Pallet move a good one for transport firm

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The owner of a transport firm says joining a pallet network has been a “great move” for the business.

One year on from joining the Fortec Distribution Network, David Bletsoe-Brown Ltd, which is based on the Telford Way industrial estate in Kettering, is enjoying a larger customer base while each of its clients is benefiting from a more efficient, value-added service.

The company was established 25 years ago by Mr Bletsoe-Brown who left to work for a haulage company run by his brother after working on his father’s farm. Six months later, he took the decision to be his own boss and with one vehicle to his name David started his own business.

His first client was Thames Case, a manufacturer of export boxes. Over the next few weeks the business gained more clients and started to take off.

Today he employs a 45 people, has a fleet of 40 vehicles, from vans to 44-tonne trailers, and 120 clients.

David said: “We had not been a member of any pallet network before but we took the decision to join Fortec as we wanted to give our existing customers added value and a one-stop shop to serve all their needs. Also we wanted to expand our customer base, which we have done by up to 10 per cent this year. This in turn has also allowed us to take on three more staff and we have also added to our fleet.

“All in all, it has been a great move for the business.”

Neil Hodgson, managing director of the Fortec Distribution Network, said: “In its short time with Fortec, David Bletsoe-Brown Ltd has firmly established itself as a key player within our network. The company consistently makes a significant contribution to the network and is highly respected among fellow licensees.

“I have been delighted with the partnership so far and look forward to it continuing to prosper in the future, for the benefit of ourselves and David Bletsoe-Brown Ltd.”