Haulage firm hires North Shields boss

A SCOTTISH haulage company have appointed a North Shield’s man to spearhead the new north east base.

Kenny Haddock will lead Grampian Continental’s new Bedlington base following a £70,000 investment to complement its offices in Holland and Italy, expand its trade lanes and hook up with ferry links to mainland Europe.

The move is part of Grampian’s aim to grow turnover from £15m to £20m over the next five years, and create a number of jobs at its new North East base.

Before moving into management Kenny spent four years as a derrickman on the rigs, and 15 years as a long distance lorry driver travelling Europe.

He said: “Haulage is in my blood.

“My father and grandfather were long haul drivers and I often went out with them as a boy, so I understand the issues around moving large and complex loads over long distances.

“Although Aberdeen is still seen as the oil and gas capital, we have a lot of expertise and activity going on here in the North East all helping to grow the sector, and we expect to capture a bigger share of the haulage market on the back of that growth.

“Our new base puts us closer to transport hubs such as Leeds, Manchester and London, and together with the expansion of our three regional ports it will open up new routes and generate business for our 205 sq m storage and warehouse facilities.

“We have already signed up several new contracts, and I’m enjoying the challenge of using my background and experience to make our new depot a real success.”