Humble northern beginnings
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HRVS has been on "an amazing journey in 15 years", says Robert Lockwood. The story started when Lockwood branched away from the family business, which made its name in the 1960s producing that great northern staple: mushy
peas. "My father Doug started the haulage company in the 1970s, and by the early 1990s we had 90 trucks," he says.
"I was running our workshops, which were not always busy so I brought in other work."
He continues: "One contract was with the local council, and this led us to buying the council workshop in Ripley and starting HRVS. My father wanted to run down the haulage business, so I continued with the workshops and got the ERF franchise for the area."
After MAN acquired ERF, HRVS latterly bought sites in Sheffield and Scunthorpe from MAN, so now the group works from four sites in the North and Midlands and is the UK's second-largest MAN dealership.
"The sites we took over had suffered from a lack of investment," says Lockwood. "We had the money to invest in the dealerships."