Middlesbrough dad Dan Wilcox set up Cleveland LGV Training, with support from SSI Task Force funding, only one month after losing his job.
Joined by his son-in-law Matthew Switzer, the pair identified a gap in the market after discovering a three month waiting list for LGV lessons and tests in the North East.
Having secured a number of contracts for significant local companies, including work with PD Ports, and receiving interest from companies in Belgium, Holland and Sweden, the firm are looking to expand the team with two additional members of staff.
Dan, who spent four years sub-contracted at SSI as a LGV driver and driver trainer, said: “Initially I was looking for work and had a few offers in the transport industry, but I felt there was an opportunity in training and I was hoping for a new challenge after having driven commercially for more than 20 years.”
“I could never in my wildest dreams, have imagined the success we currently are enjoying.”
The skills and experience within the new company amounts to a combined 43 years in the steel and training industry for the four former SSI colleagues alone.
Paul Booth, chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley, said: “Dan’s commitment to former colleagues at SSI is admirable.
“Four people connected with SSI and six people in total are now employed through his endeavour and it proves how, with the right support, talented and skilled workers can be retained in the Tees Valley.”