It has just been announced on the local ITV news that Empire Direct have gone into administration. Their web site is currently giving "Bad Request (Invalid Hostname)".
Sad news, let us hope the administrators manage to make it work out.
Edited to add: http://www.theretailbulletin.com/news/administrators_appointed_to_empire_direct_plc_19-01-09/
"Mark Firmin, joint administrator, and KPMG Restructuring Partner said: Empire Direct has been severely affected by the economic downturn and experienced a significant reduction in sales from the middle of last year. In addition, the business really suffered when credit insurers withdrew cover in October. Low stock levels and operating losses mean the business cannot continue to trade in administration.
We are working hard with the remaining employees to establish a list of customers with outstanding orders and much of our immediate effort will be focused on communicating with them. Within the first few weeks of the administration, we are aiming to contact all customers who have paid for goods which they have not received."
Looks like that's it for Empire Direct :(