Miniclipper Logistics has reported the sad news that its founder, Mick Masters (picture centre), passed away on 3rd March after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 83 years of age.
Masters founded the business in 1971 by responding to a newspaper advert in the Leighton Buzzard Observer for someone to develop their own parcel delivery service doing daily runs between Bedfordshire and London.
He bought a VW van and Miniclipper was born. The business and fleet grew steadily during the 1970s and 1980s built on a foundation of strong customer service led by Masters supported by his wife Janet who managed the administration as well as driving one of the company’s vans.
The business has remained in the area ever since and now has 450,000ft2 of storage and over 38,000-pallet spaces across five sites in Leighton Buzzard, Houghton Regis, and Dunstable.
Masters’ son Peter took over as Managing Director in 1995 and his daughter-in-law Jayne was appointed as Sales Director with Mick officially retiring in 2005. Mick was proud to see Miniclipper reach its 50th birthday in 2021 still as a family business just as the third generation of Masters joined the team.
In 2020/21, Miniclipper celebrated a record turnover through the provision of a range of transport, storage, and warehousing solutions for the medical, construction, print, retail, and food sectors. The business now has 40 trucks and 30 trailers, employs 140 people and is a shareholder member of the Palletline network.