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BT runs out of broadband in Hemel Hempstead

BT has run out of broadband capacity in Hemel Hempstead. It means orders for new broadband connections have been put on hold while the UK's former phone monopoly installs new kit to meet demand. One business punter who was supposed to have a new broadband connection up and running at the beginning of the month has spent the …
Tim Richardson, 13 Apr 2006

Dixons tells HQ workers: Yes, that IS a creaky trapdoor you hear. You're at risk of redundo

Dixons has unlocked but not yet opened a trapdoor underneath at least 100 bods at its Hemel Hempstead HQ. The retail biz today kicked off a 45-day redundancy consultation with headquarters staff. This comes ahead of a £3.7bn merger with Carphone Warehouse (CPW), first mooted in February, but Dixons insisted the head office …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014

BOOM BOOM: Dixons fires the human cannon

Dixons claims to have fired about 50 workers out the redundancy cannon in its latest battle against the human costs of doing business. At least 100 staff based at the Hemel Hempstead office were put on a 45-day notice of redundancy in early May, just days before Dixons went public with the £3.7bn Carphone Warehouse mega borg. …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2014
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Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

The shotgun wedding between hard-pressed consumer biz Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse was consummated today as the £12bn turnover borg started trading on the London Stock Exchange. The merger between Dixons Retail, owner of Currys and PC World, and Carphone Warehouse was first announced back in May. Dixons Carphone - …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Aug 2014

Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

A decidedly unneighbourly dispute over cat crap which ended in flying feline faeces and court appears to challenge the myth of the traditional "quiet" cul-de-sac. The unholy rumpus in Chippenham, Wiltshire, inspired a Daily Mail headline containing "Neighbours in quiet suburban cul-de-sac brawl over CAT POO", which in turn …
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2014
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Amazon UK: We're hiring 3,000 Xmas temps? Make that 10,000

Amazon UK has tripled the number of temp box packers it will hire in the Christmas run-up: 10,000 short-term packaging jobs will now be created at the company's UK shipment centres. Amazon has eight so-called fulfilment centres in Rugeley, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Doncaster, Peterborough, Dunfermline, Inverclyde and …
Anna Leach, 02 Oct 2012
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Amazon to create 5,000 UK jobs in Kindle Fire hire

Amazon is to bolster the UK launch of its Kindle Fire tablet by creating 5,000 full-time and temporary jobs in Blighty. The web retailer will open three new distribution centres in Britain, and claims it will recruit 2,000 people on a permanent basis over the next two years - as well as 3,000 temporary workers during the run up …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2012
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Japanese giant NTT gobbles London data centre biz Gyron

NTT Communications has coughed an undisclosed financial fur ball to take a majority stake in data centre services provider Gyron. The Hemel Hempstead-based Gyron sells colocation and connectivity services to large enterprises including Adobe, Symantec and music streaming outfit Spotify via a 3 MW server farm on the outskirts of …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2012
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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

Too few people today remember John Miller-Kirkpatrick, the enthusiastic founder, owner, manager and technical director of Bywood Electronics. He died in December 1978 at the monstrously young age of 32, less than two years before the début of the Sinclair ZX80 and the start of the UK home computing boom – for which he had helped …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2013
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Defence firm Ultra goes cyber with AEP buy

UK-based defence conglomerate Ultra Electronics has acquired security appliance firm AEP Networks in a deal valued at up to $75m. Ultra Electronics agreed to pay $57.5m plus a further $17.5m, depending on sales figures, for the remote appliance firm. AEP Networks specialises in SSL VPN appliances that allow workers to securely …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2011
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Bulging Kelway: Too big to get out of the obvious exits

Phil Doye acknowledges that 21 years after setting up reseller Kelway, he still doesn't have a key for the exit. The London-based firm is moving to rapidly integrate new buy Equanet, the once mighty IT dealer that was taken over by Dixons in 2007 and subsequently pulled apart and bent out of shape. The transaction is expected …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2013
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Secret Service camera bought on eBay

Today's government data loss shenanigan is a repeat performance of that old favourite - flogging off old kit containing secret information to a random punter through online tat bazaar eBay. An unnamed 28-year-old delivery man from Hemel Hempstead bought a Nikon Coolpix camera for £17 on eBay. But when he returned from his …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2008
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UK space programme suffers serious setback

The UK's space programme suffered a serious setback yesterday when its most ambitious project since Beagle 2 ended in the loss of a 300g lump of Somerset farmhouse cheddar somewhere over the south of England. According to news reports, the West Country Cheesemakers space cheese was hitched to a weather balloon and launched from …
Lester Haines, 29 Jul 2009
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Northgate lands mobile deals

Northgate Information Solutions confirmed yesterday that it had won mobile services contracts worth a combined total of £1.2m. The Hemel Hempstead-based firm, which late last year was snapped up by private equity firm Kholberg Kravis Roberts and Company in a £593m deal, said it had inked two housing organisation agreements. …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2008
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PC World, Currys staff to be dumped in DSGi rescue plan?

