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Old 16-02-2019, 19:32   #1581
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Flybmi gone bust and all flights cancelled.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47267901
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Old 16-02-2019, 22:26   #1582
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Flybmi gone bust and all flights cancelled.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47267901
***** have owed me £250 since December. That’s gone now.
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Old 17-02-2019, 09:22   #1583
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Are these the same people who used to be BMIbaby? They used to be rpetty big
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Old 17-02-2019, 17:52   #1584
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Are these the same people who used to be BMIbaby? They used to be rpetty big
Is mega confusing as they have been through various interactions, split and name changes over the years.

British Midland International which is where it all started ended up being bought and subsumed into British Airways for its valuable Heathrow slots.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brit..._International

Flybmi was the rest of the company with the non Heathrow flights and was at the time of the British Airways purchase spun off into a separate business. Had always operated independently as BMI’s regional airline business.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flybmi

Airline has been basket case for years flying small planes so struggling for the economies of scale of Ryanair or EasyJet so mainly flew to the smallest airports they didn’t want to go to.
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:12   #1585
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Debenhams are still in trouble. Profit warning today has made their share value dip.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47453271

I'm amazed they've managed to last this long, but surely it can only be a matter of time before they become just another facet of Mike Ashley's growing empire?
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Old 05-03-2019, 18:04   #1586
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Yeh but he's not going to need a Debenhams, HoF, Sports Direct and so fourth in the same town is he?

Such places just seem to be a relic of a bygone age when we didn't have much choice in shops like we do now, before every town had one of everything.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:56   #1587
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Debenhams has unsurprisingly gone in to Administration. Wonder if anyone will save them?

I've not been in a House of Fraser for ages but apparently Mike Ahely's influence has not been good so far

https://www.theguardian.com/business...ouse-of-fraser
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I think his problem with Debenhams is he already owns a decent stake and is about to lose his investment.

Not sure what anyone was expecting from HoF to be honest? But pretty much soon it looks like the entire high street will either be Home Bargains or a Mike Ashley thing.
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Debenhams will do the old trick of close old stores and wipe debts while other ones stay open. ala usc etc.

The Newcastle and metro center one near me do well. It seems. But others in the north east are in deprived areas. So I don’t expect hem to stay.

I can see a new mega mike store soon. In operating game, sports direct and what remains of hof / Debenhams when he buys it up cheap
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I guess they think there is a profitable business somewhere. As far as I can tell people

1. Buy the good bits for next to nothing
2. Run them into the ground whilst extracting as much as they can
3. Walk away

How many times did HMV do it?
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Mike Ashley has been properly stiffed.
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Jamie Oliver's places have gone in to administration
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British Steel in big trouble but it's nowt to do with Brexit..Obvs
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Thomas Cook also seem insistent that they are not going under, but seem to be anyway
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They've declared compulsory insolvency now.
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Thomas Cook also seem insistent that they are not going under, but seem to be anyway
When I worked on the Thomas Cook website team in 1999/2000, the website bought in more income than their most popular shop.

You would think that would have told them something!
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Old 26-05-2019, 17:51   #1597
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Yes! You see Tesco binning off Tesco Direct because it isn't profit making, seems short sighted.

I suppose there is that market that still wants to go into a bricks and mortar shop for a holiday.

My Dad stopped going in when he realised he'd paid about £500 more than on the internet.

You also seem to have a few more rights buying off the internet.

Personally I cannot be faffed with the high street, I work in town so can grab the odd bit from Home Bargains if needs be. But basically if I want to go into town proper, I basically have to run a gauntlet of people trying to get me to change gas suppliers or give £12 to a charity (but in reality going to the chuggers), I went from my office to the supermarket at the other end of town and there were 11 opportunities for me to be accosted.

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