South West-headquartered logistics agency Gregory Distribution (Holdings) Ltd has purchased a number one Scottish trucking firm because it boosts its presence north of the border.
The Newton Abbot and Plymouth based mostly firm has acquired Pollock (Holding) Ltd and its subsidiaries Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd and Pollock Specific Ltd. The enterprise is headquartered in Bathgate, West Lothian, in central Scotland.
Pollock is one in all Scotland’s finest identified manufacturers and, like Gregory, is a non-public family-owned enterprise with a robust status for customer support gained throughout greater than 80 years of buying and selling.
With 150 automobiles and greater than 200 workers, Pollock is a major addition to the Gregory Group and can function alongside Gregory Distribution, ARR Craib and its Scottish JV Hayton Coulthard.
This acquisition will significantly improve Gregory’s already important presence within the Scottish transport and logistics market notably because it consists of greater than 55,000sq ft of warehousing positioned on the Bathgate headquarters.
John Gregory, chief govt of Gregory Distribution, mentioned: “Pollock is an iconic identify within the U.Ok. transport business, with greater than 80 years of serving many implausible firms, each inside Scotland and to and from England.
“We will likely be sustaining the robust Pollock model and we’re delighted that Scott Pollock will proceed to guide the Pollock enterprise inside the group. It will likely be very a lot enterprise as typical for all the Pollock crew and its prospects.”
Mr Pollock mentioned: “After 80 years as a household enterprise we really feel that the time is correct for Pollock to change into a part of a much bigger group and I look ahead to realising the alternatives which this brings. As a household owned firm, Gregory’s shares the identical values as ourselves”.
Based in 1919, Gregory Distribution is a privately-owned distribution enterprise offering transport and logistics companies in lots of sectors and lists many nationwide model names amongst its prospects.
The group now operates from 49 websites from Scotland to West Cornwall with greater than 1,100 vans, 2,500 staff and an annual group turnover of in extra of £260million.
In 2020 it took over a serious chunk of the huge former British Ceramic Tile manufacturing unit at Newton Abbot, shifting into the 75,500sq ft excessive bay warehouse on the website, now referred to as PowerPark 38.
Gregory Distribution, which has its regional HQ in Eresettle in Plymouth, mentioned PowerPark 38 would supply a facility for greater than 12,000 pallets to be saved and distributed for shoppers.
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Nonetheless, earlier in 2020 Gregory Distribution mentioned it must axe as much as 100 staff from its complete workforce after seeing a “important” slope off in enterprise as a result of results of the coronavirus lockdown and its results on the UK financial system.
The huge PowerPark 38 website, slap bang subsequent to the A38, has been vacant since January 2019 when British Ceramic Tile, the UK’s largest maker and distributor of wall and flooring tiles, went stomach up, with the lack of 300 jobs, blaming the lack of a key buyer.
Oxenwood Actual Property, a UK and European actual property funding administration agency, and its three way partnership companion Mulberry Developments, swooped in to snap up the positioning on Heathfield Industrial Property.
Oxenwood and Mulberry, who acquired the 390,000sq ft manufacturing unit out of administration, in September 2019, are refurbishing and reconfiguring it into three or 4 separate models.
PowerPark 38 has a big reserved energy provide with a number of substations. It’s the second in a sequence of parks, which Oxenwood intends to create, the place occupiers have entry to excessive energy.