The business grew until in 1987 the coal business was sold and the focus was solely on transport. David purchased his first curtain sided vehicle in 1985 as a one off contract to move automotive parts up to the midlands for the likes of Rover, Jaguar and Land Rover. This quickly grew to offering pallet delivery services to local businesses within the Bristol and Bath Area. David Hathaway Transport was the first company in the area to offer a next day pallet service within England and Wales which saw business grow rapidly to over 10 vehicles.

David is still very active within the company and the age of 72 which shows his unrelenting commitment to the business and our stakeholders. He has instilled this passion in his three sons who all work within the Business. Matthew since 1986 straight from school, James since 1990 after his engineering training and and Chris since 1999 when he left University.

Matthew is the Managing Director and has worked within the Company since leaving school in 1986. He started by driving a class 2 vehicle and has then worked at every level with in the he company. As Managing Director, he is now responsible for all distribution, warehousing and customer services operations. He has the most thorough knowledge of both the our Company and our Industry. This enables him to be able to converse at all levels with the confidence of someone whose career is also his passion.

James is the Fleet and Warehousing Director. His was trained in vehicle engineering. And as such is responsible for the company’s considerable fleet of vehicles, trailers and material handling equipment. James also has a passion for warehousing and ensures our offering exceeds customer expectations.

Chris is the Quality Director. Chris has worked throughout the company and has a sound knowledge of the different areas within the business. He is responsible for progressing and maintaining the quality of company’s offering to its customers and staff.

Under the stewardship of the Family  David Hathaway Transport has continued to expand and flourish to the point where the company has grown to over 60 vehicles,  100 + trailers and over 120 full time staff.

The Company operates in different sectors but has particularly gained and enviable reputation in the packaging and food distribution sector. From humble beginnings David Hathaway Transport has grown with the guiding principle of excellent customer service.


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