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One of Hewlett Packard's UK directors has quit to become king of a reseller cartel.

Bill Hill, HP small and medium business director, left this month after around 15 years with the vendor.

He is off to head up Office Centre Central - a start-up company formed by a group of SME HP resellers, a source at HP told The Register. These resellers were formerly buying kit through HP's Office Centre scheme - which started three years ago and which Hill headed up at HP.

Earlier this year the resellers decided to join forces and set up a company to get cheaper prices for product - hence the start of Office Centre Central. And Hill was nominated to become MD of the venture.

Hill is also rumoured to be taking Tony Poacher, ex-finance controller for commercial channels at HP, with him. There are around 100 resellers in the company, and each still pays HP around £200 to be members of the Office Centre scheme.

HP is yet to announce replacements for Hill or Poacher. ®

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