A training provider which delivers award-winning results for its clients is celebrating a landmark anniversary this month.
Pegasus Lift Truck Training Ltd, based in Higham Ferrers, was founded by husband and wife team Giuseppe, fondly known to everyone as Pepe, and Dawn Girardi 25 years ago. Dawn, who has previously worked in forklift sales and hire, recognised there was a gap in the market for a company to provide forklift truck training.
“When we started our company, we were really at the forefront of the industry,” explained Dawn. “Forklift truck training wasn’t statutory then like it is today and to begin with there were times when we almost had to talk company owners into giving their staff the training they needed. Today, fortunately businesses are a lot more safety conscious and safety standards have risen dramatically as a result.”
In the early days the business consisted of just Dawn and Pepe but fast forward 25 years and the firm works with a dedicated team of instructors, training all over the country and working around their shift patterns, day and night.To date the business has worked with hundreds of organisations, including HMP prisoners, the UK’s Border Force, Camelot Group and other high-profile names such as Alpro.
Pegasus is particularly proud of its relationship with Alpro after helping one of its employees to win the coveted Forklift Driver of the Year title at the Northamptonshire Logistics Forum awards last year.
Dawn said: “This was a real highlight for us because Alpro’s trainee was in competition with drivers from some of the biggest logistics companies in the area. It was thrilling to find out someone we’d trained on multiple trucks had won. To have our training recognised in that way was fantastic.”
Alpro HR Business Partner Clare Potter added: “Our forklift incidents over the past 6 years have reduced since our re-training programme with Pegasus. We’re so pleased we invited them to train with us.”
To mark its 25th anniversary, Pegasus is turning its logo from the usual gold to silver in May but plans for other celebrations are on hold following the outbreak of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.