Jobs saved at West Drayton postal company, Direct Entry Solutions
A Middlesex postal service company, whose facilities could handle around 30 tonnes of post a day, has been bought out of administration saving all 25 jobs.
The 13-year-old business, which initially traded as a consultancy service supplying postal services to UK-based wholesale mail companies, has been acquired by an associated company Direct Entry Solutions Worldwide Ltd and will be operated by the existing management team.
Joint administrators Kelly Burton and Lisa Hogg of insolvency and business turnaround specialist Wilson Field were appointed to Direct Entry Solutions on 25 January.
The company had experienced a difficult trading period after diversifying from its core offering to incorporate the physical sorting of post along with returned mail management and various other mail processing services. This resulted in possible enforcement action by creditors including HMRC and the Austrian postal company Osterreichische Post.
The total value of the pre-pack administration deal is undisclosed but it includes the business and the assets of the company based on Stockley Close in West Drayton.
Kelly Burton, director and insolvency practitioner at Wilson Field in Leeds, said; “The consequences of switching from a consultancy to processing mail involved significant investment and consequential increased ongoing costs.
“The company required a large boost in the staffing levels, a bigger premises in a more suitable location, relevant machinery and equipment for the warehouse operatives, in addition to large injections of cash.
“A number of onerous contracts also caused a pressure on cash flow and a build-up of historical debt.
“Our actions have secured all 25 jobs and brought about a better return to creditors. As the jobs were transferred to Direct Entry Solutions Worldwide, this alone saved over £27,000 in redundancy and wages.
“From what was a difficult situation has emerged a better result for creditors and staff.”