A former Warrington Wolves player who had his career cut short by injury, is celebrating his 15th year in business running the Today Team logistics company based at Risley, Warrington.
“Starting a business in my 20’s was never part of the plan, my life was all about rugby league back then” says Today Team founder Jamie Boyd, who had his rugby league career taken from him with a serious knee injury aged 24.
The former Warrington Wolves winger, decided to use the skills he’d learnt in the professional sports world and transfer them to starting his own business “I’d not really worked in a business much after signing professional aged 17 but when I was forced to retire I wanted to look forward to the future, not ponder what could have been and had the idea of starting a logistics company”
With the sudden injury and lack of business experience getting the venture off the ground wasn’t straight forward and it was the Princes Trust who gave Boyd a lifeline with a £3000 loan to rent his first van and start out as an owner driver with the early days were mainly furniture deliveries for local bed and sofa stores.
Fifteen years later and Today Team offer a full UK and European business to business logistics service and are trusted by clients such as Sony and Nestle to deliver their time critical and mission critical shipments from their head office in Warrington / Risley. The business employs 10 office staff and works with around 50 drivers a day across the country.
Having organically grown that original £3000 loan to what is now a seven figure turnover business, Boyd speaks confidently about the future of the business “From the beginning it’s always been about controlled, steady growth and I’m proud to have brought Today Team this far from those long days driving a van in the first year, I still feel like there is lots to press on for and I’m looking forward to the next 15 years to see what else we can achieve.”