United Kingdom
West Midlands; West Midlands; Birmingham
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.5 - Casting of metals

150 - 270 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 October 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


One of the most famous names in British engineering history, Birmingham Small Arms Company, is struggling for survival after administrators were called in at subsidiaries of BSA Holdings. On 17 October 2005, Ernst & Young was appointed administrators at BSA Advanced Sintering, a manufacturing operation that employs 150 people in Ipswich. The move follows the appointment of administrators at BSA Metal Powders, BSA Precision Castings and the property company that owns the site occupied by the castings business and the headquarters of the BSA holding company. Altogether the companies in administration employ 270.

Birmingham Small Arms was set up by 14 master gunsmiths to supply arms to British troops fighting in the Crimea. It moved into making motorcycles and then into cars with the purchase of Daimler of Coventry in 1910.


  • 18 October 2005: The Guardian


Eurofound (2005), BSA Holdings, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62411, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62411.