University supports local transportation company to expand business

“Invest to Grow has been very helpful and I would recommend it to anyone looking to grow their business.” Rick Bromley, Owner of Middlebrook Transport Ltd

Date posted: 22 August 2017

A Derbyshire transportation company has been awarded funding of £400,000 from the University of Derby, allowing them to expand their business and create ten new jobs.

Middlebrook Transport Ltd – a family run company in Alfreton, which has operated since 1974 – delivers steel and concrete products to those in the construction industry. The company is made up of 30 HGV trucks and more than 100 trailers, and all of their drivers are trained to a high standard to deliver the heavy loads safely across the UK.

The company secured the £400,000 funding from the University of Derby’s Invest to Grow fund   to help them expand their business - a significant proportion of which was in the form of a loan.

Rick Bromley, Owner of Middlebrook Transport Ltd, said: “The business was being held back, we couldn’t grow anymore and we couldn’t move. Moving to a bigger site has enabled us to instantly grow the business.

"We physically couldn’t take on any more trucks and we couldn’t maintain them because we didn’t have the workshop capacity. The entirety of the fleet growth is purely down to moving site, which was supported by Invest to Grow.”

The money has enabled the firm to increase its fleet of HGV trucks from 30 to 48, employing an additional seven drivers. The new site also had the space for them to build their own commercial MOT station, which they are authorised by the DVLA to conduct MOTs on commercial vehicles, as well as their own trucks.

Rick Bromley added: “Not only has the move generated more business, but it is also making recruitment easier. Existing members of staff are happier because of the improved working environment, while existing and new customers are keener to do business with us when they visit the modern new facility.

“Invest to Grow has been very helpful and I would recommend it to anyone looking to grow their business.”

Mark Wheddon, Head of Strategic Programmes at the University, added: “We are pleased to support Middlebrook Transport with their move to a new facility, which has enabled the business to grow and create ten jobs, with many more forecast to be achieved over the next 12 months.”

Middlebrook Transport Ltd predicted a turnover that would increase by 15 percent in its first year and their plan is to employ a further 15 members of staff, and three more HGV truck drivers in addition to the ten members of staff they’ve already hired.

The University of Derby received £16 million for the Invest to Grow Fund from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) back in 2014. Over the last three years, the University has invested in local businesses to support them in expansion and create hundreds of new jobs across the East Midlands region.

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For further press information please contact: Deanna Mathieson, Public Relations Assistant at University of Derby on 01332 341978 or email

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