The latest Motor Transport annual Top 100 rankings prove that many operators still managed to increase both turnover and pre-tax profit as reported in their financial accounts last year, despite the tough economic climate.


Turnover Latest£178,454,914
Turnover Previous Year£165,073,379
Profit Latest£2,775,360
Profit Previous Year£3,066,885
Employees Latest3,349
Employees Previous Year3,424
Number of Trucks979
Number of Trailers624
Number of Depots45
Sales per Employee£111,833
Change in Sales per Employee7.56%
Profit per Employee£3,647
Change in Profit per Employee140.93%
Return on Sales7.89%

The average turnover for this year’s crème-de-la-crème increased 10% to £178.4m, from £162m the previous year. However, the average profit has dropped to £2.7m from £3m in 2008.

Meanwhile the average fleet size among our Top 100 operators has grown to 979 vehicles, compared with 665 the previous year.

The top four operators remain unchanged, with DHL taking pole position, followed by Wincanton, Kuehne + Nagel and TNT. UPS, however, moves up three places to take the fifth spot from Ceva Logistics this year.

There are also several new entrants to the rankings, notably Chris Hayter Transport, Cranleigh Freight Services and F Swain & Sons. Macclesfield, Cheshire-based F Swain took the 100th place with turnover of £16.5m, just edging out The Potter Group, which saw turnover fall to £15.6m last year from £17.4m in 2008.

Meanwhile, Stobart Group took the number one spot in the Growth in Turnover table, with a massive 296% rise in turnover to £431m from £108.8m. Culina Logistics closely followed with a 179% rise in turnover to £97.2m from £34.8m.

With DHL divesting itself over Christmas of two of its businesses – DHL Container Logistics and much of its domestic parcel operation – as well as Stiller selling its tanker division to Hargreaves Transport last summer, next year’s Top 100 rankings will certainly see a shift in players.

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