NICK SAMPSON MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SERVICES HAS BUILT A SUCCESSFUL HEAVY TRANSPORT OPERATION IN NORTH DEVON, DESPITE THE LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES ITS RURAL LOCATION PRESENTS. BOB BEECH FINDS OUT HOW THIS WAS ACHIEVED.
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Establishing a specialist transport operation in a predominately rural location is difficult at the best of times, the lack of heavy industry combined with the distance from big centres of population, all work against an operator. Big infrastructure projects such as new roads and bridges tend only to happen about once every 50 years with plant hire and construction companies either running their own fleets or playing the market with established hauliers to keep their costs to a minimum.
The only way to realistically build a business in these areas, is to have as many strings to your bow as possible, be involved in lots of allied activities that create demand for each individual service and ensure that there’s always something to do, even in the quietest times. Barnstaple-based Nick Sampson Mechanical Engineering Services has done exactly this for the past 30 years, and has been able to expand its operations in many ways. The range of services now offered is truly comprehensive. They include specialist transport and lifting services, with step-frame, low bed and purpose-built boat/ yacht transporters. Crane-equipped vehicles up to 80-tonne/metre capacity and mobile crane hire up to 90 tonnes, along with specialist machinery installation services for heavy plant and scrap metal recycling machinery.