Dixons Carphone Extends a Hand to Bereft Employees of Maplin


Yesterday, Dixons Carphone extended a hand to the employees of Maplin. Maplin is the electronics chain that collapsed into administration this week and employs around 2,500 people.

Maplin was compelled into administration following the failure of its private equity owner Rutland to look for a buyer for the business.

Four years ago, Rutland acquired Maplin. It was in negotiations with Edinburgh Woollen Mill regarding a sale. However, it failed to secure an agreement.

In a tweet yesterday, Dixons Carphone said that it was “sorry” about the administration of Maplin.

The company stated: “Sorry to hear Maplin is in administration.

“It’s famous for its expert and friendly team, and this is a tough time for colleagues. We always need great people who love customers and tech and hope we can offer some Maplin employees opportunities with Dixons Carphone.”

Over the Christmas period, Dixons Carphone increased its sales by six percent with its revenue boosted by the higher sales of iPhones. Seb James, the chief executive, said that gross margins were “challenged.” However, he said that the release of a new Samsung in 2018 would be good for the business.