School uniform shop closes

First published in News by

A SHOP that stocked sports and school wear has gone into administration.

Ernest Newson, in Colchester High Street, closed on Tuesday.

Its glass doors have been painted over and a sign has been put up saying that it has passed to administrators FRP Advisory LLP.

The brand, established in 1902, sold uniforms for many schools including Colne Community, Holmwood House, St. Thomas More’s and Colchester County High School for girls.

It also stocked brownies, cubs and scouts uniforms.

Full story in tomorrow's Gazette.

Comments (15)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:54am Thu 15 Mar 12

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Unfortunately a sign of the times. Newsons used to be one of only a few retailers who specialised in School uniforms. Now most things can be bought from supermarkets who are competative. I remember kitting our children out with full uniforms and sports kits from them and the start of a new School was an expensive time for parents because Ernest Newsoms were usually quite expensive!
Unfortunately a sign of the times. Newsons used to be one of only a few retailers who specialised in School uniforms. Now most things can be bought from supermarkets who are competative. I remember kitting our children out with full uniforms and sports kits from them and the start of a new School was an expensive time for parents because Ernest Newsoms were usually quite expensive! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 0

1:03pm Thu 15 Mar 12

shyprincess says...

It was very expensive, my son started school in September and I had to buy his polo shirts and sweatshirts from there, as they have to have the logo uniform.

Wonder where we will get it now.
It was very expensive, my son started school in September and I had to buy his polo shirts and sweatshirts from there, as they have to have the logo uniform. Wonder where we will get it now. shyprincess
  • Score: 0

2:02pm Thu 15 Mar 12

wellnow says...

a sigh of relief for many households.the clothes that were supplied by that outlet were expensive and caused many a problem for people on a tight budget.
a sigh of relief for many households.the clothes that were supplied by that outlet were expensive and caused many a problem for people on a tight budget. wellnow
  • Score: 0

4:10pm Thu 15 Mar 12

nick2480 says...

They must have know something was amiss as last August when we needed a rugby shirt for our son starting at Philip Morant we were promised more would be available by the end of the month, we had to wait until December to get it...

Considering the amount of schools they provided for and the various shops up the country seems strange to find them in finacial problems..
They must have know something was amiss as last August when we needed a rugby shirt for our son starting at Philip Morant we were promised more would be available by the end of the month, we had to wait until December to get it... Considering the amount of schools they provided for and the various shops up the country seems strange to find them in finacial problems.. nick2480
  • Score: 0

4:26pm Thu 15 Mar 12

jut1972 says...

High Street rent cant have been cheap.
A product that can be bought elsewhere (in the majority of cases) cheaper.
Not a good recipe for success.

As for any school that insisted on purchasing from one store I hope the parents where brave enough to tell them to shove it!
High Street rent cant have been cheap. A product that can be bought elsewhere (in the majority of cases) cheaper. Not a good recipe for success. As for any school that insisted on purchasing from one store I hope the parents where brave enough to tell them to shove it! jut1972
  • Score: 0

4:44pm Thu 15 Mar 12

Boris says...

Another century-old Colchester retailer bites the dust, which is sad. Let's hope the staff are able to find new jobs.
Each school insists on its own uniform, which is ridiculous.
Why can't all schools have the same uniform, with just a different badge or tie?
Good job Newson's has gone half way through the school year. Maybe a new supplier will come to light in time for September.
Another century-old Colchester retailer bites the dust, which is sad. Let's hope the staff are able to find new jobs. Each school insists on its own uniform, which is ridiculous. Why can't all schools have the same uniform, with just a different badge or tie? Good job Newson's has gone half way through the school year. Maybe a new supplier will come to light in time for September. Boris
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Thu 15 Mar 12

Another Point of View says...

Its not just the supermarkets, a number of schools have been making sure their uniforms are only available from the schools themselves or from the PTAs. These have tended to be alot cheaper than Newson's as well.

