BRS is proud to be celebrating 70 years of successfully meeting and exceeding customer requirements, and will be marking this key milestone with colleagues and customers throughout the year. A Range T460 6×2 demonstrator vehicle has been especially liveried in the company’s colours and 70th Anniversary logo design to commemorate the occasion.
“We are very proud of the role BRS has played in the history of British transport, and we are looking forward to celebrating our 70 years in business with our customers, employees and partners who have put their trust in us,” says Graham Scholes, Managing Director at BRS. “As well as taking a trip down memory lane this year, we will be focusing on the future and building on the customer-centric approach and commitment to service excellence that has been at the heart of our long-term success.”
Originally formed in 1948 as part of the post war nationalisation of industry programme, the Road Haulage Executive, trading as British Road Services (now BRS), was under the control of the British Transport Federation (BTF). BRS, which shares its 70th anniversary year with the National Health Service, was set up to provide efficient, integrated road distribution networks for road haulage. Its distinctive red trucks with green sheeting and the BTF Lion emblazoned on the door were a familiar sight on the UK’s roads for many years.
By the late 1970s, BRS was part of the National Freight Company (NFC) and in 1981 the company was the subject of an employee buyout led by then-Chairman, Sir Peter Thompson. In 1994, BRS’s Renault business and contract hire portfolio was acquired by Volvo Group, and in 2010 an agreement was reached for BRS to offer only Renault Trucks products.
Today, BRS operates in close partnership with Renault Trucks to offer flexible contract hire and truck rental solutions that are tailored around individual business requirements, with a loyal and growing customer base that is built on trust and a reputation for delivering consistently high service levels.