Deathwatch: Another Three Bite The Dust

7 January 2009

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…

TOPICS:   High Street News

14 comments

  • andy y.
    I could swear miller went under last year. We are seeing maybe a few convinience administrations where teh compnay goes bust.Then certain reprobates buy the best bits and name for a song from the liquidator,Of course leaving a trail of unpaid debts to suppliers behind. This can becoem a dangerous spiral as viable companies are sucked under by unpaid bills
  • Big D.
    For one wonderful moment I thought the so-called phone company Three had gotten their just deserts. And then it turned out to be Millers, who were a reasonable enough outfit. There's no justice.
  • Mac P.
    I agree that this is just the tip of the iceberg - a lot of companies would of struggled to pay the wages over the Christmas holidays and a slow January will just finish many off. Hope anyone ordering through Millers get their goods.
  • bitter f.
    same as andy - thought they were took out by asda - or vice-versa millers supplied asda with electrical ggods?
  • bitter f.
    edit above post - asda are not gods - i meant goods!
  • andy y.
    the number of people I,ve come across who have been sacked or told they are at risk of the bullet is starting to scare me
  • Daffyd
    Good news is that they are still offering 4% quidco! :D
  • Daffyd
    Millerbros.co.uk is a well established electrical goods retailer in the UK with a great reputation and a huge range of more than 5000 top branded products from TVs to tumble dryers and digital cameras through to MP3 players. For genuine tracked transactions completed wholly online, you can earn: 4%
  • Tobes
    Viyella supply clothes to Marks & Spencer. Their fall would surely be linked to the M&S problems.
  • MB
    > 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. How many people actually know that name? I hadn't heard of them.
  • Noone R.
    Problem with Miller Bros was that QED was ok, but the shops themselves were criminally priced. They made Currys look cheap!
  • TomServo
    But is there any news on the fortunes of Grace Brothers?
  • meee
    Barclays are scaling back? Is that why in the last month they have blocked my account after seemingly every other transaction? It's infuriating having to wait until office hours to contact them and queue on the 'phone only to be cut off 'cos they are too busy! They need more staff! Oh.
  • Mike H.
    Are we going to have high streets soon? Or will we see even more properties with BMW/Audis parked outside?

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