Abbey Logistics Magazine Spring Edition 2021


appointed at Abbey. Fleet size at this point was around 120 trucks and 150 employees. 2004 Aged just 25, Steve Granite appointed Finance Director of Abbey after nine years with the business. 2005 Rapid growth in the chocolate market thanks to our fresh approach, customer focus and ability to challenge old ways of doing things expanded our bulk chocolate tanker fleet and saw Abbey quickly establishing itself as one of the leading liquid chocolate transport companies. 2009 Steve Lucy voluntarily steps down as Managing Director and appoints Steve Granite in his place aged just 29. Bernie Hollund (Technical Director) retires after 8 years with Abbey. Abbey drivers trained to NVQ Level 2 as part of the plan to further develop standards across the business, and Abbey achieves accreditation to the ISO14001 environmental standard. Fleet size now 130 trucks and 203 employees with a turnover of £18m. 2010

people at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. This was a huge milestone for the business and firmly established Abbey as one of the leading companies in UK transport. 2011

Abbey enters a trading partnership with Henry Diaper of Knowsley to enable us to offer warehousing. The palletised transport fleet continues to grow with the addition of new contracts, and the award-winning Abbey ‘Twin Cargo Trailer’ is launched for Cargill Manchester. This gave us the ability to transport liquids and palletised goods on the same trailer, helping reduce environmental impact and securing the Liverpool Daily Post ‘Green Business Award’ 2012. Turnover had grown to £28m with a fleet size of 220 trucks and 293 staff. 2013

Abbey enters the bulk powder transport market with the introduction of two powder tanks. This was a leap of faith for Abbey, entering a market that we had very little experience of. A number of our drivers offered their experience of powder tankers to help support this new direction and were instrumental in helping Abbey start up in this area. We changed our name from Abbey Road Tanks to Abbey Logistics Group. All equipment was rebranded with the new, more modern white and green colours and the slogan ‘On the road to a greener future!’ Harry Conroy, former Chairman, retires from Abbey. 2011

Our first major contract win for the powders division was with a leading minerals and lime producer to transport bulk lime-based products from Buxton and Hartley. This meant the purchase of an additional 15 trucks and 20 bulk powder tankers to support the contract. 2013

Further standards-based improvement with the addition of OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety certification. Abbey wins spot hire business to transport bulk liquids to and from Northern Europe, resulting in the company entering European transport for the first time. Abbey awarded the Haulier of the Year at the transport industry ‘Oscars’, the Motor Transport Awards, in front of 1,600

Also in 2011, Abbey acquired RH Stevens Transport of Macclesfield, a well-known name in the bulk powder transport market, giving Abbey the opportunity to enter the market more seriously. Abbey opened a new powder-focused depot on Cledford Lane, Middlewich.

Abbey founded ‘Think Logistics’, which is an award- winning industry-led initiative


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