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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

BT is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its acquisition by dumping the online gadget souk's brand and “inviting” customers to re-register their trading account. In a note to punters, the Brit telco monopoly confirmed that on 11 April it is taking the name outside to be shot, “moving forward with just our BT …
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2016

Buy IT Direct: Sales up by a third, but IT kit NOT behind boom

Buy IT Direct, one of the last major independent tech e-tailers of size, pushed up turnover by more than a third in '13 but told us demand for kitchen appliances and baby products were largely behind the bounce. Revenues for the Huddersfield-based online trader climbed 34 per cent to £93.4m in the year to 31 March 2013, …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014
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Drobo tarts up storage boxen: Now they're APP SERVER platforms

External storage box-maker Drobo has turned its 5N desktop filer/shared network storage array into an app platform, with supported apps running on the 5N's controller. Drobo makes simple-to-use, stylish and scalable file storage and sharing boxes which protect the data within and require little management by consumers, pro- …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2013

BT Engage IT big boss goes on whistlestop tour of offices

BT Engage IT says its new chief exec has already done the rounds at the majority of its sites since taking control of the business a little more than a week ago. Richard Lowe was ushered into the big chair after John Thornhill left the telco two weeks ago, after 24 years of working in various roles there. There were claims from …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2012

BT Engage IT overlord Thornhill slips off

BT Engage IT CEO John Thornhill is leaving the organisation after less than a year in the role, The Channel can reveal. Thornhill was head honcho of BT Business Direct and, until last September when the two businesses merged with BT Engage IT and he was made overlord of the group He then oversaw restructuring activity …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2012

BT to swing axe at sales account managers – sources

Staff at BT Engage IT are bracing themselves for further redundancies amid talk of a shift away from traditional reselling to managed services. The reseller arm of the telco giant merged its disparate brands last autumn, laying off a number of staff in the process including chief operating officer Chris Leigh and former bigwig …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2012

Dabs warns staff: Your roles are 'at risk of redundancy' has notified a significant number of sales staff that their roles have been placed at risk of redundancy. The move at the etailer follows sweeping changes that parent company BT made last year as it merged its three reseller businesses under the leadership of John Thornhill and laid off some workers including senior …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2012

More BT heads roll amid biz transformation

Updated BT Engage IT company insiders claim staff morale has hit rock bottom as further details of the redundancies come to light. The reseller arm of BT is integrating the three operations - BT Engage IT, Business Direct and - and are trimming the workforce, with COO Chris Leigh among those leaving the business. It has since …
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2011
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BT Engage IT's big cheese shown the door

The chief operating officer at BT Engage IT has been handed his pink slip as part of the planned redundancies at the reseller giant, The Reg understands. The telco giant is integrating its three reseller businesses including BT Engage – comprising the Basilica and Lynx Technology acquisitions – the Business Direct brand (dabs. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2011
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BT axes staff amid reseller biz shake-up

BT is making a round of redundancies amid the integration of its three reseller operations – Engage IT, Business Direct and – and has parted with former bigwig Martin Balaam. The circa £400m turnover supplier insists that only 20 positions are to go where there is an overlap: IT, logistics and pre and specialist sales …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2011

Thai floods flush storage channel clean

Distribution giant Computer 2000 has put disk drives on manual allocation to spread supply among its customer base while other distributors have completely frozen sales while they review the impact of the flooding in Thailand. The Far East country has been hit by the worst flooding in over half a century, with the world's …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011
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BT channel overlord ponders still-bigger empire

The CEO of BT's newly integrated reseller firm is aiming to build a £1bn operation in the next three to five years, but said he does not expect organic growth alone to help it get there – acquisitions may be on the cards. As revealed last week, John Thornhill, the boss of telesales outfit BT Business Direct and etailer …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011

BT Engage IT to merge with and Biz Direct

BT Engage IT chief executive Martin Balaam is stepping down as part of a re-organisation that will see the telco-owned reseller merge with BT's Business Direct and operations. The consolidated firm, which BT claims will have a turnover of £400m, is to be managed by John Thornhill, currently the boss of BT Business Direct …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011

