Anger after staff are sacked in internal email

Workforce dismissed after bus company announces closure

The managing director of a bus company has caused controversy after sending an email to staff informing them he was shutting down the business because he could not work with them “a moment longer”.

Sydney Hardy, who ran the Somerset-based firm Nippy Bus, had sent a message to the workforce last month, revealing that he was closing down the business and that they should consider themselves redundant.

In the internal email, which has since been shared with the media Mr Hardy said: “There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you have [had] enough.

“I have had enough and realise I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer.

“I am quitting to pursue my dream of not having to work here.”

The shock missive means that dozens of drivers have found themselves out of work.

Sixty-four-year-old Dave English, who had driven routes for almost nine years, said the way the matter had been handled was “disgusting.”

“Some of these drivers have children and mortgages. We haven’t been paid for last month’s work.”

Mr Hardy had run Nippy Bus, which had its headquarters near Yeovil, for more than a decade.

The abrupt closure also caught local authority officials off guard, with Cornwall Council rushing to replace services which had previously been handled by Nippy.

A spokesman said: “The council was given no prior notice of a decision by Nippy Bus taken late on Sunday to cease operating with immediate effect.

“Nippy Bus ran several school and public bus contracts as well as a number of demand responsive transport (DRT) services and private services.”

A notice on the firm’s website said it had ceased operating with immediate effect.

It added: “The company has appointed agents who will now work to release the company’s assets and discharge its liabilities.”