialises in designing women’s lingerie and swimwear. It also manufactures brand goods for labels including Ted Baker, Lepel and Charnos, as well as collections for retailers on the high street.  Intimas signed a three-year contract to make products for Caprice Lingerie, in 2006.

Stuart Maddison, joint administrator at PricewaterhouseCoopers, believes that the sale will attract plenty of interest.

Source: Hanna Lahabib at Business Sales Report

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Hardware buying group Mica UK in administration.

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Mica UK Ltd, a Stafford-based hardware buying and marketing group has gone into administration after a problematic expansion strategy, followed by the Economic Downturn.
The newly launched product Mica Vault, meant an increase of new members, and output levels, however the sales were not enough to cover costs.
The group has suffered from increasing losses and poor cashflow, in the recession.

Mica is a voluntary trading group, which allows its members, independent hardware shops, to compete with larger rivals such as B&Q. The group is owned by the independent hardware store operators, according to the company’s website. The group has over 160 member stores in the UK. The retailers also purchase their stocks through Mica.

Leonard Curtis has been appointed as administrators to the group, and has taken over the warehouse and stock.

The business is to continue to trade under the name of Mica DIY. A long-term supplier to the hardware business Stax Trade Centres is to take over the Vault as Mica’s wholesaler.

Source: Rob Moore

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UK Coffee Republic has been placed into administration.

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Three main subsidiaries of coffee chain Coffee Republic, Coffee Republic Franchising and Goodbean have been placed into administration after suffering from decreasing consumer spending.

Richard Hill and David Crawshaw of KPMG have been hired as joint administrators. Mr Hill has received a substantial amount of interest, partly from well-known companies. The administrators aim to sell the businesses as going concerns as quickly as possible. Underperforming stores will be shut down and redundancies will be made.

It was only in December that the company announced it had cleared its bank debts of £3.3 million, and was expecting to become cash flow positive by April 2009.  Trading in the UK had apparently become stable, though it would be more cautious with its expansion plans.  The cafe chain had 184 stores in Britain at the end of last year, 114 of which were concessions, 51 were franchises and the company ran 19.

Coffee Republic was established by brother and sister team Bobby and Sahar Hashemi in 1995. The company failed in its attempt to keep up with now larger competitors such as Starbucks and Costas. Its overly ambitious expansion meant that it has struggled to reach profitability.

The holding company Coffee Republic plc has not been taken into administration.
Source: By Caroline Clayfield

Celebrity chef ‘Antony Worrall Thompson’ goes into administration.

worrall-thompson_42384tHere is a story getting a lot of news today and all because AWT is a “CELEBRITY”, which in layman terms means he is somehow better than you and I.

Forget the fact that four of his restaurants have gone into administration. Why has he got four restuarants in the first place? Why not run two and ensure they are doing well and then open another one or two when the others are firmly grounded? Businesses go into administration for a reason, because they are badly managed, can’t pay the bills, are most likely running at a loss. Dah…

Just because it’s been the cool thing in the past to cook up masses of debt, doesn’t mean it’s right Mr Celebrity. I think AWT has been a bit greedy and now it’s come back to bite him on the arse. Yes the banks have been at fault as well, but 4 wrongs don’t make a right.

AWT said: It makes me cry. It is just appalling. I am furious, to be honest, that the banks didn’t support me.

Stop winging about your losses. Think about those poor staff that you have made redundant. They should be the ones crying.

Job losses = Unknown

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Winners of the Credit Crunch in 2008.

For every company that has gone into administration in the past year and a half, almost all of them have been handled by one of the big four names above and looking at their revenue for 2008 I bet many of them are looking forward to bonus time, unlike the rest of the global market. We will bring you more companies doing well on the backs of copanies doing badly.

KPMG Revenue $22.7 billion USD 2008
Deloitte Revenue $27.4 billion USD 2008
PriceWaterhouseCoopers Revenue $28.2 Billion USD 2008
Ernst & Young Revenue $24.5 Billion USD 2008

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Passion for Perfume goes into administration.

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Quoted from Reuters

Passion for Perfume became Britain’s latest victim of the consumer downturn on Monday, appointing administrators (Deloitte) and making 194 staff redundant.

Job losses: 194

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