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Luke Pickup

  • Customer Development Manager
  • Retail and Distribution

Luke Pickup came to Hopwood Hall College in 1999 to study an Advanced GNVQ in Retail and Distribution.

Luke’s ambition was to become a manager for Top Gear Transport, the successful Heywood based haulage business run by his family. Discovering the vocational course at Hopwood enabled Luke to lay the foundations for a career in management, covering topics such as economics, marketing, warehousing and distribution.

After finishing college Luke went on to The University of Huddersfield to study a BSc (Hons) in Transport and Logistics Management which included a gap year in industry. This afforded Luke the opportunity to work in Australia for Schenker, a large logistics company based in Melbourne.

Now Customer Development Manager at Top Gear Transport, Luke is involved in the supply of haulage services across the UK and Southern Ireland for companies such as Dunnes Stores and J.D. Williams.

Luke says:

“I had planned to do A levels after I finished school, so it came as a huge shock when I discovered my GCSE grades prevented me from going into Sixth Form. I thought getting a degree and going into management at Top Gear would never become a reality. Finding the Retail and Distribution course at Hopwood Hall College opened another door and I needn’t have worried at all. I was able to specialise in relevant topics and go on to university with the qualifications I gained. When I graduated in 2004, I joined the company and have grown through the business from grassroots level. I now have the job I always wanted and feel my college course helped me get where I am today.”

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