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News: Abbey Logistics adds nine new Road Tankers to British Sugar Fleet


The new tanks from Feldbinder form part of a long-term fleet replacement and refurbishment scheme, as Abbey Logistics and British Sugar modernise the fleet used to transport bulk homegrown sugar throughout the UK.     Running more than 90 road tanker trailers and completing over 350 deliveries each week, Abbey’s transport operation on behalf of British Sugar is a major undertaking.   To ensure reliability and security of service for British Sugar’s customers, Abbey Logistics has embarked on a substantial fleet upgrade programme that includes replacing a large number of tractor units and road tankers, and a... Read More

News: British Sugar extends contract with Abbey Logistics


Abbey has renewed its long-term partnership with British Sugar, by extending its contract to provide bulk sugar transport across Great Britain, with a new multi-year agreement.   Abbey Logistics began working with British Sugar in 2016. Since then, the two companies have adopted a ‘one team’ approach with Abbey becoming an extension of British Sugar’s logistics team. Together they have successfully delivered several high-profile projects which focused on customer service, management information, reducing cost per tonne, safety and a significant reduction in empty miles.   As a result of this close collaboration,... Read More

lhoist u.k.

News: Abbey Invests £600k in new trucks to support long term customer Lhoist U.K.


Abbey Logistics has invested £600k to add seven new trucks to its fleet supporting long term customer Lhoist U.K.   Lhoist U.K. is part of the global Lhoist group of companies and the largest producer of lime in the world. The U.K. business produces lime products at its quarries in Buxton and Kirkby Stephen which are used for many applications, including cleaning emissions from waste incinerators, drinking water treatment, energy from waste plants, and other large combustion plants. The lime is also used in diverse environmental, industrial, construction and agricultural sectors.   Abbey began working with Lhoist in... Read More

Road Haulage Association

News: Road Haulage Association Profiles Abbey


As part of #nationallorryweek which starts 16th November, The Road Haulage Association asked Abbey to contribute with a short film highlighting the careers available in logistics. The film features an interview with Liam Murray, one of Abbey's current apprentices and highlights some of the great opportunities available for young people, not only within Abbey but throughout the industry with structured earn while you learn schemes from lots of companies in the sector.   Examples like this are a great reminder that the industry needs to connect with talented and skilled young people to continue to see the industry thrive.... Read More

sugar transport

News: ABBEY & BRITISH SUGAR WINS TEAM OF THE YEAR AT MOTOR TRANSPORT AWARDS!


We're absolutely thrilled to win Team of the Year at this year's Motor Transport Awards for the team that works alongside our customer British Sugar - managing bulk sugar logistics throughout the UK.     Formed in 2016, the Abbey Logistics and British Sugar team has developed into a fully integrated, cost-effective and high performing unit, which practises, shares and promotes teamwork in every aspect of the British Sugar transport contract.   The integration of our teams produces initiatives and development on a rolling basis, with each side inspiring the other.   This Award is a wonderful... Read More

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News: Abbey’s HGV Driver of the Year Announced


In February, Abbey launched its HGV Driver of the Year competition 2020. The award is to celebrate and recognise the skills and abilities of our HGV driver team and show our appreciation for the job our drivers do.   Driving an HGV is challenging, and a career as a driver requires a specific mindset and unique abilities, it’s not your typical 9 to 5 and although most people take trucks on the road for granted, without the drivers the UK’s economy would grind to a halt.   Class 1 drivers are the backbone of the supply chain. It would be impossible for the economy to grow or even to function without them. Almost every... Read More

News: Training Team Win at Talent in Logistics Awards


Abbey's Driver Training Team win 'Training Team of the Year' at the Talent in Logistics Awards 2020! Our driver trainers have built an amazing division designed to support our team of drivers with induction, ongoing, tailored, CPC and development training throughout their time with us at Abbey.   Abbey’s driver training department has gone from being a functional part of the recruitment process to become a data driven, evidence-based source for continuous improvement across the whole business - bringing costs down, improving driver retention, reducing incidents, greater interaction with our customers, and generating... Read More

lockdown logistics

News: Lockdown Logistics – Changes in the Operating Environment seminar


Lockdown Logistics - The Changes in the Operating Environment seminar, taken from day three of the Commercial Motor Show. Mike's seminar  looks at the deep analysis Abbey and Microlise completed during lockdown to understand the impact of empty roads on transport companies, the expected and unexpected benefits we found and it's impact on performance and customers. Mike will explore how the beneficial changes can be realised longer-term, and how using telematics as part of your operation can give you much more than just driver performance data. Commercial Motor's virtual show is an exciting new concept for the road transport... Read More

News: The Abbey Magazine is Out Now!


