Jobs lost as car parts chain with Bournemouth branch goes into administration

Unipart Automotive has gone into administration

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CAR parts supplier Unipart Automotive - which has a branch in Bournemouth - has gone into administration with a loss of more than 1,200 jobs.

The firm, the largest of its type in the UK, was said to have been experiencing years of "financial stress".

While 33 out of 180 branches and distribution centres have been sold to competitors Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance - saving 361 jobs - a buyer was not found for the firm as a whole.

Administrator KPMG said the remainder of the business has ceased to trade and 1,244 staff have been made redundant.

Both the Bournemouth branch - in the West Howe Industrial Estate - and the Weymouth branch were excluded from the sale and have closed.

KPMG partner Mark Orton said: "Unfortunately, the business had been experiencing financial stress for a number of years, so the level of cash and further operational restructuring required to rescue a more substantial part of the business posed too much risk for most interested parties."

Based in Solihull, the company operated 80 branches and distribution hubs trading as Unipart Automotive, Partco Autoparts, and Express Factors.

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8:56pm Thu 24 Jul 14

oldgiraffe says...

Well that's a few drivers off the road who drive as if they were one of the emergency services.
Well that's a few drivers off the road who drive as if they were one of the emergency services. oldgiraffe
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9:53pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

oldgiraffe wrote:
Well that's a few drivers off the road who drive as if they were one of the emergency services.
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]oldgiraffe[/bold] wrote: Well that's a few drivers off the road who drive as if they were one of the emergency services.[/p][/quote]Idiot Hessenford
  • Score: 2

10:04pm Thu 24 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Uniparts, one of the few surviving remnants of the old British Leyland empire - well it was. Bad news for the poor staff.
Uniparts, one of the few surviving remnants of the old British Leyland empire - well it was. Bad news for the poor staff. muscliffman
  • Score: 6

11:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Secada83 says...

oldgiraffe wrote:
Well that's a few drivers off the road who drive as if they were one of the emergency services.
Absolute Moron!! I think your confusing them with Euro Car Parts that pedal cheap poor products into garages!! Today's news about Unipart is a shame that brand has been around for decades and all the staff were fantastic always professional hopefully they will all get jobs soon. So before anyone starts being a keyboard hero those guys and girls stayed working on with no wages and were fully committed right to the last hour with a uncertain future.
[quote][p][bold]oldgiraffe[/bold] wrote: Well that's a few drivers off the road who drive as if they were one of the emergency services.[/p][/quote]Absolute Moron!! I think your confusing them with Euro Car Parts that pedal cheap poor products into garages!! Today's news about Unipart is a shame that brand has been around for decades and all the staff were fantastic always professional hopefully they will all get jobs soon. So before anyone starts being a keyboard hero those guys and girls stayed working on with no wages and were fully committed right to the last hour with a uncertain future. Secada83
  • Score: 15

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