Sussex jobs at risk as HMV calls in administrator

The music has stopped for a major retail chain.

HMV has called in administrator Deloitte to find a buyer for the stricken outlets.

The outlets in Brighton, Worthing Eastbourne, Horsham and Crawley will remain open while a buyer is sought to safeguard more than 60 jobs in the county.

The company's administration also means that vouchers and gift card which were given as Christmas presents will be worthless.

Tony Mernagh, executive director at the Brighton and Hove Economic partnership predicted HMV would collapse in the wake of the demise of Jessops.

Neil Saunders, managing director of retail consultancy Conlumino, said the collapse of HMV was inevitable.

He said: "In the digital era where 73.4% of music and film are downloaded or bought online, HMV's business model has simply become increasingly irrelevant and unsustainable."

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9:04am Tue 15 Jan 13

GIVE UP says...

It should be made illegal to sell gift vouchers and not honour them. First Comet and now HMV how many other stores in the future will still sell gift vouchers knowing their going under,surely it should be classed as theft
It should be made illegal to sell gift vouchers and not honour them. First Comet and now HMV how many other stores in the future will still sell gift vouchers knowing their going under,surely it should be classed as theft GIVE UP

9:12am Tue 15 Jan 13

Mylex58 says...

Sadly, this is not only about the devastating immediate consequences of more Sussex people losing their jobs, but what the loss of companies like HMV and Jessops do to the High Street. As ever-increasing numbers of people opt to take advantage of cheaper prices and the convenience of shopping online, this is bound to take its toll on yet more High Street retail outlets. With crippling Business Rates and the other associated costs of having a city centre location, they simply can't compete. That should be a worry to everyone who doesn't want to see the UK's High Streets become like America's: completely soulless, with all shopping done in out-of-town malls - or online.
Sadly, this is not only about the devastating immediate consequences of more Sussex people losing their jobs, but what the loss of companies like HMV and Jessops do to the High Street. As ever-increasing numbers of people opt to take advantage of cheaper prices and the convenience of shopping online, this is bound to take its toll on yet more High Street retail outlets. With crippling Business Rates and the other associated costs of having a city centre location, they simply can't compete. That should be a worry to everyone who doesn't want to see the UK's High Streets become like America's: completely soulless, with all shopping done in out-of-town malls - or online. Mylex58

9:48am Tue 15 Jan 13

Charismatic Andrew says...

It was well known that HMV was on the brink last year and that Christmas would be make or break for them, so anyone who bought vouchers and gift card as Christmas presents were being a bit silly.
It was well known that HMV was on the brink last year and that Christmas would be make or break for them, so anyone who bought vouchers and gift card as Christmas presents were being a bit silly. Charismatic Andrew

9:51am Tue 15 Jan 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

It's very sad and I hope HMV survives. I didnt feel the same went others have gone before since the recession but for me HMV is the heart and soul of the British high street. It's where I have bought countless games, DVD's and CD's and browsed manier of each too over the years. I always buy through HMV and refuse to use Amazon or Play.com. Perhaps silly but hey. I like HMV, it's one of oldest brands on the high street, and it could be gone forever. There will be no where to go and browse new CD's or new films. It will be a great shame. I actually still buy CD's, but it seems hardly anyone else does anymore. I dont buy that many, but I still like to buy them (I am 30, not 60!!). I don't download music, I think it's meaningless. I also like to have a hard copy on disc that sits on my shelf. Things have changed, I think for the worst. Maybe I am living in a bygone era but when the HMV goes and you can't go and browse media unless you go to a supermarket, the high street will be nearly well and truly dead.
It's very sad and I hope HMV survives. I didnt feel the same went others have gone before since the recession but for me HMV is the heart and soul of the British high street. It's where I have bought countless games, DVD's and CD's and browsed manier of each too over the years. I always buy through HMV and refuse to use Amazon or Play.com. Perhaps silly but hey. I like HMV, it's one of oldest brands on the high street, and it could be gone forever. There will be no where to go and browse new CD's or new films. It will be a great shame. I actually still buy CD's, but it seems hardly anyone else does anymore. I dont buy that many, but I still like to buy them (I am 30, not 60!!). I don't download music, I think it's meaningless. I also like to have a hard copy on disc that sits on my shelf. Things have changed, I think for the worst. Maybe I am living in a bygone era but when the HMV goes and you can't go and browse media unless you go to a supermarket, the high street will be nearly well and truly dead. Hoarder12345444

10:18am Tue 15 Jan 13

Mark_Hove says...

