The administrators called in to save the UK’s largest mobility services provider have instructed CAPA to audit the business.
CAPA will be conducting rates audits on 13 properties across Accessible Transport Group (ATG) Contract Services Ltd, part of a group of companies and charities that provide specialist transport services. These include bus services for people in the West Midlands who experience mobility impairment or social isolation in urban and rural areas.
The group employs more than 700 staff and uses over 600 vehicles from depots around the West Midlands. It has 72,000 registered users and transports nearly 3,000 children to and from school each day.
Accessible Transport had encountered financial problems in the past year and on March 22 2019, Matthew Ingram and Tyrone Courtman, of the business advisory and rescue firm Duff & Phelps, were appointed joint administrators of ATG Contract Services Limited and the wider group, Accessible Transport Group.
ATG has since been trading while the administrators search for a buyer of the business. Funding has also been secured from Birmingham City Council to ensure day-to-day services are not interrupted.
The administrators at Duff & Phelps have now instructed CAPA to conduct the rates audits, meaning CAPA’s audit team will use bespoke software to carry out a forensic analysis of business rates paid out across the 13 properties.
They will inspect the data to uncover any errors or anomalies, enabling undiscovered amounts to be recovered for the creditors of ATG.