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Five minutes with…Matt Bryant, Southern General Manager, HARSH

15 June 2023 #Features & Interviews

Tell us about the new HARSH facility in Peterborough?

Based just off the A47 at 58 The Causeway in Thorney, Peterborough, the facility is a major investment for HARSH, giving the company its own premises in a key area of the UK road haulage industry. With overall direction from Business Development Manager Harry Hustler, the facility is managed by myself and currently has a staff of four.

Having already achieved ISO9001 accreditation, HARSH Peterborough’s extensive site provides secure CCTV parking for up to 30 trucks or trailers.

What are the key activities offered at the Peterborough site?

Our services include bespoke hydraulic solutions for all types of trucks and trailers, and the supply and fitting of tractor wet kits. We also provide installation and servicing of tipping cylinders, as well as supply and fitting of sheeting systems.

Also, we are involved in general workshop repairs, have a trade parts counter with rapid parts delivery throughout the area, and provide on-site servicing and VOR support as required.

Why have you opened the new facility?

In the last two years, HARSH has seen a rapid expansion of its business in Eastern England, especially in East Anglia, the East Midlands and the Home Counties. Having our own facility here in the region will therefore be of real significance to local operators and hence further secure HARSH’s continued growth.

Having a company-owned facility in the East of England is a major strategic move for HARSH, putting us right in the centre of one of the most important areas of the UK’s road transport industry.

Of equal significance, our dual location in Peterborough and York now gives truck operators an unprecedented level of backup and support along the whole length of the A1 from the Scottish Borders to the M25.

By being close to the A1, we can also get to anywhere around north and east London within an hour.

Our Peterborough facility shows that we are fully committed to delivering a responsive, efficient, and highly effective aftersales service wherever it is needed.

In addition to the large numbers of 8×4 rigids engaged in quarrrying, the East Anglia and Lincolnshire areas also see a great many 44t artics working with bulk trailers on agricultural duties or walking floors and vacuum tankers on recycling and waste work.

For HARSH, this means a big opportunity to supply and fit both wet kits to tractors as well as sheeting systems to tipping trailers.

Tell us more about some of your products.

HARSH is also the only UK manufacturer able to offer every type of sheet, including front to back and side to side, with the option of operation by electric, hydraulic, manual or even solar power.

As well as tipping equipment, HARSH is now one of the UK’s market leaders in supplying skiploaders and hookloaders, having been active in the waste and environmental services sectors for over 20 years.

The new Peterborough depot will therefore be able to offer skip and hook operators in the East Midlands and East Anglia significantly enhanced product support thanks to steadily developing in-house workshop facilities and a first class parts availability.

Matt Bryant, Southern General Manager, HARSH

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