Delivery company labelled ‘a disgrace’ collapses into administration

An East Midlands same-day delivery service has called in administrators from Leonard Curtis.

City Couriers Direct, which has been labelled a “disgrace” by some of its suppliers, has appointed the firm just days after a winding up petition was brought by eCapital Commercial Finance.

Earlier this week, revealed that Chesterfield-based City Couriers Direct was about to enter administration after it posted notice of appointment to appoint administrators through law firm Hill Dickinson. The notice has been prompted by Praetura Invoice Finance, which holds a charge over the company.

Recent Google reviews of City Couriers Direct show the malaise at the company, with several supplier complaining of non-payment for their services.

One said: “Disgrace of a company! We have completed multiple jobs and not been paid despite completing the work as agreed, they have repeatedly failed to honour their payment.

“Despite numerous emails and telephone conversations, they have continuously promised that the payment would be sent been sent, yet it has never materialised.

“I would advise anyone else to steer clear of this company.”

Another added: “City Couriers Direct treats couriers like slaves, leaving them at their mercy, failing to pay for services rendered. They owe me a mere £70,000, which is only a small percentage of what they haven’t paid. I know companies owed £500,000. Avoid them like the plague, steer clear of their services. Let them sink like we are sinking!”

According to its latest available accounts, made up to the end of April 2022, City Couriers Direct had assets of almost £650,000 and employed around 15 people.

The company offers services including same-day, next-day and medical courier delivery across the whole of the UK.

Leonard Curtis has been contacted for comment.