Avail Technologies has high hopes of transforming the transportation industry by streamlining and improving the process of connecting drivers to shippers.
Founded in 2017, the Manchester-based startup has just raised a €385k funding round led by NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
Avail removes the need for traditional recruitment agencies for short-term contracts, allowing drivers to earn more and hauliers to reduce costs. The funding will enable the company to further develop its platform and app to create more functionality for users.
Avail’s co-founder Erin Short was previously a logistics specialist with the British Army but was medically discharged after being injured. He went on to complete a business management degree while working part-time as an HGV driver, before joining forces with fellow logistics manager Callum Clark to launch Avail in June last year. The company, which is based in Hull, has already signed up over 1,000 drivers and its first haulage client, the Rotherham-based Green Group.
“The haulage industry is built on hard work from everyone involved and Avail has been designed to alleviate some of the pressure that comes with that,” said Erin Short, CEO.
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