Colwyn Bay transport firm Grand Prix Express is celebrating 20 years of continued growth in its partnership with Fortec Distribution Network.
Russell Godwin, whose father Eddie founded the firm 39 years ago in 1978, said the flexible service and consistently high service levels the company has been able to offer through Fortec is key to the fruitful relationship and he expected similar success in the future.
The cost effectiveness of being a Fortec member, allowing Grand Prix Express to streamline operational outgoings and in turn pass those savings on to its customers, is also a key advantage, Russell said.
Founded in Eddie’s garage with just one van in 1978, the company came from humble beginnings. But with overnight deliveries taking off in the early 1980s, followed by pallet deliveries in the mid 1990s, the company took full advantage.
Today Grand Prix Express employs a 55-strong workforce, with a fleet of 30 vehicles – including courier vans and Sprinters, 7.5 tonners, 18 tonners and artics – operating out of a 20,000 sq ft warehouse in Mochdre.
Russell said: “In our time with Fortec, pallets have become the new parcels and we have seen a marked growth in the market. People know they can move their items on a pallet more safely and with less handling. It’s cleaner. Small items don’t get lost and you can’t really lose a pallet.”
He added: “Fortec has always been very good at helping our business to grow. Every year we’ve averaged between seven and 15 per cent – which is manageable. Fortec operates on a very similar ethos to ourselves – it delivers great products and its service levels are high. I’ve seen trailers in some of the competition’s yards – the size of the pallets, the awkwardness and the peaks and troughs they have to deal with – it wreaks havoc with your business. But Fortec has never been like that – because the numbers are smaller they are manageable. Also, we work out of the hub at Warrington which is great as it relieves the pressure – enabling a better service. It also makes Scotland a lot more accessible which potentially can open a lot of doors for us.”
David Spong, Fortec Network Director, said: “Fortec has long enjoyed a successful partnership with Russell and the team and we are delighted to see the company continues to reap the benefits of membership to our network.
“Our aim is always to work closely with our members to help them achieve their goals. Grand Prix Express is a highly respected member of Fortec and we look forward to helping Russell and the team continue building on their achievements in the future.”