Three of Tuffnells' former directors have returned to the company, following its management buy-out from the Connect Group in May this year.

Ian Bland, Chris Tresadern and Ian Brewer all held leadership positions in Tuffnells but had left the company either prior to or during the firm’s previous ownership by Connect Group.

All three have been taken on to play key roles in turning the business around.

Tuffnells, which is known as 'The Big Green Parcel Machine' after its fleet of 1,200 green trucks, was sold during the pandemic national lockdown in May this year.

Since the sale, the Sheffield-based firm, which specialises in delivering items of irregular dimension and weight (IDW), has returned to the black despite making losses amounting to around £14m on annual revenues of £164m at the time of the sale.

Ian Bland, who was Tuffnell regional director and deputy operations director between 2005 and 2016 has returned to become IDW carrier operations director, with a brief to drive efficiencies and manage costs.

Chris Tresadern, who has held the roles of regional director and then sales director at Tufnells until 2017 has returned as commercial director. His focus is to ensure growth in the business and build customer services.

Former finance director Ian Brewer, who left in 2016, has returned to take up his previous role.

Michael Holt, executive chairman and chief executive of www.Tuffnells.co.uk, said: “I am thrilled to have Ian, Chris and Ian on board. This team has a proven record of success at Tuffnells, and all three are instrumental in our plans to turn the business around.

“We have big challenges ahead of us, but these are exciting times at Tuffnells and I think it says a lot that the team has chosen to return. We couldn’t ask for a more loyal, dedicated and hardworking team to help push Tuffnells forward.”