Logistics Company, Acumen, has bucked industry predictions that soaring fuel costs and an economic slowdown will put the brakes on growth throughout the transport business. Publishing its 2007 figures, the privately owned company, which operates out of facilities in Northampton and Halifax, has seen its turnover rise by £5.8M to £10.6M – a 120% increase over the previous 12-month period. The trend is expected to continue this year with the first quarter turnover reaching £4.8m.
Acumens' contracted business protects it from seasonal fluctuations in the markets. This, together with the efficient operation of its business, high quality customer care and niche market positioning, has resulted in Acumen achieving year on year growth since the company started trading in its present guise in 2004.
Chris Doughty, Managing Director, said: “This has been a period of significant growth for the company as our successful strategy of positioning ourselves as a leading provider of niche logistics solutions has paid dividends.”
Originally established in 1982, Acumen Logistics was purchased by Chairman, John Hodges, in 2004. By 2006 the company had turned trading losses into a profit and won a significant new contract in its core Automotive Sector. Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength winning further business and expanding its customer base.
“Over the period we have been extremely encouraged by the underlying performance of our business,” concluded Chris Doughty. “Utilising our core principles of responsiveness, commitment and efficiency, we believe we have developed a formula which our customers really appreciate and larger companies find hard to achieve”.
Acumen provides a range of contractual services, which include inbound automotive parts, kerbside recycling collections, the transport of gases and chemicals and healthcare and retail logistics. Customers include a range of blue chip companies such as Johnson Controls, Air Products, Thule, The Peacock Group and Synergy Healthcare.