Seven lessons from the HP Touchpad fire sale

The unfolding saga surrounding the HP Touchpad contains a goldmine of salutary tales. So, just what can we learn from the last few days? Anyone who says they expected the fire sale of HP touchpads to turn into a global gadget grab is a liar. Fortunately nobody has yet, not publicly anyway – indeed, apart from a few bits of …
Jon Collins, 29 Aug 2011
channel says sorry for delivery debacle has apologised to customers for months of delivery delays following the replacement of its back-end purchasing systems. The BT-owned online reseller dragged itself into the 21st century by replacing its DEC Alpha monster - running software reputedly designed by founder and previous owner Dave Atherton - with one running …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2011
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David Atherton on football, why mags beat Google, and what he's doing next

Interview Part 2 This is part two of a two-part interview with Dabs founder David Atherton. Part one is here. David Atherton, the multimillionaire founder of, is heading back into the technology industry and sees electronic security and Facebook games as strong bets for his money. Last week he made his first industry appearance since …
Robert Blincoe, 05 Mar 2010

David Atherton: 'I don't miss Dabs'

Interview Part 1 This is part one of a two-part interview with Dabs founder and channel legend David Atherton, which we ran earlier this year. We enjoyed it so much, we thought we'd highlight it again, in case anyone missed it first time round. Part two is here. “I logged on to my bank account on about 3 May 2006, and found there was £24m in it …
Robert Blincoe, 03 Mar 2010

BT axes 20 jobs at

BT has laid off 20 staff at the e-tailer's Bolton warehouse. The online electrical retailer told employees about the latest round of job cuts yesterday morning. A spokesman confirmed it had axed jobs to The Register "We regularly review our organisation to ensure we are efficiently organised to deliver the …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2009
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Dabs founder Atherton cleared of rape charges

David Atherton, founder of which he sold to BT in 2006, has been acquitted of rape charges at Leeds Crown Court. Atherton, 51, said he was considering legal action against the woman who made the allegations. But he also said the case had probably saved his life. After being charged in August with rape and possession …
John Oates, 06 May 2009
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Online retailer has told customers to hang fire for a few days while orders due to be delivered by Amtrak are reassigned to another courier. Netfold Ltd, trading as Amtrak, went into administration last Friday (22 August). It’s the second time in two years that the company has ceased trading. The Aldridge, West …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Aug 2008

Dabs founder released on £10m bail

David Atherton, the founder of who is charged with attempted rape and drugs offences, has been released on £10m bail surety. Atherton, 50, is checking into a Priory clinic in Cheshire, "where he has been ordered to follow an in-patient programme for one month", the Bolton News reports. He will then have to report to the …
Team Register, 24 Aug 2008
cloud founder accused of attempted rape, drugs offences

The founder of, David Atherton, has been charged with attempted rape and possession of Class A drugs. Atherton, who sold his business to BT in April 2006 for £30m, is in custody after appearing in court in Bolton earlier this week. A spokesman for Manchester Police said: "A 50-year-old man has been charged after a …
John Oates, 21 Aug 2008

August is great for holidays but it's no damn good for song titles

If you look it up on Wikipedia - the great reference source for people who can't be bothered trying to learn about anything - you'll find there's very little of interest about August. That's probably why so many people go on holiday during the month. Not that you'd know it from The Register. News never takes a holiday. So to …
Billy MacInnes, 23 Aug 2007

BT storms Basilica for channel goodness

BT's small business division has ponied up an undisclosed sum to acquire another IT firm as part of its plan to drive unified communications downmarket. It has bought Basilica Computing, an SME provider based in Hertfordshire. Basilica resells kit and software from Microsoft, Cisco, HP and VMware, among others. It employs more …
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Police investigate e-tailer as site goes off air

Exclusive Shortlived ecommerce outfit disappeared from the web yesterday afternoon as accused the site of lifting its HTML and Trading Standards and police both confirmed they were investigating the operation. The site's disappearance followed days of mounting concern about the firm in forums. Posters …
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2007
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BT courts SMB IT outsourcing

