Where it all began…
In 2004 Mark Barlow, or Billy as he was more commonly known, decided that after many years of working at senior management and business development levels within the Vehicle Hire and Leasing industry, that the time was right to develop what he saw as his personal perception of “The Vehicle Hire/Leasing Company” that could and would deliver the ultimate customer specification; his goals were set!
On the 15th February 2005 Mark, supported by his brother Nick; the hands-on guy, and mother Sandra; keeping their 2 up 2 down offices in Kettlebrook spick and span, started their “greenfield” vehicle hire and leasing management company “Link Central” with 3 vehicles for hire.
The Company remains today; based in Tamworth Staffordshire.
Many years of hard work, and refusal to deviate from his vision for the Company “Link Central” went from strength to strength. To Marks’ personal delight he found that whilst developing Link Central he was also in a position, to help and support many other local businesses, something that was very close to his heart.
In 2009 with the business continuing to expand, Mark was joined by Lee Kerridge (a colleague of many years in the Industry) as Operations Director and Jeremy Holloway as Finance Director.
The Company continuing in its steady growth and firm development. Link Central (as at February 2017) has over 30 employees, a fleet of over 1,300 vehicles and a turnover of £9M and a sound foundation for the future.
On Friday 13th January 2017, Mark (aged 48 years) was killed in a serious Traffic Incident whilst out Jogging with his brother Nick. Mark will be sadly missed by not only his family, but also his work colleagues and customers alike as was demonstrated by the 400 plus people that attended his funeral service.
“Mark greeting Danny Williams MD Securitas North at Link premises in Tamworth.”