Hull-based Harrison Solway is to go ahead with major celebrations for its 20th anniversary – but delay its plans for a year in light of the pandemic.

One of Pallet-Track’s inaugural network members, the company is parking its celebrations until 2021 but said it is continuing a successful trajectory despite the challenges of Covid-19.

The company has also had to cope with serious illnesses to its two founders over recent years along with the sudden death of its operations manager, Kirstie Smith in April due to the virus.

Both Paul Harrison and Lee Solway, who completed a management buyout in June 2000, have now been given clean bills of health after taking time out of the business over the past 2-3 years, one for cancer treatment and the other for a serious brain injury.

“It’s testament to the skill and dedication of our fantastic team here at Harrison Solway that despite our illnesses, the business has not only continued unaffected but has actually thrived,” said Lee Solway, who suffered a double bleed on the brain while on holiday in Italy three years ago.

“We had plans for a special 20th anniversary livery for new vehicles on order and a big party for clients, suppliers and our amazing team, but that was all put on hold because of coming to terms with everything that has been going on with Covid-19. Instead, we are planning on having a big celebration next year for our 21st – a proper coming of age.

“Since we started the business back in June 2000 we have always been in profit – something we have maintained over the last 20 years despite the economy and more recently the impact of Covid-19. In fact, the last 12 months have displayed the best set of numbers we’ve ever had."

Nigel Parkes, founder and MD of Pallet-Track said: “Harrison Solway, or Depot 22 as we call them in the network, has blazed a trail for Pallet-Track from day one of operation in 2004.

“It is an aspirational business that inspires other network members because of its consistent achievement year on year. I’m proud to have Harrison Solway as part of the Pallet-Track family and look forward to the next 20 years.”