Haulier left high and dry
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• Drinks distribution specialist Robson Road Haulage has ceased trading with the loss of about 20 jobs. Last week, administrative receiver Moore Stephens Booth White was appointed by Midland Bank at the request of the directors, but it seems unlikely that any attempt will be made to dispose of the old-established south London company as a going transport concern.
"Haulage activities ceased sometime before we were appointed, and we're now in the process of emptying the bonded warehouse," says receiver David Rolph. "The Deptford site is owned by another company, and the main thing we're looking to dispose of is the lease on the warehousing."
Rolph was unable to say why receivers were called in, other than to point out that margins in haulage are tight. None of the Robson directors was available for comment.
An early supporter of the BS5750 quality standard, the family-owned business Robson Road Haulage worked for Holsten for many years and at one stage the firm provided Sainsbury's with a traction-only service, hauling refrigerated and ambient trailers.