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Northamber almost strikes cheery note, warns profit a year off

Veteran distie Northamber almost introduced a note of cheeriness as it unveiled its full year results today. Almost. The firm still unveiled a slip in revenues, increasing losses compared to last year, and said profitability is probably at least a year away. In his statement, chairman David Phillips said that as it continued a …
Joe Fay, 28 Oct 2016
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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Comment So, Windows 10 isn't the saviour of the PC industry after all – and is beginning to look more like a Windows Vista than a Windows XP. PC growth predictions have been revised down by IDC. A range of companies including HP Ink and Northamber blame Windows 10 for flagging sales. "We have not yet seen the anticipated Win10 …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2016
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Creaking Surrey distie Northamber: Windows 10 ate my hamster

AIM-listed tech distie Northamber’s sales are again withering on the vine, with blame falling on Microsoft’s Windows 10 and pesky human beings who are failing to buy more computers. Sequestered in an industrial estate in deepest Surrey, Northamber has made a living from selling IT for the past 35 years but might just have seen …
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2016

Northamber: Windows 10 killed our sales momentum

It is an end of an era for the tech channel as Northamber chairman David Philips – the godfather of distribution – confirmed he is stepping back from operations and is seeking a new leader of the company. The colourful veteran confirmed today he is “closing in on the age of 71, so it is clearly time I commence the process to …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2015
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Blighty's oldest tech distie feels a little punchy again

Death, taxes and Northamber’s continued sales slide once seemed three certainties in life, but no more – the UK’s oldest tech distie has grown for the first time in years and isn't losing nearly as much cash. It could well be that the new management strategy, led by commercial director Alex Phillips, son of chairman David, is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2015

Sales down at UK's oldest tech distie: Northamber losses widen in fiscal '14

The prognosis for Northamber’s future is brighter, according to its colourful chairman, despite widening losses and revenues remaining in free fall for fiscal ’14 ended June. The AIM-listed tech distie - the oldest in Blighty - reported prelim sales of £62.8m, down a whopping 19 per cent year-on-year, and a loss from …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014
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Son of Phillips: Northamber is not exiting Chessington HQ

The heir apparent to tech distie Northamber has insisted to El Chan the company is not going to exit the Chessington industrial estate that it calls home after all. As revealed by us yesterday, the Surrey-based distie submitted an application with Kingston Council's Planning Database on 23 March that would have permitted 28 …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014

Veteran Brit tech distie Chessington HQ to become 28 flats

Tech distie Northamber has submitted plans to transform its Chessington-based sales and marketing HQ into 28 residential apartments with scenic views overlooking an, er, industrial park. According to Kingston Council's Planning Database, the application to erect one, two and three bed flats was made on 23 March and …
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014

Northamber grabs ladder, claims PC market burning

Northamber's colourful chairman is forecasting a "more worthwhile future" - one that is less dependent on tech hardware - but the latest financials still bear the scorch-marks of attempts to put out its burning PC biz. The UK's oldest tech wholesaler has been rather more quiet since listing on AIM, which means the company no …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014

Distributing Microsoft gear in UK? You might not be for much longer

Microsoft has put out to tender its UK distribution contracts in a bid to ascertain if those already on board can be trusted to take the new services and device mantra to market. Seven UK wholesalers were forced to submit responses to an "enormous" Request For Proposal by 10 October and will be sitting on their hands for a …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
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Sales dive at UK's oldest tech wholesaler: PC crash splashes Northamber in red

UK wholesaler Northamber swung to a dramatic loss in fiscal '13 caused by a costly restructure, sliding commodity product sales and eroding margins. The Surrey-based distie – Blighty's oldest tech wholesaler – today reported an operating loss of £1.15m for the year to 30 June, compared to a profit of £97,000 in the previous 12 …
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2013

Allied Telesis terminates Northamber contract

Veteran distributor Northamber has been given the boot by Allied Telesis because it failed to do the numbers, The Channel's sources have claimed. Northamber's marching orders came last Friday, giving the distie 60 days to sell off the remainder of stock held at its warehouse in Weybridge. The typical process is for a 90 day …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013
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Sick of quarterly pelting in LSE stocks, Northamber AIMs for exit

Northamber is proposing to shift its stock listing from the London Stock Exchange to AIM, where it will not be required to play out its quarterly challenges in a public arena and can close corporate deals more easily. The oldest tech wholesaler in Blighty, Chessington-based Northamber is having a hard time of it at the moment …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2013
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Northamber now lacks Mack, who will take up AV boss's slack?

