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900 Phones 4u jobs saved in deal

Phones 4u has gone into administration Credit: PA

Nearly 900 jobs at collapsed retail chain Phones 4u were saved tonight after network operator Vodafone struck a deal to buy 140 stores.

However, administrator PwC said it had failed to prevent 628 redundancies among head office and telesales staff at Phones 4u's Staffordshire offices.

PwC is continuing talks with other parties regarding the purchase of assets and said it planned to retain a further 400 head office staff to assist with its work.

It will release details of the 140 stores in the Vodafone deal on Monday.

Stephen Sutton's best friend accepts his award

A Newcastle University student has accepted a posthumous award on behalf of his best friend, fundraiser Stephen Sutton Credit: Facebook/Stephens Story

A Staffordshire-born student has accepted a posthumous award on behalf of his best friend, fundraiser Stephen Sutton.

Chris Bullock, 19, who studies at Newcastle University, attended the National Lottery Awards where he was presented with the Special Achievement Award.

The award is given to somebody who has made an outstanding contribution to society with the help of Lottery funding.

It was awarded to Stephen in recognition of his National Good Gestures Day campaign, run with support from Lottery-funded charity Fixers.

The 19-year-old, who died from bowel cancer in May, hosted his first Good Gestures Day event in Birmingham last year. It saw his team hand out free hugs, high fives and handshakes with the simple aim of spreading happiness.

Fixers is now working to make Good Gestures Day an annual event, in accordance with Stephen's wishes.

"I felt extremely proud to go up on stage with Ste's family and friends. I can't think of a better way than to celebrate all that Ste achieved, and what a way to do it.

"Ste would have loved the ceremony and he would have been very jealous about all the celebrities we got to meet and dance with."

"I felt extremely proud to go up on stage with Ste's family and friends. I can't think of a better way than to celebrate all that Ste achieved, and what a way to do it.

"Ste would have loved the ceremony and he would have been very jealous about all the celebrities we got to meet and dance with."

– Chris Bullock, Stephen Sutton's best friend

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Hopes for last-ditch rescue of Phone 4u dashed

Phones 4u has gone into administration Credit: PA

Hopes for a last-ditch rescue of Phones 4u have been quashed as talks continue over deals to save at least some of its shops and jobs.

Administrators from PwC said it was in discussions with three parties over the potential sale of assets following the company's collapse on Sunday.

However, it said a proposed debt-for-equity swap in which bondholders agree to cut back on what they are owed in order to reopen contract talks with network operators EE and Vodafone was not an option.

PwC expects to pay the majority of salaries and wage arrears and paid tribute to the co-operation of staff since the shock demise of the business.

Joint administrator Rob Hunt said: "Thousands of people have stuck with us during the course of this week in difficult circumstances."

Some 560 stores and 4,800 jobs are still at risk after Dixons Carphone agreed a deal yesterday to take on the 800 staff who had worked at 160 Phones 4u concessions within Currys/PC World stores.

All Phones 4u stores are currently shut while PwC attempts to find buyers.

A call with bondholders today heard a statement from Phones 4u's private equity owner BC Partners in which it said it was devastated by the collapse.

Administrators confirm Dixons Carphone job offers

The administrators for Phones 4U have confirmed that Dixons Carphone have agreed to offer roles to all people in the Phone4U concessions located in Dixons Carphone outlets.

"We can confirm that Dixons Carphone have agreed, with our blessing, to offer roles to all people in the Phones 4U concessions located in Dixons Carphone outlets. This agreement relates solely to staff and does not include the sale of any stock, chattels or the Phones 4U brand name.

We're delighted to reach this agreement, thereby securing continued employment for more than 800 people. We would like to wish the transferring staff all the best in their new roles.

We continue to engage with other parties regarding their interest in parts of the business."

– Rob Hunt joint administrator and PwC partner
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Dixons Carphone hopes to take on 800 Phones 4u staff

Dixons Carphone has offered to take on 800 of the 5,600 staff who faced being out of work after the collapse of mobile phone retailer Phones 4u.

The jobs are for staff who currently work at Phones 4u concessions within Currys/PC World stores, which were recently taken over by Dixons Carphone.

A statement on the company website said: "With regards to our Phones 4U shop-in-shop colleagues we hope to help them secure new roles with us and are opening up discussions with the administrators to agree our position."

Dixons Carphone also tweeted that roles could be available for Phones 4u staff at Carphone Warehouse and Dixons.

More hope was offered by reports that network operators Vodafone and EE may be willing to buy part of Phones 4u's business.

Council support for Phones4U workers as firm goes under

Staffordshire County council has promised to provide support for Phones4U workers after the company went into administration earlier this week.

Staffordshire County council has promised to provide support for Phones4U workers Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

It comes as the number of people claiming job seeker's allowance in the county fell to its lowest level for seven years.

Council leaders say they want to work with local businesses to help them grow.

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Man airlifted and bike bursts into flames after crash

A man was airlifted to hospital in Birmingham after a serious crash this evening Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a crash in Tamworth during rush hour this evening.

The accident happened on River Drive, near the Snowdome, just before 5pm. The man, who is believed to be in his 30s, had come off the road and was flown off his bike before colliding with the central reservation railings and roadsigns. His motorcycle had burst into flames.

When medical crews arrived at the scene, by standers were already administering first aid. The man had sustained chest and abdominal injuries as well as multiple limb fractures.

He was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for surgery and emergency treatment.

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Teenage Cancer Trust sets out plans for donations

Through the selfless fundraising of teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton, the Teenage Cancer Trust will be able to invest:

  • £2.9 million for the improvement of units across seven cities in England and Scotland
  • £1.2 million on training cancer nurses and support staff
  • £500,000 in digital information services for young cancer patients
  • £200,000 for the Find Your Sense of Tumour event where youngsters with cancer can get together
  • Plus 50 Stephen Sutton scholarships for a postgraduate certificate in teenage and young adult cancer care at Coventry University
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Mother of cancer victim: We will never forget Stephen

The mother teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton, who raised £5 million for charity, has said that "his positivity will live on" through his campaign:

My son Stephen was courageous and inspirational. His selfless fundraising and positive attitude touched people across the world and the huge outpouring of love and support he received in return was humbling ...

This money will make a significant difference to other young people with cancer and that would have made Stephen very happy.

Stephen showed us how incredibly powerful even very small positive acts can be when lots of people get involved. I'm immensely proud of everything he achieved. We will never forget Stephen, and his positivity will live on through Stephen's Story for Teenage Cancer Trust.

– jane sutton
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Teenage cancer patient raises £5 million for charity

A teenager who died of bowel cancer has left an astonishing legacy after his campaign raised £5 million for charity.

After being diagnosed with the disease aged 15, Stephen Sutton devoted the rest of his life to raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen's fundraising page on Just Giving Credit: Just Giving

Stephen aimed to raise £10,000 for the charity as part of his 46-item bucket list, but donations flooded in as his positive attitude won the hearts of people around the world.

The charity says that between Stephen's fundraising page and other donations he inspired, it will be able to "be more ambitious" than it ever expected.

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