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William Kirk joins Palletforce

Cheshire-based haulier William Kirk has become the latest member of the growing Palletforce network, further boosting Palletforce’s coverage and volumes in north-west England and the SK postcodes around Stockport in particular.

William Kirk is part of the Kinaxia Logistics group, and a former member of Palletline. It recently merged with another Kinaxia company, BC Transport, who already serviced the SK postcodes for Palletforce. William Kirk, incorporating BC Transport, will now cover Palletforce operations in the SK area.

William Kirk managing director, Carl Wagstaffe, said: “Palletforce is a quality network and one of the leaders in their field when it comes to investment and innovation. We are proud to play a part in their ongoing success and look forward to offering a great service to their members and customers.”

Founded in the 1930s, William Kirk began as a one-man operation transporting coal and milk to the local area. Based in Macclesfield, it now specialises in warehousing and distribution and direct delivery of full and part loads throughout the UK.

“The core values at the heart of the business have remained the same throughout the years, which focus on working together and a strong dedication to providing reliable, customer-focused services,” said Mr Wagstaffe.

Palletforce has reinforced its position as the UK’s leading freight distribution network with ongoing major investment in infrastructure, innovation and technology helping to secure unrivalled membership growth over the last 12 months.

Since June 2018, the Burton-based company has grown its membership at a greater rate than competitor networks and has seen its market share increase significantly over the first half of this year.

Palletforce chief executive Michael Conroy said: “We are delighted to welcome William Kirk into the Palletforce family. They are an established force in the north-west and I have no doubt they will prove to be a major asset as we continue to invest in the network to deliver the highest quality, safety and service.”

Campeys targets growth by joining Palletforce

A fourth-generation family haulage firm has become the latest member of Palletforce’s growing network. Campeys of Selby will cover the Doncaster area, reinforcing Palletforce’s strength in south Yorkshire, handling selected DN postcodes.

Founded in 1930 with just one truck, Campeys now has a fleet of 55 vehicles and a staff of 70. Paul Campey, the company’s managing director, is the grandson of founder Harry Campey.

Paul’s son, also called Harry, is transport manager and says that the decision to join Palletforce was the next logical step in the further growth of the company.

“We were looking at various networks who we thought would be able to provide the support we needed to grow and take our business to the next stage,” he says. “It quickly became clear to us that Palletforce was the stand-out choice.

“Not only do they have an unrivalled track record of investment, technology innovation and volume growth, they are also underpinned by a membership consisting of some of the best operators in the industry.”

Palletforce now has over 100 members, with five new companies joining already this year, and operates across the UK, Europe and into Asia. It recently joined with five of the UK’s leading logistics companies to form EV Cargo, one of the UK’s largest providers of transport, logistics and freight-forwarding services and logistics technology, and a global supply chain company operating in more than 120 countries.

Palletforce member relations director David Breeze said: “We continue to invest in our network by ensuring we have the finest quality members providing the best possible service across every UK postcode. Our ongoing investment in capacity and the ability to connect global trade continues to attract members with growth aspirations and we are delighted that a company with the history and values of Campeys of Selby has become the latest to join

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