In this edition we pay tribute to our teams that worked under such difficult circumstances during lockdown, and continue to adapt rapidly and professionally to changing Covid rules and regulations. Also in this issue are updates on several new contract wins for Abbey, vehicle and tanker investment and details about our driver of the year... Read More

bulk sugar transport

News: Abbey Logistics adds 11 latest generation vehicles to British Sugar Fleet


Abbey Logistics has taken delivery of 11 new latest generation trucks that will go into Abbey’s core British Sugar fleet, providing bulk sugar transport movements throughout the UK and Ireland.   The new CF trucks from DAF feature latest generation aerodynamics, engines and gearboxes together with dynamic intelligent driving modes designed for maximum transport efficiency and minimum emissions.   The vehicles will produce up to 20% less nitrogen oxide and fewer particulates than previous generation vehicles being replaced in the fleet, as British Sugar maximises the environmental benefits of homegrown... Read More

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News: Abbey’s Training Team shortlisted for Talent in Logistics Award


Talent in Logistics Awards 2020   The finalists for this year's Talent in Logistics Awards have been announced and we're delighted to say our Training Team have done it again! Shortlisted for the Training Team of the Year Award, we have our fingers crossed for 1st October when the annual Awards show goes ahead as an online event. A massive well done to our team of dedicated driver trainers who have built an amazing division designed to support our large team of HGV Drivers. The team work tirelessly to provide drivers with induction, ongoing, tailored and development training throughout their time with us at Abbey,... Read More

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News: Abbey Awarded Alcumus SafeContractor Accreditation


Abbey Logistics has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor, for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management. The scheme is accredited by UKAS, the UK’s national accreditation body for certification providers and they are also a member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) Ltd, ensuring that their accreditation services also follow best practice. Under the SafeContractor scheme, Abbey underwent a strict audit process which looked at our health and safety... Read More

News: Abbey’s Matthew McCrudden Completes 3 Peaks Challenge in Under 24 Hours


Matthew McCrudden, an HGV technician based at Abbey's Middlewich depot has completed the Three Peaks Challenge in a time of 23 hours and six minutes.   Matthew was part of a team of eight who took on the challenge of climbing Britain's highest peaks in 24 hours, a total of 26 miles and 3,407 metres of climbing.     Matthew took on the challenge to raise money for stroke charity A Stroke of Luck, a charity offering advice and access to exercise-based stroke recovery. They provide stroke survivors with the opportunity to connect with fitness professionals’ services to aid in recovery and... Read More

News: Abbey’s Food Grade Tank Wash in Hull Reopens Following Complete Refurbishment


Bulk food road tanker company Abbey Logistics has reopened its food grade tank wash bay in Hull following significant investment in the site.   Located minutes from the Port of Hull, Abbey’s wash bay has been providing food grade road tanker wash services to its own and third-party hauliers’ road tankers for more than 30 years.     During that time, the company has worked hard to keep pace with steadily changing customer needs, regulations and demand patterns. As part of that continuous improvement, work began in late 2019 to overhaul the wash bay in Hull bring it up to date with the latest technology... Read More

3 peaks challenge

News: HGV Technician Matthew McCrudden prepares for Three Peaks Challenge in aid of stroke charity


On Saturday 18th July, Matthew McCrudden, an HGV Technician based at our Middlewich depot, will be taking on the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for A Stroke of Luck, a stroke charity based in Birkenhead. Matthew and 6 others in the group, including a qualified mountain instructor, will begin their challenge by climbing Ben Nevis in the Grampian mountain range. The group will then drive to the Lake District to climb Scafell Pike before travelling to the Snowdonia National Park to scale Welsh giant Snowdon. The aim is to complete the route in under 24 hours. To put this daunting challenge into... Read More

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News: Nationwide Silo Evacuation Service has a busy week!


Our nationwide silo evacuation team have had a busy week helping customers get their manufacturing sites up and running again quickly, by removing blockages and contaminated products from silos. So far this week our food grade and non food grade silo evac tanks have been in Scotland, the Midlands and the South West supporting customers in the cement polymers and food manufacturing sectors. Urgency is key when production is stopped due to silo problems and our team of experienced planners and drivers can be with customers, often the same day, to remove blockages or contaminated products.     SUPPORTING... Read More

