Parcel firm hit by #1m claim

National parcel delivery company ANC faces a claim for more than #1m following the failure of a franchise. It is being taken to the High Court in respect of the six-year franchise for the Exeter area taken on by Rapid Services in 1992. In the High Court it is alleged that, in 1995, ANC managing director Mr Callaghan branded the enlarged franchise area and business plan involved in the takeover "a cock-up from the start" and wrote ending the franchise the next day. Now Clark Goldring and Page, which has taken over Rapid Services' claim, is suing ANC for damages, an account of all sums due and payment of all sums found due. ANC is said to have failed to provide appropriate or effective support and is blamed for losses estimated at #1,114,572 which Rapid is said to have incurred. The claim is being handled by Bristows, London WC2.