Thomson Directories

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Thomson Directories Ltd
Private company
Industry telephone directory
Predecessor International Thomson Organization
Headquarters Farnborough, Hampshire, UK
Key people
Elio Shiavo (CEO)
Products Thomson Local
Owner US West (1994–1999)
Apax Partners (1999–13)
Corporate Media Partners (2013–)
Parent Corporate Media Partners
Subsidiaries Thomson Local
ThomsonLocal.com
Yellow Pages BT Group
Website www.thomsonlocal.com
Footnotes /references
acquired by Corporate Media Partners

Thomson Directories, more commonly referred to as Thomson Local, is a local business directory company based in Farnborough, Hampshire, England, and offers business listings both in print and online following the launch of ThomsonLocal.com in 2003.

Farnborough, Hampshire Town in Hampshire, England

Farnborough is a town in north east Hampshire, England, part of the borough of Rushmoor and the Farnborough/Aldershot Built-up Area. Farnborough was founded in Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is formed from Ferneberga which means "fern hill".

Hampshire County of England

Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England. The county town is the city of Winchester. Its two largest cities, Southampton and Portsmouth, are administered separately as unitary authorities; the rest of the county is governed by Hampshire County Council.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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174 regional editions of the Thomson Local are produced and delivered free of charge to residential and commercial addresses throughout the UK.

The Chief Executive Officer is currently Elio Shiavo. [1]

The company was purchased by US West, a telecommunications company in the United States, in 1994. [2] In 1999, the company was sold by 3i to TDL Infomedia, a subsidiary of Apax Partners. [3]

US West, Inc., was one of seven Regional Bell Operating Companies, created in 1983 under the Modification of Final Judgement, a case related to the antitrust breakup of AT&T. US West provided local telephone and intraLATA long distance services, data transmission services, cable television services, wireless communications services and related telecommunications products to defined areas in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. US West was a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "USW" with headquarters at 1801 California Street in Denver, Colorado.

3i multinational private equity and venture capital company headquartered in London, United Kingdom

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The company was placed in Administration (law) in August 2013, and acquired by Corporate Media Partners. [4]

As a legal concept, administration is a procedure under the insolvency laws of a number of common law jurisdictions, similar to bankruptcy in the United States. It functions as a rescue mechanism for insolvent entities and allows them to carry on running their business. The process – in the United Kingdom colloquially called "under administration" – is an alternative to liquidation, or may be a precursor to it. Administration is commenced by an administration order. A company in administrative receivership is operated by an administrator on behalf of its creditors. The administrator may recapitalize the business, sell the business to new owners, or demerge it into elements that can be sold and close the remainder. Most countries distinguish between voluntary (board-decided) and involuntary (court-decided) receivership. In voluntary administrative receivership, the administrator is appointed by the company directors. In involuntary administrative receivership, the administrator is appointed by a judicial court. The legal terms for these processes vary from country to country, and the processes may overlap.

As of 2017 Thomson Local operates from their new head office in the Templer building of Farnborough Business Park overlooking Farnborough Airport.

Farnborough Airport airport in the United Kingdom

Farnborough Airport or TAG London Farnborough Airport is an operational business/executive general aviation airport in Farnborough, Rushmoor, Hampshire, England. The 310-hectare (770-acre) airport covers about 8% of Rushmoor's land area.

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References

  1. CEO http://www.answers.com/topic/thomson-directories-1
  2. Fagan, Mary (20 May 1994). "US West pays 70m pounds for Thomson Directories: American telephone company continues to develop multimedia in UK". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  3. Baker, Lucy (31 July 1999). "3i sells Thomson guides for pounds 220m". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  4. "Thomson Local directory firm goes into administration". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-09-11.