Chilled, frozen and ambient food transport provider Nagel Langdons has recruited specialists in international trade to combat the effects of Brexit on the company and its customers.

Reporting its results to 31 December 2018 the company said it had made extensive preparations, which will allow it to “react to the changes that may come about from Brexit”.

This has included hiring staff who are specialists in international trade.

The company, which is the UK subsidiary of German logistics firm Nagel Group, operates from eight depots in Bridgwater, Dover, Luton, Peterborough, Redditch, Barnsley, Liverpool, and Glasgow. It also transports food products throughout Europe.

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Its annual results reveal that it boosted turnover in the period by 8% to £150.2m (2017: £139.1m), which it attributed to both domestic and international trade growth.

Pre-tax profit also rose in the period to £7.1m (2017: £5.9m).

The company added, in its strategic report to the results, that it has a strong balance sheet at the year end, with net assets of £42.8m (2017: £37m) and said it would continue its strategy of driving organic growth through its network of depots.

Last month the company opened a new DC in Liverpool. The new dual temperature facility, which is near its old depot in Knowsley, will provide storage facility for 4,700 frozen and 100 chilled pallets, in addition to capacity for cross-docking and load assembly.

The 7.5 acre site includes 87,000sq ft of temperature controlled warehouse and 3,500sq ft of office space. The company said it expects “in the long term” to create new jobs for warehouse staff and drivers at the new site.

Nagel Langdons’ northern general manager Chris Davies said the company had outgrown its original depot in Knowsley which it opened in 2008.

"We decided to build a new depot and remain in Liverpool because of its strategical location and good transport links within The Northern Powerhouse.

"With the construction of the new facility, we effectively double our warehouse and cross-docking capability and are well positioned for further growth.”