Awards of all sorts have flowed thick and fast since the early days of Grocontinental but none could be more prestigious than the one bestowed upon Ray Grocott during the summer.
The 30th Motor Transport Awards at London’s Grosvenor Hotel saw Ray become one of three hauliers inducted into the newly-created Hall of Fame - for those who have ‘created a lasting legacy of the highest standards and traditions in the industry’.
Described on the night as ‘a larger-than-life-character’, Ray has been recognised for serving the industry for more than 50 years and transforming Grocontinental from a small regional haulier to a major international organisation.
The son of the founder, Nellie Grocott, Ray has been part of the family business since 1950 and - as we all know - is very much involved in our ever-expanding enterprise today. Known for his ‘can do’ attitude and no-nonsense approach to life in general, Ray still retains the drive and ambition that fired his early enthusiasm. His strong belief in staying true to his roots is reflected in his philanthropic approach to improving the lives of people in his beloved Prees. It also saw him take on a charity mission to help in the plight of Romanian orphans in 1992, when he co-drove one of the trucks that delivered bedding, clothing and food to the country.
He is one of ours and it is little wonder that the road haulage industry has recognised him as one of the best.