NINE56 Goes for Growth

Sheffield: 05/06/2018 0800 GMT.

NINE56 Ltd has completed its first year of operation as a haulier and celebrated the milestone by quadrupling its fleet size. The bold move sees a second articulated lorry and two vans join ‘Angel’ as the backbone of our business and five new staff members join the company as we push into new markets and continue to offer great service and support to our clients. We have also launched a new brand, Sheffield Same Day with a new domain of SheffieldSameDay.com.

Joining the heavy side of the business, ‘Gentleman Jack’ is on order with BRS but the fleet needs to grow now so our good friends at Thompson Commercials Renault Trucks in Sheffield have found a Renault Premium 6×2 tractor unit to kick off with before the 66 plate Range T which will carry the name arrives. The name ‘Gentleman Jack’ has been chosen to honor the first British Saloon Car Championship champion, Jack Sears, who passed away in 2016.

The Premium won’t carry full branding when it arrives on the fleet as we only expect to use it for a couple of weeks. After that, a fully branded Euro 6 tractor will hit the road and join our flagship tractor unit in servicing a range of clients in diverse sectors. The short term use of the Premium also ensures that our entire heavy side fleet will be Ultra Low Emission Zone compliant when the new requirement comes in next year.

The new markets we are targeting will be serviced by Peter C and C. Llewelyn, the first of what we hope will be many sub-3.5t vehicles offering same day and next day light haulage throughout the UK and Europe. The pair, named for our owner’s maternal and paternal grandfathers respectively, are Vauxhall Movano F3500 panel vans, carefully chosen to balance environmental responsibility with cost effectiveness and payload.

The L3H2 vehicles offer space for three standard or 4 euro pallets of product and a class leading payload of 1525kg which will allow us to carry loads as diverse as packaging, shop fittings, pumps, machines and even motorcycles and ATVs.

To support our expansion, we have also put several back office changes into place. Nicholas, our previously sole employee will now come off the road to administer the business and plan the loads for our vehicles. He will be joined in the office by Martin, who takes on responsibility for employee relations and will assist with the planning when Nick occasionally re-dons his work gloves to cover holidays.

Questions, orders and requests can be sent to either on info@ninefiftysix.co.uk for Nicholas or transport@ninefiftysix.co.uk for Martin.

Nicholas Smith said, “Its an exciting and scary time. Growing the business this quickly is far beyond what I expected to achieve when I picked up the Mercedes a year ago. Since then we have replaced the hired older unit with a brand new Renault, built a name and reputation for getting the job done from nothing and now we  step forward into a completely new and very competitive arena with our van fleet.

“We couldn’t have achieved any of this without our carefully chosen partners and are looking forward to continuing to grow into year 2 of operations.”

Year 1 in Numbers:

347 Loads Delivered.

4 Issues in Delivery.

98.9% Problem Free Delivery Rate.

£12.36 + VAT Potential Damage Claims.

£0 Actual Damage Claims.

67,754 Miles Driven.

3 Countries Visited.

35,320 Litres of Diesel Purchased.

6 Replaced Tyres.

8,190 Blue Pallets Delivered.

1 Very Tired Driver.