The investment adds four heavy-duty Scania trucks to its existing fleet of 26 HGV’s, 29 trailers and eight vans it already uses to deliver freight around the Mid-Wales/Shropshire region.

Speed Welshpool’s managing director, George Edwards, said: “This investment comes as we celebrate our biggest year yet as our turnover exceeded £8m and our operating profit totalled more than £1m for the first time.

“While our previous vehicles were just a couple of years old, they were starting to show their age. We trialled numerous vehicles and listened carefully to the feedback from our existing drivers before we chose the new models. Scania vehicles are ‘driver trucks’ and with the words ‘driver shortage’ continuing to be in the news, it was important to invest in state-of-the-art equipment to help attract and retain the best drivers in the area.”

“I’m delighted to invest back into the business to ensure we have the best possible equipment for our drivers, customers and environment.”

Speed Welshpool is one of over 120 independent transport providers that are part of the Palletways UK network, belonging to Imperial, a DP World company.