Seven applications and decisions that stood out this week
A new operating centre for Eddie Stobart and a new licence holder at an old Palmer & Harvey DC were among the As&Ds that caught our eye this week.
- Eddie Stobart has applied for authorisation for a new operating centre on Lauchope Road on the Newhouse Industrial Estate in Motherwell. The firm has requested to operate 50 vehicles and 50 trailers from the site.
- Anderson Haulage (Inverness) has applied for a variation to its standard international licence so that it can operate five vehicles and eight trailers from a new operating centre at Dipper Park, Moniack Bridge, Kirkhill, Inverness.
- A standard national licence has been granted to Collect2 to operate five vehicles and eight trailers from its warehouse at Frances Industrial Park, Wemyss Road, Dysart.
- Ashvale Haulage has applied for a standard national licence for 40 vehicles and four trailers to operate from the junction 10 compound, adjacent to Pound Lane, Hurst, Reading.
- A Wheeler & Sons Transport has applied to increase authorisation at its operating centre on Ryeford Industrial Estate, Stonehouse, to 10 vehicles and eight trailers.
- Selor Transport has made a variation application on its standard national licence so it can open an operating centre at Team Knowhow, at the old Palmer and Harvey distribution centre on the Mid Kent Business Park in Snodland. Authorisation will be for 35 vehicles and 30 trailers.
- Mark Lazarus & Partners has been granted a standard national licence for four vehicles to operate from Crow Lane, Romford.
Mac's Truck counts down to Commercial Motor Awards with four nominations
With the Commercial Motor Awards taking place on 15 November, CM caught up with Selena McDade-Smith, head of rental at Huddersfield-based dealership Mac’s Truck Rental & Leasing, nominated in four categories.
- You’ve been shortlisted for four Commercial Motor Awards. What do you think that says about the business?
I’d say being shortlisted for so many categories demonstrates our commitment. We’ve been running now for over 45 years, and our Rental division has been up and running for 3 - over that time we’ve always been committed to providing the best for our customers, and we see these nominations as recognition of that.
- One of those nominations is for Sales team of the Year. What does that say about the people who work at Mac’s?
Many businesses will say that their people are their most valuable asset, but with us it’s true. In this industry you need in-depth knowledge of the trucks and how they operate to speak with customers confidently, and to be nominated for this award goes to show how technical our sales team are. In fact, our passion for trucks goes well beyond our sales team, there’s rarely a day where someone in the office doesn’t go outside into our yard to take a picture of the latest beauty to leave HQ.
- You’ve been growing your rental business over the past few years, is the nomination for Rental, Leasing and Contract Hire Provider of the Year a vindication of that strategy?
We knew that the market was shifting, which resulted in Mac’s Truck Rental being set up, and to see Selena and the rental team nominated alongside their Sales counterparts is incredible. The service our Rental team offers is outstanding, and seeing that side of the business flourish, even acquiring other rental businesses to grow their market share, is incredible.
- If you win an award at The Vox Centre on the night of 15 November, how will the Mac’s team celebrate?
Champers all around! Well, our table at least! It’ll be a real night for reflection on the brilliant businesses we have built over the years, so if both walk away with an award it’ll be a truly special night.
Find out who has won in the 2018 awards by going to www.commercialmotorawards.com.