HMV pays UK corporation tax and makes its fair contribution to the UK coffers.
Amazon, HMV's biggest competitor, shirks from paying UK corporation tax and operates under off shore loop holes and tax evasive practices.
How is HMV supposed to compete when it is punished for contributing to the country it is trading in, while it's competitors do not.
HMV pays UK corporation tax and makes its fair contribution to the UK coffers. Amazon, HMV's biggest competitor, shirks from paying UK corporation tax and operates under off shore loop holes and tax evasive practices. How is HMV supposed to compete when it is punished for contributing to the country it is trading in, while it's competitors do not. Mark_Hove

10:51am Tue 15 Jan 13

Charismatic Andrew says...

Hoarder12345444 wrote:
It's very sad and I hope HMV survives. I didnt feel the same went others have gone before since the recession but for me HMV is the heart and soul of the British high street. It's where I have bought countless games, DVD's and CD's and browsed manier of each too over the years. I always buy through HMV and refuse to use Amazon or Play.com. Perhaps silly but hey. I like HMV, it's one of oldest brands on the high street, and it could be gone forever. There will be no where to go and browse new CD's or new films. It will be a great shame. I actually still buy CD's, but it seems hardly anyone else does anymore. I dont buy that many, but I still like to buy them (I am 30, not 60!!). I don't download music, I think it's meaningless. I also like to have a hard copy on disc that sits on my shelf. Things have changed, I think for the worst. Maybe I am living in a bygone era but when the HMV goes and you can't go and browse media unless you go to a supermarket, the high street will be nearly well and truly dead.
Look I'm not normally pedantic, but it's NOT CD's, DVD's and for the person who wrote the article it's NOT outlet’s.

It's CDs, DVDs and outlets. Why on earth would you have an apostrophe in those words?

Thanks. As I say apologies for being pedantic.
[quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: It's very sad and I hope HMV survives. I didnt feel the same went others have gone before since the recession but for me HMV is the heart and soul of the British high street. It's where I have bought countless games, DVD's and CD's and browsed manier of each too over the years. I always buy through HMV and refuse to use Amazon or Play.com. Perhaps silly but hey. I like HMV, it's one of oldest brands on the high street, and it could be gone forever. There will be no where to go and browse new CD's or new films. It will be a great shame. I actually still buy CD's, but it seems hardly anyone else does anymore. I dont buy that many, but I still like to buy them (I am 30, not 60!!). I don't download music, I think it's meaningless. I also like to have a hard copy on disc that sits on my shelf. Things have changed, I think for the worst. Maybe I am living in a bygone era but when the HMV goes and you can't go and browse media unless you go to a supermarket, the high street will be nearly well and truly dead.[/p][/quote]Look I'm not normally pedantic, but it's NOT CD's, DVD's and for the person who wrote the article it's NOT outlet’s. It's CDs, DVDs and outlets. Why on earth would you have an apostrophe in those words? Thanks. As I say apologies for being pedantic. Charismatic Andrew

12:07pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

Charismatic Andrew wrote:
Hoarder12345444 wrote:
It's very sad and I hope HMV survives. I didnt feel the same went others have gone before since the recession but for me HMV is the heart and soul of the British high street. It's where I have bought countless games, DVD's and CD's and browsed manier of each too over the years. I always buy through HMV and refuse to use Amazon or Play.com. Perhaps silly but hey. I like HMV, it's one of oldest brands on the high street, and it could be gone forever. There will be no where to go and browse new CD's or new films. It will be a great shame. I actually still buy CD's, but it seems hardly anyone else does anymore. I dont buy that many, but I still like to buy them (I am 30, not 60!!). I don't download music, I think it's meaningless. I also like to have a hard copy on disc that sits on my shelf. Things have changed, I think for the worst. Maybe I am living in a bygone era but when the HMV goes and you can't go and browse media unless you go to a supermarket, the high street will be nearly well and truly dead.
Look I'm not normally pedantic, but it's NOT CD's, DVD's and for the person who wrote the article it's NOT outlet’s.

It's CDs, DVDs and outlets. Why on earth would you have an apostrophe in those words?

Thanks. As I say apologies for being pedantic.
Thanks pal, not a problem. I'll beatr that in mind fellow.
[quote][p][bold]Charismatic Andrew[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: It's very sad and I hope HMV survives. I didnt feel the same went others have gone before since the recession but for me HMV is the heart and soul of the British high street. It's where I have bought countless games, DVD's and CD's and browsed manier of each too over the years. I always buy through HMV and refuse to use Amazon or Play.com. Perhaps silly but hey. I like HMV, it's one of oldest brands on the high street, and it could be gone forever. There will be no where to go and browse new CD's or new films. It will be a great shame. I actually still buy CD's, but it seems hardly anyone else does anymore. I dont buy that many, but I still like to buy them (I am 30, not 60!!). I don't download music, I think it's meaningless. I also like to have a hard copy on disc that sits on my shelf. Things have changed, I think for the worst. Maybe I am living in a bygone era but when the HMV goes and you can't go and browse media unless you go to a supermarket, the high street will be nearly well and truly dead.[/p][/quote]Look I'm not normally pedantic, but it's NOT CD's, DVD's and for the person who wrote the article it's NOT outlet’s. It's CDs, DVDs and outlets. Why on earth would you have an apostrophe in those words? Thanks. As I say apologies for being pedantic.[/p][/quote]Thanks pal, not a problem. I'll beatr that in mind fellow. Hoarder12345444

12:29pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Mylex58 says...