Hundreds of PC World and Currys staff could see the job axe swing on Thursday (15 May) when the stores’ owner DSG International (DSGi) announces its latest trading statement and strategy review. DSGi is understood to be closing 200 of its 700 stores as well as considering switching its outlets to a new superstore format, …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2008
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Private equity firm snaps up Northgate

Kholberg Kravis Roberts and Company has inked a £593m deal to buy UK HR software outfit Northgate Information Solutions Plc. News of the private equity acquisition pushed shares in the firm up by nearly 44 per cent on the London Stock Exchange this morning. Investors can expect a big 95 pence a share payout from the sale, which …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Dec 2007
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John Clare surprised at DSG raids

The former boss of Dixons Store Group International (DSGI) says he was surprised at the European Commission raids on retailers earlier this week. The EC raided a DSGI call centre in Hemel Hempstead, as well as the offices of German and French retailers on Monday as part of an investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour …
John Oates, 14 Feb 2008
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Northgate, Dixons rocked by oil depot blast

The HQ of IT services outfit Northgate Information Solutions has been seriously damaged following yesterday's massive blast at the Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead. Four Northgate employees were on-site at the time of the explosion which happened shortly after 6.00am Sunday morning, blowing out windows for miles around …
Tim Richardson, 12 Dec 2005
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Microsoft claims more pirate scalps

Microsoft's "Keep IT Real" campaign targeting resellers of illegally copied software has claimed several more scalps. Nine staff at Wendy Fair Markets Ltd, which operated Bovingdon Market in Hertfordshire, have been convicted of distributing unauthorised goods following several years of investigation by Trading Standards. One …
John Oates, 15 Oct 2007
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BT names first 29 exchanges for fibre rollout

BT has released new details of its fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) rollout, including a list of the first 29 exchanges to be upgraded to offer faster broadband in early 2010. Engineers will run fibre optic cables between the exchanges and street side cabinets, closer to homes and businesses. Downstream speeds will be improved to up …
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Northgate looks to private equity

UK HR software firm Northgate said late yesterday that it was in possible takeover talks with an unnamed private equity group. Northgate will be hoping that the potential buy-out could fetch a price of around 100 pence per share, which would value the firm at up to £580m, according to the Financial Times. Earlier this week …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2007
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Etailer bounces back after oil depot fire

A fashion etailer whose warehouse went up in flames five weeks ago following the massive explosion at the Buncefield oil depot is once again open for business. Asos.com - an online fashion and beauty retailer with some 750,000 registered users - was forced to suspend its business before Christmas following the oil blaze at the …
Tim Richardson, 16 Jan 2006
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Intel and Dixons raided by Competition Commission

Officials from the European Competition Commission, accompanied by local officials, raided Intel offices in Munich and those of Dixons Store Group International in the UK today as part of an investigation into alleged illegal collusion - that Intel and retailers worked together to fix prices. A spokesman for DSGI told the Reg: " …
John Oates, 12 Feb 2008
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Oil terminal blast prangs New Labour site

New Labour's web site, labour.org.uk, has been downed by Sunday's explosion at the Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead. Like audio discount store Richer Sounds, the site was hosted by Northgate Information Solutions' data centre next to the explosion site; unlike Richer Sounds, which has now pretty much returned, at time of …
John Lettice, 14 Dec 2005
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Richer Sounds site downed by oil depot blaze

The web site of retailer Richer Sounds - which flogs sound systems, amps, home cinema systems and the like - has been floored following the fire at the Buncefield fuel depot in Hemel Hempstead. Richer Sounds' site is hosted by Northgate Information Solutions whose buildings adjacent to the oil depot have been seriously damaged …
Tim Richardson, 12 Dec 2005
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Northgate swallows another payroll firm

Payroll software giant Northgate HR has continued its acquisition strategy with the purchase of Confidential Payroll. In a deal understood to be worth more than €1.5m, the acquisition follows the recent buy-outs of Irish time and attendance (T&A) software firm Engage Technology, and Link HR Systems. Speaking with ENN, …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Apr 2007
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Northgate wins lucrative public sector contract

Northgate Information Solutions has won a £4m contract with the London Borough of Hillingdon to provide hosting arrangements for its financial systems. The company, which supplies software and outsourcing services to the public sector, human resources and corporate markets, has an Irish subsidiary, Northgate HR, which was …
Charlie Taylor, 05 Jan 2007
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Dixons to axe 350 HQ jobs – report

Dixons is to axe up to 350 jobs at its HQ in Hemel Hempstead, according to Ananova. The job losses are expected to hit the company's office staff and are not expected to impact its retail outlets. The high street electrical retailer has already begun consulting staff about the job cuts. No one from Dixons was available for …
Tim Richardson, 20 Mar 2003
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Fibre-provider lights up UK network

Hutchison-Whampoa is backing the launch of Geo which sells access to its fibre optic network to British businesses. Geo claims five customers, including "3", and is offering straight access to the infrastructure, rather than managed services. The firm predicts the UK market for such fibre will be worth £1.3bn by 2008. It …
John Oates, 21 Oct 2004
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Kingston Comms buys Omnetica for £169m

Hull-based telco Kingston Communications is splash out £169m in cash and shares to acquire rival telco Omnetica to help boost its voice and data service to large organisations. The deal - £99m in cash and the rest in shares - will create a converged communications outfit with a customer base made up of a number of blue chip …
Tim Richardson, 01 Dec 2004
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Tempo in adminstration

Tempo, the computer and electrical retailer, has gone into administration. All its 37 stores will be kept trading through the Christmas period and the administrators have said a potential buyer has already expressed interest in the business. The chain, which along with Comet, John Lewis and the stores set up by the old …
Robert Blincoe, 28 Sep 2001
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Boffins isolate 'blogging gene'

Comics have joked for ages that humans will eventually adapt to technology: growing nimbler thumbs for text messaging, or larger ears to compensate for poor signal reception. But in a remarkable breakthrough, scientists believe they have isolated the gene responsible for one specific kind of computer activity - and the race is …
Meme De Chose, 01 Apr 2004