Hundreds of jobs in jeopardy as administrators appointed following collapse of haulage company – Nottinghamshire Live

Hundreds of jobs are in jeopardy after a warehousing and haulage firm was placed into administration.

Headquartered in Alfreton, and with contracts to supply food to Asda and Sainsbury’s, EVCL Chill has run out of money to pay staff and its debts.

Derbyshire Live reports some 650 of the firm’s 1,000 warehouse staff and drivers have been transferred to key customers but the remaining workers’ roles are in jeopardy.

Insolvency practitioners from accountancy firm PwC will be managing its affairs and attempting to sell assets to pay off those owed money by the company.

The company has been appointed on behalf of EVCL Chill Ltd, EVCL One Limited, EVCL Two Limited and EVCL Three Limited.

The administration does not affect the wider EV Cargo Group which continues to trade as before.

Meetings with staff facing redundancy will take place on Monday, according to PwC which said driver shortages were partly to blame for the failure of the business.

Union Unite said: “EVCL Chill workers have lost their jobs without warning, through no fault of their own, and Unite will be assisting its members in every way possible in coping at this difficult time.

“Unite will be providing support to help the affected workers find new work.”

PwC said that driver shortages were partly to blame for EVCL Chill, formerly known as NFT distribution and owned by venture capitalist Emergevest, running out of money.

As well as Alfreton, the company had operations in Daventry, Rochdale, Penrith and Crick.

PwC said all EVCL Chill operations including transportation have either successfully been transferred or have ceased.

In the period up to December 2020 turnover exceeded £167m but EVCL Chill said it has struggled with a loss of key customers and acute driver shortages this year, according to PwC.

Attempts were made to sell the business but there was limited interest and the company’s management decided to place it into administration.

Joint administrator Eddie Williams said: “This has been a very difficult situation. As businesses move from survival mode to recovery, the financial climate is still very volatile.

“I am pleased at least 658 roles will continue in a sector that is already facing many difficulties and challenges.

“We will continue to fully support all affected staff members during this difficult time.”

Helen Wheeler Jones, joint administrator, added they would liaise closely with customers to fulfil orders, alongside other priority stakeholders including HMRC.

The administration does not affect the wider EV Cargo Group which continues to trade as before, PwC said.

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