An Armed Forces veteran who spent his military career organising logistics has now turned the skills he learnt in service to the world of business.

Steve Whitehead, of Mansfield, set up Certa Cito Logistics in August 2016 after spending 24 years travelling the world with the Royal Signals.

The 50-year-old has transferred the skills he learnt in his time as one of the Army’s professional communicators – such as maintaining communication systems and organising logistics in the field – to his business.

This business-to-business (B2B) courier, based in Berry Hill, Mansfield, offers same day delivery to its customers and now employs up to nine people on a freelance basis and has a small fleet of vans.

Dad-of-two Mr Whitehead said: “I’ve spent my career in logistics and communications, as have some of my colleagues, and this is really making us stand out in a busy marketplace.

Steve Whitehead in Brunei in 1993
Steve Whitehead in Brunei in 1993 (Image: Steve Whitehead)

“I am using the same core values I was taught in my career. Through the years it built my confidence as well as knowledge.

“I think there are a lot of ex-military that have set up their own business because of the skills.

“When you are leaving they drum in to you, which is transferable skills, and I have seized the opportunity to use them.”

The business is making its mark in the same day logistics world, working for clients that include the Ministry of Defence, the National Health Service and local and national businesses.

The company’s commitment to helping former soldiers has just earned it a bronze award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

He added: “We’re committed to not only delivering on time, but ensuring that everything we do is transparent and can be monitored by the client through the use of the very latest in tracking technology.

Steve Whitehead has swapped the jungle for an office
Steve Whitehead has swapped the jungle for an office

“We can compete with national companies but we believe we have the background, the team and the ability to do it better.

“If we say we will get a delivery to a particular address, we will do, no matter where it might be in the country.

“What’s more, our handpicked uniformed drivers will present themselves in an extremely professional manner.”

Certa Cito Logistics gets its name from the motto of the Royal Signals, Certa Cito, which means Swift and Sure.

As part of his military career, Mr Whitehead has served a number of tours, including in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, and Germany.

You can visit Steve’s business website here http://www.certacitologistics.co.uk or call for more information about their local and national courier service on 0115 822 4562

 

Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story. Read the original here.