A family-run road haulage company which started with one man in a van is celebrating its 40th anniversary - after moving to a new HQ in Huthwaite and upgrading its fleet of 200 lorries.
B Taylor & Sons Transport originally started in 1974 when founder Barry Taylor began by delivering bundles of the Nottingham Post to local newsagents in Nottinghamshire.
The haulage firm has since grown into a thriving international business that employs 300 people and transports a huge variety of goods and materials to destinations all over the UK and worldwide.
Alan Taylor, managing director, said: “My father Barry started out working from home as one man in one van.
“He drove an old-fashioned Austin Morris BMC with a sliding door on the side.
“Forty years later we have 200 trucks, 300 trailers and 300 hundred employees. My dad is retired now but he still takes an interest in what goes on. I always joke that he’s still the only man who can sack me!”
B Taylor & Sons Transport recently opened its new HQ in Huthwaite, and the company now transports everything from building products and hazardous materials to hosiery and foodstuffs.
Mr Taylor added: “We have seen off several recessions over the years and we have built up some great relationships with customers and suppliers.”
The company celebrated its anniversary by ordering a jet black Volvo FH4 6x2 PAsuper truck painted in customised livery, which was supplied by the Hartshorne Motor Group in Birstall.
Alan explained: “We wanted a special edition lorry to mark the occasion so I ordered a Volvo truck in black, which is decorated with a 40th anniversary globe,”
The black truck took pride of place at a garden party that Alan hosted over the August Bank Holiday for customers, suppliers and staff.
Alan and Kay Taylor hosted a family garden party for colleagues, suppliers and customers on Sunday 24th August.
Guests enjoyed a funfair, hog roast, steam engines, childrens entertainers and bands played throughout the day and evening with Canon and Ball topping the bill.
The money raised will go to Alan’s chosen charity - Sherwood Forest Hospitals Charitable Funds.
Taylors target is to provide patient mobility buggies which will operate from the main entrance helping patients travel around the hospital – a perfect cause for Taylors with it being Transport related.
During the last two years Alan has received life saving care from Kings Mill Hospital and said “The quality of care and the environment are fantastic and I would happily recommend the hospital to anyone who needs treatment”. Anyone wanting to support this cause can donate via https://www.justgiving.com/taylorsgardenparty