Bartrum Group said it had started to bounce back from the disruption caused by the pandemic after reporting an increase in turnover of almost 10%.

The group, comprising haulage, warehousing and commercial vehicle maintenance, saw revenues increase to £28.8m in the year ending 31 December 2021, up from £26.2m in 2020.

Pre-tax profit increased by almost 12% to £2.6m.

The East Anglian family firm said that despite the sharp increase in inflation the group had been able to control costs and improve efficiency, which led to an almost £800,000 increase in gross profit to £4.8m.

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However, profits in its road haulage contracting arm fared worse, which it put down to increased subcontractor costs.

Gross profit in Bartrum’s Road Services fell from £1.8m to £1.7m and pre-tax profit reduced by 22% to £999,000.

The company said: “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the group has been significant in terms of operational considerations.

“The key areas of focus and concern have been to maintain operations at a level in order to meet demand, whilst having due regard for the safety and wellbeing of employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.”