John Hudson Trailers expands fleet to cater for strong business demand

Bawtry-based John Hudson Trailers, a family run company with the largest specialised trailer hire fleet in Europe, is to expand its fleet to cater for increased demand for its services, following a £2.5 million funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Established in 1959, the company hires and sells HGV trailers to UK and international haulage companies and is forecasting strong growth over the next two years as the wider UK economic recovery drives demand for distribution and logistics services.

John Hudson Trailers specialises in the hire of standard and specialist trailers on short and long-term contracts, as well as sales to the firm’s large customer base.

It also provides HGV breakdown assistance, spares, tachograph calibration and brake analysis for trucks, trailers and buses.

Clients include Prestons of Potto, Kingspan, Select Plant, Martrain, Ryder, UK Coal, West of Scotland Storage and the William Hare Group.

The firm’s current Managing Director is the son of the founder, while three other current directors are grandsons.

The firm now has a team of 50 staff operating on a seven-acre site.

John Hudson, director, John Hudson Trailers,said:

“We have seen a very strong increase in demand for our services and believe now is the perfect time to make this sort of investment.

The business is very well positioned to capitalise on positive UK economic growth and I’m confident that the experienced team here will be able to fully meet the firm’s aspirations.”

Andy Beale, relationship director, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said:

“The demand for John Hudson’s product and services is driven by national demand for logistics and this is forecast to increase over the next two to three years.

“Additionally, high capital expenditure costs are resulting in many haulage firms choosing to hire trailers rather than purchase them outright and this has seen an expansion in the firm’s activities.

“We are delighted to support the future growth of this fantastic company.”  

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