Fast, professional, cost-effective logistics solutions Europe-wide

05 December 2016

At the heart of the business is a stunning fleet of fresh Scania and Volvo artics.

At the heart of the business is a stunning fleet of fresh Scania and Volvo artics.

Within the space of five years, A&T Transport has established itself as one of the leading logistics companies in the capital, providing professional, reliable and efficient groupage and air freight services to and from Ireland, the UK and Europe. We visited their Swords base and caught up with director Trevor Roy to find out more about this dynamic and progressive Irish -owned operation.

Founded by directors Trevor Roy and Andrew Bruton in 2011 to provide a cost-effective, safe and dependable transport service to B2B and B2C companies in the UK and Ireland, A&T Transport has quickly built a reputation nationally and internationally for delivering an array of solutions at reasonable prices.

Combining 30 years’ experience of logistics and transport, Trevor and Andrew have developed a company that is synonymous with professionalism, reliability, flexibility and 24/7 support. Operating a superb modern fleet of vehicles, which are fully-insured and immaculately maintained, A&T Transport prides itself on being a fast, secure and professional transport partner.

Fully-uniformed, highly-trained (in all aspects of ADR, CPC, Air Freight Security, Health & Safety) and customer-focused drivers – all of whom are directly employed – provide same-day delivery across Ireland and the UK as well as next-day solutions Europe-wide. Real-time tracking and around-the-clock support ensure complete peace of mind for customers - be it groupage, special deliveries or even oversized freight.

Ideally located in Swords Business Park, North County Dublin, the main hub is just minutes from Dublin Airport and is ideally situated for quick and convenient access to Dublin Port (15 minutes), the M50 (10 minutes), the M1 (5 minutes) and Dublin City Centre (15 minutes). This exceptional strategic location guarantees quick delivery times to any destination in Ireland or abroad.

At the heart of the business is a stunning fleet of fresh Scania and Volvo artics; Krone and SDC trailers; Euroliners; ambient and temperature-controlled refrigerated trailers; curtainsiders and insulated box trailers; Mercedes and Renaults with tail lifts; and a great selection of secure and flexible Mercedes vans, also with tail lifts.

The versatility of the fleet and professionalism of the drivers enables A&T Transport to provide a wide range of logistics solutions nationwide and across Europe, including same-day deliveries, groupage, the transportation of aircraft parts, standard packages and cargo, secure consignments, ambient goods, hazardous goods and special deliveries.

This dedication to covering all bases as professionally and cost-effectively as possible has been instrumental in the relatively rapid rise of the company to its present status as a leading logistics provider.

Reflecting on the genesis and early days of the business, co-owner Trevor Roy notes: “We had both started working together with FedEx in 1998 as employees and went subcontract in 2000 and ’01 respectively. In 2011 an opportunity arose to form A&T Transport and we formed a partnership and took it from there.”

Today, A&T has a total of 25 vehicles and twelve trailers on the road, having started off with four vans just five years ago. It has been a remarkable success story by any standards, not least because the company was established in the depths of a recession.

Trevor estimates that UK deliveries account for approximately 60% of work, with the remainder split evenly between Republic of Ireland and continental jobs. Gainful employment is currently generated for a team of 23 full-time workers, as well as six part-time employees.

In February, the keys were collected to a stunning brand-new 161-reg Volvo – the latest addition to one of the most-impressive fleets in the country: “That was the third one we took off Irish Commercials inside a couple of months,” says Trevor. “Volvo ticks all of the boxes – reliability, fuel consumption, driver comfort etc. We’re more than happy with them. 

“In this line of work, it’s vitally important to run a fresh fleet. It takes a lot of money but you have to be prepared to invest in order to provide customers with an optimal level of service. The fleet is very fresh and we’re going to keep it that way. The oldest vehicle we have on the road at the moment is an ’09 reg. Of the six artics, the oldest is a 141.

“When I send them out to the UK, I want to get a semi-decent night’s sleep. You don’t want to be getting any calls in the middle of the night about a lorry breaking down. All our trucks are under warranty and there are no problems whatsoever.

“We have also taken delivery of six new trailers since January 2015, a mixture of Euroliners and fridges from Krone.”

Of course, an exceptional fleet isn’t much use without the right men on hand to operate it. “We try to source as many qualified drivers as we can,” says Trevor. “Any driver we have here is fully-trained in all aspects of Health & Safety, manual handling, ADR, air freight etc. You keep them up to speed because obviously they have a crucial role to play within the business.”

To what does Trevor attribute the very impressive success to date of this dynamic young company? “Hard work,” he replies quickly. “We work very hard, and we are happy that we are going in the right direction. We also have a lot of very good, paying customers and that is important as it keeps the cash flow right.

“Going forward, we’re hoping to get the GDP (Good Distribution Practice) passport for carrying pharmaceuticals, which would enable us to further broaden our horizons.

“We’re not going to get carried, away, however. To be honest, I don’t really want to grow much more. We’ll go with what we have for the moment. We’ll stick with what we have numbers-wise in terms of the fleet and drivers because if you get too big you could lose control and we want to continue to provide a personal touch.”

Providing a great service is one thing – but how difficult is it to turn a profit and operate the business as a viable commercial entity? “Once we’re getting a wage out of it, that’s the main thing,” Trevor concludes. “As long as the fleet and plant and staff and insurance and diesel are all paid for, anything else on top of that is a bonus!”

A&T Transport,
Unit 2a/2b, Swords Business Park,
Swords, County Dublin,
Tel: 01 8107669 Mobile: 087 2351220

Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 19 No 4, May 2016 

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