Success for local transport firm

Haulage company Grampian Continental aim to increase turnover from �15million to �20million this year and want to open another office in Europe. The company was only set up three years ago and despite the recession and rising fuel costs is still growing.Sales director Gavin Murray at the depot in Kinellar.'Picture by COLIN RENNIE April 18, 2012.
Haulage company Grampian Continental aim to increase turnover from �15million to �20million this year and want to open another office in Europe. The company was only set up three years ago and despite the recession and rising fuel costs is still growing.Sales director Gavin Murray at the depot in Kinellar.'Picture by COLIN RENNIE April 18, 2012.

A LOCAL road transport firm employing around 20 staff, has exceeded targets and hit a record turnover just three years after launching the business.

Kinellar-based Grampian Continental has reported a £15m turnover at the end of the financial year and is estimating a £20m figure for the coming 12 months.

Launched in 2009, the company operates 40 trucks and 80 trailers, and also manages operating bases in Great Yarmouth and Holland.

The firm, run by directors Gavin Murray, Neil Bremner and Michael Lacey, transports haulage across the UK, Europe and North Africa for around 500 customers, mainly exporting and importing equipment for the oil and gas industry.

Sales Director Gavin Murray said: “Our turnover this financial year has exceeded our expectations and it’s placed us five years ahead of the business plan. We launched during the recession and despite rising fuel costs we have continued to invest in the long-term future of the business and invest in a good team, which we recognise as to our operations. Our customers have also been a great support to the business and we remain focussed on customer service.”

The oil and gas sector represents around 85 per cent of business for the firm, which supports international exploration projects.