BT is promising to makes small businesses' IT headaches all better as its Business IT Manager outsourcing service gets a nationwide rollout today. The service offers hardware and software installation and maintainance options tailored to tiddlers' needs. A package of PCs, a server, and all other necessary hardware costs from £ …
hands waving dollar bills in the air slashes coding teams

British online computer retailer has made job cuts in a bid to increase its efficiency against bigger competitors like Amazon and Tesco. The Register understands the firm's entire next generation development team have been given the heave-ho, with one month's notice. Also cut were the entire quality assurance team …

Packard Bell to push BT broadband

PC supplier Packard Bell are to jointly market BT has signed up Packard Bell, the retail PC maker, to preload its broadband software on all new desktops and notebooks in the UK Packard Bell will promote BT's broadband packages through its website and through other promotional channels: early sign-ups will receive a free Packard …
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2006
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BT's new wave buoys up profits

BT brought in revenues of £4.8bn in the first quarter ended 30 June 2006 - up three per cent on the same period last year and in line with analysts' expectations. Profit before tax and after specific items was £615m, up from £499m in the first quarter of 2005. Profit before specific items and leaver costs was £1.386bn, up from …
John Oates, 27 Jul 2006
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BT merges networking dealers

BT has folded two data networking resellers, bought last year, into one company. The new company, called BT iNet, merges BT's TNS and Skynet dealerships, and does all the usual stuff that you would expect - installation, IP telephony, wireless networking, managed services and security services. Dave Carrington, former MD of BT …
Drew Cullen, 11 Jul 2006
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BT mum on plans for

BT is remaining politely evasive about what its plans for e-commerce outfit Three weeks ago BT emerged as the new owner of the business, which flogs equipment such as computers, TVs, cameras, and other digital gear. Since then, founder David Atherton has stepped aside and been replaced with BT man Simon Curry as the …
Team Register, 18 May 2006

BT buys

BT is to flog computers, TVs, cameras, and other digital gear after it announced today that it has bought The deal follows weeks of speculation that was on the block. However, the identity of the successful bidder will come as a big surprise to many in the channel. The giant telco said the deal was designed …
Team Register, 28 Apr 2006

Cybercops and zero day vulns

Infosec blog The start of the Infosec conference tomorrow will witness one of the first public appearances of the new Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Dubbed the UK's FBI by Britain's tabloids, SOCA will tackle drug trafficking, immigration crime, money laundering and identity fraud by developing intelligence on organised crime and …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2006

OFT guidance on selling kit online

Selling IT equipment to consumers online: OFT guidance OUT-LAW News, 19/12/2005 Any business selling IT goods and services over the internet, by mail order or by telephone may wish to review its terms and conditions for consumer sales in light of new guidance published by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on Friday. Legal teams …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Dec 2005
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Secret tracking codes in laser printers cracked

The pages that are printed by your colour laser printer may include tiny dots, almost invisible to the naked eye. The dots form a code that can be read by the US Secret Service, ostensibly to track down counterfeiters. Now, for the first time, the code has been cracked. The Secret Service has admitted before that the tracking …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Oct 2005
globalisation in £500k makeover

Online retailer is revamping its website in a bid to increase the number of visitors who actually make purchases after visiting the site. It hopes to boost its conversion rate by up to 50 per cent and increase the value of sales by improving the site's search and navigation features using technology from software …
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2005
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On civil liberties, video violence and hanging offences

Letters A survey of around 1,000 Brits revealed firstly that as a nation, we are apparently quite at home with the idea of our civil liberties being eroded in exchange for a warm fuzzy feeling of security that comes with reactionary legislation. You thought it also showed that if you ask people very specific questions about big issues …
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2005
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Man logs into customer account shocker

Blind chance has helped to expose a password security issue at over the way it and many other online retailers deal with forgotten passwords. Reg reader Dave (not his real name) recently received emails from about an order he'd supposedly placed for a digital camera. He received a receipt and despatch …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2005
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Ebuyer promises to be better

