Ian Baxter, chairman and founder of Baxter Freight was the guest speaker at the recent Nottingham City Business Club attended by 100 members and guests.
Ian set up Baxter Freight in 2014 and the business now employs 50 people and has an annual turnover of £10m. Prior to this Ian headed up The RH Group Ltd, a freight business established by his father. He took the company through a period of generational and cultural change followed by significant expansion and eventually led a buyout with his brother in 2005 before selling the business to Kuehne + Nagel in 2011. At this point the company employed 700 staff and had annual sales of £150m.
At the lunch Ian spoke about the twists and turns of his career and explained how, in his view, people can contribute to building a better, more sustainable capitalism in the future.
“It was a pleasure and an honour to speak at the lunch,” said Ian. “The club is a fantastic organisation that has been operating since 1924. Its membership is the life blood of our economy and has a vital role to play in helping to drive growth both locally and nationally, particularly post Brexit.”
“We were treated to a captivating talk by Ian and it gave us all plenty of food for thought,” said James Simmonds, president of the Nottingham City Business Club. “We were delighted that so many people could join us and hear what Ian had to say.”
The next Nottingham City Business Club event will be a lunch on Friday 21 October at which Trevor Williams, chief economist at Lloyds Bank will be the guest speaker.