W H Malcolm Ltd was established by Walter Hattrick Malcolm as a family business. The business began from small beginnings with a domestic coal round and its assets were a single horse and cart. They owned two Clydesdale horses, a white one named Charlie and a brown one. The coal was transported in and around the Kilbarchan and Linwood area of Renfrewshire, Scotland. The horse and cart may seem a very old-fashioned method of transport, but it was probably one of the most efficient door to door, modes of haulage when you had a good Clydesdale horse like Charlie involved.