Life on M.A.R.S Res­cue

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness - By JOHN KRALEVICH

IF the first six months of the M.A.R.S Res­cue op­er­a­tion is any­thing to go by, Steve Dolby’s new ven­ture is sure to be suc­cess­ful.

An in­de­pen­dant op­er­a­tion based at two sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions, in Peter­bor­ough and Spald­ing, with the head of­fice lo­cated on the side of the main Frank Perkins Park­way in Peter­bor­ough, not only ser­vic­ing the East­ern re­gion, but also pro­vid­ing a na­tional cov­er­age with their net­work of op­er­a­tors lo­cated across the UK.

Whether it be a mo­tor­cy­cle, car, van, minibus or HGV, the M.A.R.S. fleet of re­cov­ery trucks is ca­pa­ble of re­cov­er­ing them all.

Ve­hi­cle res­cue and re­cov­ery is the busi­ness 24/7 365 days a year.

And such was the high level of en­quiries for M.A.R.S ser­vices, that the new ven­ture was away and run­ning six months ahead of sched­ule and will soon be in a po­si­tion to ex­pand the op­er­a­tion and em­ploy ad­di­tional re­cov­ery tech­ni­cians.

“I had planned to start things off in June, but we had a fan­tas­tic Jan­uary - helped by the se­vere win­ter weather - which kicked off the busi­ness,” said di­rec­tor Steve.

“This al­lowed us to work to­wards ac­cred­i­ta­tion - both PAS43 equip­ment and man­age­ment pro­ce­dures, as well as ISO9001. In ad­di­tion, it gave us the op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in ad­di­tional ve­hi­cles, one of which has a six-tonne pay­load, the only one of its kind in the area.”

Steve bought his first ve­hi­cle in Novem­ber 2009, a cou­ple of months af­ter he had for­mu­lated the idea of M.A.R.S.

The con­cept came af­ter he had had to be re­cov­ered and felt the ser­vice given to him was “un­sat­is­fac­tory.”

“I thought, at the time, ‘I can do bet­ter’,” he said. “I was look­ing for some­thing chal­leng­ing.”

Steve’s back­ground was as a trans­port man­ager, with time also spent as a na­tional sales man­ager.

Much of his ve­hi­cle re­cov- ery busi­ness comes via the in­ter­net, as well as city firms Monarch Au­to­mo­tive and Lovells, and other well-known lo­cal com­pa­nies such as Na­tion­wide Crash Re­pairs and Mar­shalls.

The firm pro­vides ful­ly­trained driv­ers, ac­cred­ited by IVR (In­sti­tute of Ve­hi­cle Re­cov­ery), and can also of­fer a hire car ser­vice to en­able con­tin­ued mo­bil­ity for their cus­tomers, even in the mid­dle of the night.

Steve is cur­rently work­ing to­wards be­com­ing a re­cov­ery agent for a na­tional com­pany and a num­ber of other con­tracts pend­ing be­fore tak­ing the next big steps for­ward.

“We pro­vide a highly pro­fes­sional ser­vice that is sec­ond to none,” he said.

For more de­tails, call Steve Dolby on 07590 691 641 or 0800 5282 999. Al­ter­na­tively, visit www.marsres­

GROW­ING FLEET: steve Dolby, cen­tre, with Lee Com­mons and Jon Benton and the com­pany’s three ve­hi­cles on site at the Frank Perkins Way premises.

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