United Kingdom
North East; Northumberland and Tyne and Wear; Tyneside
Location of affected unit(s)
Professional Services
Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities
Other Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities
74.9 - Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.

460 - 581 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 February 2019
Employment effect (start)
14 February 2019
Foreseen end date


Energy brokers Utilitywise, based on the Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside, has announced that it is to enter administration resulting in the immediate loss of jobs. Reports vary though the job losses are thought to be between 460 and 581. The administrators were unable to secure funding to allow the business to continue trading and therefore took the decision to close. The corporate division is still profit-making and will continue to trade with 166 employees being retained.

Staff were reportedly told of the decision at a meeting in the staff canteen, and were also informed that they would not be getting paid for the month of February and would have to make a claim for compensation. Staff were also informed that leased company cars would be collected imminently by the leasing company.



Eurofound (2019), Utilitywise, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 97323, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/97323.