The Leeds-based VAR has told several suppliers that it is heading into administration, while staff have been told there are doubts over wages they are owed. However so far there has been no official confirmation. FRP Advisory, which is supposed to have been appointed as the alledged administrator has also so far refused to confirm that FRP has been officially named.
There had been portents of doom around for a while. In January there was a £48,777 county court judgment (CCJ) on Firstnet. At the time Firstnet played that down, saying it was all a terrible mistake and had been overlooked due to the Christmas break.
Last March Firstnet opened its first datacentre – a 400-rack facility which was previously an NHS datacentre. The data centre was supposed to give Firstnet its cloud, colocation and disaster recovery services, with the firm earlier outsourcing these capabilities to third parties. At the time it claimed it would make £50 million in revenue in five years’ time and employ another 100 staff.