Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Household Equipment In Specialised Stores
47.59 - Retail sale of furniture, lighting equipment and other household articles in specialised stores

240 - 1,330 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Harveys, the British furniture store chain has entered administration with 240 immediate job losses. The remaining 1,330 jobs are at risk of redundancy but continue to work while the administrators are looking for a buyer for the company.

The administrators said the job losses were necessary due to the economic position of the Blue Group, which owns Harveys. The administrators promised to support the employees who had lost their jobs by liaising with the relevant government agencies, such as the Redundancy Payments Service.

According to media reports, the chief executive of the Blue Group said the administration and the restructuring would ensure that the business can survive the Covid-19 crisis. Analysts said that furniture retailers, including Harveys, were already facing difficult market conditions before non-essential shops were temporarily closed stores in March.

Harveys was founded in London in 1966. It is one of the largest furniture specialists in the UK, selling living room and dining room furniture in over 150 stores.



Eurofound (2020), Harveys, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101503, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101503.