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Administrators for Ian Aldridge Transport said 30 staff were made redundant prior to its appointment in July.

The Cornish haulier ceased trading on 8 July before administrators at BDO LLP were appointed more than two weeks later on the 24th. Calls to the company were being answered, but last week a spokeswoman said the haulage side of the business had been transferred to another company.

BDO said Ian Aldridge Transport, which traded out of Launceston and operated 20 lorries, comprised a haulage business and a workshop. Administrator Simon Girling said BDO was now trying to sell the assets, which included the workshop and 0.7 acres of land.

He said: “Unfortunately difficult trading conditions significantly affected the business.  The joint administrators are taking all necessary steps to mitigate losses to customers and, going forward, will seek to maximise recoveries for the benefit of all creditors.”

The administrators declined to comment further. Director Ian Aldridge was not available.