Aspray24 reveals £5.5m expansion plan

Willenhall-based Aspray24 has kicked off a £5m expansion plan with the acquisition of a new 5.5-acre site, adjacent to the company’s existing 12-acre premises, where it plans to build a new 100,000ft² facility.

The new site, which the haulier plans to be up and running within the first quarter, formerly belonged to local business George Carter Pressings, and had remained unoccupied since the company closed in 2009.

Aspray24 operations director Ian Barclay says the local community is welcoming the redevelopment of the site, along with the creation of up to 30 jobs, which will be slowly phased in as the business expands.

He adds: “The acquisition of this site not only secures the future of our business in Willenhall, it allows us to continue with our expansion plans.”

The next-day delivery specialist also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

"Phoenix" firm Lindsay Scaffolding refused O-licence

Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) for Scotland, Richard McFarlane has rejected an O-licence application for three vehicles from Edinburgh-based Lindsay Scaffolding Contracts, describing the business as a "phoenix" company.

An October public inquiry was told that Lindsay Scaffolding Contracts boss Grant Lindsay had been the sole director of another company called Lindsay Contracts, which went into liquidation in July 2010 after long-standing customer Wisebuild was placed in administration owing it more than £86,000.

New company Lindsay Scaffolding Contracts - run by Lindsay and his mother Valerie - then bought the vehicles from the liquidator, but failed to tell the office of the TC about the liquidation.

The Office of the TC wrote to Lindsay Scaffolding Contracts in October 2010 advising that the O-licence of the liquidated business was not transferable.

Lindsay Scaffolding Contracts was refused an interim O-licence in July 2011 and Joan Aitken, Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, ruled that the full O-licence application from the firm should be heard at a public inquiry.

In his written decision following the inquiry, McFarlane said he was in no doubt that Grant Lindsay was aware that the O-licence could not be transferred and had "knowingly and deliberately" used the vehicles when they were not authorised under a licence.