United Kingdom
North West; Cheshire; Cheshire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Of Other Machinery, Equipment And Supplies
46.69 - Wholesale of other machinery and equipment

500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 February 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Dutch owner of Newey & Eyre, the electrical wholesaling business, is to close the firm's distribution centre at Runcorn, Cheshire, putting 500 jobs under threat. Hagemeyer, the Dutch parent, confirmed last night it would replace the site with a series of regional warehouses as part of moves to revitalise its British arm. It made the change after the national warehouse at Runcorn failed to meet expectations and required temporary staff to ensure customer service levels at Newey & Eyre were met.

The group, which distributes electrical, safety and maintenance equipment to business customers, is hoping to return to the black after it made losses of €164 million (£114 million) in 2004. Hagemeyer, which employs 4,500 people in Britain, said it hoped the new logistics arrangements would enable it to better serve Newey & Eyre's 175 branches, including numerous outlets in the North West.


  • 24 February 2005: The Guardian


Eurofound (2005), Newey and Eyre, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 61160, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61160.