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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Phones 4u fell into administration late on Sunday, after carrier EE cut its ties with the UK retailer. The company said in a statement that's EE's "unexpected" decision not to renew its contract with Phones 4u meant the High Street business would be without any mobile network partners. EE's withdrawal from that deal, which runs …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2014
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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

British Samsung repair centre Samuel King Intelligent IT Solutions has gone under, leaving folks stranded without their serviceable Sammy equipment. The repair firm, which fixes mobiles, TVs, laptops and other Samsung tech, said on its website that it had gone into administration, without giving any further information other …

UK.gov provider frees Microsoft partner TES from administration

Business process outsourcing firm Liberata IT Solutions, which is responsible for several large government contracts, has devoured Microsoft Gold partner Trinity Expert Systems (TES) in a pre-pack administration. This came after TES succumbed to pressing cash-flow issues. Coventry-based TES called in the receivers Deloitte …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013
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Rich List tech baron heads home as Itopia reseller biz enters administration

Troubled London-based VAR Itopia Group has gone into administration, The Reg can confirm. As revealed in recent weeks, the reseller minnow, which of late has been looked after by Sunday Times Rich List regular Robin Lodge on behalf of an investor, ran into financial difficulties and was facing a winding-up petition from …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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Report: EE in talks to scoop up 60 Phones 4u stores from troubled High Street retailer

EE is reportedly the latest company to pick over the carcass of stricken British High Street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u, which fell into administration late last week. According to the Sunday Times (£), EE has until tonight to secure a deal to buy 60 stores from Phones 4u. The move comes after rival mobile network Vodafone …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014

Trustmarque sold to biz process outsourcing specialist Liberata

Business Process Outsourcing biz Liberata has swallowed troubled Microsoft enterprise partner Trustmarque for an undisclosed sum. The solvent sale was concluded late last night, avoiding the need for the York-headquartered reseller to call in the administrators, something that seemed liked a possibility 10 days ago when issues …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2014

Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

The axe fell on nearly 1,700 jobs at Phones 4u last night, a little over a week after the High Street retailer went into administration. It brings the total number of staff laid off with redundancy packages so far to 2,325 – nearly half of the company's workers. The staffers had been based at 700 outlets, including 550 stores, …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2014
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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

Vodafone has swooped on 140 Phones 4u stores just days after the retailer blamed the operator for contributing to its untimely demise when it slipped into administration late last Sunday. Administrator PwC said in a statement late on Friday that Voda had struck a deal with Phones 4u to re-brand the stores over the next few weeks …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014

2e2 debt recovery specialist finds... £2,000 in six months

The administrator of 2e2 has recouped just a tiny fraction of the debts owed to the integrator, a Progress Report has revealed. FTI Consulting took control of the company's affairs January '13 in the well-documented collapse. By March last year, it had struggled to recover one-tenth of the £43m on the debt ledger at its …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014
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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

Phones 4u's website is currently telling customers that it is unable to trade due to "the unexpected decision of EE and Vodafone to withdraw supply" from the retailer. It comes after the High Street firm, which has 550 stores throughout the UK and 5,596 employees on its books, confirmed late on Sunday that it had fallen into …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Sep 2014

Paragon Group consumes tits-up print house Service Point

Specialist print biz Paragon Group has acquired Service Point UK, saving the jobs of "more than" 400 staff less than a fortnight after it was placed into administration. Directors at loss-making Service Point, Michael Barton-Harvey and Clayton Lee, called in the receivers on 24 April, according to a filing at Companies House …
Paul Kunert, 06 May 2014
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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement (translated by …

Brit education tech supplier comes back to life after collapse

The company formerly known as Tribune Business Systems is about to be reanimated after Dubai-based investment firm VMS bought it out of administration in a classic pre-pack arrangement. As revealed this week, the London-based education supplier called in receivers FRP Advisory after failing to secure additional investment. All …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014

Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has identified "technical and security vulnerabilities" in its £284.9m central benefits payment system - responsible for underpinning the much-maligned Universal Credit programme and processing 13 million payments each week, The Register can reveal. The Central Payments System's …
Kat Hall, 20 Nov 2014
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2e2 staffers get day in court over unpaid pre-meltdown wages

Hundreds of former 2e2 UK employees will be told just days before Christmas at a Reading tribunal whether wages owed to them will be paid in full or not. There are some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica, a clerk at Reading tribunal told The Channel. The hearing date has been set …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2013
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Hack-smacked Alphadex bought by iRack Ltd ... or is that Networks Ltd?

