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Fergus Arden
Rola–Trac

Concert goers, military leaders and exhibition organisers all have Rola–Trac to thank for making many of their activities possible.

A range of products includes the original Rola Trac, which is an easy–to–lay linking flooring; Supa–Trac, which can be used as a temporary walkway or road surface, spreading the weight of vehicles without damaging the ground below; and I–Trac, a single component heavy duty access system enabling vehicular traffic over inhospitable or soft ground.

Founded by former mechanic Fergus Ardern, who is now chairman, the business has spent the year updating its I–Trac roadway and finding the most efficient and sustainable methods for operating its rental stocks.

This has resulted in achieving significant reductions in the need for trucks and forklifts.

'And in turn this has lowered the carbon footprint of the business on site and helped to reach our target of being the most environmentally sensitive operator in our marketplace,' said Mr Ardern.

The business is currently taking on some external investment and has a new management team coming on board soon to generate growth in sales, manufacturing and rental markets, which will mean some recruiting locally.

The European business based in Germany is growing very well, said Mr Ardern, and this will be expanded next year.

Main growth targets are to expand work with aid and disaster management organisations and to introduce fully the I–Float modular pontoon system to the market next year.

The business expects to manufacture this product in Norfolk, which will generate some local jobs in the process.

Location: Lingwood
Sector: Manufacturing
Turnover: £3.5m
Staff: 8
Website: www.rola-
trac.co.uk
Concert goers, military leaders and exhibition organisers all have Rola–Trac to thank for making many of their activities possible.
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