Ebuyer's new marketing boss has been telling El Reg what has changed at the etailer and why it is now taking customer service seriously. The website offers cheap electronics and computer goods but fast growth led to serious customer service problems earlier this year. Earlier this year it emerged that Sheffield Trading …
John Oates, 21 Jul 2005
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Home delivery is the deal-breaker in ecommerce

The biggest challenge to ecommerce is delivery, according to Britain's ecommerce trade body, which is launching a new trust mark scheme to encourage merchants and transporters to give consumers more options. The Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) says very few e-tailers are getting it right. The consumers don't buy …
Team Register, 20 Jul 2005
The Register breaking news owner goes on TV

David Atherton, the founder of, is launching his own interactive shopping channel on digital TV. Technology TV goes live from 18 October on the Sky platform. The station claims an equal divide between editorial and interactive sales programmes. It hopes to tempt viewers looking to learn about new technology and …
John Oates, 26 Jul 2004
The Register breaking news threatens legal action over its own pricing cock-up is threatening legal action against an Irish IT firm after it bought a stack of mispriced goods from the computer etailer. Point to Point IT Ltd - based in Buncrana, Co. Donegal - bought almost 30 items from the "Clearance Corner" on the site. Adam Porter, of Point to Point told us: "We found a number of …
Tim Richardson, 11 Jun 2004
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MS Office vastly overpriced, says UK consumer outfit

Microsoft software is seven times more expensive than alternatives, the latest issue of UK Consumers Association magazine Computing Which? claims today. But although the claim does have some justification, in going for the extreme the magazine misses the byzantine subtleties of Microsoft's pricing machine. 'Nobody ever buys …
John Lettice, 30 Apr 2004
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DiData reshuffles board

Channel Flannel Reseller giant Dimension Data is splitting the role of chief executive and chairman, in line with recommended best business practice. DiData chief operating officer Brett Dawson is made chief executive. Jeremy Ord moves from executive chairman to non-executive chairman. Malcolm Rutherford resigned from his post as chief …
John Oates, 03 Mar 2004
The Register breaking news rings up Xmas sales

Online retailer enjoyed a bumper festive season with sales up 26 per cent in Xmas 2003 compared to the same period in 2002. The number of orders processed also increased last Christmas. In November and December 2003, recorded total sales of £30.47 million compared to £24.1 million for the same period …
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2004
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Lightning knocks out Halifax IT system

A lightning storm in Belfast last night knocked out the IT systems of one of Halifax Bank's main UK call centres, creating problems for the bank in fielding customer queries well into this morning. Halifax customer service reps told Reg reader Alan McWatters this morning that "due to a lightening Strike in Belfast last night …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2003
The Register breaking news profits double today announced pre-tax profits of £5.1m, doubling 2002's £2:5m, on sales advancing 30 per cent to £152m (2002: £117m) for the year to March 31, 2003. The company claims its operational efficiency was instrumental in "enabling it to maintain its high level of customer satisfaction whilst offering competitive pricing …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2003
The Register breaking news shuns IT recycling (mostly)

Most small firms are still not assessing the environmental impact of their operations according to the latest research. A study by electronic recycling and refurbishment firm MIREC Asset Management found only 35 per cent of UK businesses are getting rid of their old computers and other items in a manner which complied with an …, 07 Jul 2003
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Dixons won't repeat misleading credit ad

Dixons Stores Group (DSG) has received a ticking off from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over misleading advertising. Currys, one of DSG's stable of retailers, was found to be advertising misleading ads for interest-free credit - something the OFT won't stand for. Why? Well, although the "no interest" or "0%" loans might …
Tim Richardson, 28 Apr 2003
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OFT to clamp down on misleading online travel deals

Many UK-based online travel sites are breaking the law by making misleading price claims. Forty per cent (54 out of 135) of UK-based websites visited during an investigation by trading standards officials contained potentially misleading claims, the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) announced this week. The OFT and 55 local …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2003