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Sunday, October 10, 2010
hardly a surprise ...
... it is the 21st century after all!
Wednesday, October 6th 2010 14:00
27 local jobs have been lost with the closure of George Taylor Limited.
The firm based in Bedminster will no longer carry out any haulage work after over a century of doing so throughout the city.
Bosses have blamed the effects of the current economic climate for the business' decline.
The company employs 17 drivers and 10 other staff. Managing Director Roger Scarrett said: "It is with great regret that after over 100 years in the haulage business the company will realign itself and completely withdraw from all its haulage related activities. The company will continue to manage its property and other resources.
"We have taken the decision because demand for our quality service has declined in the global recession and we did not want to compromise on that quality, which the George Taylor name has been associated with for so many years."
"Sadly the loyal and dedicated workforce who over a long period of time have continuously produced service levels of the highest standard through their commitment and professionalism are the innocent victims in this. They are all friends as well as work colleagues."
"In the current economy customers are putting low prices above value and we are not prepared to compromise our service levels."The company was originally started by George Taylor and his horse and cart over 100 years ago.
All of the firm's equipment and vehicles, including some historic pieces will be sold at an auction this weekend.
This is happening all the time. Perhaps they should go back to the horses and carts - at least they have a future!
Businesses should be staying ahead of structural changes in the economy. Transport in the 21st century exclusively means railed transport. The roads are dying, costs are going through the roof and the whole business model is flawed. Transport companies should, like Eddie Stobart is doing, have been realigning themselves for years to switch their business to rail in one way or another. Either by developing rail freight or even by building the vehicles that will be needed in the future - heavy goods locos, freight wagons and industrial and light railway equipment. It's no good crying for a world that is changing before your eyes, you need to make the adjustments before your rivals do. This is the beauty of capitalism, and the underlying principle behind the New S&D.
Me? I left road haulage over twenty years ago as the way things were going was clear to me even then.