HGV heroes

News: HGV Heroes by the RHA recognises Abbey team


The Road Haulage Association launched its #HGVHeroes campaign last month to recognise the industry’s workers, and the vital roles they play in keeping the nation fed and protected during such difficult and challenging times.   Abbey are proud to be part of such an important sector and hope that the recognition the profession received in recent months continues, as the public acknowledge the UK haulage industry does an incredible job – not just in times of hardship but every single day of the year.   All of us at Abbey are delighted that our wash bay team in Hull and Ted Park, one of our transport planners in... Read More

plastics distribution

News: SABIC Awards Abbey Logistics Plastics Distribution Contract


SABIC Europe has awarded road tanker operator Abbey Logistics a plastics distribution contract to transport bulk polymer granules throughout the UK.   Abbey Logistics has added another major plastics producer to its growing list of customers in the plastics sector. The company has secured a bulk polymer distribution contract with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) Europe, one of the leading plastics manufacturers in the world.   The contract will see Abbey providing bulk polymer granule distribution services throughout the UK, using its large fleet of specialist tipping silo road... Read More

mercedes daf truck

News: ABBEY BACK ON TRACK WITH £4.7M NEW TRUCK ORDER


Abbey Logistics Group has ordered 52 tractor units from DAF and Mercedes Benz. The order follows a “significant improvement in financial performance, despite COVID-19”.   CEO Steve Granite said “Performance in the current financial year to June 2020 has seen a major improvement on previous years and a return to profitability since earlier this year.   “I am incredibly proud of what our team has achieved since we made structural and operational changes in late 2018, and not only are we back to where we should be financially, our service to customers is back to industry leading standards and our workforce is... Read More

logistics key workers

News: Thank You Red Bull!


Thank you Red Bull! Lovely surprise delivered to us in Liverpool this morning from Red Bull.     The famous energy drinks company are donating cans of their ever popular drink to logistics key workers to show their appreciation for the drivers, depot staff, planners and everybody else who keeps the trucks moving throughout the UK.   Incredible gesture from Red Bull and very much... Read More

road tanker

News: ABBEY & MICROLISE TAKE DEEP DIVE LOOK AT PERFORMANCE DATA FROM CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN PERIOD


We all know that the roads have been noticeably quieter during the pandemic as great swathes of the population stay home and many businesses remain closed. So what, if anything, has been the impact on HGV operators who have been delivering critical supplies during this time and what can we learn?   According to Steve Granite, CEO of Abbey Logistics:   “We have all been trading in incredibly challenging circumstances, but as a result of quieter roads, we have seen an improvement to customer service and savings in repair and maintenance and an increase in MPG as well as nearly 6% increase in the average speed of our... Read More

online cpc training

News: Fantastic feedback for Abbey’s first Online Driver CPC Training Course


Abbey’s JAUPT approved driver CPC training moved online this week as the company held its first course for drivers based throughout the UK, and participants have unanimously praised the new delivery method.   The instructor led course was held in two 3.5 hour sessions over two days and provided a great opportunity for drivers to maintain their training while on furlough or at home. It was also a great opportunity for drivers to catch up as this week we started with some free time for drivers to chat with their colleagues who they haven’t seen or spoken to for many weeks, which proved very worthwhile.   Training... Read More

edible oils distribution

News: Abbey extends contract with ADM Edible Oils


Following a competitive tender process, Abbey Logistics has secured a multi-year contract extension with ADM UK, one of Europe’s leading edible oils producers.   Abbey Logistics has worked with ADM for more than 20 years providing bulk liquid transport to customers throughout the UK and this latest extension sees Abbey placing an even greater emphasis on service and customer support.   Together, ADM and Abbey made significant changes to the operation of the contract, utilising vast amounts of data to understand where service could be improved. Working side by side, the teams developed a plan to drive industry leading... Read More

Online CPC training

News: Abbey’s Online CPC training now available to all drivers and Hauliers


Abbey Logistic's online CPC training courses are now available to all drivers and hauliers.   Abbey's JAUPT accredited and DVSA approved online CPC training courses are a great way to keep up with drivers hours training while at home or on furlough.     We are currently running The Professional Driver and Drivers Hours and Digital Tachographs courses and spaces are still available.   The competitively priced course is 3.5 hours per day with each course running for two days to achieve the required seven hours.   To book your place or to find out more about the courses please contact... Read More

logistics key workers

News: Paint the Rainbow Pictures on the Back of New Tanks


Abbey Logistics asked its teams juggling working from home while looking after children, to send in their most creative rainbow pictures to remind everyone to stay positive and to show their support for all drivers across the UK. Abbey also worked with Holy Name Primary School in Fazakerley, Liverpool which is operating as a Liverpool City Council Hub for children of key workers who created a lesson about logistics, and wanted to lend their support and send in their pictures. The company was overwhelmed by the response, creativity and variety of pictures sent in, along with some wonderful messages of support. In response Abbey... Read More

