Tipper award is wheely great news for local firm

Brian Mercer (35yrs service), Fenton Myles (20yrs service) with owners Walter & Andrew Glendinning
Brian Mercer (35yrs service), Fenton Myles (20yrs service) with owners Walter & Andrew Glendinning

Local haulage firm W. Glendinning of Windygates is celebrating after being awarded Scottish Tipper Operator of the Year 2014.

The family run business, which is celebrating its 35th year of trading this year, triumphed over a number of larger firms to receive the accolade by trade magazine Transport News.

Founded as a timber business by Walter Glendinning in 1978, his son, also Walter - but known by everyone as Watty - joined the business straight from school, and it was he who developed the delivery side of things.

After Walter retired in 1983, son Andrew joined the business as a driver, which he still does today.

For Watty, whose wife Helen works in the office, there are three things which have ensured their success throughout the years and helped to earn them the prestigious national title.

“The main things is that we have a good customer base, the next thing is having a good work force and you also need a good set of suppliers. Without those three things, you can’t really have a successful business.”

The company plays a key part in Scotland’s food chain, transporting hundreds of tons of grain and root vegetables across Scotland and the north of England every week.