Ritchie Transport Ltd was first incorporated as E.L&J Ritchie Ltd in 1978 by Mr Ernest Ritchie.
Ernest Ritchie first moved to the local area after leaving the RAF. He started up his haulage business with a single flatbed transit van and from there things expanded steadily with the acquisition of larger vehicles, plus a number of drivers to accommodate a contract secured for the distribution of motor vehicle parts. During the early 1980’s another contract was secured for the distribution of building products, expanding the company further.
The company, originally based in Queniborough, Leics, purchased premises in the nearby village of Kirby Bellars, Melton Mowbray. Which it then operated from for the next 20 years.