Lavery Transport celebrates 35 years in business
Based in Portadown, Co. Armagh, Lavery Transport Ltd has been a leading provider of road haulage and distribution solutions throughout Ireland and the UK for 35 years. Emma Lavery explains more about the successful family-run business.
Founded by the late Charlie Lavery in 1984, Lavery Transport Ltd continues to go from strength to strength under the direction of his daughters Emma and Nicola, and son Niall. His wife Rosaleen is also a director, but isn’t involved in the day-to-day running of the business.
“It’s a real family affair,” Emma says.
“Nicola and I are both based in the office, while Niall is on the road. I actually drove myself for six years. Our uncle Bernard Mullen also works in the office. Ethel Bryars works in the office with us and while she isn’t part of the family, she might as well be! We have 30 staff in total, with over 20 of them being drivers.
“Our father, who passed away in 2012, grew up on a farm before buying his first lorry and starting from there. He built up the business to what it is today and we’re committed to not only keeping it going, but to growing it. The transport business is all we know.”
The company has grown from just one rigid vehicle on cross-border distribution to a current fleet of 24 trucks and 50 curtain-side trailers, providing an overnight service to most regions in Ireland, England and the Scotland. The Laverys run 20 Volvo artics along with one Scania artic and three Scania rigids. The curtain-siders are a mixture of SDC and Montracon, several of which are equipped with sliding roofs.
Most of the vehicles in the modern and always immaculately turned out fleet are ex-demo.
“We usually buy our trucks from Dennison Commercials and Volvo UK. We have forged a strong relationship with them down the years. Maintenance, servicing and repairs are carried out inhouse by our qualified mechanics,” Emma explains.
All of the vehicles are fitted with GPS tracking devices, which provide added peace of mind for the customer. The drivers employed are reliable, highly-skilled, professional, experienced and enjoy a great rapport with customers. All drivers are CPC covered.
Lavery Transport Ltd prides itself on the superior service it provides to new and existing customers. Services provided include groupage throughout Ireland and the UK, next-day deliveries in Ireland, two-day deliveries in Scotland and England, next-day deliveries to Scotland on request and tail lift collections / deliveries when required throughout Ireland. In addition, the company is fully licenced to cover waste collection in Ireland and UK, and fully covered under RHA 1998 goods in transit insurance and liability. As part of a nationwide network of distributors, Lavery Transport Ltd can deliver your goods quickly and seamlessly.
One of the haulage firm’s strongest selling points is its location just off the M1 Motorway. The Seagoe depot is just 30 minutes from Belfast and less than two hours from Dublin. Facilities at the state-of-the-art depot include a purpose-built office, a garage with capacity for two units and a 45ft trailer, a large secure concrete yard with parking capacity for a full fleet and 5,000sq ft of warehouse storage.
Lavery Transport Ltd specialises in all types of haulage and transport services. “We move everything and anything. We cater for all of our customers’ needs,” Emma explains.
The company has a long and loyal customer-base which includes the likes of Bord na Mona, WRC Recycling, Thornton’s Recycling, Panda Waste, SAM Mouldings and W Howard. It transports peat for Bord na Mona from the midlands to garden centres and home improvement stores across Scotland. Lavery Transport Ltd also hauls recycled waste to and from WRC Recycling’s facility in Inchinnan, Scotland. WRC Recycling work with various clients, buying and processing waste from them and / or selling basic materials from recycled waste. They also undertake various haulage and broker tasks regarding waste management.
Furthermore, the company distributes MDF products for SAM Mouldings in Antrim and W Howard in Kill, Co. Kildare. Both are leading manufacturers of MDF mouldings and profiles.
Brexit is a major issue for companies such as Lavery Transport Ltd who trade on both sides of the border but for Emma, it’s very much a case of ‘wait and see’.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Brexit might never happen. If it does, we’ll adjust accordingly. We’d like to expand, but there is too much uncertainty at the moment. We’ll see what happens.”
Lavery Transport Ltd has come a long way in 35 years by providing a first-class service to all of its clients. Committed to offering a cost-effective and wide and flexible range of transport solutions, this exceptional family business is certain to be around for many more years to come.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their continued support and loyalty,” Emma concludes.
Lavery Transport Ltd
14 Derryvore Lane,
Co. Armagh BT63 5RS
Telephone: 028 38350231
Fax: 028 38 368258
Email: [email protected]
Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, July/August 2019, Vol 22 No 4