Brit data hosting biz Alphadex has been rescued from administration and bought up by a new firm, though there seems to be some confusion over just which firm is its white knight. Alphadex, which went into administration after British Gas issued a winding up petition for unpaid bills last month, said in an announcement on its …
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Brit schools' supplier Tribune Business Systems RUBBED OUT

Education tech supplier Tribune Business Systems (TBS) has gone into administration due to crippling cash flow issues with FRP Advisory handling the affairs. CEO Sheldon Stoutt was understood to have been looking for additional investment but this did not materialise, and the company called in the receivers in the middle of last …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014
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Big Blue bludgeons its way to top of software-defined storage kingdom

IDC has ranked IBM as the top supplier of Software-Defined Storage Platforms (SDS-P) in its second quarter 2014 Worldwide Storage Software Qview survey. IDC says SDS-P is ”a new functional market added to the total storage software market that covers block, file, object, and/or hyper-converged software offerings that enable the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2014

UK storage integrator Glasshouse Tech goes titsup

Glasshouse Technologies has called the administrators into its UK ops after directors exhausted all possible solutions to heal the sickly infrastructure services integrator. El Chan can reveal that KPMG Restructuring answered the cries for help on 27 March just days before Glasshouse was due to attend a winding up petition at …
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2014

Former staffers of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2 haul administrator to court over pay

A group of former 2e2 staff are set to discover next week at an employment tribunal how successful they've been in efforts to recover monies they claim are owed to them by administrator FTI Consulting. The 200-strong bunch will have their case heard in Reading on 17 September under the representation of Jenny Andrews at Andrews …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013

Cisco sprinkles more SDN goodness into the access network

Cisco is pushing its “Evolved Programmable Network” architecture further into the access network, with a slew of product releases designed to make the access network more “cloudy”. First, let's get through the list of serial numbers. The new products cover optical access, Ethernet access, TDM access, management and …
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Microsoft outspends world's tech firms with '€5m' EU lobby bill

Microsoft spends more than any other tech company in the world on lobbying the EU, if you believe the figures in the non-obligatory EU Transparency Register. A new online tool called LobbyFacts.eu allows data from the register to be automatically sorted, compared, ranked and analysed in ways not possible through the official EU …
Jennifer Baker, 01 Oct 2014

Former 2e2 workers WIN case for protective award

An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of former 2e2 workers' claims for protective awards. A year after the saga began, hundreds are to be paid up to eight weeks' wages by the government – the maximum allowed. There weren't many winners in the firm's collapse - save for, perhaps, the administrators - with staff out of a job …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014

KPMG: UK tech supplier takes on 'majority' of customers from titsup Glasshouse

More than half the workers at defunct storage consultancy Glasshouse Technologies have been chopped after administrator KPMG failed to find an investor to secure the business as a going concern. Glasshouse simply ran out of cash and called in the receivers late last month just days before it was due to defend itself against a …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
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Azzurri chairman steps into interim CEO role

Rather than leaving the firm leaderless when current Azzurri CEO Vim Vithaldas hotfoots it in June or asking the next boss to start his tenure by restructuring the biz, chairman Steve Andrews is to step into the role on an interim basis. "I am looking forward to both my time as interim CEO and to announcing my full time …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014
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VMware to release own version of OpenStack

