The director behind failed Cleveland transport company Nicholson’s Transport has launched a new business, Burnside Distribution, specialising in warehousing and full loads.

Nicholson’s Transport entered liquidation on 20 June and insolvency practitioners at Baldwins Restructuring in Chester le Street are now winding up the business.

But a call to Nicholson’s registered premises in Billingham revealed that it was now operating as Burnside Distribution.

An employee at the new company told that Nicholson’s Transport entered insolvency proceedings on 31 May: “Then on 3 June we opened up as Burnside Distribution specialising in a different sort of service: warehousing and full loads,” he said.

Asked whether it was operating lorries itself, the employee said: “We might be setting that up but it’s not confirmed yet.”

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Last month revealed that Burnside Distribution had been incorporated at Companies House on 16 April 2019. Official records show that David Nicholson was appointed as a director of the business on 3 June.

On the same date Matthew Bruce, Melanie Farman and Lisa Huskinson saw their roles as directors of the newly formed company terminated.

Nicholson Transport held a standard international licence for 15 HGVs and 15 trailers but according to a spokesman for the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, this was surrendered at a public inquiry in Leeds on 31 May.

An O-licence authorising 15 vehicles and 10 trailers naming the former directors of Burnside Distribution was submitted to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner in May, but it was later withdrawn.

Nicholson’s Transport director and sole Burnside Distribution director David Nicholson did not respond to a request for comment.

Baldwins Restructuring had not responded as this article was published.