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COLLETT & SONS LTD

HeavyTorque Issue Eleven: Collett & Sons Ltd

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR: THE COMMITMENT CONTINUES

COLLETT AND SONS, ONE OF GREAT BRITAIN’S MOST RESPECTED SPECIALIST TRANSPORT COMPANIES, HAS FOLLOWED A PATH OF STEADY EXPANSION OVER MANY DECADES AND IS STILL INVESTING IN MODERN EQUIPMENT, FACILITIES AND THE FUTURE. BOB BEECH CHARTS THE REMARKABLE PROGRESS OF THIS FAMILY ENTERPRISE.

PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG ECCLESTON

With its head office in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and depots at Goole and Grangemouth, Collett Heavy Transport is in the premier league of UK specialist heavy transport operators. Offering a wide range of integrated services that encompass almost every aspect of this sector, the operation is still very much a family concern with the fourth generation actively involved in the operation.

The company was started in 1928 by Richard Collett, transporting his own and other farmer’s milk to local dairies, using a horse and cart and based on his farm at Sutton near Keighley. In 1933 the milk haulage operation was expanded with the acquisition of the first commercial vehicle. In the early 60’s his son, Richard 2, moved to a farm near Wainstalls, Halifax. Soon after a partnership was formed with his father, creating Richard Collett and Son. Over the years the business expanded and moved into general haulage and heavy transport.

In 1975, R Collett and Sons (Transport) Ltd, was created, and over the following years Richard 2’s five sons, Richard 3, David, Lincoln, Mark and Michael, joined the company and formed the basis of the present-day operation. In 1985 the company went through another step change, when it purchased the heavy haulage vehicles and equipment from James Watkinson Ltd, this included a substantial premises at Keighley, which allowed considerable expansion.

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It is with regret, that the HeavyTorque team have decided to take a stand based on an industry-wide ‘blind eye’ to the waste in the magazine and periodicals business.

HeavyTorque (#15, July 2018) was the final issue to grace the shop shelves, both on the High Street and across the travel network. As part of our onward strategy to adapt, HeavyTorque will now be distributed exclusively through controlled circulation and available through printed subscription.

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Why the newsstand change? Quite simply, we can no longer (in good conscience) participate in a distribution programme that creates such an inherent waste of our precious natural resources – and money.

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