VMware has moved to defuse the threat OpenStack poses by developing its own distribution of the cloudy collation called VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIOS). OpenStack is often perceived as a threat to VMware because the two stacks have a fair amount of overlap. We can now see that VMware thinks OpenStack makes a lot of sense to …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2014

FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

UK government suppliers should be required to adhere to the same "open data principles" as government departments, a committee of MPs has proposed. The House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee backed calls from UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, among others, for greater transparency in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Mar 2014

Official: MoJ IT workers on STRIKE over outsourcing job fears

Back office admin staff working at the MoJ's two Shared Service centres are to down tools next week over fears of job cuts. This follows the department's decision to outsource the work to a business owned by French integrator Steria. Staff at the centres in Newport and Bootle run payroll, personnel and finance for the 90k people …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2014
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IBM and Sun reseller goes into administration

Productivity Computer Solutions, an IBM and Sun reseller based in Wakefield, has gone into administration. A spokesman for chartered accountants Tait Walker said: "We were appointed administrators on the 15th of October but can't say any more than that at this stage." Steve Wolski, managing director at PCS, told the Reg: "We …
John Oates, 19 Oct 2007

Botched SAP billing system helps Npower reach No 1 on gripes list

Failure to fix problems with an SAP-based customer billing system has seen UK energy giant Npower earn the most complaints for a power supplier during 2013. One in every 326 customers lodged a complaint against Npower, putting it top of a UK energy supplier league table released today by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014
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Relisys back in administration

Monitor maker Relisys Digital has gone into administration for the second time in just over year. Any customer attempting to contact the firm, which supplies products including plasma screens and LCD TVs, is currently met with an answer machine message: "Please be advised that the company has gone into administration. You …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Mar 2007

Evesham gets extended administration run

Evesham Technology Ltd's administration period has been extended. The defunct British computer maker’s directors received notice that the company would remain under administration until 2 February 2009. Evesham Technology’s creditors agreed to the extension, presumably to give administrators DTE Leonard Curtis more time to …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Aug 2008

Brit IT industry comes up for air after recession

There are fewer corporate pile-ups on the channel highway than at any point in more than a decade and a half, official stats from credit reference agency Graydon UK reveal. Some 33 firms bit the dust during the second quarter of calendar '14 - the joint lowest rate since 1998 - way down on the 89 recorded a year ago or the 61 …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jul 2014

One year on: What exactly did the 2e2 collapse teach us?

“Sam, I need you in the Heathrow office early tomorrow morning,” read the panicked text from my line manager on a Sunday night. The UK subs of 2e2 Group entered administration a year ago. I had a unique vantage point from where I sat within the crumbling company through the brutal process of administration and seeing the …
Sam Simpson, 20 Feb 2014

Ex-2e2 staffers STILL waiting for wages owed

The frustration for hundreds of 2e2 staffers waiting to discover if they are to be paid wages owed to them continues nearly a year after the Berkshire-based integrator went under in dramatic circumstances. Some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica are holding out for the funds, and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014
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Bell Microsystems circles cawing above corpse of Glasshouse UK

South coast-based tech supplier Bell Microsystems is trying to pick up customers and staff at bust storage integrator Glasshouse Technologies. As we revealed a couple of days ago, hard pressed Glasshouse called in KPMG Restructuring after cash flow dried up, with the administrator looking to offload the business to a third party …
Paul Kunert, 04 Apr 2014
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D-Link: Oops! We'll slam shut that router backdoor by end of month

D-Link has promised to close its routers' backdoors by Hallowe'en, following revelations that many of its consumer-grade devices accept unauthenticated access to its admin Web page. As reported here yesterday, a researcher at /DEV/TTYS0 blog unpacked the firmware of a number of D-Link devices, finding that if a browser presented …
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Nortel UK goes into administration to save itself

Nortel UK, and most of the comms giant's European operation, has gone into administration a day after its Canadian parent filed for bankruptcy protection. The company said yesterday that its US and Canadian businesses were seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The UK firm will be overseen by overseen by Ernst and Young. A …
John Oates, 15 Jan 2009

