Greg and Go-Haul are on the road to success from Sandy
Brexit has proved no match for a determined businessman from Sandy whose family-run haulage company is on the road to success.
Greg Harrup, 26, is hoping he can be an inspiration to young entrepreneurs as his four-year-old business, Go-Haul, is now worth £3.2m and has secured contracts with Apple, Amazon, and JD Sports.
The company has grown during the pandemic thanks to online sales, with Greg now opening up an office in the Netherlands and endeavouring to establish two more in France and Spain.
Speaking about the impact of leaving Europe, Greg told the Chronicle: “Brexit has changed the transport industry massively. There’s VAT and duties to pay with goods going into Europe.
“I had to create a customs department so we could sustain growth; it’s based here and does the export declarations. Now we’ve got our operations back to next day delivery into Europe.”
With his positive attitude towards the future, Greg is also proud to announce that Go-Haul has launched an app, meaning that clients can track the lorries’ locations.
Greg prides himself on good communication - and now wants to pass on a message to encourage others to reach their goals.
He said: “First and foremost, believe that it’s possible. What you do starts within yourself - basically, go for it and don’t be told otherwise.
“It all starts with your mindset.”
Greg grew up in Beeston and attended Samuel Whitbread Academy, and worked with his father as a HGV mechanic after leaving school.
Next, he set up a mechanic business, but left to work in the office side of things until the company lost the contract he had won.
Greg then started Go-Haul with just £600 in his pocket, but says he certainly can’t take all the credit.
He concluded: “My partner, Daniella, has supported me through and I take my hat off to her. Thank you to all my team within Go-Haul and family around me for the confidence that they have given me over the years.”
Daniella helps with the accounts, as does her sister Tanya Querns, while Greg’s dad David has also joined the business. Greg has three children: Rylee, eight, Ronnie, four, and Olivia, two.
“Look after the people around you, that’s my motto,” he concluded.