Gilbert Bell started is love of entrepreneurship whilst as a school boy, working in the family business,which was one of the first black business owners of a black taxi firm. The business had a fleet of over 40 taxis. When leaving school, the young entrepreneur took up stints in car spraying, but eventually obtained an apprenticeship with Bristol Motors, as a trainee mechanic. However, this was not enough for Gilbert, who moonlighted on other jobs where he would repair and maintain lorries on a part-time basis, but over a continuous arduous 7 day a week schedule.
After years of saving for his own business start-up, the ambitious young man purchased his own tipper-lorry and set up Bell Haulage in the early eighties. He states that it was rare to have had black owned haulage contractor at the time but was respected for his hard work, reliability and professionalism and over two decades he is still going strong. His top tips for success is ‘Fortune favours the bold’.