Lyndsay Hogg

MD of Hogg Global Logistics, Hartlepool

Sector: Logistics

After having her maternity package withdrawn from the company she worked for previously, just two weeks before giving birth, Lyndsay and her father set up their own logistics company, which they still run today. 

Where do you call home? 

Hartlepool, but homer’s wherever my family is! 

Tell us about your role?  

I am MD for Hogg Global Logistics LTD, an international freight forwarder and logistics provider.  

How did you get to where you are today? 

I have been in the industry for over 10 years. I have loved everything about logistics and international trade from the early days of my career. I have always worked alongside my dad and two years ago, we set up Hogg Global Logistics together.  

To make sure I am able to advise our customers to the best of my ability, I have undertaken over 20 full day certified courses, completed two qualifications and I am on the pathway to completing my foundation degree in customs compliance. I have lots of experience in the industry, but I wanted to back this up with qualifications.  

What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way? 

When I took my maternity leave at the previous company I worked for, my maternity package was withdrawn and I was put on to statutory maternity package, two weeks before giving birth to my second child. As my parents were co-owners of the company at the time, they stood behind me in the disagreement with another owner that “wasn’t prepared to pay me while I sat at home doing nothing” so they resigned as directors and sold their shares in the company. 

At a point when I should have been lying awake, worried about giving birth, I was lying awake worried about my future and that of my parents. I decided it was now or never. We had the skills and the knowledge between us to set up our own company, and that’s what we did. 

Describe the moment you first got a feel for success? 

The greatest achievement was creating our own jobs and a wage for ourselves. One of our highlights has also been winning the best new business award in the Tees Businesswomen Awards 2020 and being shortlisted for the small business of the year 2021. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring young females? 

Don’t rule out any jobs that are in male dominated industries. Be the change – you will see that many are very respectful of females in all industries, especially if you know your job. Know your worth and don’t ever be frightened to stand up for yourself. Be the “man” your parents want you to marry! 

What advice would you give to your younger self?  

Don’t stop moving forward. Setbacks are just redirection! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. I was once told I would never make an administrator – I hope the boss who told me that is watching my journey closely now! 

What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path?  

You’ve got this! 

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