Haulage firm in liquidation

Company: Stan Stock, the former head of the Chorley-based haulage firm
Company: Stan Stock, the former head of the Chorley-based haulage firm
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A well-known haulage business has ceased trading after going into liquidation.

Charnock Richard-based Stan Stock (Chorley) Ltd specialised in delivering aggregates, gravel and sand.

The Preston Road site has now been occupied by another firm – Burt Wesley and Sons Ltd who trade in car, commercial and plant repairs.

The company leases the premises from Mr Stock.

The long-established Stan Stock business began in Wrightington, but was based in Charnock Richard for more than 40 years.

The company’s purple and blue wagons were a regular sight on the roads of Chorley.

Mr Stock still lives at Brow Cottage on the site.

Mr Wesley, 29, from Chorley, is a former employee of Mr Stock’s, however his business is not connected to it.

He said: “I started when I was 21, did about three years, then moved to Australia for a better life. I worked over there as a mechanic. I didn’t like being away from family and friends so came back.”

Burt Wesley and Sons opened on March 17.

Mr Wesley, who runs the business with his wife Vikki, 27, and Bryan Wignall, 24, a partner and shareholder in the workshop operation, said: “I think a lot of people have got to know about Stan going and have gone elsewhere.

“We want to let them know there’s someone else operating here. I’m just hoping to build something up for the children to come into really.”

A farmer’s son born in Wrightington, Mr Stock, 73, founded his business in 1973 and built it up.

In 2004 he became a world champion – winning gold at the Down the Line Clay Pigeon Shooting World Championships in Northumberland.

Appointed liquidators from the offices of CG & Co in Manchester are handling Mr Stock’s business.

Mr Stock was unavailable for comment.