Tuffnells, a prominent logistics enterprise in the UK, has entered administration, resulting in the unfortunate loss of employment for the majority of its 2,300 workers and posing a significant threat of disruption to numerous businesses reliant on its services.
Today (12 June), Rick Harrison and Howard Smith from Interpath Advisory were designated as joint administrators for Tuffnells Parcels Express Ltd.
With its headquarters located in Sheffield and a network of 33 depots spread across the country, Tuffnells specialises in the distribution of diverse freight, particularly emphasizing its proficiency in handling large and unwieldy items.
As a privately-owned company, Tuffnells conducts deliveries both domestically and internationally, overseeing the logistics for over 160 destinations worldwide.
In 2020, the business transitioned back to private ownership after being acquired by Palm Bidco Ltd from Connect Group. However, various challenges have since impacted its trading activities, including the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, escalating costs, and intensifying competition within the market.
In recent weeks, the company’s financial situation necessitated the pursuit of additional financial assistance. After exploring several alternatives, the directors made the difficult decision to appoint administrators to oversee the company’s affairs.
Rick Harrison, managing director at Interpath Advisory and joint administrator, said:
“Tuffnells is one of the UK’s most recognisable logistics companies, providing delivery services to over 4,000 businesses across the UK under its ‘The Big Green Parcel Machine’ brand.
Today’s news will be particularly devastating for Tuffnells’ 2,200 dedicated employees. Regrettably, with deliveries suspended and with no prospect of them resuming in the immediate term, we have had to make the majority of staff redundant.
Our utmost priority will be to provide all those impacted with every support they need in making claims to the Redundancy Payments Office and minimising disruption to customers.”
Howard Smith added:
“Customers are advised that all transport hubs and depots have been closed until further notice. Our team will be making contact with customers over the coming days to arrange parcel collection.”