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Truck washing company cleans up as it expands operations

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25 June 2021
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A specialist truck washing firm based in Nuneaton is creating four new jobs as it expands its operations.

Truck Smart is expanding its services nationally to areas such as Heathrow and York, as well as broadening its offer in the Midlands.

The firm, founded by managing director Sam Neale in 2010, was initially started as a car valeting service before progressing to cleaning trucks.

With the help of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, it has now taken on two new staff and plans to create another two jobs.

Sam took advantage of the Chamber’s Accelerated Growth programme. It also helped the company win a grant of up to £25,000 towards the purchase of new equipment.

The funding boost has contributed to the company’s purchase of three new vans which will hit the roads next week.

Sam said: “From being a small business mainly run by myself and a couple of other staff, we are now able to scale up, invest and create new jobs.

“We’ve doubled in size in a year, which has been a big achievement given the uncertainty of the past 12 months.

“I genuinely feel blessed and proud to be able to offer people jobs now and grow the business."

The company now washes up to about 500 trucks per week, and as well as offering services to family-run transport firms, it has also taken on work with larger companies such as Tesco and international courier DHL.

Sam added: “For four or five years we ran at capacity, turning down work which we could not do as we were not able to access the right support or the right funding.”

Helena Bassett, business advisor at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are really pleased to have been able to support Sam and the team at Truck Smart.

“The past 12 months have been a very difficult time for so many companies so to be able to help a local company grow, win new business and take on new staff is extremely positive.

 


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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