At the age of 22 and with just a few thousand pounds from his father, David Buxton started up his own business.
That was in 1992, now 20 years later his Somerset-based transport company Willmotts DJB is an international operation and shareholder member of the UK and Europe’s leading palletised distribution network, Palletforce.
A major part of the business in the beginning was delivering shopping trollies and that continues to this day.
Willmotts DJB delivers to the leading supermarkets and airlines across the UK and Europe, as well as moving paper and food into Europe, particularly Italy and France.
"I never thought we would reach the stage we are at now but our customers have shown us a lot of loyalty, some have worked with us for up to 15 years," said David, Director of Willmotts DJB.
"We have grown alongside some of our customers and we do offer a specialist service for shopping trollies and gym equipment which we transport for several international sports teams.
"We can never be complacent we’re always pushing on to the next step.We have competent staff behind us who give 100 per cent each and every day."
David’s first taste of working in transport came from spending weekends helping to maintain vehicles used by his uncle who ran quarry lorries on the Mendips in Somerset.
At 17 he left school and started working as a driver for his brother’s transport company before taking a couple of years out to travel to Australia.
It was on his return from Australia that he set up his own business, DB Haulage, with just one vehicle and worked as a sub-contractor for haulage companies.
By 1997 the fleet had grown to seven vehicles and become DJB Haulage Ltd.
In 2010 it joined forces with the haulier Willmotts, bringing together the latter’s 40,000 sq ft of warehouse and DJB’s vehicles, and also set up a container division in Southampton.
The company also became a member of Palletforce in 2007 which has provided a platform for future growth and enhanced the services Willmotts DJB already offer.
"Becoming part of Palletforce allows us to offer something else to the customer and means we can compete with the big boys in the business," said David.
Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce, said: "David showed true entrepreneurial spirit in establishing his business and the hard work of him and his team has built a strong company capable of holding its own in a competitive market."