TPN Teesside has appointed a former driver to depot manager, making use of his earlier experience in retail management.
TPN Teesside has appointed one of its HGV drivers to the crucial role of depot manager, saying it wants to provides careers, and not just jobs, for its employees.
Martyn Levitt was a manager at retailer SportsDirect for more than 18 years when he decided on a change of career. He applied for voluntary redundancy and invested his money in getting his HGV licence.
“I loved driving. It was refreshing to be out on my own, doing something rewarding but completely different to my past experience,” he says.
Martyn, a lifelong Middlesbrough resident, had been driving for TPN Teesside since its inception in June 2019 and, one year later, the role of depot manager has tempted him back to managerial duties.
“I always enjoyed management because you can look after people, make their jobs better for them and improve how things run. That’s very rewarding,” he says.
“TPN is a great company. I’ve never worked anywhere so open and transparent with its employees and with such a sense of equality. When we started this depot, TPN MD Mark Duggan came and worked alongside us for two weeks. He kept his door open and everyone could talk to him and get to know him. That’s a great culture to be part of,” says Martyn.
TPN head of strategic operations, Lee Noble says: “We see so much potential in Martyn and his previous managerial experience is a great resource.
“It’s very important to us to be able to promote from within where possible because it lets us provide careers, and not just jobs, for those employees who want to progress. We genuinely value our people and that means looking at everything they can do and giving them opportunities.”
TPN Teesside is only a year old yet became a profitable venture within weeks. TPN has plans for the depot to continue expanding and become a considerable employer in the Stockton area.
“If any drivers out there wish to work for a growing business which values its people, they should give us a call,” says Lee.
“Our standards are very high operationally,” says Martyn. “My job is to make sure that we maintain those very high service levels regardless of how big we get.”
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