Northamber's audio-visual general manager Allan Mack has left after less than three years at the shrinking tech distributor, The Channel can reveal. According to company insiders, Louise Honeywill - a product manager at the Surrey-based wholesaler - is filling in for Mack until a full-time successor is found. Mack, a channel …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013
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Woes continue at Northamber after PC, server franchise breakage

Three things in life are certain - death, taxes and perennially declining turnover at Blighty's oldest tech distributor Northamber, which this morning reported another double-digit sales slump. The LSE-listed wholesaler, which plies its trade from Surrey, revealed revenue for fiscal Q3 ended 31 March was down 20 per cent year- …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013
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Credit safety net ripped from under elder IT distie Northamber

QBE Insurance has removed entire lines of trade credit insurance on Surrey-based distributor Northamber, The Channel can reveal. Declining trade at one of the oldest wholesalers of IT gear in Blighty is understood to be the reason behind indemnifier QBE's decision, say our sources. Disties Computers Unlimited (Janson Group) …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013

Now Fujitsu breaks up with UK tech distributor Northamber

Exclusive Fujitsu Technology Products Group (FTPG) has become the latest major vendor to give UK IT distributor Northamber its marching orders, The Channel can exclusively reveal. Folk close to the Japanese outfit reckon the clock is already ticking on Surrey-based Northamber to wind down its position. "They are gone by 30 June," said …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2013
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Veteran distie Northamber swings to loss, sales dive by 22%

LSE-listed Northamber blamed the economy and cost-cutting on the part of IT vendors for a massive slide in sales and the return to losses at the halfway stage in its fiscal 2013. The oldest IT distie in Blighty said turnover fell to £41.5m in the six months to 31 December from £53.8m in the same period a year earlier, …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2013
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UK gov probes Comet crash: Public, private sectors LOST £257m

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills plans to probe the administration of Comet, whose collapse has left the private and public sector out of pocket to the tune of £257m. The Insolvency Service is to launch the investigation after receiving numerous complaints from MPs just as the doors close on Comet's last 49 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Dec 2012
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Northamber: UK economy stuck in 'U-bend', Olympics hasn't flushed it

Northamber's colourful boss says the UK economy remains stuck in the U-bend - not helped by the Olympics - and the industry is in a "state of flux" making short term forecasts less certain. So it is just another ordinary interim statement from David Philips, chairman at the Surrey-based wholesaler, who warned that Q1 turnover …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2012
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Olympics may have been glorious, but they 'dampened IT trade'

The Olympics may have boosted the feelgood factor in London and across the wider country but it dampened trade in the IT channel - well, according to distributor Northamber anyway. The veteran UK distie made the claim today as it reported financials for the year to 30 June which revealed a return to pre-tax profits but a …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2012
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Channel newbie SSS swallows e-Warehouse

Specialist Software Services (SSS) has made its first acquisition, devouring certain assets of e-Warehouse for an undisclosed sum. The Reading-based IT infrastructure and asset consultancy firm has coughed for e-Warehouse's customer contracts, its Oxygen-branded web-based SaaS help-desk products as well as selected staff that …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012
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RIP Howard Strowman: The stock doctor

Obituary The career and life of Howard Strowman, who died in a motorbike accident this weekend, mirrored the ever-changing fortunes of the UK's high-tech sector. The crash happened in North Wales on Sunday, 9 September, and he was airlifted to hospital with severe injuries. He died on Tuesday morning aged 67. Strowman set up PST Group …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012
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IT distributors: The only people adding value to the world economy

Why distributors? More specifically, why electronics distributors? Why have these intermediaries in the markets at all? Yes, obviously, someone somewhere has to have pieces of kit on a shelf somewhere for when a customer wants to make an order. Someone has to crate it up and ship it off too: but why do we still have …
Tim Worstall, 22 May 2012
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Lenovo signs with C2000, plots SME assault

PC firm Lenovo has inked a distie deal with Tech Data's UK subsidiary Computer 2000 in a bid to sniff out prospective small biz customers. The firms are set to links arms from 1 July on an agreement that covers the entire Think range: desktops, All-In-Ones, workstations and servers. Lenovo UK and Ireland SME and channel …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2012
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Northamber lay-offs put it in the red

