The heritage and proud reputation of the Gregory Group will be reflected in all our actions.
Archibald John Gregory started the business, hauling coal from the station to the local wool factory with a horse and cart. Nine months later, the horse died and was replaced by a 2.9 litre, 4-cylinder Model T motor lorry the start of the Gregory family's entry into the motor transport industry.
The business and fleet had expanded into transporting livestock, meat, agricultural feed and fertilisers and moved to a new site in North Tawton. However the start of the war brought change, with the premises taken over by the War Department. Many of the vehicles were engaged in military activities and in 1945, were returned in a sorry state.
A.J. Gregory's only son, William John (known to his friends as Jack), joined the business aged 23. Jack had a strong grasp of business, having worked at Lloyds Bank in Tavistock, and learnt the ropes whilst also learning to drive.
The fleet had increased to 18 vehicles and outgrown the existing premises, so it moved to another location in North Tawton, where Jack built a large workshop. This still exists as part of the extensive warehouse and depot site.
With an expanding customer base Jack decided to sell the coal operation but unfortunately, his decision coincided with the discovery of a coal dust problem, which attracted much negative media attention. He was forced to sell it for a pittance. It was at this time that he also sold his cattle haulage business.
The individual excellence of each employee is as important as the collective of everyone working together.
Our five guiding principles underpin the way we treat each other, our customers and our suppliers and we actively work to deliver them as a team.
We are coming up to the 100 year milestone in the history of the company and it feels good that I'm part of the success story.
Our suppliers will be valued in the same way as we would want to be valued by our customers.
In Gregory, we pride ourselves on going 'the extra mile' for our customers and to provide a service that goes beyond expectations.
I lead an award-winning team who are always working on new approaches and developing flexible solutions to enhance the service we provide to our customers.
Our knowledgeable and friendly teams work hard to ensure our customers are happy with every aspect of the service we provide.
Our mantra for customer care is 'the answer is YES - what's the question?'
Every member of staff is aware of the impact our business has on the environment and the communities around us... it's a matter we all take seriously.
We've built strong relationships with our customers, many of which have lasted more than 30 years. I think this is a testament to the service we provide them.
We seek to combine an unrivalled service offer with creative business solutions that give a competitive advantage.