United Kingdom
West Midlands; West Midlands; Walsall and Wolverhampton
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.41 - Freight transport by road

192 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 August 2019
Employment effect (start)
16 August 2019
Foreseen end date
16 August 2019


Next-day delivery company Aspray Transport announced the closure of its site in Willenhall, which would be effective from 16 August 2019 with the loss of all 192 jobs. In April 2019, the company was subject to a Company Voluntary Agreement to manage debts with its creditors, following its takeover by the Bushell Investment Group the previous month. The company blamed increasing fuel prices, adverse market conditions and uncertainties linked to Brexit as reasons for the decision to close the site. Other companies from Aspray Group, which are responsible for logistics and warehousing departments of the group, will not be affected and will operate as before. 

Staff are reported to have expected the closure of Aspray Transport, even though the pace at which it happened has surprised many. 



Eurofound (2019), Aspray Transport, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 98355, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98355.