Alan Leightley
Jamie Hardesty

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North East entrepreneur launches vehicle maintenance startup

Alan Leightley, former fleet manager for one of the North East’s biggest energy efficiency companies, has seen his career shift up a gear after starting his own company.

Alan worked for North East-based Eaga for two years, managing and coordinating its transport requirements.

The eaga Trust supports those who worked for the company between 2000 and 2011 to further their career prospects, either through re-training or in setting up their own company.

It offers its members a range of benefits, including self-development courses and start-up loans and guidance for those planning to start their own, employee-owned businesses.

Now, with help from the eaga Trust, Alan has founded Birtley-based Global Fleet Solutions; providing and maintaining vehicles and plant for companies across the region.

“We’ve just reached the end of our first trading quarter,” said Alan, “and the business has really taken off.

“Not only have we secured a couple of sizeable contracts but our clients are recommending us – which gives us great confidence that we are providing a necessary service to the right price and standard.

“The Trust’s help was invaluable,” he added. “I was able to access a business funding Loan but, equally invaluable, were the practical advice and support they gave me.”

Richard Marr, chief operating officer at the eaga Trust, said: “Alan’s is a genuine success story.

“Global Fleet Solutions is going from strength to strength thanks to his experience and skill and the Trust is delighted to have played a part in that – we wish every success for the future.”

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