Westfields History – 40 Years in Road Haulage
It was the end of 1976 and a 24 year old Robert Walker was in the New Inn pub with his father in law Daniel O Leary discussing Roberts’s entrepreneurial spirit and Daniels knowledge and business accruement. Daniel who was the landlord of the New Inn, Goonhavern already had a little knowledge of road transport as he was a lorry driver himself for a spell before getting into the pub trade. These discussions continued until the following year it was decided that they purchase a Seddon Atkinson from Panel Commercials in Launceston to start carrying goods for customers in the Cornish community. Although the vehicle was purchased in 1977 the business was officially established in 1979. Our Transport manager Aly Dye joined the business in 1985 as a driver, followed by Chris Butler in 1989, both responsible for millions of tonnes of safe transport in and out of the south west to London, the midlands, north east and Scotland.
At first Rob did house removals locally into the early 80’s before gaining a new customer. A regular punter in the form of a local farmer had the requirement of transport for his fresh local produce in and out of the county, most of it going to the famous Covent Garden market in London and Smithfield market in Birmingham. For years this was the bulk of the work carried out by the growing Westcountry haulier before securing a large print contract.
40 Years Later
The business turned out to be a Cornish success story supporting thousands of Cornish families over the years with employment and supply chain purchasing. In 2019 we proudly boast our diverse and ever growing business offering a portfolio of bulk storage, general curtain sider pallet distribution, PalletForce membership including European distribution, bulk tipper transport, low loader and flatbed transport, container transport, hiab and tail lift deliveries.
We employ almost 100 local staff and run 65 vehicles covering from 44T to small sprinter van deliveries. With the experience of our transport team, the support of the PalletForce network and an admirable reputation in the area we are able to keep increasing our client base of like-minded businesses in the south west of england from factories to quarries to Ecommerce to builders merchants. We are able to offer bespoke services that not only attract blue chip companies but small start-up projects also.
Going into 2020 we are on track to continue growth, positively looking at 10% year on year.