THE SEARSON FAMILY HAVE PLENTY OF STORIES OVER THE MANY DECADES SPENT IN THE HAULAGE INDUSTRY. PAUL ARGENT FINDS OUT JUST SOME OF THEM, AND DISCOVERS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
Celebrating 80 years of business is quite a milestone in anyone’s books. To achieve that in the haulage industry is very special, especially when you are operating in a niche part of said industry. Heanor Haulage, based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, has grown under the stewardship of cousins Peter and Ian Searson. While Ian has retired from the day-to-day running of the company, Peter – who was born in the year that his father Ken (a butcher and farmer) and Uncle Jack (a demobbed soldier) formed the company – still plays a more than active part in the operation.
Formed without any vehicles, the company started out carrying potatoes to local shops using a flatbed Dodge truck. As part of being demobbed, Jack had been given a “B” license by the then Government and the brothers went out and purchased the original Heanor Coal and Haulage Company from two local gentlemen. The company at the time had no vehicles, yet had in its possession three much sought after “A” licenses, which meant the carriage of goods could be undertaken nationwide as opposed to the limited radius of a “B” license. Purchased for £100, the company then purchased small tippers to transport coal across the country from the many mines located in the Midlands Coalfields. A few years later, Heanor Coal and Haulage went on to purchase various local companies including Buckland Haulage which operated as a round timber haulier.
Buckland was also in possession of “A” licenses, and Heanor ran it as an associate company for a number of years before bringing it together with the parent company and dropping the “coal” from the title, giving us the much respected name we still see today. The company has been ever-present on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire borders from its humble beginnings in the Marlpool area, and has progressed, having occupied premises in Langley and Langley Mill before moving to their present location in 2010.