World+dog left counting costs: Still can't bury corpse of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2

The administrator of deceased 2e2 appears to have made slow progress in collecting book debts, with tens of millions still outstanding months after the integrator-cum-reseller failed. The latest progress report filed at Companies House today revealed that JP Associates (JPA), previously hired by 2e2 administrator FTI Consulting …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2013

IT contractors lose thousands as 2e2 collapse hits recruiter

Tech-sector freelancers are thousands of pounds out of pocket after the collapse of IT integrator 2e2 wiped out recruitment agency Populo Resourcing, The Channel can reveal. The contractors, recruited by Populo to work on various IT projects for 2e2, had their work cancelled days after the integrator crashed. Some say they are …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2013
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Relisys goes into administration

Monitor maker Relisys has gone into administration. The Manchester-based company's phones have not been answered for the last two weeks and its website went offline a week later (it's back now). PKF Accountants are handling the administration. A spokesman for PKF said: "John Newell and Kerry Bailey are handling things - it …
John Oates, 30 Jan 2006

You've heard of the internet, right? Well this here might just be the INTERCLOUD

Equinix has removed one of the most intractable stumbling blocks in cloud computing's evolution from a high-price, differentiated market into one of low-cost utilities – by making it trivial for customers to suck data out of one provider and pour it into another. The colocation provider announced its Cloud Exchange service on …
Jack Clark, 30 Apr 2014

Administrator: 2e2 owed £412m to creditors when it went titsup

2e2 Ltd crashed out of business owing creditors a little over £412m, the firm's administrator FTI Consulting has confirmed in its statement of affairs. The document, seen by The Channel, revealed debts secured by floating charges of £161.5m pertaining to the integrator's banking syndicate, and unsecured non-preferential claims …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2013

Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

The Chinese government has urged Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP in order to boost Beijing’s anti-piracy efforts and head off a potentially huge security threat. Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration, met Microsoft and other software companies in a bid to put some pressure on, …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Dec 2013

Stricken 2e2 sacks 627, winds down, retains a few data centre caretakers

Stricken UK integrator 2e2 - in administration and unable to find a buyer - effectively started to wind down operations today by confirming 627 people were being let go with just a small group of data centre staffers left to keep things "ticking over". Employees were told at 8.30am to get onto a conference call at scheduled for …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2013

We're NOT DOOMED after all: Global semiconductor sales post record 2013

The PC business may be imploding and large chunks of the global economy may still be struggling, but you wouldn't know it from last year's worldwide semiconductor sales – they topped $300bn for the first time in history, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). For the full year, the industry raked in $305.6bn …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Feb 2014

UK gov 'still failing' at procurement, says Commons committee

Systemic failures in government procurement and contract management continue "unabated" three years after the coalition vowed to tackle inefficiencies in the way public sector people buy tech. This is according to the House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) led by Bernard Jenkins MP (Con), which conceded …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2013

Atomic Weapons Establishment ditches 2e2 in funding row

Stricken integrator 2e2's administrator has confirmed in a letter to staff that the Atomic Weapons Establishment, one of its data centre customers, walked after it was asked to pay thousands of pounds to keep the server farm up and running. FTI Consulting, hauled in to take charge of 2e2 late January, told remaining staff at the …
Paul Kunert, 08 Feb 2013
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Micro Anvika goes titsup after Olympics fails to save its shops

The directors at Tottenham Court Road outfit Micro Anvika have called in the administrators after more than 28 years in business, The Channel can reveal. The firm appointed IP and business advisor Re10 on 17 September but continues to trade out of its three premises - two on TCR and one in Newcastle - albeit with fewer staff. …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2012

Mega UK reseller Kelway bags investment banker for matchmaking service

Kelway has appointed global investment banker William Blair to seek a way forward for the business, which in all likelihood appears to involve hauling in a new private equity backer. As The Channel previously noted, Kelway has swelled to a £500m sales biz, which appears to restrict potential trade buyers in UK reseller land to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014

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