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  • Service: Advisory, Transactions & Restructuring, Restructuring
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 24/07/2014

Administrators appointed to Unipart Automotive 

 

Mark Orton, Will Wright and Jonny Marston from KPMG have been appointed joint administrators to Unipart Automotive Limited, one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of car parts, workshop consumables and garage equipment.

 

Headquartered in Solihull, the company operates a network of 180 branches and distribution hubs trading under the Unipart Automotive, Partco Autoparts, and Express Factors brands. It employs 1813 people.

 

Immediately upon appointment, the administrators sold part of the business in a joint deal to Andrew Page, one of the UK’s largest distributors of car parts, workshop equipment, tools and diagnostics, and The Parts Alliance. The deal will see Andrew Page acquire 21 branches and The Parts Alliance a total of 12. A total of 361 staff employed across these sites have transferred to Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance with immediate effect. A complete list of these hubs and branches can be found below.

 

Unfortunately, however, the remainder of the Unipart Automotive business has ceased to trade and a total of 1244 members of staff have been made redundant. A total of 208 members of staff have been retained to assist the administrators.

 

Mark Orton, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said: “Despite intensive efforts over recent weeks, a sale of the whole Unipart Automotive business could not be reached, and a buyer could only be found for 33 of the sites on a going concern basis. Unfortunately, the business had been experiencing financial stress for a number of years, so the level of cash and further operational restructuring required to rescue a more substantial part of the business posed too much risk for most interested parties. 

 

“Our team of employment specialists will be supporting all staff on completing redundancy forms and putting them in touch with job seeker services. We will now be reviewing what options are available for the remainder of the business, such as selling leasehold interests.”

 

The company also directly supports over 700 independent, owner-operated garages through its Unipart Car Care Centre programme, in addition to having 19 franchisees. These companies fall outside of the administration and will continue to operate as normal.

 

 

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Notes to editors:

 

The 33 sites that have transferred to Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance* are:

 

North East and Yorkshire:                                                            East Anglia

Stockton-on-Tees (Distribution Hub and Branch)                     Felixtowe (Branch)

Northallerton (Branch)                                                                    Great Yarmouth (Branch)

Sheffield (Distribution Hub and Branch)                                     Wisbech (Branch)

Barnsley (Branch)                                                                           Ipswich (Branch)

                                                                                                            Colchester (Branch)

North West and Cumbria:                                           

Warrington (Distribution Hub and Branch)                                London and Home Counties

Lytham St Annes (Branch)                                                           Luton (Branch)

Southport (Branch)*                                                      

Carlisle (Branch)                                                                             Kent and Sussex

                                                                                                         Deal (Branch)*

Greater Manchester and North Wales                                       Dover (Branch)*

Stockport (Distribution Hub and Branch)                                   Hastings (Branch)*

Macclesfield (Branch)*                                                                  Chatham (Branch)*           

 

East Midlands and Lincolnshire                                                   Wales and West

Louth (Branch)                                                                                Carmarthen (Branch)*
Scunthorpe (Branch)

Chesterfield (Branch)                                                                     South West

                                                                                                         Exeter (Distribution Hub

                                                                                                         and Branch)*

West Midlands                                                                               Penryn (Branch)*

Walsall (Branch)                                                                             Barnstaple (Branch)* Shrewsbury (Branch)                                                                     Tiverton (Branch)*

Stafford (Branch)                                                                            Taunton (Branch)*

 

South Coast and Surrey

Isle of Wight (Branch)

              

 

The branches and hubs which have closed with immediate effect, with the corresponding number of staff redundancies, are:

 

Branch

Number of Redundancies

Aberdeen

15

Acton

6

Ashford

7

Avonmouth

27

Aylesbury

5

Ayr

4

Bangor

12

Barrow-In-Furness

4

Basingstoke

6

Bath

5

Bedford

5

Belfast

7

Berwick

4

Bicester

16

Birkenhead

6

Birmingham

12

Birmingham South

19

Bishops Stortford

6

Bletchley

5

Bolton

6

Boston

9

Bournemouth

12

Bradford

11

Brierley Hill

7

Bristol

13

Burton on Trent

6

Bury St.Edmonds

9

Cambridge

27

Cardiff

14

Carlisle

3

Chard

6

Chelmsford

8

Chester

4

Chichester

6

Coventry

9

Crawley

10

Crewe

7

Croydon

11

Dagenham

6

Derby

9

Dundee

9

Dunfermline

5

Durham

11

Eastbourne

7

Edinburgh

8

Elgin

9

Enfield

12

Falkirk

17

Fareham

21

Field Based

32

Folkestone

7

Frome

7

Glasgow

11

Gloucester

12

Grantham

3

Grimsby

4

Guildford

12

Hamilton

4

Harrogate

5

Hayes

4

Head Office - Birmingham

35

Head Office - Bicester

40

Hereford

9

High Wycombe

4

Hove

7

Hub - East Anglia (

3

Hub - East Midlands

3

Hub - Greater Manchester

1

Hub - London and Essex

3

Hub - North East

2

Hub - North Wales

2

Hub - North West

2

Hub - Scotland

4

Hub - South Coast

3

Hub - South East

3

Hub - South West

4

Hub - Thames Valley

1

Hub - Wales and West

3

Hub - West Midlands

4

Hub – Yorkshire

1

Hull

10

Inverness

7

Keighley

4

Kendal

4

Kidderminster

5

Kilmarnock

5

Kingston Upon Thames

7

Kirkcaldy

7

Leeds

9

Leicester

11

Lincoln

5

Liverpool

8

Llandudno

13

Llanelli

5

Loughborough

4

Lowestoft

10

Luton

1

Maidstone

27

Maldon

5

Mansfield

11

Morecambe

4

Newark

14

Newbury

5

Newcastle

14

Newhaven

4

Newport

7

Newton Abbott

5

Northampton

7

Norwich

12

Nottingham

10

Oldham

5

Oxford

2

Peckham

3

Perth

6

Peterborough

4

Plymouth

14

Porthmadog

7

Portsmouth

9

Preston

9

Ramsgate

13

Rayleigh

13

Reading

5

Redditch

4

Salford

12

Salisbury

5

Sittingbourne

6

Slough

5

Southampton

14

St Albans

8

Staples Corner

6

Stoke

8

Sunderland

7

Swansea

7

Swindon

9

Torquay

7

Tottenham

20

Trealaw

6

Truro

5

Wakefield

5

Watford

6

West Bromwich

2

Weston Super Mare

7

Weymouth

11

Wigan

8

Wolverhampton

8

Woolwich

11

Worcester

8

Worthing

4

Wrexham

7

Yeovil

8

York

8

 

 

For employee enquiries, please contact:

 

Sukhi Jalaf, KPMG

E: sukhi.jalaf@kpmg.co.uk,

Tel: 0121 609 5862

 

For supplier enquiries, please contact:

 

Agrim Ganti, KPMG

E: agrim.ganti@kpmg.co.uk

Tel: 07909 993109

 

For interested parties, please contact:

 

Tony Rudkin, KPMG 

(02076 941851)

 

Luke Powell, KPMG

(0121 3352488)

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

 

Katy Broomhead, PR Manager, KPMG

Tel: 0161 246 4623 / 07824 537963

Email: katy.broomhead@kpmg.co.uk

 

Mark Lester, Citypress

Tel: 0161 235 0302 / 07540 047 832

Email: mark.lester@citypress.co.uk

 

KPMG Press office: 020 7694 8773

 

About KPMG

 

KPMG LLP, a UK Ltd liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 11,500 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.8 billion in the year ended September 2013. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

 

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