Aztek Logistics has praised its staff and the loyalty of its customers as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Founded in 2003 by white goods and TV installer Stuart Charter in Letchworth Garden City, the haulier has grown over the years into a £12m turnover business with six warehouses and 40 HGVs.
Its first success came from the support of the Prince’s Trust, which helped Charter get his first vehicle on the road – a 7.5-tonne lorry – after he produced a long-term business plan for the charity.
He said: “I started as one man with van and a dream. That one van became two vans and after my first year, I submitted my first accounts of £287,000, which I still have.
“The success at the start was all down to the help of the Prince’s Trust – they were great to deal with and boosting confidence, which is what you need when you’re a new business starting out.
“There was steep learning curve, and I learnt a lot from the Prince’s Trust, not least around entrepreneurial pitfalls and dealing with cashflow and finance through factoring, which got me through some leaner times in the early days.”
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Charter added: “I’m so proud of the team we have here at Aztek. There’s been a lot of growth in recent years and I’m also proud of our track record with retaining staff over our 20 years in business.”