TREVOR JEPSON HEADS UP CITY LIFTING, ONE OF THE BIGGEST SPECIALIST LIFTING COMPANIES IN THE SOUTH EAST, AND AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS, HE’S CERTAINLY BEEN THERE, DONE IT, AND GOT THE T-SHIRT. ANDY ADAMS WENT TO MEET HIM, TO FIND OUT HOW IT’S DONE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
If you think the heavy haulage business is riddled with regulation and red tape, try talking to a heavy lifting expert. “I am basically an enthusiast in this specialised sector, you have to be to keep up with the Byzantine rules and regulation. We do sometimes feel as if we are an inconvenient truth,” says Jepson. The clue to the company’s orbit is in the name. The majority of its work is inside the M25, with much of it involving highly specialised lifts in the city of London.
Jepson started his working life as a toolmaker in Leyton High Road, but he, against his wise mother’s advice, decided that he would be better off at 19 joining his father’s crane hire business. His father got into crane hire by accident as three cranes were salvaged from the receivership of his sizable construction business which operated from premises in Bow. “As is so often the case with father and son working together, we didn’t always see eye-to-eye,” says Jepson, adding, “But I did learn a lot, and having always had an interest in cranes of all types started my own business specialising in tower cranes”.