Firm with a hole lot of big ideas!

FIRST drivers had to put up with the wintry weather. Now they have to tackle the potholes caused by freezing conditions.

But help is at hand thanks to a Wakefield company which claims to have a cost-effective way of fixing the annoying voids.

Route One Highways Ltd, based in Horbury Bridge, has been working for the Highways Agency to try to tackle the 100 million-worth of damage to the UK's roads.

And the company is now keen to expand its services into the private market, such as tackling potholes in distribution and retail depots to keep companies motoring on.

To help support the expansion Route One has received a 100,000 business loan from Finance Yorkshire and will use the cash to create a new brand strategy for the company, redevelop its website and take on new sales staff.

Matthew Pert, director of Route One, said: "In the last five years we have built up a solid business which has been profitable since day one. The investment from Finance Yorkshire will enable us to take the company on to the next level.

"We work closely with the Highways Agency, helping to repair motorways quickly with as little disruption to the network as possible, and this will continue. However, to take the business even further forward we see the private market as a key area.

"The expertise and process we offer on the motorways can be replicated for businesses to ensure their transport infrastructure remains workable."

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