Quality freight set for expansion after signing new lease

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Seb Gardiner of Quality Freight with Andrew Martin of Peel Ports

Seb Gardiner of Quality Freight with Andrew Martin of Peel Ports
Seb Gardiner of Quality Freight with Andrew Martin of Peel Ports

A logistics and shipping company will roll out its growth plans after agreeing a long-term lease with Peel Ports.
Quality Freight UK has committed to a new 20-year lease at its 40-acre multi-modal facility in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Expansion plans include the investment of a seven-figure sum in the development of a new 40,000 sq ft warehouse to increase the volume, quality and variety of goods that can be housed on the site.
Quality Freight is also continuing to invest in its transport fleet with plans to purchase a further three vehicles in the coming months, taking the fleet to a total of 12.
The latest investment comes less than a year after the company spent almost £300,000 on a new Fuchs crane. The Fuchs MHL 360E operates at the facility’s rail head which is handling more than 200,000 tonnes a year.
Peel Ports played a key role in the reopening of the rail head in 2011. It can handle both inbound and outbound cargoes and all types of cargo including bulk, container and FMCG. Quality Freight is able to feed into the national and European rail network through its relationships with major rail operators.
Sebastian Gardiner, Managing Director of Quality Freight UK, said: “The signing of our new lease is an important milestone as it provides security for the further, significant investment we plan to make in the next 12-18 months.
“Our capital expenditure programme reinforces our commitment to Ellesmere Port and our desire to enhance our position as a leading multi-modal facility.
“The signing of the lease and our expansion plans will also enable us to add to our 50-strong workforce.
“Peel Ports are an excellent partner because they share the same passion and commitment in ensuring that UK ports are able to offer the best possible infrastructure, facilities and services.”
Andrew Martin, Group Land and Property Director for Peel Ports, said: “We are delighted to have put in place a long-term partnership agreement with Quality Freight at Ellesmere Port. We are fully supportive of Quality Freight’s expansion plans and their commitment to investing in new facilities that will underpin their growing business. We look forward to working with Seb and his team to drive port activity in the future.”
Quality Freight UK is part of the Quality Freight Group. In addition to the base in Ellesmere Port, the Group has bases in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Knock, Hull, Grangemouth, Chatham and Rotterdam.

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