Another sad day for our High Streets especially with Game having gone or about to go out as well.
Its not just the supermarkets, a number of schools have been making sure their uniforms are only available from the schools themselves or from the PTAs. These have tended to be alot cheaper than Newson's as well. Another sad day for our High Streets especially with Game having gone or about to go out as well. Another Point of View
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Thu 15 Mar 12

ephemeral girl says...

The cost of the jumpers, blazers etc is determined by the cost of the embroidery, so not really Ernest Newson's fault.
The cost of the jumpers, blazers etc is determined by the cost of the embroidery, so not really Ernest Newson's fault. ephemeral girl
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Thu 15 Mar 12

californianana says...

agree with every word Boris. every time I come home now it's like I'm visiting a. strange town.
agree with every word Boris. every time I come home now it's like I'm visiting a. strange town. californianana
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Thu 15 Mar 12

roger bacon says...

Not only do Ernest Newson have a shop in Colchester, they also had shops in Clacton,Dover, Newcastle and Canterbury.
Another nail in the coffin for the small shops, yet still Colchester BC are still letting more Tesco's to open. They must be getting very close to double figures soon.
Not only do Ernest Newson have a shop in Colchester, they also had shops in Clacton,Dover, Newcastle and Canterbury. Another nail in the coffin for the small shops, yet still Colchester BC are still letting more Tesco's to open. They must be getting very close to double figures soon. roger bacon
  • Score: 0

6:40pm Thu 15 Mar 12

roger bacon says...

Not only do Ernest Newson have a shop in Colchester, they also had shops in Clacton,Dover, Newcastle and Canterbury.
Another nail in the coffin for the small shops, yet still Colchester BC are still letting more Tesco's to open. They must be getting very close to double figures soon.
Not only do Ernest Newson have a shop in Colchester, they also had shops in Clacton,Dover, Newcastle and Canterbury. Another nail in the coffin for the small shops, yet still Colchester BC are still letting more Tesco's to open. They must be getting very close to double figures soon. roger bacon
  • Score: 0

9:21pm Fri 16 Mar 12

Boris says...

californianana wrote:
agree with every word Boris. every time I come home now it's like I'm visiting a. strange town.
When was the last time you were over, californianana? What are your plans for another visit?
Would you have time to meet a few of us?
[quote][p][bold]californianana[/bold] wrote: agree with every word Boris. every time I come home now it's like I'm visiting a. strange town.[/p][/quote]When was the last time you were over, californianana? What are your plans for another visit? Would you have time to meet a few of us? Boris
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Sat 17 Mar 12

Reginald47 says...

Sadly it seems to be national policy that now decides planning applications not the council - and it looks like getting worse from what I've read.
Sadly it seems to be national policy that now decides planning applications not the council - and it looks like getting worse from what I've read. Reginald47
  • Score: 0

1:02am Sun 18 Mar 12

wellnow says...

i know what it's like when your favourite shop closes.i found it hard to get good equestrian supplies when claridges closed it's door's.
i know what it's like when your favourite shop closes.i found it hard to get good equestrian supplies when claridges closed it's door's. wellnow
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Sdapeze says...

This further loss of an old established business can be of no surprise. It's a changing world. We all want something for nothing and anybody who provides a personal service via a High Street shop, is shunned in favour of Mr Tesco or the internet, where the same goods may be purchased at a much reduced cost. Just look at the way our pubs are going. It's survival of the fittest, pure and simple. But what I want to see is what our council are going to do about all the empty shops. Our High Street is an unpleasant place to visit - at night it's full of drunken yobs, during the day it's full of cars. How nice!
This further loss of an old established business can be of no surprise. It's a changing world. We all want something for nothing and anybody who provides a personal service via a High Street shop, is shunned in favour of Mr Tesco or the internet, where the same goods may be purchased at a much reduced cost. Just look at the way our pubs are going. It's survival of the fittest, pure and simple. But what I want to see is what our council are going to do about all the empty shops. Our High Street is an unpleasant place to visit - at night it's full of drunken yobs, during the day it's full of cars. How nice! Sdapeze
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree