Firm notches up 40th anniversary in style
Owners of a Darley Dale business say they have overcome the challenges of Brexit - and COVID-19 - with business ‘booming’ as they celebrate their 40th birthday this year.
Milner Off Road – a 4x4 parts specialists based on Old Road – have a global customer base and say they have fought hard to maintain their place as a leading supplier during the recent challenges.
When Brexit finally became a reality on January 1, business was cut significantly.
The team were also struck by delays as orders outside the UK had to be paused.
These delays dealt a significant blow to a company that stocks over 640,000 parts at any time at its massive 9,936 cubic metre warehouse and ships to almost every country in the world.
Not to be put off by the new tests thrown at them, or by the new practices having to be adopted during the global pandemic, Milner Off Road rolled up their sleeves to make sure their 40th birthday was a special one.
From January to March of this year, online orders alone have jumped up by 30 per cent.
Online orders from abroad have also opened up again and the team is busier than ever before.
Carl Prime, Director at Milner Off Road, said: “It’s been a very different kind of year for us as a business due to challenges surrounding Brexit and then the pandemic, as it has for everyone, but we’ve got a strong team and we’ve done better than ever.
"We’re now celebrating our 40th year as one of the leading 4x4 parts specialists in the world, looking ahead and going from strength to strength when you look at our online orders.”
One of the biggest keys to Milner Off Road’s success, in general, has been a team of over 30 members of staff.
Carl sang their praises, saying: “We wouldn’t be where we are, celebrating this milestone, without our team.
"From our research and development team innovating our own new products here in Matlock, to our warehouse crew making sure orders go out on time, everyone has worked so hard, especially over the last year.”
From humble beginnings back in 1981, growing quickly to become a globally trusted company, Milner Off Road say they are now looking to the future with more specially designed parts at their base in Matlock.