First next gen for Kersey Freight
The UK’s first order for a next generation Scania was placed by a company who didn’t even own a truck eight years ago. Today the Suffolk-based hazardous cargo and fertilizer transport specialists has a fleet of 37 vehicles and a staff of 60.
In 2004, joint owners David Crawford and James Mainwaring formed Kersey Freight. They started out as a freight haulier, transporting up to 140 loads a week to France, Germany and Italy. In the same year, 10 new countries were accepted into the European Union which led to more competition and lower prices. A decision was made to turn their back on Europe and focus on the UK market.
This was a turning point for Kersey Freight and contributed towards to the success they’re experiencing today. Now they specialise in hazardous cargo and fertiliser transport, with a fleet of 37 trucks and 60 members of staff.
The expansion of Kersey Freight has been rapid over the past few years. Joint founder, David Crawford, credits this to the relationship with their local Scania dealer.
“James Crouch at TruckEast Stowmarket is one of the main reasons we are where we are today. I can’t praise him enough,” says David. “He’s an uncomplicated guy and type of the person we like dealing with. Most importantly he’s helped us grow as a business.”
The Suffolk based haulier began their relationship with Scania after being identified as a new and emerging company. This loyalty has paid off. In the last three years, Kersey Freight has bought 22 Scania trucks, all sold by Area Sales Manager, James Crouch.
Their new flagship truck and the first next generation Scania in the UK is an S 580 V8 A6x2/2NA mid-lift tractor unit. And it’s going down very well with driver Geraint Richards. “He joined us in 2010 and loves it, especially the cab layout and extra space he has. So far he’s been getting 9.6mpg which we’re pleased with.”
Buying their first next generation Scania wasn’t a difficult decision. “We believe in the product. Scanias are well built, reliable and hard working tools. You know you’re buying quality with all the testing and the amount of money Scania has spent in the process.”
To celebrate, Kersey Freight has created a company video to introduce their brand new Scania, which has achieved a staggering 30,000 views since January. They’re immensely proud of their brand and how their vehicles look on the road – and the S 580 ticks all their boxes.
The future looks bright for Kersey Freight. David has a positive outlook for 2017 and struggled to identify what their biggest challenge will be this year. He plans to stay one step ahead of the competition, by focusing on delivering first class customer satisfaction and is already looking at adding further next generation Scania trucks to their fleet. “We’re up for more renewals in November and we’re going to be onto James as the new S-series is what we want.”