Andrews Haulage to close, putting 30 vehicles up for sale

Andrews Haulage is to close its haulage operation and is looking to sell all of its 30 vehicles.

The Derbyshire-based firm, which specialised in events transport, moving building materials and bulk transportation of grain and animal feed, has blamed the price of fuel and the banks unwillingness to lend for the closure of the business.

“The banks have worn us out,” said managing director Stuart Andrew. “Even though we’re a high profit company it became very difficult to cover our costs.”

Over the last 20 years the firm moved cabins and containers for many prestigious events including the Glastonbury Festival, the Isle of Wight Festival and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone .

It is looking to sell all of its vehicles, including flatbed trucks, forklift trucks and crane-fitted vehicles, in an auction at its base near Measham in Derbyshire on 27 October. Contact Malcolm Harrison Auctions for more details.

Harkin Group application turned down

Traffic commissioner (TC) for the West Midlands Nick Jones has revoked the O-licence of J&J Harkin - a business in liquidation - and refused an application from its successor Harkin Group on the grounds of lack of repute.

At a September public inquiry in Birmingham, the TC heard how Small Heath-based J&J Harkin, had held a standard national O-licence for four vehicles and two trailers since 1994, but had entered compulsory liquidation in February this year with an estimated deficiency of £1.3m according to the official receiver's report.

Harkin Group applied for a licence to run four vehicles and two trailers in January 2012 from the same site with the same sole director, John C Harkin.

Its application for an interim licence was refused.

However, during the inquiry, the TC was told that Harkin Group had operated vehicles this year under the old J&J Harkin licence, despite the fact that it did not have permission from the liquidator to do anything in the name of the business in liquidation.

Harkin Group had also received several warnings that it was not allowed to operate, including from its own solicitor.

In his written decision TC Jones concluded: "I find that the applicant has knowingly operated illegally without an operator’s licence for a period of time and has not been truthful with me."