Northamber headed itself off from reporting a profit for the third quarter after it trimmed its workforce in the face of declining sales of volume products. The veteran distie said in a trading statement yesterday it enjoyed an "encouraging" quarter but in typical Eeyore-ish style said it is too early to determine if "green …
Joe Fay, 27 Apr 2012
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Northamber coughs £6.35m to snap up its warehouse

Veteran distie Northamber is a lot less cash rich after stumping up £6.35m to buy the freehold of its warehouse in Weybridge, Surrey. The lease was set to run for another two and a half years, but the oldest IT trade wholesaler in the UK said that in recent weeks the current owner of the premises had initiated a sale on the …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2012
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Blighty's first IT wholesaler swaps Henry for Henry

Veteran distributor Northamber's long-sufferingserving managing director Henry Matthews has hung up his boots some 30 years after helping to set up the UK's first IT wholesaler. The Reg caught wind of the departure in recent weeks but Northamber had refused to comment until today, confirming to the LSE, along with first half …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2012
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Northamber money boss Lee resigns after seven months

Northamber has split with director of finance Nick Lee just seven months after he stepped into the role, The Register can confirm. Lee joined Chessington-based distie Northamber in June after parting with former employer Avnet Tehcnology Solutions where he was chief UK bean counter. Prior to that he was CFO at Bell …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2011
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Acer UK disties expect big things of new boss

Distributors have backed incoming Acer UK boss Neil Marshall to turn the ailing operation around and confine the channel-stuffing saga to history. As revealed first by El Reg, Marshall was parachuted into the UK organisation after previous incumbent Bobby Watkins was shown the door following a staggering drop in sales. An …
Paul Kunert, 01 Dec 2011
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Northamber: PC stock mountain hurt us

Sales at veteran distie Northamber collapsed in its fiscal Q1 ended 30 September as the IT market ran aground and it steered clear of unprofitable product lines. The UK's first wholesaler revealed that sequentially, revenues were up 9 per cent but on a year ago comparison they tanked nearly 30 per cent and it made an operating …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2011
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Acer to murder Gateway brand

Acer is to kill off the Gateway branding on all its server and storage kit from Q1 2012, partially purging its multi-brand strategy. The Taiwanese giant blew $710m (£443m) on Gateway in 2007. But following a disastrous run for Gateway, which was positioned by its parent as a channel-only mid-market infrastructure player, the …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2011
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Microsoft mulls OEM distie shake-up

Microsoft has pushed its OEM software franchise out to tender among new and existing distributors amid a consumer market meltdown. The global process usually takes place every year but in recent times has typically resulted in little change, with a total of eight wholesalers carrying the OEM line-up in the UK. However, with …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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Computers Unlimited director exits after dispute

Computers Unlimited group sales and marketing director Mark Chatterton has left following a disagreement over future direction with senior management. Industry vet Chatterton spent around eight months at the Apple distributor, which he joined after stints at wholesalers Office2Office and Northamber. Prior to this he spent …
Paul Kunert, 06 Sep 2011
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Northamber to split with vendors again

Cisco and Toshiba are winding down their agreement with Surrey-based distribution veteran Northamber. The two-year deal with the networking linchpin covered products in its Small Business Technology Group (SBTG) – mini versions of the classic Cisco routing, switching, security and unified comms lines. Talking to The Register …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2011
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All change in the Channel

A slew of management changes have swept across the channel as the silly season starts in earnest. Distie veteran Alice Smitheman, marketing director at Azlan is set to join Avnet Technology Solutions as EMEA veep of operational excellence, a role that includes fine-tuning the firm's logistics engine. Graeme Watt, EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2011
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Northamber sees 'confusing picture' in Q1

Northamber remains confused, it told shareholders this morning, but turnover is up 0.7 per cent on the year. The company said in an interim management statement that the performance of the UK economy in the first quarter justified the company's caution in its last report in February. Stripping out discontinued, low margin …
John Oates, 12 May 2011
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Northamber returns to profit for back end of 2010

