Mark Houghton, Shears' new General Manager

Logistics company Shears Bros. (Transport) Ltd has opened a new transport facility and recruited a new general manager.

The new transport hub is located on Bournemouth Airport’s Aviation Business Park, just a few hundred metres from the Shears’ existing premises.

The 21,500sq ft warehouse, which has recently been fully refurbished, will become Shears’ transport hub handling palletised freight for the Pall-Ex network, of which it is a wholly owned subsidiary.

The existing unit on Aviation Business Park will evolve into a dedicated warehousing and fulfilment facility.

Shears has also recently welcomed Mark Houghton (pictured) to the role of general manager.

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He joined the business in November 2021 and brings with him vast experience in the industry, having managed operations for a prominent logistics firm, handling returns for some of the UK’s top online retailers and running service centres for a national courier.

“The role with Shears is an opportunity for me to grow as the company also grows," he said. “Being able to lead the business forward at such an exciting time is an opportunity that doesn’t present itself very often in the logistics industry. I’m really excited to see where the journey takes us.”

Added Colin Hawkins, Pall-Ex Group director of owned operations: “Shears is yet again taking great strides in improving its service offering for customers across the South West.

“Our new facility just a few hundred meters from the existing site means that we can offer greater flexibility and levels of service whilst increasing our overall operating capacity.

“Mark has many years of experience and has a proven record of delivering outstanding results wherever he has worked. I have no doubt that this will be the case at Shears and I look forward to working with him as Shears continues to evolve."