15 August 2013 - 9:56am | posted by | 8 comments

Thomson Directories bought out of administration within hours by 118 Information owners

Thomson Directories bought out of administration within hours by 118 Information ownersThomson Directories bought out of administration within hours by 118

Thomson Directories is understood to have been bought out of administration by a newly formed company called Corporate Media Partners Limited, run by the founders of 118 Information.

The Drum has learned that the deal was made within hours of staff being informed of the administration process yesterday (14 August).

The business was acquired by Paul Spinks and Patrick Bradshaw, who also own 118 Information, e-Location, Market Location and 118 Business Information.

“This is a hugely important addition to our existing suite of businesses, and we are excited by the challenge that this acquisition offers. To own such a brand as Thomson Local is hugely satisfying,” said Spinks.

“Thomson Local and Thomson Directories is a major brand in the UK which achieves instant recognition and we are excited by the prospect of delivering a range of relevant advertising, new media and information packages to today’s SME. We also believe that the Thomson Online Directory offering will be a useful resource from which a number of our larger licensing customers can benefit,” added Bradshaw.

Over 200 employees were made redundant as a consequence of the administration.

The acquiring company was formed on 30 July this year according to Company's House.

It is understood that a meeting for staff has been called after midday today to announce the deal.

More on this as it breaks.


15 Aug 2013 - 13:40
racha12855's picture

what a sham. we were sacked. supposed to be paid on the 21st aug. getting nothing. then the company gets bought out 2 hours later and half the force still have jobs. thanks for everything. nicely done over

15 Aug 2013 - 17:24
Shibleth59325's picture


Diabolical - and RBS the taxpapayers bank has sunk a loan of an eye watering 600 million in to the Italian parent and done nothing for the homeland people other than sacking people on the spot and confiscating their cars and phones. Then there are all the pensioners as the fund has a 50million pound hole - no doubt the pension regulator (ie us) will have to bail it all out. The brand name Thomsons belongs to Thomson Reuters - how sullied is that now?

19 Aug 2013 - 14:08
angel19187's picture

If anyone is looking for a new job opportunity working for a fantastic, dynamic, growing company, please send me your CV to angela.purcell@just-eat.co.uk

I have Business Development Consultant Positions available nationwide with an attractive salary and commission structure. I have a few ex-Thomsons employees already in the role which they love!

Contact me for for information!@racha12855

15 Aug 2013 - 15:03
rburg65627's picture

Hi racha12855, I have worked for a company called ReachLocal for 3 years now and like you love my job & the people I work with. We have lots of successful ex Yell/ Thomson employees working with us and if you like getting your customers phones ringing you will absolutely love what we do. Send me over your CV if you get a moment for an immediate interview rburgess@reachlocal.co.uk Roger.

19 Aug 2013 - 17:43
robth73536's picture

Great comment Roger. We're also looking to recruit successful ex HIBU / Yell/ Thomson employees to work with us (we also use the Reach Local Platform for some of our digital campaigns as they've been a trusted authorised supplier for many years)

We've grown 30% year on year and are forecast to grow in excess of 50% this year based on adapting to, and exploiting the opportunities that Google and digital marketing provide.

So if you're interested in a dynamic career the send your CV to rob.thomas@wsi-emarketing.com

20 Aug 2013 - 11:37
robin97101's picture

If any of the Thomson employees are looking for a new role we are looking to recruit circa 50 sales / Account managers to join us here a Lead Forensics - please get in touch with me - Robinsond@leadforensics.com

29 Oct 2013 - 18:46
nigel67070's picture

Sorry state of affairs.... All Thomson Peeps... check these job offers carefully, as not all as good as they seem....

30 Oct 2013 - 12:59
rober19424's picture

We are looking for telesales agents based in the birmingham area www.thephonebook.co.uk give us a call on 0333 1234560


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