Four jobs to go at Phones 4U shop

The administrators who have taken over Phones 4U have confirmed that four of the six staff members at the Hastings Queen’s Road branch will be made redundant as the store closes.

The two other staff members at the Hastings branch will remain employed within the Phones 4U business.

However, staff at the Bexhill Devonshire Road store have been handed a lifeline after it was confirmed that the neighbouring Bexhill store is transferring over to Vodafone.

This means there will be no redundancies in Bexhill.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) took over the mobile phone company last week after Phones 4U’s network operator EE refused to renew its contract with Phones 4U meaning the firm had no network partner.

However, PwC confirmed that a deal has been agreed with Vodafone which will see the firm take on 140 of the Phones 4U stores and re-branded to Vodafone.

Rob Hunt, joint administrator and PwC partner, said: “We have worked rapidly to explore the interest in the Phones 4U business and we are very pleased to secure a future for a significant number of stores and continued employment for 887 of the Phones 4U people.”

Last week EE said the decision to end ties with Phones 4U was based on its strategy to focus on its own stores and cut out intermediaries.

Earlier this week, PwC announced that EE will take over 58 stores preserving 359 jobs in a £2.5 million deal.

Customers who bought phones or took out contracts with Phones 4U will not be affected.