From Delivering Eggs To Having The World’s Richest Man As A Client: Zimbabwean Speaks On Booming Truck Business In The UK
A Zimbabwean man with a booming truck business in the United Kingdom has revealed how he reached his current status. Elias Chiguvi’s company Wilsford Transport is based in Leeds and has major contracts, including some with Amazon Prime.
Elias Chiguvi was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and migrated to the United Kingdom for greener pastures. He is now based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
When he arrived in the United Kingdom in the early 2000s, Elias Chiguvi landed a job as a van driver. His job involved delivering eggs and croissants to various hotels in London.
Elias Chiguvi said it was while he was running a delivery that he was inspired to start his own trucking business. He then approached a training company which offered him a package that included learning to drive and CPC [Certificate of Professional Competence] management.
Elias Chiguvi told Leeds Live:
“There was a time I was going to do deliveries to Heathrow airport for airline food. I saw trucks and said to myself ‘why can’t I drive these trucks?’ When I enquired with the training company that trained to drive trucks, they said they were giving a package for learning to drive and CPC management.
“I didn’t know what it was and then I said I want the whole package. They sent me some books to study and at the same time I went for lessons to drive to which I passed. I then realised what it was that I have just passed and the responsibilities that lay with this.”
After passing the CPC management and HGV Licence, Elias Chiguvi decided he was not done learning and enrolled at Huddersfield University. He read for a BSC in Transport and Logistics so that he would be equipped when he started his own business.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Elias Chiguvi then enrolled at the same university for a Masters in Business and Science degree.
Elias Chiguvi decided against starting a logistics business immediately after the completion of his postgraduate degree and worked for Amazon for two-and-a-half years to gain real business experience. He used his savings from the Amazon job to finance the purchase of his first three trucks and Wilsford Transport Ltd was conceived.
Fortune smiled on Elias Chiguvi and he was able to grow his fleet from three to a massive 37 HGV [heavy goods vehicle] trucks. He said the growth was possible due to hard work and having a dedicated workforce. Chiguva said:
We started with three trucks, which then quickly doubled and doubled again to the point we are now running closer to 37. This has not always been easy and has taken a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. Blood, sweat and tears have gone into the success of this company and with a strong team behind Wilsford Transport Ltd we are eager to see the future growth of the business as a whole
The Zimbabwean who has one of the world’s richest men, Jeff Bezos as his client said sometimes he considers quitting when things get challening. He however decides to soldier on when he remembers that he has over 50 employees that depend on him.
Elias Chiguva said:
It has been up and down, sometimes I would consider selling or closing the business due to the day-to-day pressures and then I remember how many people rely on the business as we now employ over 50 employees. Then there are times which make the bad times seem worth it to see the growth and what those bad times have pushed us to improve. Running a business is a lot more than what most realise, people around you only see the tip of the iceberg and not all the work done underneath it but in the end it is all worthwhile and will continue to be in the years ahead.