Raymond Brown Haulage

Independent haulier purchases second curtain sided trailer

Being his own boss is a dream come true for Raymond Brown Haulage founder Nick Brown. After the business’ two year anniversary and plans for expansion he may find himself being somebody else’s boss soon.

Raymond Brown Haulage Ltd was established in March 2013 by Nick Brown. After a six month set up period Nick’s first job as an owner driver was completed on the 16th of September 2013. The business operates from its base in Kenilworth and specialises in the transportation of general haulage. Based in Warwickshire the independent haulier prides itself on offering high quality service nationwide across the UK.

The company owns one 44 tonne DAF XF95.480 tractor unit and two curtain sided trailers. The tractor unit operates in compliance with Euro 3 emission standards. Raymond Brown Haulage Ltd has also invested in an after-market navigation system into its vehicle. The curtain sided trailers enable the business to carry a wide range of commodities and at present it has an ‘anything and everything’ policy with 75% of its cargo being pallets.

As a member of the RHA Raymond Brown Haulage Ltd is able to tap in to knowledge and legislation as and when required through the helpdesk support that they offer.

Raymond Brown Haulage Ltd contributes to the Ecopoint scheme via its fuel card provider that offers support to a carbon offsetting initiative in the form of a tree planting scheme.

As the sole employee of the business Nick also makes sure that health and safety is an integral factor at the business, therefore it is important that he adheres to follow site rules when visiting 3rd party sites and practice safe systems of work.

Raymond Brown Haulage Ltd had been established for only six months when it decided to become a member of the Transport Exchange Group’s leading freight platform, Haulage Exchange, as it wanted to  find ways to network and to find regular work opportunities that would mature into long standing business relationships.

As an Exchange member, the company had to pass a detailed accreditation process and its paperwork is continuously monitored by the system.

The Exchange provides Raymond Brown Haulage Ltd with a real time platform to view available haulage work throughout the UK with an easy to use web based platform. Additionally the Exchange Mobile App enables the company to update its availability status should it wish to advertise its availability and location to other members.

Work volumes on the Haulage Exchange vary through the year for the business, however Nick estimates that currently Raymond Brown Haulage Ltd is taking approximately 40-50% of its work from the Exchange. Nick regularly uses the Exchange’s online system, commenting, “I check the Exchange on a daily basis, even on days when I am not working from it to see who is posting work and to look for work opportunities and plan in advance.”

The Exchange is an extremely valuable tool for Raymond Brown Haulage Ltd, Nick commented, “My business has really benefitted from being a member of Haulage Exchange and without it I would’ve not been able to establish working relationships with the amount of companies that I have, and still continue to do.”

He continued, “The obvious benefit is the reduction in empty running, and for me personally it enables me and my vehicle to remain visible to other members once I am on the road.”

The business has just celebrated its 2nd Anniversary in September 2015, a milestone that Nick is extremely proud of. Nick has also recently invested in a second curtain sided trailer, which marks the beginning of his plans to expand his fleet.

Regarding the future, Nick has ambitious plans for the company. Once it has maintained a steady flow of work and has accumulated enough experience in the industry Nick would like to substantially grow the business.

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