UK PC giant runs out of Time

The UK's biggest PC maker has fallen on hard times, but where did it all go wrong?

Granville Technology – which owns Time Computers, Tiny and The Computer Shop retail chain — has gone from being the UK's biggest independent PC manufacturer to a company with a very uncertain future.


Time crisis: Workers and customers share woes
27 July: TalkBack: This week's unfolding drama at Granville Technology Group saw employees and punters turn to the Web to swap information and express their concerns

Time crisis: Will customers get their goods?
27 July: People who purchased computers from Granville Technology could have a tough time getting their computers — or their money back

Time crisis: Administrators called in
27 July: Reports say workers are locked in at their Burnley HQ, as the UK's leading PC retailer hits troubled times

Time closes stores but keeps running
26 July: Time Computers closes 78 retail outlets 'for now' because of issues with its bankers, but its mail order business continues

Time staff sent home as work dries up
25 July: The largest UK-owned computer supplier has asked staff to return on Thursday, as some worry that they may not get paid on time this month

Time Computers denies tales of woe
22 July: Rumours of financial troubles at Time Computers are just the work of a 'disgruntled employee', according to the firm's parent company

Time is up for PC retailers
27 July: Strong strategy, great products and retail nous are needed to survive in the high street