It is a sad day when anybody passes but I work for a Transport Company which is about the same size as Stobarts, the difference is that we don't insist that our Drivers dress like Leprachauns and we are not backed by anybody.
Eddie actually stood down from running the Company a number of years ago, although the name was retained along with the naming of the Trucks after Females and I must agree that their Trucks/Trailers are kept in very clean external condition, I also know their Pay Scales (we employ a few of their ex's) and I am not impressed to say the least.
This is not a post against Eddie(RIP) I actually met him many years ago in Crick Truckstop when he walked in and paid for all his Drivers meals, not bad when a multi-millionaire sits down and enjoys Egg, Chips and Beans with his Drivers.
This business that we are part of is, shall we say, "extremely competitive" and there is no Company more competitive than Stobarts, read into that what you will!
There again, the company is very famous and there are hordes of Stobart Spotters out there, especially the guy who drives a Reliant Robin painted in Stobart colours.
I am not here to mock these wierdos, just to take the pish.
This is not a post against Eddie(RIP) I actually met him many years ago in Crick Truckstop when he walked in and paid for all his Drivers meals, not bad when a multi-millionaire sits down and enjoys Egg, Chips and Beans with his Drivers..
Lets hope he's buried in the manor he ran his business
He gets the Co Op in to do the job
He then undercuts there rates and puts them out of business
He runs at a loss then puts his rates through the roof ad loses the contracts
On the verge of bankruptcy he flogs the lot to a mate and his briother
Channel Transport Pioneer in the 1970s
Georges and Therese Dentressangle established a small trucking firm in France's Ardeche region shortly after World War II. In 1966, the couple moved the business to the town of Saint Vallier, in the Rhone Valley region not far from Lyons.
The Dentressangles were joined by their son, Norbert, in 1974. As Dentressangle himself told L'Entreprise: "They pushed me to join the business rather than starting a long course of study." The younger Dentressangle proved a natural at organizing transport traffic and working with the company's clientele. Into the mid-1970s, Dentressangle had become interested in developing the family company's international business--and the potential held in the growing demand from England for the wines and cheese and other products of the Rhone Valley.
Personally, I think it's a front - He's one of the main characters from the Real Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and is closely related to Slartibartfast and Ford Prefect (through his cousin Renault Megane).