Harlequin Logistics’ unique ownership and operating structure guarantees high levels of service through the proven capabilities of its five shareholder hauliers.
|R Swain & Sons Ltd|
Founded in 1918, R.Swain is now managed by the fourth generation of the family.
Under Bob Swain’s stewardship, the company has expanded impressively. It now enjoys an annual turnover of nearly £23 million, which places it inside the Motor Transport top 75.
The company’s roots lie in Kent, from where it has used its extensive experience in construction logistics to support the development of Heathrow Terminal 5 and the new Wembley stadium.
In addition to its Rochester head office, Swain operates from depots in Burton on Trent and Manchester. This has enabled it to develop its presence in the FMCG market.
Swain operates 140 satellite-tracked units and 330 trailers, in addition to 51 rigids. The company also offers 172,000 sq ft of warehousing.
|Prestons of Potto Ltd|
Prestons was founded as an agricultural business in 1936, before a transport division was launched in Northallerton in 1957.
The company’s development through the 1970’s was rooted in Teesside’s chemical and steel industries, before the 1980’s saw the company move increasingly into FMCG food and drink distribution.
Now under the management of David Preston, the third generation of the family, Prestons operates 205 units and 520 trailers, as well as 300,000 sq ft of warehousing.
Prestons’ customer base includes a number of prestigious names, including Coca Cola and Tata Steel. the company’s turnover now exceeds £20 million, placing it in the Motor Transport Top 100.
|John Raymond Transport Ltd|
John Raymond Transport, established in 1953, operates from a head office in Bridgend, plus three strategically located depots around the UK.
The company remains in family ownership, with Chairman Jonathan and Andrew Raymond now joined on the board by MD Paul Johns.
Originally recognised as a predominantly industrial haulier, specialising in steel, John Raymond’s wide customer base now features companies as diverse as Rockwool, Tesco and LPC Paper.
The company operates a fully satellite-tracked fleet consisting of 135 vehicles and 375 trailers, as well as 375,000 sq ft of warehousing.
An annual turnover in excess of £19 million places John Raymond 84th in the Motor Transport Top 100.
|Jack Richards & Son Ltd|
One of the best-known names in UK transport, Jack Richards, was founded in Cambridgeshire in 1956.
Its early history was built around the transport of fruit and vegetables, and as a consequence the company moved to its current head office in Fakenham in the mid 1970’s.
The company gradually evolved into the general haulage market, growing its fleet of curtain-siders, and opening a second depot in Northwich.
Jack Richards is now managed by the founder’s son, Tony, plus MD Peter Brown, who joined the company in 2006.
It now operates 180 satellite tracked units and 338 trailers, in addition to 17 rigids, on behalf of customers including Kellogg’s and Premier Brands.
With annual sales of around £25 million, Jack Richards sits inside the Motor Transport Top 75.
Founded in 1971, Currie European quickly built a reputation as an international specialist, operating between Scotland, Benelux and France.
The development of “Silicon Glen” saw the company grow rapidly during the 1990’s, with the focus on hi-tech exports being gradually supplemented by UK domestic operations.
Since current owner, Tom Barrie, acquired the business in 2000, it has undergone a major transformation. It is now a major player in the UK FMCG market, with a customer base that includes Proctor & Gamble, Superglass and Amazon.
Currie operates 210 satellite-tracked units and 450 trailers from its Dumfries head office, plus depot locations in Warrington and Coatbridge. Its European operations, based from sites in Paris and Nijmegen remains an important contributor to the business.
Currie now turns over in excess of £35 million, and as a consequence sits just outside the Motor Transport top 50.
Harlequin Logistics’ founder and MD, Paul Smith, has 25 years experience in the UK logistics industry.
After spending his early years in transport and warehouse operations with Exel Logistics, Paul moved into solutions design, then account management and business development with Exel, Nightfreight and McGregor Cory.
Paul launched specialist transport consultancy Labyrinth in 2000, and two years’ later created Jigsaw Solutions, a provider of managed transport solutions.
Paul was MD of Jigsaw, which was one of the fastest growing companies in the UK in 2004, for six years, until he sold his share of the business to the current owners.
Since then he has tackled a variety of consultancy projects, as well as working as a freelance journalist and broadcaster.