Six new members on board as Fortec Distribution Network continues to drive growth

Fortec Distribution Network has announced six new members and is continuing to drive volumes despite the continuing challenges of COVID-19.


The haulage companies to most recently join Fortec Distribution are Butlers of Kent, Lakeland Commercials in Cumbria, Poole-based haulier Harbour Transport Ltd, the London branch of Freightport Logistics, Middlesex-based firm LHR Global and Synergix Logistics Solutions, which has depots in both in High Wycombe and Hinckley.


The Managing Director of Fortec, a pallet network which has 24 years of experience as a leading logistics company delivering palletised freight, has described these new members as “resilient and quick-thinking”.


Adrian Bradley said: “Our growth in members is indicative of the determination and resilience of the UK logistics industry, which has impressively responded to the challenges of COVID-19 by both diversifying and recognising the benefits of a pallet network.


“By joining Fortec our members, whatever their size and wherever they are based, can transport anything that goes on a pallet – UK wide and beyond. Our members also benefit from our recently implemented shareholder options and being able to work with each other, all like-minded hauliers who are proud to be part of a network that supports each other goes out of its way to help each other’s growth.


“We are delighted to welcome so many new members to our network, all impressive businesses that are adapting, striving and thriving despite the challenges of COVID-19.”


Fortec’s newest members are located throughout the country – from the Lake District to Poole – and the pallet network has since recruited more to officially start in the coming weeks and months.


Freightport Logistics joined Fortec Distribution Network at the end of June, with London Branch Manager Andy Caunter describing this as a “significant milestone in the company’s growth”. Since joining the company has had a major recruitment drive and more than doubled its revenue.


LHR Global Logistics Ltd fought back against Covid-19 after furloughing its workforce and has put much of its success down to joining Fortec Distribution Network, which director Ian Godfrey describes as “the final piece in the puzzle for us as a company”.


Joining Fortec Distribution Network has enabled Cumbrian transport firm Lakeland Commercials - until recently known for its general haulage, coach and repair services - to start providing overnight pallet deliveries and smaller shipments to independent shops and traders. Gareth Bowman, director of Lakeland Commercials, said: “This is not something we could previously do so we are proud of the fact that we have chosen not to sit still. Instead we have moved forward with some bold decisions which are enabling us to adapt and grow our family-run business.”


Synergix began trading on July 1 and two days later became official members of Fortec Distribution Network. Co-director Anthony Champness said joining the pallet network was one of their first decisions as a new company. “Just 10 weeks later we were on track for a multi-million-pound turnover” said Anthony.


Harbour Transport Ltd joined Fortec Distribution Network on the eve of the country’s COVID-19 lock-down, a decision Owner and Managing Director David Buik credits with the company’s continued growth: “When the lock-down was announced our work abruptly stopped due to the closure of shops. Fortunately, by joining Fortec, we had already made the decision to diversify and had secured an alternative stream of revenue. The Fortec team have been by our side at every step and are known in our industry for their high-quality service. We believe this partnership to be a perfect match.”


Family-owned Butlers of Kent are now covering the CT and partial ME postcodes for Fortec from their site in Maidstone.


For more information on Fortec’s shareholder membership opportunities visit: https://www.fortec-distribution.com/become-a-member

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