Business expanded and jobs created at Dover-based business.
Kingbrook, the specialist in temperature controlled distribution to and from Europe, is celebrating extending its business a year after joining the Fortec Distribution Network.
The family-run company has gone from strength to strength since it decided to increase its offering to fulfill pallet collections and deliveries in a 40-mile radius of its base in Dover, Kent, for the network.
The move was a completely new venture for the company that, together with its sister company Heritage International Transport Ltd, runs a fleet of more than 150 vehicles, mostly refrigerated artics, sending consignments by road into Europe every day.
Not only has it taken on new business for pallet loads through Fortec, it has also developed a closer relationship with Fortec’s parent company Geodis, the French logistics giant, winning a contract with Geodis Holland.
The contract is for Kingbrook to transport goods between European and UK distribution centres for a global online shopping business using its main fleet. The company has also picked up more work for its freight-forwarding business from its new pallet customers.
Kingbrook invested a substantial amount in new curtain-sided vehicles for the local pallet deliveries and collections and has created nine new jobs in the past year – six for drivers and three for office staff. The pallet service has proven so popular that the company has extended the area covered.
Mathew King, General Manager, Kingbrook, said: “We are delighted with the positive impact that joining the Fortec Distribution Network has had on our business – it is complementing our international air, sea and road freight business perfectly.
“Prior to joining Fortec we were primarily a full truck operation, so it was a new challenge for Kingbrook, but it is working very well. It has given us a strong local presence and we have already expanded the area we cover.
“It is helping us to grow our international freight forwarding activity because it has brought us a whole new sector of customers and we can build on the back of that, for example by offering them groupage services to Europe.
“If we have a customer who is sending a pallet from Folkestone to Manchester, for example, we can tell them that we could also arrange deliveries from Folkestone to Paris if they needed it.”
Callum Stroud, Pallet Department Manager, Kingbrook, said: “Our experience with Fortec has been positive all the way through from the early stages to developing the business. We have found Fortec to be a very good network.
“We like the philosophy of how the network integrates with new members and we were attracted by Fortec’s focus on customer service because we work in a time-sensitive industry – food and drink – and we are used to prioritising customer service.
“It all connected up to our way of operating.”
Dave Spong, General Manager, Commercial, Fortec Distribution Network, said: “We are delighted by the success that Kingbrook has had since joining our network and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”