Stagefreight ups the show with three Renault Range Ts

Leeds-based Stagefreight has taken delivery of its first Renault trucks, adding three Range T480 4x2 High Cabs to its 30-strong HGV fleet. The trucks, from JDS Trucks & Vans, will transport stage, sound and lights to live music events and theatre tours across the UK and abroad.

Director Ian Uttley said: “We have to think carefully about our drivers, who can be out on the road for up to 16 weeks on a tour, and they need the extra space. More room to move around helps them to have a more comfortable life on the road.”

Cab interiors feature two bunks including what Renault described as the ultimate upper bunk, which transforms into storage with access ladder and luggage net. They also have a 40-litre fridge.

Uttley added: “It’s our first time doing business with JDS Trucks & Vans and, as well as a fantastic vehicle for a competitive deal, the five year bumper-to-bumper R&M package was the icing on the cake.”

Freya Dawson joins the Dawsongroup board

Freya Dawson has been appointed to Dawsongroup’s main board, following eight years working in the family business.

“When your surname is Dawson, people expect you to have an easier time in the business,” said Dawson, the daughter of company founder Peter Dawson. “But the reverse is true. I have been supported by people at every level in the group, but nobody made life easy for me – and that’s how it should be. I learned a lot more, a lot faster, than if I had been sheltered from day one.”

Dawsongroup CEO Steve Miller said: “It’s great to have another family member at board level. She takes a seat in her own right and we look forward to her continuing input, on property matters and on a variety of business aspects.”