Veteran distie Northamber issued a steady-as-she-goes trading statement today as it reported a turnaround profit for the six months to December 31. The firm pulled in revenues of £67.7m, a six per cent rise, to deliver pre-tax profits of £151,000 compared to last year's £41,000 loss. However, the competitive market meant …
Joe Fay, 22 Feb 2011
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Northamber sees sliver of light in Q1

Veteran disty Northamber reported "positive progress" today as it unveiled its interim management statement. In a comparatively numbers-free statement this morning, chairman David Phillips said: "After the challenging trading conditions of very recent years, it is pleasant to be able to report positive progress and support my …
Joe Fay, 11 Nov 2010
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Northamber musters 'cautious optimism'

Veteran distributor Northamber allowed itself a glimmer of optimism today as it unveiled its preliminary full year results. Chairman David Phillips said in his statement: "I am pleased to announce improved profitability for the year as a whole and importantly the return to profit at the operating level." He added that "whilst …
Joe Fay, 07 Sep 2010
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Northamber hit by industry-wide slowdown in April

Northamber said it was hit by an industry-wide fall off in sales last month, and is anxiously waiting to see if the slide was a blip or a longer term trend. The veteran disty said in a Q3 trading update that its performance in the three months to March 31 "supported the interim report prediction, that the near future did not …
Joe Fay, 05 May 2010
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Northamber pares loss as revenue slips

Veteran disty Northamber highlighted a "harsh" and unsettled market today as it unveiled a fall in revenues and a reduced loss for the first six months of its financial year. Revenues came in at £63.8m, down 6 per cent on the year. The firm made an operating loss of £83,000, which represented a major improvement on last year's …
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2010
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Northamber warns things still rough in UK channel

UK distie Northamber updated the markets on its first quarter performance to 30 September and sales are down nine per cent on the same period last year. It said the fall in sales was similar to levels of price erosion over the period but "significantly lower than the 22 per cent decline in sales for the year to 30 June 2009". …
John Oates, 17 Nov 2009
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Northamber sees profits collapse on sales slide

Northamber's pre-tax profits collapsed in the year to June 30, with only investment revenues keeping it in the black. The veteran distributor saw sales slide to £139m, compared to £179.7m last year. However, the firm made a loss from operations of £320,000 compared to a profit of £25,000 a year ago. Only pulling in investment …
Joe Fay, 24 Sep 2009
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Northamber reports loss, reviews vendors

Veteran tech distie Northamber is reviewing its vendor lineup and increasing its focus on its more "supportive suppliers" as it tries to hold up margins through the continuing recession. In an interim management statement today, the firm said its warning in February "that it would be inappropriate to be optimistic for the near …
Team Register, 30 Apr 2009
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Northamber: 'It would be wrong to be optimistic'

Northamber said it would be "wrong to be optimistic" as it weighs the chances of an upturn in the economy after the first six months of its financial year saw revenues slump 30 per cent. The veteran distributor turned in revenues of £68m for the six months ending December 31, compared to £97m a year ago, while last year's £453 …
Joe Fay, 19 Feb 2009
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Northamber confirms channel of misery

Hardware distie Northamber confirmed tough times in an interim statement to the Stock Exchange today. Back in June the firm's chairman David Phillips said: "Within an area of largely discretionary expenditure and a lack lustre start to the year, it is simply not possible to provide any guidance, beyond our determination to …
John Oates, 14 Nov 2008
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Northamber balks at forecasts amidst market uncertainty

Northamber illustrated the fragility of the tech market today with results that showed a slip in sales, increasing credit insurance costs and a refusal to give guidance on its future performance. The distributor managed to boost its profits for the year to June 30, which were up 5.9 per cent to £627,000, despite sales slipping …
Joe Fay, 24 Sep 2008
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'Difficult not to be pessimistic' says veteran IT distie

Northamber admitted it is “difficult to be other than somewhat pessimistic in the near term” as it issued an interim management statement today. In the update for its third quarter ending March 31, the veteran distributor confirmed an earlier “slight improvement in trading”. But, it continued, gross margins continued to be …
Joe Fay, 16 May 2008
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Northamber announces £2.94m cash return

Computer distie Northamber intends to return £2.94m, or ten pence a share, to shareholders because it is surplus to working capital requirements. The Surrey-based firm said yesterday that the proposed return of cash will be made by splitting existing ordinary shares into new ordinary shares and C shares, as well as the expected …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2008