TJ’s Coaches calls it a day
TJ’s Coaches entered into self-liquidation as of 5pm 23 October 2020.
The Brigg-based company has decided to end operations after the effects of the coronavirus pandemic annihilated the private hire market.
Director, Thomas Janney, told Bus and Coach Buyer: “We have 15 school runs, which would have been fine. But when you only have 190 days of school work and no private hires or tour work, how do you pay the wages of 20 men?”
The company’s fleet is being put up for auction.
Thomas said: “We decided for 23 October because it’s the start of half term, giving time to pass over the school work. I left it as long as I dare. All of the drivers now have jobs.
On how he feels about the situation, he said: “I don’t worry about the things you can’t change. Mine is a voluntary liquidation; me and my business partner sat down and said we would do it.
“I hope Honk for Hope carries on and they get some success.
“It is what it is.”
The company was formed in 1997. The decision to self-liquidate came after a successful year for the business in 2019.
At 77 years old, Thomas is now going to retire, taking the time to enjoy the company of his grandchildren.