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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

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 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 longer …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014

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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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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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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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) and …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 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

Now Fujitsu breaks up with UK tech distributor Northamber

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 one …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 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-on …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 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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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 Microproducts …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2011
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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 back …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 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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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: 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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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

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 consultation …
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014
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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 gross …
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 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 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 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 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 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 1 …
Joe Fay, 24 Sep 2008
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Northamber reports static Q1 revenue

IT equipment distie Northamber PLC said its first quarter sales had failed to grow on the same period a year ago. Speaking at Northamber's annual general meeting today, chairman David Phillips attributed the firm's revenue standstill to the weakness of the US dollar. He said that tough economic conditions would continue to " …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2007
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Northamber sees slight H1 upswing

IT equipment distributor Northamber PLC reported a first half rise in pre-tax profit and revenue helped by a moderate trading recovery and an overheads cutback. The Surrey-based firm saw pre-tax profit for the six months ended 31 December 2007 of £453,000 compared to £369,000 for the same period a year earlier. First half …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2008
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Exabyte buddies up to Northamber

Exabyte is getting Northamber to distribute its products in the UK. It said it chose Northamber to open up new channels especially those aimed at small to medium sized firms. Exabyte makes back up tape systems - its best known products include VXA Packet and LTO Ultrium tape drives.® Related stories Northamber doubles interim …
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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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
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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 blames Vista, weak dollar for revenue slide

IT distributor Northamber has seen revenue for the year ended 30 June 2007 tumble to £182.2m, down a hefty £22.2m on its 2006 figures. The Surrey-based firm's chairman D M Phillips blamed the slow adoption of Microsoft's Vista and the weakness of the US dollar for putting a dent in Northamber sales. Stock turns were down to 14 …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2007
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Northamber gets case maker

ENlight UK has done a deal with Northamber to distribute its PC cases aimed at gamers. Northamber said ENlight's focus on marketing was part of the reason for the deal happening now. The company said ENlight cases were "well thought out, thoroughly researched and meet the demands of today's demanding consumers." ENlight, a …
John Oates, 18 Jan 2006
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Northamber watches profit and revs fall

Distie Northamber has had to cut its dividend after falling sales and margins hit profits. The company complained that tough trading combined with pressure on prices pushed profits down to £430,000 from £2.61m last year. Revenue was down too, despite higher volume. Northamber sold £204.4m worth of kit compared to £236.3m in …
John Oates, 06 Oct 2006
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Security deal for Northamber

God box maker Astaro has done a distribution deal with Northamber. God boxes are also known, less snappily, as unified threat management appliances. They're firewalls, VPNs, intrusion protection, anti-virus and spam filters and content checkers all in one. Astaro's channel manager Andre Scheffknecht said: "There has been great …
John Oates, 20 Jul 2005
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Northamber inks profit

UK disty Northamber increased profits by 18 per cent compared to last year. For the year ended 30 June 2005 Northamber made pre-tax profits of £2.6m, up 18.5 per cent from the £2.2m made last year. total sales grew to £236.3m compared to £232.8m for the same period last year. The distributor said it was particularly pleased …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2005

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 month …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
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Northamber holds tight

Distributor Northamber has reported how it has managed to sit out a "disappointing" period for the IT sector by keeping a tight reign on costs and cashing in some investments. Profits were up a smidgeon for the six months ended 31 December 2006, according to the firm's interim results, published today, to £0.37m from £0.32m for …
Mark Ballard, 28 Feb 2007
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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 double …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2012
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Northamber issues profit warning

Northamber today issued a profit warning for its interims, which end on 31 December 2005. In a regulatory news statement, the UK disties said profits will be "substantially below" that of last year's interims. It notes "especially challenging trading conditions that are common across the sector". Also since its last trading …
Team Register, 25 Nov 2005
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Northamber doubles interim profit

Northamber shrugged off a weak January and expressed confidence in the year ahead after reporting profits more than doubled in its first half. The UK distie yesterday announced sales were £124.5m for the six months ending 31 December, up 8.3 per cent on the year. Pre-tax profits came in at £1.36m, up 106 per cent on the same …
Team Register, 17 Feb 2005
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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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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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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Northamber

A Northamber car park, yesterday Check out the latest range of portables at Northamber, the Chessington-based distie. Brushing past Northamber's fiercesome security force, a 40-strong contingent of travellers have set up camp in the company's car park. With satellite dishes on their caravans and road digging gear in tow, the …
Drew Cullen, 04 Dec 1998
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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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Changes happen at Northamber. Chocolate partly to blame

Northamber today saw the resignation of two top managers. Paul Smith quit as commercial director and Colin Thompson left his post as non-executive director. Northamber refused to comment on Smith, but said Thompson's departure was due to legal requirements. David Phillips, Northamber chairman, said Thompson's role conflicted …
Linda Harrison, 08 Jan 1999
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Cost cuts bear fruit for Northamber

Northamber has turned in a healthy profit on the back of two years of cost trimming. The pan-UK distie expresses confidence for this year too, pointing to increased market share for its franchises, as well as better market conditions. For the full year to 30 June 2004, The company produced a pre-tax profit of £2.2m (FY 2003: £ …
Drew Cullen, 28 Sep 2004
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P&P founder joins Northamber

P&P veteran Pete Fisher has joined one-time rival Northamber as a non-executive director. Fisher looks a good fit for Northamber. He looked increasingly out of place from the company (now called Skillsgroup) he founded by the time he resigned as non-executive director in 1997. Established in 1998 as a volume distributor and …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 1999