Ralph Cropper (fl 1949 - 1981), road haulier and transport consultant, was a founder member of Covent Garden Haulage Limited. This was established in 1967 as a consortium of London market hauliers, to enable its members to increase efficient handling of imported fruit and to direct this traffic into the member firms.
Cropper was a Director of Transport Counsellors (business advisers on road freight transport). He also served as secretary of the Meat Carriers Association (Southern) Limited, a trade association of meat haulage employers in London which negotiated directly with the TGWU and formulated its own rates. The Meat Carriers Association Limited (wound up in 1979) succeeded the Smithfield Meat Carriers Association Limited (1965-1974). In turn, this had succeeded the Wholesale Meat & Provisions Transport Association Limited (1945-1965). In 1949 the main activity of this association was described as being 'to represent the views of the chartered operators to Meat Transport Organisation Limited'. It had a period of inactivity before resuming its role in 1954.
Reference: Accession file and finding aid for MSS.331