Sale agreed for Sports Direct warehouse agency Transline – Telegraph.co.uk
Transline, the staffing agency which supplied workers to Sports Direct’s warehouse, has been sold to rival Russell Taylor Group, saving the jobs of 5,560 employees.
Administrators at Deloitte were appointed on Thursday to handle the winding down of the business and its immediate sale to NMS Projects, a specialist recruitment firm owned by Wirral-based Russell Taylor.
As part of the sale, the 5,560 people employed by Qualitycourse, Transline’s registered company, will be transferred to NMS with immediate effect.
Transline had filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators at a court in Leeds last month, just weeks after it began hunting for new financial backers to raise capital for the business.
It said at the time that it had suffered amid “tighter margins in the recruitment industry”, but was close to securing new investment.
It gained notoriety last year when it was revealed that staff it provided for Sports Direct’s Shirebrook headquarters had been paid less than the minimum wage because of the length of time it took for them to be searched leaving the warehouse, for which they were not paid.
It was later ordered to reimburse staff for the lost wages and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley was encouraged by a parliamentary select committee to cut ties with the agency.
Clare Boardman, joint administrator for Transline, said: “Following a period of uncertainty and what turned out to be a poor Christmas trading period, the conclusion of the sale is an excellent outcome for all involved.
“This will safeguard the employment of the remaining workforce which is significant.”