More than 80 jobs across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire are likely to be lost as a result of the collapse of mobile retail giant Phones 4U, it has been revealed.
A total of 82 jobs are at risk at 14 different outlets around the area.
It follows Phones 4u going into administration after EE announced it will not be renewing its current contract with the company, which had been due to end on September 30 next year.
Vodafone had made a similar recent decision to end its association with Phones 4u.
The company has two main Sheffield stores, on Fargate and at Crystal Peaks, as well as two stores in Rotherham, one in Barnsley, three outlets in Doncaster, and one in Chesterfield.
Phones 4u also has a presence in three Sheffield branches of Currys, one in Rotherham and another in Chesterfield.
A statement from Phones 4u said the company had been in a ‘healthy state’ and the decisions by EE and Vodafone had come as a ‘complete shock’.
Phones 4u, which employs more than 5,500 people across the country, has now appointed administrators from PwC. The company said stores have been closed ‘pending a decision by the administrators on whether the business can be reopened for trading’.
David Kassler, chief executive of Phones 4u, said: “It is a very sad day for our customers and our staff. If the mobile network operators decline to supply us, we do not have a business. A good company making profits of over £100 million, employing thousands of decent people, has been forced into administration.”
Stefano Quadrio Curzio, representative from the company’s private equity owner BC Partners, said: “Our overriding concern is for all the dedicated hard-working employees of Phones 4u at a time of uncertainty for the company.”
He said the company was surprised by Vodafone and EE in indicating they will no longer be doing business with Phones 4u.