Granville Technology Group

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Granville Technology Group
Public company
Industry Retail
Founded 1994
Defunct 2005
Key people
Tahir Mohsan (Founder) (Director, 1994–2005)
Products Computers
Number of employees
1,600

Granville Technology Group Ltd was a British computer retailer and manufacturer based in Simonstone, near Burnley, Lancashire, marketing its products under the brand names Time, Tiny, Colossus, and MJN.[1]

It sold mainly through mail-order, though late in its life, the firm added a chain of shops in the United Kingdom that traded as The Computer Shop, and rapidly grew to over 300 stores.[2] The main competitors were PC World, Comet, and Maplin.

History[edit]

Formerly known as Time Group, the company was formed in 1994, by Tahir Mohsan.[3][4]

The manufacturing unit was located at Time Technology Park, in Simonstone. The company produced computers under the Tiny and Time Computers brands, although tracing the ownership of these brands later proved difficult for administrators Grant Thornton due to the group's convoluted and opaque ownership structure.[5] In the year ending June 2003, the group made profits of £2.5m before tax with a turnover of £207m,[4] and sold nearly 20 million personal computers.[citation needed]

The company went into receivership on 27 July 2005, due to the fall in demand for personal computers. That month, it employed 1,600 people, and was one of the largest retailers of computers in the United Kingdom.[6]

Time UK[edit]

Time UK (a.k.a. Time Computers) was the main supplier for Granville Technology, and was the actual manufacturer of products resold by Granville: computers, notebooks and flat-screen TVs.[1] The company supported consumers who purchased Time products from Granville Technology Group Ltd.[6] The company’s manufacturing plant and headquarter was based at Simonstone, Lancashire, in the private industrial park, the Time Technology Park, named after its brand.

With a turnover of £750M during the 1990’s, the firm became Britain’s largest computer manufacturer, by establishing its market in the United Kingdom, Middle East, and the Far East.[1] It was selling computers through retailers, and a chain of stores, The Computer Shop, which was established by Granville Technology Group. Mohsan subdivided the company into Time Computers, and Time Computer Systems to segregate manufacturing and retailing. The company went into administration on 27 July 2005.[7] In March 2006, the brand was rebranded as Time UK.[8]

The Time UK television commercials used a duo entitled Dr. Apocalypse & Egore, an "outer space" duo. Another advert used Leonard Nimoy, of Star Trek fame, whom reprised his Mr. Spock character.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Andy Beckett (2 December 2005). "The tycoon who fell to earth". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ John Oates (27 Jul 2005). "Granville Technology goes into administration". The Register. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Robert Blincoe (11 May 2001). "Time Computers and its secret CEO". The Register. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Melanie Feisst (28 Jul 2005). "Time called on The Computer Shop". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Colin Barker (1 August 2005). "Unravelling the mystery of Time Computers". Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Tiny PCs goes into administration". BBC News. 27 July 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tiny PCs goes into administration". BBC. 27 July 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Time Computers back in business". Retrieved 19 May 2014.