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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.

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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Phones 4u founder condemns 'collusion' by mobile networks

Phones 4u founder John Cauldwell Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The founder of Phones 4u has claimed that Britain's big three mobile network operators made what appeared to be a "co-ordinated attempt to kill off" the retailer.

John Caudwell condemned the decision of O2, Vodafone and EE to cut ties with Phones 4u within the space of six months.

"What I find appalling is the way this has been done - the way the networks seemed to have worked in collusion," he told Sky News. "I'd love to be able to prove that point because if there was obvious proof of collusion, then that'd be extremely worrying."

Mr Caudwell added: "This network decision is extremely callous ... these things do happen but I've never seen such a ruthless, hard-hearted attempt to kill a company in my history in business."

He sold the retailer in 2006 to concentrate on philanthropic activities.

Administrator: 'Stores closed while business talks take place'

Staffordshire-based firm Phones4U has gone into administration.

Robert Jonathan Hunt, Ian David Green and Robert John Moran of PwC have been appointed as administrators.

Phones4U also runs its own network operator, Life Mobile Limited, which is also in administration Credit: PA

"This is a very sad day for the business and the many people working there. In light of our impending appointment the directors understandably took the decision to close all the shops today and sent many staff home.

Our initial focus will be to quickly engage with parties who may be interested in acquiring all or part of the business, and to better understand the financial position and options for the company. The stores will remain closed while we have these conversations.

We will also be talking to network operators and suppliers, and trying to access funds to pay for the costs of the business, including wages.

These conversations will determine whether we can re-open stores and trade, and also if and when we can pay the arrears of wages to employees. Our hope is that we will be able to pay all the outstanding wages arrears.”

– Rob Hunt, joint administrator and PwC partner
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Vodafone 'not to blame' for Phones 4u collapse

A Phones 4u store on Oxford Street in central London remained closed today following the company's collapse into administration. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Vodafone has rejected claims that it behaved inappropriately during its negotiations with Phones 4u, which collapsed into administration today at the cost of almost 6,000 jobs.

The mobile operator said the decision its contract with Phones 4u was made on "purely commercial reasons following extensive negotiations".

"Phones 4u was offered repeated opportunities to propose competitive distribution terms to enable us to conclude a new agreement, but was unable to do so on terms which were commercially viable for Vodafone," the company said.

The private equity firm BC Partners bought Phones 4u for £610m in 2011, and took a £225m dividend from the business last year, leaving it saddled with debt of more than £600m.

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