Black Velvet Travel buses were blockaded in an Eastleigh depot over a 'financial dispute' with a mechanic firm

Daily Echo: The scene at the Eastleigh bus depot The scene at the Eastleigh bus depot

A HAMPSHIRE bus service was blocked in its depot yesterday after a financial dispute erupted between the firm and its mechanics.

Black Velvet Travel's Velvet A service between Hedge End and Southampton was unable to run throughout the day after large containers were placed across the gates of the depot in Chickenhall Lane, Eastleigh.

But services are back to normal today after both parties reached an agreement at a meeting last night.

Passengers using the service were told to use a rival firm and they could expect refunds if they had already bought tickets for the service.

It is understood that the blockade was put in place by Robert Ings and Shaun Noyce, co-owners of a firm of mechanics called Brenhaul Commercial Services.

Daily Echo:

Robert Ings (left) and Shaun Noyce of Brenhaul Commercial Services

The company, based in the same road, provides maintenance and mechanic services for Velvet.

Bosses of both firms were set to meet last night in a bid to resolve the problem.

When the Daily Echo visited the site yesterday afternoon, Mr Ings and Mr Noyce alleged that they are owed a “substantial” amount of money from Velvet for work they had carried out as well as yard storage - claims which the bus firm's boss Phil Stockley strenuously denies.

Mr Ings and Mr Noyce admit to taking the extreme measures in blockading the bus depot, telling our reporter the move had left them feeling “pig sick” but that they had no choice.

The pair claim that the money they say is owed to them has amounted over six months and now they are facing financial difficulties themselves.

They say they could even be forced to make redundancies.

Mr Ings said: “We have known Phil and Velvet since we started this company seven years ago and they had two buses. We grew together.

“But in the last six months Velvet has not paid us and that means we are struggling to pay our creditors and we are having to sell assets and I might have to make redundancies.”

Mr Noyce added: “We have always had a good working relationship and it's a shame it's come to this but if Velvet pay up then there's no problem.”

Mr Ings, who employs 16 people, added the blockade would remain in place until they were paid.

Yesterday Mr Stockley, Velvet's chief executive, told the Daily Echo the claims were simply not true and that he had paid Brenhaul Commercial Services the outstanding bill.

Daily Echo:

Phil Stockley of Black Velvet Travel

He told us “I have paid them this week” before adding that he had chosen not to report the matter to the police because he hoped it would be resolved “amicably”.

Mr Stockley said: “There has been a problem with the gates at our yard which have been damaged. There is just one service that is not running at the moment, which is our Hedge End to Southampton Velvet A route.”

He added: “Anyone who is unable to use that route has the Bluestar 3 service available, but if anyone has bought a ticket for our service who is unable to use it they can contact us and we will sort out a refund.”

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8:52am Sat 19 Apr 14

Abbey Saint says...

Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.
Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here. Abbey Saint
  • Score: -4

10:30am Sat 19 Apr 14

sotonbusdriver says...

I don't blame the mechanics and their firm, as it is highly likely that they haven't been paid.
Velvet appears to be in serious financial problems, with staff not getting paid correctly either..
It will not be long before Velvet folds and gets flushed down the drain, unless they can find some huge finance package from someone, but with the likely hood that any rescue package wouldn't be safe, I cannot see investors wanting to stump up cash...
I don't blame the mechanics and their firm, as it is highly likely that they haven't been paid. Velvet appears to be in serious financial problems, with staff not getting paid correctly either.. It will not be long before Velvet folds and gets flushed down the drain, unless they can find some huge finance package from someone, but with the likely hood that any rescue package wouldn't be safe, I cannot see investors wanting to stump up cash... sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 8

10:38am Sat 19 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

Abbey Saint wrote:
Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.
Go on then, how would you deal with it after 6 months of non payment puts your own business and staff at risk? Good on brenhaul, I'd use them and pay them. Don't pay your gas bill and see what happens?

business's rely on payment.
[quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.[/p][/quote]Go on then, how would you deal with it after 6 months of non payment puts your own business and staff at risk? Good on brenhaul, I'd use them and pay them. Don't pay your gas bill and see what happens? business's rely on payment. issacchunt
  • Score: 7

11:35am Sat 19 Apr 14

wwozzer says...

