Mark Hinchliffe and his family have been heavily involved in the transport industry for over 100 years. His Great Grandfather, Joseph Hinchliffe, who originated from Sheffield, had teams of horses and men helping with the construction of today's canals and reservoirs in and around Lancashire and Yorkshire. On the eve of the First World War, he was sent to France with his horses. He saw the first successful motor lorries at work behind the front line.
In the 1920's, Mark's grandfather, Bert and his brother John were pioneering a Scottish night trunk service from Lancashire to all points North. Then in the 1930's they had six wagons a night on the London run. In 1939 J Hinchliffe & Sons Ltd was sold to Manchester-based Fisher Renwick and during the Second World War, the brothers carried out haulage work on behalf of the War Department, delivering supplies throughout the country.
After the war, in 1946, John and Bert started a new company, J & H Hinchliffe which operated from the site at Gollinrod, Bury. In 1986, Mark joined the company as an apprentice mechanic, after gaining his City & Guilds Qualification, he became the company's Fleet Engineer, managing the workshop.
In October 2001, Mark decided that he was going to have a go, so with the help and guidance of his dad John, Hinchliffe Transport Services Ltd was formed. The trailer hire side of the business evolved in 2002, successfully growing year on year.
Sadly John passed away on 15th October 2014, however the company still grows from strength to strength, with the addition of brand new trailers to its hire fleet.