Hastings Freight Georgia Dickson and Ash Roberts[51243]

Chesterfield-based logistics firm Hastings Freight Limited (HFL) has promoted team members Georgia Dickson and Ash Roberts.

Dickson, who has worked at HFL for six years, has taken on the role of HFL's new customer service manager. Her brief is to oversee a team of five who are tasked with looking after business operations and customer service.

Roberts, who joined the company eight years ago, has been promoted to the role of HFL's transport and compliance manager. He will manage HFL’s vehicle fleet, inspections, servicing and scheduling, and a team of three traffic planners, who look after customer collections, routes and deliveries.

Palletways member HFL was bought two years ago by employees George and Claire Hewitt through a management buyout.

HFL began trading as a general haulier in 1983. It joined Palletways in 1998. The firm currently employs 75 people and operates a fleet of 34 vehicles.

The haulier provides transport across the UK and overseas to a wide range of customers and services Sheffield’s S postcodes and some of Doncaster’s DN postcodes exclusively for Palletways.

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Director Claire Hewitt said: “Our customer relationships are built upon reliability and good communication, and our employees are the key to this and make HFL what it is.

“Since the buyout we’ve put coaching, development and performance plans in place to ensure all our employees flourish and are valued for who they are and what they contribute.

“We’re delighted to promote Georgia and Ash and thank them for their continued hard work and commitment to the business.”

Roberts added: “Each person has a regularly reviewed personal development plan, which along with training, coaching and performance opportunities, help us to be the best we can personally and professionally.

“We feel well supported by the company and the senior management team to enable us to reach our potential.”

Warwick Trimble, Palletways UK network director, said: “Whilst our network centres on infrastructure, we’re essentially a people-based business. Georgia and Ash’s promotions demonstrates the importance Hastings Freight and our network place on investing in our people.”