He told us “I have paid them this week"

One of the classic lines from a swerver. Others include "accounts can't find your invoice" "it's in the system" and "I thought I'd paid it"

After six months there are no more excuses, pay your bills on time or find some other mug to fund your business.
He told us “I have paid them this week" One of the classic lines from a swerver. Others include "accounts can't find your invoice" "it's in the system" and "I thought I'd paid it" After six months there are no more excuses, pay your bills on time or find some other mug to fund your business. wwozzer
  • Score: 9

11:45am Sat 19 Apr 14

soton_resident says...

Perhaps the Blairs (Xelabus) got wind of this before completing their takeover of Velvet and that's why they pulled out of the deal? See http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/business/1106
6546.Bus_merger_coll
apses/ Now they just hover around for it all to collapse and then pick up the routes, drivers, contracts for free?
Perhaps the Blairs (Xelabus) got wind of this before completing their takeover of Velvet and that's why they pulled out of the deal? See http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/business/1106 6546.Bus_merger_coll apses/ Now they just hover around for it all to collapse and then pick up the routes, drivers, contracts for free? soton_resident
  • Score: 11

12:24pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Reality-man says...

Abbey Saint wrote:
Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.
Couldn't disagree more
[quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.[/p][/quote]Couldn't disagree more Reality-man
  • Score: -1

1:18pm Sat 19 Apr 14

millieings says...

today head line tomorrow fish and chip rapper. ( brenhaul licked )
today head line tomorrow fish and chip rapper. ( brenhaul licked ) millieings
  • Score: 1

1:59pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Abbey Saint says...

issacchunt wrote:
Abbey Saint wrote:
Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.
Go on then, how would you deal with it after 6 months of non payment puts your own business and staff at risk? Good on brenhaul, I'd use them and pay them. Don't pay your gas bill and see what happens?

business's rely on payment.
How does stopping the company that allegedly owes you money from earning an income help to get you paid?
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.[/p][/quote]Go on then, how would you deal with it after 6 months of non payment puts your own business and staff at risk? Good on brenhaul, I'd use them and pay them. Don't pay your gas bill and see what happens? business's rely on payment.[/p][/quote]How does stopping the company that allegedly owes you money from earning an income help to get you paid? Abbey Saint
  • Score: -2

4:46pm Sat 19 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

Abbey Saint wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
Abbey Saint wrote:
Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.
Go on then, how would you deal with it after 6 months of non payment puts your own business and staff at risk? Good on brenhaul, I'd use them and pay them. Don't pay your gas bill and see what happens?

business's rely on payment.
How does stopping the company that allegedly owes you money from earning an income help to get you paid?
Where's the answer to how would you deal with it?
[quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: Out of order. Public rely on buses. This is not the way to resolve business disputes. Who's going to risk putting business their way, if they're seen to behave like this? They maybe in the right - who knows? - but they've not won any friends here.[/p][/quote]Go on then, how would you deal with it after 6 months of non payment puts your own business and staff at risk? Good on brenhaul, I'd use them and pay them. Don't pay your gas bill and see what happens? business's rely on payment.[/p][/quote]How does stopping the company that allegedly owes you money from earning an income help to get you paid?[/p][/quote]Where's the answer to how would you deal with it? issacchunt
  • Score: 1

11:34pm Fri 2 May 14

Dave Of The South says...

Phil Stockley has taken his eye off the ball with Velvet as he has business interests up north. Velvet will be slowly shrunk down until it is no more. Xelabus are taking over several Velvet services now anyway without actually buying out Velvet. Velvet are no longer the smooth operator.
Phil Stockley has taken his eye off the ball with Velvet as he has business interests up north. Velvet will be slowly shrunk down until it is no more. Xelabus are taking over several Velvet services now anyway without actually buying out Velvet. Velvet are no longer the smooth operator. Dave Of The South
  • Score: 1

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