Expect Distribution has won a five-year warehousing contract with interiors manufacturer and supplier Julian Charles.

Expect, which was named Haulier of the Year at the 2020 MT Awards, said the partnership will create an additional 15 jobs at the family run-business, including a contract manager at its Grattan site in Bradford.

Manchester-based Julian Charles currently has 72 stores nationwide with a fast-growing e-commerce site requiring a bespoke pick-and pack-operation.

“I am delighted to share the news of this new business partnership with the team," said Expect Distribution MD Neil Rushworth (pictured facing right with operations director Andy Taylor). "It highlights our ongoing success and the strength of our warehouse division.

"As a result of this win, we are thrilled to be in a position to create jobs, particularly during such a difficult time.

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"We plan to continue growing our warehousing facilities in the future, to accommodate client growth and demand, which will lead to the opening of a new site within the next 18 months, creating even more career opportunities within our local community.

“We are looking forward to supporting Julian Charles as they embark on an exciting journey to grow their ecommerce offering.”

Added Julian Charles MD Simon Peck: “With over 70 stores nationwide, we needed a trusted and reliable warehousing partner on board, particularly at this crucial time, to meet consumer demand. Expect Distribution perfectly fitted the bill and we are already impressed by their services.”