Local Melbourne firm, DG Light Haulage who specialise in transport, logistics and warehousing is celebrating after being shortlisted as Employer of the Year and Rural Innovation of the Year in the 2016 Rural Business Awards, a national award scheme that celebrates the efforts and achievements of businesses working across the rural sector.
DG Light Haulage has been operated by David Guilford for the last 20 years, becoming a limited company in 2013 to support its further growth and development. Until recently the business had two full-time employees and relied on the support of sub-contractors, but with investment from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund in 2014, the business has expanded significantly and today has eleven full-time employees.
The success that the company has had in recent years was a key factor in the team putting themselves forward for the Rural Business Awards. Notably, the company’s turnover has increased by over 132% since 2014 and its significant increase in workforce size, reflect the achievements that it has had in terms of profitability and productivity.
But for DG Light Haulage, being a business is about more than making profits and it is important for David Guilford that the business contributes to the wider economy. This commitment is illustrated by the firm’s use of local suppliers, employing local people, supporting local causes and being a part of local business organisations.
Being a finalist in the Rural Innovation of the Year category further highlights the creative thinking and customer service that DG Light Haulage delivers as a matter of course. Here, the team was keen to profile the specialist mattress recycling service that they introduced in late 2014 in response to a customer request to dispose of some hospital mattresses. The team’s creative thinking led to the mattresses being turned into environmentally friendly fuel, rather than being taken direct to landfill sites, something which was also more profitable for all parties.
“We are delighted to have been named as finalists in two categories for the Rural Business Awards. I have long believed that we have a particularly innovative approach to business and it is rewarding to be through to the final in that category, as well as the rural employer of the year. We are thrilled that our commitment to our employees, our local community and out business growth has been recognised,” said David Guilford.
The winners of this year’s Rural Business Awards are revealed in a ceremony at The Belfry on Thursday 13 October 2016, so for the meantime, DEGF wish the DG Light Haulage team the best of luck and know that whatever the outcome on the night, they should be proud of their achievements.
DEGF is a £20 million pot of funding achieved through a successful bid into the government’s Regional Growth Fund. Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team manage the fund which is distributed in the form of grants and loans. Businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and the travel to work area are encouraged to apply.
Due to making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, the DEGF will be available to support businesses for many years to come. To find out more visit our website.