Lecks Travel to be liquidated

Haverthwaite-based Lecks Travel ceased trading last week, having served South Cumbria for more than 90 years.

All 11 staff have been made redundant and the firm, owned by sole director Ann Newby, 48, is to enter voluntary liquidation at a creditors’ meeting on 25 August. It holds a 10-vehicle O-Licence.

Established in 1924 under the guise of Lecks Garage, it began small taxi runs for the local school, which eventually led to its rebrand as Lecks Travel in 1997.

It has contacted customers and full refunds for future bookings have been made. It also ran a free shoppers’ bus service, under contract to Booths supermarket, but this contract was to be terminated by Booths on 31 August.

In a statement, liquidators The P&A Partnership said: “New school contracts had been greatly undercut and ongoing increasing costs, time and effort of running the business all had an effect on this decision.

“Buyers are being sought to take over the company bookings going forward.

“Short term arrangements have been made for immediate bookings.”