Potter Logistics Group has bought Palletline member House of James
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Potter Group Logistics buys House of James

May 17, 2012 Chris Druce

Ripon-based Potter Group Logistics has bought York logistics firm and Palletline member House of James for an undisclosed sum. The deal, struck yesterday (16 May) boosts Potter’s turnover by 50% to £22m, adding 100,000ft² of warehousing space, 35 vehicles and 55 trailers to the fleet. Motortransport.co.uk understands that Simon Gill, MD of House of James, will remain at the combined business for at least three years in the role of commercial director. Matthew Lamb, MD of Potter’s, says: “We have […]

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Palletline Logistics (Midlands) has CVA approved

May 17, 2012 Chris Druce

Creditors of Palletline Logistics (Midlands) have voted in favour of the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) applied for by the haulier last month. MD Bob Russett (pictured) told Motortransport.co.uk he had mixed feelings after approval of the CVA this week (16 May): relief that it had passed ensuring a future for the business, but disappointment that the action had been necessary. “We are trading profitability and intend to keep doing so,” says Russett. The Birmingham haulier’s cashflow problems stemmed from errors […]

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Operators face fines if drivers don’t hold Driver Qualification Cards

May 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Logistics employers will face a £1,000 fine if their drivers are caught working professionally without having a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) with them. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) warns that not only will drivers themselves be fined up to £1,000 if they can’t produce a DQC when stopped by Vosa, but operators will also be liable and hit too. Vosa has begun handling out DSA-sanctioned leaflets at enforcement checks clarifying the legal position around Driver CPC, and the requirement for […]

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Network of the Year shortlist profiled

May 10, 2012 Chris Druce

Palletways (UK) Palletways has a Europe-wide network of more than 300 members handling some 27,000 pallets per day across the group. Its central hub in Lichfield is supported via centrally-owned sites in London (Greenford and Dartford) and a Scottish hub in Edinburgh. Its UK business, the engine room of the group operation, has more than 100 members that deliver up to 20,000 pallets  day. The network has KPIs in place monitoring vehicle utilisation across the network (members); it also tracks […]

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Gregory Distribution wins Dairy Crest renewal

May 9, 2012 Chris Druce

Gregory Distribution has renewed its farm collection contract with Dairy Crest at Davidstow in Cornwall. The new contract, which commences on 2 December, is for a period of three years. In a statement the company says: “This renewal is a reflection of the continued commitment by all Gregory staff involved in the Dairy Crest contract to deliver the excellent service provided to our customer”. Resulting from this award, Gregory will be investing in a new fleet of vehicles and trailers […]

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Canute Group buys 12th warehouse

May 9, 2012 Chris Druce

Essex-based Canute Group has bought its 12th warehouse site, a facility in Great Blakenham, Suffolk. The development marks the 12th site to be added to Canute’s expanding portfolio of facilities throughout the UK, following the addition of the Coventry and Warrington depots. Supporting the Port of Felixstowe, the 105,000ft² site will have up to 12,500 pallet spaces, small item picking and bulk stack areas. David Emslie,  Canute’s group sales director, says: “The location of the depot, with its close proximity […]

London's mayoral election is on
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London’s contenders for mayor on what they’d do for road transport

May 3, 2012 Chris Druce

By the end of today Londoners will have voted to elect a new mayor.  The victor will have a significant impact on road freight, with both regional and national players affected by the policy decisions taken during the next four years. MT cherry-picks some of the key promises from the mayoral candidates to find out what they propose to do to aid, or harm, the road transport industry. Ken Livingstone – Labour Party candidate Livingstone’s manifesto pledges that, as mayor, […]

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Redhead International opens Bristol depot

May 3, 2012 Chris Druce

Redhead International has opened a new depot in Bristol to provide a platform to drive growth into Eastern Europe, including Russia and the Balkan states. The new service will particularly appeal to businesses looking to transport between one and four pallets internationally, says Redhead. Tony Suggitt, Redhead’s joint MD, adds: “The success of the new facility in Bristol is very important to our growth plans. “It provides us with a platform to offer our industry renowned flexible solutions to companies […]

Gregory Distribution
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Gregory Distribution orders 300 Scanias

May 2, 2012 Chris Druce

Gregory Distribution has opted to re-fleet with Scania trucks, with 300 units due to be delivered to the North Tawton, Devon-based operator during the next three-years. The decision to replace around two-thirds of Gregory’s vehicle fleet with Scanias comes after comparative fuel trials featuring trucks from four manufacturers. John Gregory, chief executive of Gregory Distribution, says: “The results were extremely encouraging and this, backed with factors such as driver appeal and the extensive range of maintenance services offered by Scania […]

Palletline
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Palletline member seeks CVA protection

May 1, 2012 Chris Druce

Palletline has revealed one of its founder members has gone to the courts to secure a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). Palletline Logistics (Midlands) is run by MD Bob Russett, one of the four founders of the original pallet network, Palletline Plc, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Russett stepped down as chairman at Palletline Plc in 2005 to concentrate on his other interests. In a statement issued today, Palletline confirmed its member company had gone to the courts to […]