Eclipse Distribution

Loughborough-based Eclipse Distribution has entered administration, just a year after its founder sold the business to a private equity firm.

Business advisory firm Armstrong Watson confirmed it had been appointed as administrator to the haulage and logistics company on 14 November and staff had lost their jobs.

The company had traded from its base in Loughborough for over 30 years, providing haulage, logistics and delivery services to customers across the country.

In a statement, the administrators said: “Mike Kienlen and Daryl Warwick were appointed joint administrators on the same date.

“The company ceased trading shortly before entering administration with the loss of 37 jobs.

“The administrators have received a number of enquiries regarding the company’s brand and assets.”

Eclipse Distribution operated 39 HGVs out of two operating centres in Loughborough and Nottingham.

In November 2021, private equity firm Winch & Co said it had purchased the business from former owner David Ash as part of a “mandate to find logistics and distribution businesses by which it will grow its group”.

At the time, Winch & Co operations director Shaun Swinburn said: “The business is very clean and has proven to be the perfect platform for what we plan to build.”

Swinburn was approached for comment.