Longer semi-trailer, Cartwright

Mark Cartwright has been appointed as group MD of Cartwright Group, less than a month after the resignation of former joint MDs John and Steven Cartwright.

Peter Cartwright continues as chairman and Lisa Cartwright as a director on the new board.

On 10 March it was announced that both brothers, cousins to new MD Mark Cartwright, had left the business but swift action has been taken to give the Cheshire-based trailer and body manufacturer stability for the future.

Speaking after his appointment, Mark Cartwright said that he has briefed all 500 staff earlier this month to "establish the facts" and quash some of the rumours that had been circulating following the senior management changes.

"It was important for me to get from behind the desk and get amongst the troops," he said. "And for me the reaction of the staff has been an overwhelming experience, just short of phenomenal really. That is testament to the structures of the business and the management team that is in place."

Mark Cartwright also said that reaction from customers to the news of the management change had been very positive.

Steven and Alan Cartwright resigned on 11 March and, on 17 March registered two new businesses at Companies House: Magnum Trailers and Magnum Fleet Services.

Whatever the purpose of these two registered businesses are Mark Cartwright is adamant that the business welcomes competition from all quarters, in a trailer market where Cartwright is in competition on a daily basis with the likes of Don-Bur, Lawrence David, SDC and Montracon.

"They are well established brands with well-established products and businesses. That competition is healthy and drives us on to continually improve our business," he said.

Mark Cartwright

Mark Cartwright

Mark Cartwright added that he wished both Steven and John Cartwright "every success for the future" and he thanked them for their contribution.

"For us it is a case that we see the brand as bigger than any one individual or individuals. We are proud of our 63 year pedigree and the business will go forward," he said. "I can categorically confirm it is not for sale!"