Shipley Transport is a family-owned Yorkshire based haulier run by David and Joan Clarke.
Shipley owes its origins to very modest beginnings, David’s father, Derek Clarke, had worked hard all his life for other people, he drove for various firms and served in the army, then quite late in life he realised he’d nothing to show for a lifetimes hard work. So he handed in his notice, took his holiday pay, sold his car and managed to scrape up enough to buy a Ford Transit.
He cut off the van body to make a pick-up and went into business moving furniture, fridges - anything really. The van was painted in the street: it was blue, and the same colour appears on todays vehicles. Eventually, a second vehicle was bought, and as business gradually built up, David acquired his licence at 17, followed by a CPC at 18 and an international licence. The business continued to grow throughout the eighties, and the removals work expanded with the buy-out of another removals company in 1983.
From the early nineties, Shipley Transport diversified from domestic removals into general haulage and worldwide shipping, In 1995, the first purpose built warehouse was erected, along with full dock level bays for increasing loading requirements. By the year 1998, Shipley Transport were handling and loading cargo in excess of 600 tonnes per week.
During the past eight years, the operation has moved with the times once again, concentrating on general haulage and contract distribution. The vehicle fleet has dramatically increased in this time, including the introduction of Moffett mounted forklifts. Shipley Transport now operates in excess of 40 vehicles and employs over 70 people.