2010s: The turn of the wheel

 

Although it doesn’t feel like it, a whole decade (and a bit!) has passed since we said goodbye to the noughties and its Nokia mobile phones, and hello to the twenty-tens…

As we enter our most recent decade, the 2010s began amid a global financial crisis following the recession of the late 00s. Still feeling the effects of the economic downturn that plagued the UK in 2008, this next decade was one that echoed the fight or flight rhetoric for Alan R Jones & Sons.

Demonstrating resilience and commitment, the 2010s forged the path for business success, recognition and has put the foundations in place to see the company excel into its next fifty years…

 

2011: Time to make a change…

Much like many businesses in the UK back then, previous owners Ian and Peter had hit cross-roads in their journey. Recovering from the recession, activity seemed to plateau and as a result, they enlisted the support of a business mentor through their links with Palletline who would help them to decide the future of the business.

Devising a strategy that focused on growth and development, the decision was made to appoint a senior management team to assist with the ambitions and business direction going forward.

In March 2011, Ray Clegg joined the ranks as Operations Manager, armed with the tools and resources to appoint further senior members who would help to create an environment that encouraged growth.

With Operations Supervisor, Gareth Hall, working alongside Ray to enable these ambitions to reach fruition and Finance Manager, Michele Goddard to provide unparalleled financial advice and support, the senior leadership team was created.

 

2016 – 2018: Changing hands

Adopting the philosophy of ‘steady manageable growth’, the team invested in three main aspects of the business to ensure it continued to provide the support its clients had grown accustomed to but also encourage its members of staff to thrive within their positions.

Focusing on increasing business capacity, promoting staff development and enhancing its service offering to provide an all-encompassing logistics solution, Alan R Jones & Sons continued to grow sustainably and effectively.

Having seen the success over the last few years, the previous owners were reassured that the business was in capable hands. In 2016, the question was posed to Ray as to whether a management buyout would be an avenue they’d be interested in considering.

Fast forward to 2018, the business changed hands. Ray, as Managing Director, Gareth as Operations Director and Michele as Financial Director have continued to strive for excellence with the business, whilst retaining at the core, the transparency and commitment that resides within the business’ family run history.

 

The present day…

Over the last decade, sustainable and steady growth were the backbone of the management strategy to work towards business success. With 30 members of staff back in 2011, the team has increased by over 50% and the fleet vehicles have grown in numbers from 20 to 34.

With the support and confidence of the previous owners and already a solid stake in the ground to maintain the business journey, Ray, Gareth and Michele have kept the company’s culture at the heart of their growth. Ensuring members of staff are valued, clients’ expectations are exceeded, and investments are made in the right places to maintain steady growth, Alan R Jones & Sons has truly stamped its mark on the roads of South Wales and beyond.

As consistent achievers of key performance indicators, award-winning members of the Palletline Network and named Wales’ Haulier of the Year in 2020, Alan R Jones & Sons is a premium provider of logistical solutions that have been developed and perfected over its 50 year legacy.

 

 

As we close off on what has been a momentous journey, the heritage of Alan R Jones & Sons has been one of traditional values, coupled with resilience and pride. From one second-hand vehicle that needed some serious TLC back in the 1970s, to the fleet that graces the M4 today, the business has overcome challenges, obstacles and, need we say a global pandemic, to come out with the determination to keep its traditions running true in all aspects of the business journey.

Thank you for following our journey and reliving our company’s proud history with us as we celebrate our 50th birthday.

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