I'm going to have to reassess my opinion about Charismatic Andrew. Anyone who obviously loves the language, worries about its misuse (or as people would say: it's misuse); and (rightly) gets annoyed about people putting apostrophes in the wrong place is clearly more caring and charismatic than I had first assumed. Excellent!
I'm going to have to reassess my opinion about Charismatic Andrew. Anyone who obviously loves the language, worries about its misuse (or as people would say: it's misuse); and (rightly) gets annoyed about people putting apostrophes in the wrong place is clearly more caring and charismatic than I had first assumed. Excellent! Mylex58

2:56pm Tue 15 Jan 13

MzEden1 says...

You know that in a few days your company is going to fold yet you still accept money for goods/ a service which you have no intention of honouring. How is that not illegal!?!

If like me you are fed up with companies not accepting vouchers when they go into administration (Hmv, jessops, comet) please sign this on line petition to make it illegal

epetitions. direct. gov. uk/ petitions/ 41655
take the spaces out when pasting.
You know that in a few days your company is going to fold yet you still accept money for goods/ a service which you have no intention of honouring. How is that not illegal!?! If like me you are fed up with companies not accepting vouchers when they go into administration (Hmv, jessops, comet) please sign this on line petition to make it illegal epetitions. direct. gov. uk/ petitions/ 41655 take the spaces out when pasting. MzEden1

3:10pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Charismatic Andrew says...

Hoarder12345444 wrote:
Charismatic Andrew wrote:
Hoarder12345444 wrote:
It's very sad and I hope HMV survives. I didnt feel the same went others have gone before since the recession but for me HMV is the heart and soul of the British high street. It's where I have bought countless games, DVD's and CD's and browsed manier of each too over the years. I always buy through HMV and refuse to use Amazon or Play.com. Perhaps silly but hey. I like HMV, it's one of oldest brands on the high street, and it could be gone forever. There will be no where to go and browse new CD's or new films. It will be a great shame. I actually still buy CD's, but it seems hardly anyone else does anymore. I dont buy that many, but I still like to buy them (I am 30, not 60!!). I don't download music, I think it's meaningless. I also like to have a hard copy on disc that sits on my shelf. Things have changed, I think for the worst. Maybe I am living in a bygone era but when the HMV goes and you can't go and browse media unless you go to a supermarket, the high street will be nearly well and truly dead.
Look I'm not normally pedantic, but it's NOT CD's, DVD's and for the person who wrote the article it's NOT outlet’s.

It's CDs, DVDs and outlets. Why on earth would you have an apostrophe in those words?

Thanks. As I say apologies for being pedantic.
Thanks pal, not a problem. I'll beatr that in mind fellow.
Thanks Big Guy.
[quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charismatic Andrew[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: It's very sad and I hope HMV survives. I didnt feel the same went others have gone before since the recession but for me HMV is the heart and soul of the British high street. It's where I have bought countless games, DVD's and CD's and browsed manier of each too over the years. I always buy through HMV and refuse to use Amazon or Play.com. Perhaps silly but hey. I like HMV, it's one of oldest brands on the high street, and it could be gone forever. There will be no where to go and browse new CD's or new films. It will be a great shame. I actually still buy CD's, but it seems hardly anyone else does anymore. I dont buy that many, but I still like to buy them (I am 30, not 60!!). I don't download music, I think it's meaningless. I also like to have a hard copy on disc that sits on my shelf. Things have changed, I think for the worst. Maybe I am living in a bygone era but when the HMV goes and you can't go and browse media unless you go to a supermarket, the high street will be nearly well and truly dead.[/p][/quote]Look I'm not normally pedantic, but it's NOT CD's, DVD's and for the person who wrote the article it's NOT outlet’s. It's CDs, DVDs and outlets. Why on earth would you have an apostrophe in those words? Thanks. As I say apologies for being pedantic.[/p][/quote]Thanks pal, not a problem. I'll beatr that in mind fellow.[/p][/quote]Thanks Big Guy. Charismatic Andrew

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