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Fortec increases its presence in Kent

A leading pallet distribution network has strengthened its offering across Kent with the recruitment of two new members to its national network.

The Fortec Distribution Network, which specialises in pallet delivery throughout the UK and Ireland, has signed Eminence Logistics and Boxley Haulage to the network.

The appointments come as Fortec seeks to continue providing a more efficient, cost effective service to end user customers and to continue building on its competitive edge over its rivals.

Based near Maidstone, Eminence Logistics was first formed three years ago – originally as a third party logistics provider.

Starting out with just one customer who filled 40 per cent of its 10,000 sq ft warehouse the company employed just four members of staff.

Today the company has three warehouses, with 30,000 sq ft, and operates 12 vehicles.

The company will cover parts of Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Uckfield for Fortec.

Colin Burman, Managing Director of Eminence, said: “We chose Fortec as it is a cultural fit with our own company. The company operates on the same ideals and ethos as us and I was impressed with its robust systems.

“I had been speaking with the network for a couple of months before we joined and in that time I felt I had a good rapport with the company – they understand what I want and need and I feel they are the best people to deliver it.”

Colin said the key priority for Fortec was to enable his company to continue in its growth. He said: “I want high levels of customer service – this is paramount, the number one factor in our choosing Fortec above rival networks.”

Established with just one truck in August 2013 Boxley Haulage hit the ground running and by the end of its first week the company had already invested in a second vehicle.

Paul Searing, Operations Director, said the company’s services were so much in demand it could easily have invested in a total of eight trucks but decided to rein in the workload so the company didn’t fall over before it took off.

Since then Boxley has enjoyed continuous growth at a steady pace and today employs 25 staff and operates a 12-strong fleet – including seven artics and five rigids.

Turnover has reached £2.5 million, with a database of 56 clients. And with the company almost outgrowing its present ¾-acre site, despite 18 months remaining on the tenancy, the company is looking for a larger site to grow into, either in Gravesend or Medway.

Paul said: “We had not been part of a network before Fortec but with 16 years background in the transport industry before establishing Boxley Haulage, I had dealt with other networks and was well aware of the concept."

“We had considered a few different networks but there were a few reasons we signed to Fortec. Their offering was the most suitable for my needs and I had heard really excellent things about them word-of-mouth through my contacts in the transport industry. I had deliberately sought advice and recommendations on the various networks but with Fortec I was consistently hearing good things.”

Paul said in his short time with Fortec he had already established an excellent reputation with Colin and his team at Eminence, speaking with the company almost every day to ensure deliveries are handled as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.

He also speaks every day with Intersped – another Fortec member based in Dartford.

He said: “We have only been with Fortec a short time but have already built up a good relationship with the network and are doing so with the members.

“Our customers were really happy when we told them we were joining. Approximately nine out of 10 of our customers said they had had past dealings with Fortec supported us in our decision. Now our aim is to grow our business, increase our revenue and profit and through Fortec build a national reputation."

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