ALL fifty jobs have been lost at a Halesowen haulage firm after Covid caused significant trading losses.

Staff at Adam Jones and Sons (Blackheath) have been made redundant after after David Acland and Raj Mittal of business advisory firm FRP Advisory were appointed as joint administrators to the company on May 24.

The firm on Chancel Way operated a fleet of more than 70 trucks and provided haulage and distribution services across the country.

Without the prospect of investment or a sale, the business was wound down to minimise disruption to the customer base and other stakeholders.

All 50 of the firm's employees have now been made redundant.

David Acland said: "The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted firms from all sectors in the UK, including those in the transport and haulage sector.

"We are now focused on winding down operations and supporting impacted staff as they access support during what we know can be an extremely challenging time."

FRP Advisory said significant trading losses were incurred during Covid, mainly a result of key customers ceasing production, and the company has been unable to return to profitability.

Well publicised driver shortages and increasing fuel prices exacerbated the problems and as cash pressure mounted unfortunately the only option was to cease to trade.

The Joint Administrators are assisting the former employees with their claims through the Redundancy Payments Office.