Deathwatch: Another Three Bite The Dust
Doncaster-based electrical goods retailers Miller Brothers are the latest big name to call in the administrators, with PKF (UK) handling the company’s affairs forthwith.
Also affected is QED-UK, which is/was also owned by Miller Brothers. Websites for both companies consist of a single holding page, with the following message…
“Millers website is no longer operating. Sales transactions will now only take place through the Doncaster store.
Web customers with queries regarding outstanding orders or faulty goods should contact the customer contact centre: 08444 12 56 61 (08444 12 56 65 for QED). This contact number will be manned until the end of January.
Any outstanding orders or enquiries can be viewed by logging in to your account.”
Elsewhere, the womenswear company Viyella, which was founded in 1784 has also called in the administrators, although they’re claiming to be more confident that the two-century old name will continue following a buy-out.
We feel somewhat silly as we’d never actually heard of Viyella. For a while we thought they made the Supermop, but it turns out that’s Vileda.
Other biting retail news today includes…
• Marks and Spencer confirmed that they’re closing 27 stores and scaling back their head office, with the loss of 1,230 jobs
• Finance company Cattles have axed 1,000 jobs as they cut back on lending
• Barclays Bank are cutting more than 400 jobs in their IT department.
It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets any better…