For Scott Trailers, based in Walcott, is a family business in the true meaning of the words, even more so than when Bevis Scott and his wife Jean established the operation 53 years ago.
It is one of the oldest specialist trailer businesses in the country, serving Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, and it took a major step forward when, in 1973, it became a distributor for Ifor Williams Trailers, Europe’s largest trailer manufacturers.
In the early days they built most of their trailers themselves but through the distributorship they are now primarily concerned in sales, repair and maintenance.
But it is the Scott family members who give the business its unique selling-point.
Now 78, Bevis still heads the operation and oversees all aspects of the business, while Jean still gives a helping hand in the office.
"Nowadays I mainly advise them and help them with any problems," said Jean.
Their three daughters all together – Kay, handles customer accounts and sales, Michelle, Purchases accounts and sales and Claire, is responsible for the websites as well as sales.
"We have been involved ever since we were kids so it was natural that we should eventually work here," said Michelle.
Things have changed dramatically since those early days, however.
"I was responsible for drilling the holes and the girls used to put the bolts in," laughed Jean.
Michelle’s husband Chris Harper runs the workshop and the latest addition to the family set-up is their son Jack, who joined the business on leaving Branston Community Academy last year. He is currently gaining experience in all aspects of the business.
"When I was in school I always used to help out in the office and so it was inevitable I would end up working here. At the moment I enjoy working in the workshop," he said.
The family’s involvement does not end there, Kay’s daughter Katie works in the office part time and the company’s accounts are handled by Alison , who is married to Kay’s son Richard. She works for the Lincoln firm of Saul Fairholm. The only non related members of staff are David in the work shop and Kevin in sales.