Dealer Rossetts Commercials has supplied the fast-growing operator with six Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545 BigSpace tractor units, and a pair of 18-tonne Antos 1824s with curtainside bodies by Lawrence David, of Peterborough.

All are the subject of contract hire agreements with Rent-a-Merc, like Rossetts a member of the Northern Ireland-based Inspired Business Investments Group, and are now being inspected and serviced at the Dealer’s Eastbourne workshop.

K2 Transport operates from headquarters in Uckfield, close to Gatwick Airport. The company is still a relative newcomer, having been founded as recently as 2013 by Nick Pearce, a former pilot in Australia. He was joined shortly afterwards by Kim Brand, a seasoned transport industry professional who spent 25 years working in Botswana.

The two began trading with a single truck, which they took turns to drive, then acquired a second. The following year they took on their third truck and employed their first driver, since when the business has really taken off.

K2 Transport offers a range of customer-focused haulage and light storage services. As well as undertaking a wide range of general assignments, its trucks carry timber from ports to customers of a leading merchant located throughout London and the South-East. K2 is also now sending vehicles each night to the Pall-Ex hub in Leicestershire.

The operator was running Mercedes-Benz trucks supplied by an independent rental specialist prior to the arrivals of its new Actros and Antos, so already had an after sales relationship with Rossetts Commercials.

“We get on very well with the Dealer’s Eastbourne team, who provide an excellent level of support,” confirmed Kim Brand. “Our trucks go into the workshop on Friday nights for inspections and maintenance, and we pick them up again the following morning. You’ll always get issues from time to time but they understand how important it is to minimise downtime and can always be relied upon to keep us rolling.”

He continued: “The contract hire deal put together by Rossetts was attractively priced, while Mercedes-Benz trucks suit our business admirably. Not only are they fuel-efficient, reliable and popular with the drivers – those with the Actros tractors particularly like their spacious, flat-floored cabs – but they also help us to convey the upmarket image of quality we have sought to project from the outset. With their colour-coded bumpers and mirrors our new trucks look great.”

Explaining the decision to name the company after K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, Nick Pearce added: “It is short and catchy, and highlights our determination to keep striving for the next goal. Our Pall-Ex appointment is a good example of this.

“We are keen to offer a greater range of services to our customers and this membership will act as a catalyst for business growth, allowing us to diversify into new markets and increase our client base. It represents a very important stage in the company’s development.”