Former apprentice celebrates fifth anniversary as director of a Suffolk business

Former apprentice celebrates fifth anniversary as director of a Suffolk business

A director of a Suffolk-based freight forwarder is celebrating his fifth year in charge this month after beginning his career as an apprentice.

Darren Ryan took over Morrison Freight alongside fellow director Lee Steward in 2015 and in 2019 they celebrated the best year in the company’s history.

Commenting on his career to date, Darren said: “Growing up, my summers were spent helping my Dad in his warehousing business so I knew from an early age I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

“Doing an apprenticeship was the best thing I ever did.

“It helped me learn new skills and experience training in different departments which has been invaluable in shaping my career.”

Darren met fellow director Lee Steward during his first job at Denholm International Freight Ltd. They both went on to join Morrison Freight as employees in April 2002 when they were both 22 years old, before buying the business five years ago.

Due to the economy and the uncertainty of Brexit, the last five years have been the hardest of Darren’s career.

He said: “Management brings with it lots of challenges, but when the industry is also facing difficulties, weathering the storm and keeping trade afloat is no mean feat.

“We have been faced with many obstacles during our first five years at the helm but our investment in staff training and proactivity in preparing for Brexit early has successfully paid off and this has enabled us to continue growing the business – despite the uncertainty.”

Now that the country is in the middle of another period of uncertainty due to coronavirus, Morrison Freight’s services are more important than ever.

The team are busy keeping the supply chain moving under the management of Lee and Darren – both of whom have experience in working across all departments of the business.

By joining the industry at an early age and working their way up to director level, both directors are in a better position to train staff and develop the business.

And Darren remains an advocate for apprentices. Morrison Freight have employed three apprentices over the last five years – one of which was a finalist in the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year category at the 2019 BIFA Freight Service Awards.

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