Early starter Sam invests with Roger Dyson

Two years after he launched his own vehicle recovery operation Sam Burke has just bought his first brand new truck – and he’s still only 18!

The young businessman visited the factory in Droitwich, Worcestershire, of specialist bodybuilder Roger Dyson, to collect his Hydraloader 3000La (Low approach) aluminum slidebed.

Sam is the proprietor of Burke Bros Recovery, of Fox’s Lane, Wolverhampton, a company he founded on leaving nearby Smestow School at 16. It represented the fulfilment of a long-held ambition.

He explains: “My family is in the removals trade but I’ve always enjoyed fixing cars and from the age of about 12 I knew I wanted to work in the recovery industry. My dad just thought it was a fad that would pass, but it never did.”

Few who know him would doubt that Sam has the entrepreneurial flair to achieve success in a tough and highly competitive industry. “I’ve always had a knack of making money although one or two of my schemes did get me into a bit of trouble at school,” he laughs. “But by the time I left I had £15,000 in the bank, and I spent most of that on my first truck.”

His new vehicle has just cost him over £43,000 but Sam has no doubt that it will prove to be money well spent. Dyson’s aluminum slidebed has a 3,000kg capacity and is mounted on a 7.0-tonne Iveco crew cab chassis.

“I’m really pleased with the truck,” he declares. “The lightweight aluminium deck mean its has an excellent payload while it’s also eligible to operate within the London Low Emission Zone – I’ve had to turn down work on a couple of occasions in the past because I’ve not had a vehicle that meets LEZ regulations, but that’s something I won’t have to do any more.”

The new arrival has lined up alongside Burke Bros Recovery’s three other vehicles, all of which were purchased second-hand. One of those trucks is another 7.5-tonner fitted with a Dyson Hydraloader slidebed.

Continues Sam: “I’ve had four used vehicles in all and can honestly say that the one fitted with Roger Dyson’s equipment has been more reliable, and caused me less hassle, than any of the others.

“Roger’s build quality is excellent, as was the service I received from his sales executive Tony Rayner. So I’m sure that when I start moving up to some heavier units, as I’m planning to do, I’ll be back for another new Dyson.”

Sam has won contracts from leading insurance companies, garages and car dealers that now rely on Burke Bros Recovery to undertake collections and deliveries on a national basis.

But while he enjoys the management side of the business, he is equally happy when getting his hands dirty. Sam hopes shortly to secure the LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) licence that will allow him to drive his company’s bigger trucks; for now, he uses a van to provide roadside assistance – “flat batteries, wheel changes and so on”.

He puts in long hours so nights out with mates are a lot less frequent these days. And while he’s embraced the world of work, he still lives at home with his parents in Wightwick, Wolverhampton. “It suits me fine,” says Sam. “After all, if I moved out and got married I’d be skint in no time!”

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