Route Logistics – the history
We are a family owned business that prides ourselves on delivering a personalised, attentive and quality service to our customers.
Where it All Began
In 2005 Paul was encouraged to leave a local haulage and courier company where he had been working in the role of business development and general manager for 7 years and start his own business.
Supported by his wife and encouraged by a business associate Paul embraced the challenge and launched Route Logistics on Monday 1st August 2005. A contract with a multi-national logistics company to carry hazardous goods was the first step, a contract Paul fulfilled with one Mercedes Actros unit and two double deck trailers.
Route Logistics soon expanded and purchased a 7.5 tonne vehicle for local deliveries and a weekly contract delivery, a contract which they are proud to say they are still managing to this day.
Route Logistics began working with both Wm Morrisons and TNT offering sub-contract traction work. Both companies remain a large part of the business today with TNT granting Route Logistics, preferred contractor status.
Route Logistics started delivering on behalf of Rigid Containers, further work which remains to this day. As the customer base was increasing Route Logistics acquired a second tractor unit and by 2013 the fleet had grown to four tractor units and one 7.5 tonner.
Paul & Team
The team expand with Paul appointing Chris Robinson as Operations Director and Graham Hall as Transport Manager. Amanda (Pauls Daughter) increased her existing part time role to a full time position as Financial Director. With a strong, positive team the fleet doubled and the business continued to thrive.
Brand New 2016 Fleet
April 2016 saw an exciting re-location for the business to Rockingham Motor Speedway conveniently locating the business within the UK’s logistics ‘Golden Triangle’. A further extension of the Operators’ License to 25 vehicles was granted in April in preparation for future growth, which quickly allowed the core fleet to increase to 23 vehicles and subsequently led to plans to further extend the Operators’ License in preparation for peak period requirements. The increased operational activity also led to the implementation of a night supervisor to manage and ensure that our excellent customer service levels do not drop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2017 saw further growth for the business with the Operators license increasing to a total of 50 vehicles which allowed the core fleet to increase to 30.
Route Logistics wins SME of the year at The Northants Logistics Forum.
The core fleet increased to a total of 36 vehicles to facilitate further growth.
Winners of Northants Logistics Forum SME company of the year for a second year in a row.