IRTE Accreditation

News: Abbey Logistics Workshops Achieve IRTE accreditation


Abbey Logistics’ vehicle and trailer workshops in Liverpool and Middlewich have both achieved IRTE accreditation in both workshop and engineering best practice. The IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) Workshop Accreditation is an independent review of procedures and practice; it involves an audit to judge performance and focuses on best practice compliance in areas such as premises, equipment, technical staff, management, clerical staff, documentation, quality and appearance.   Abbey’s busy workshops are in operation 7 days a week and our teams of highly qualified and experienced technicians, engineers and... Read More

Mercedes Actros

News: Abbey Logistics takes delivery of Five New Mercedes Actros Trucks


Abbey Logistics Group has added five latest generation Mercedes Actros trucks to its fleet, to support growing demand in its liquid food business. Going into operation immediately the new trucks feature Mercedes’ innovative MirrorCam technology which provides a significantly improved all-round view and consists of two cameras mounted to the exterior of the vehicle and two 15-inch displays on the A-pillars inside the cab. MirrorCam also offers improved mpg performance due to the compact, streamlined profile of the camera housings. Underneath, the new trucks are packed with safety enhancing technology and features to increase fuel... Read More

News: Abbey’s Paint the Rainbow Challenge


Abbey has asked our teams working from home to ask their children to paint or draw a rainbow and put them in their windows at home to give other families something to look out for while they stretched their legs on their daily walk and remind them to stay positive. Some families are also using them as a game on their walks to see how many rainbows they can see. We know how difficult it can be to juggle working from home and looking after children so hopefully this will help keep our colleagues children busy for a little while. Featured here are some of the brilliant pictures we have received so far from some very talented people, the... Read More

motor transport awards

News: Abbey Logistics Shortlisted for Three Motor Transport Awards


Celebrating the best in UK Transport and Logistics, the Motor Transport Awards is a major event on the calendar each year.   With Logistics high on the agenda at the moment and the general public finally getting to see the crucial roles that companies across our sector carry out, it is fitting that this shortlist acknowledges some of the great work that has been done this year.   This year's shortlist includes companies involved in all aspects of the supply chain and is another great example of how important transport and logistics is to the UK.   All of us here at Abbey Logistics are thrilled to have been... Read More

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News: Abbey Logistics initiative to keep staff healthy and exercising while at home


Abbey Logistics has posted health and nutrition packs supplied by Applied Nutrition to all their 650 employees, and launched a daily online personal fitness class provided by leading personal training company Absolute Body Solutions, further demonstrating its support for its frontline workers, and those working from home or on furlough.   Following last week’s announcement where the company pledged to pay a bonus to all front-line staff and top up sick pay for those that could not work, the company said it wanted to do all it could to protect their workforce’s health and well-being at this difficult... Read More

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News: Abbey to reward and financially protect frontline workers amid COVID-19 pandemic


Supporting the national effort to get the UK through the COVID-19 pandemic,  Abbey Logistics will pay frontline employees a recognition payment at the end of the year. The move is an acknowledgement for their staff’s hard work and commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme is aimed at drivers, wash bay, warehouse, planning and workshop teams, whose roles are vital to keep the wheels turning and provide essential supplies to the UK’s crucial supply chains. To ensure staff do not continue to work if they need to self-isolate, Abbey says they will top up sick pay for frontline staff for two weeks to be no less than £300 or... Read More

truck food supplies

News: Thank you to our driver teams helping to keep the U.K. fed


With a massive increase in demand for food supplies, Abbey Logistics are working round the clock to keep food manufacturing sites stocked with key ingredients to ensure the UK’s food supply chain continues uninterrupted.   We have seen an rise in deliveries for flour, sugar, oils and chocolate, all key ingredients for thousands of different food products we all rely upon. We are extremely proud of our driver team, planners, on site staff, workshop and washbay operatives for the commitment they've shown at such a challenging time, and the speed at which they have adapted to new working practices, required to fight the spread of... Read More

bulk polymer

News: INEOS Olefins & Polymers UK Award Bulk Polymer Contract to Abbey


Abbey Logistics Group has been awarded a distribution contract for bulk polymer distribution from INEOS O&P UK’s Grangemouth site in Scotland.   Abbey Logistics' growth in the polymers sector continues following investment in their bulk transport fleet, equipment and added value services, including bag to bulk facilities and warehousing.   In this latest development, Abbey Logistics will take responsibility for transport planning and delivery services for INEOS Olefin and Polymers (INEOS O&P UK). Polymer product will be loaded at INEOS O&P UK’s dedicated facility in Grangemouth for delivery by road to... Read More

Justine Greening

News: Steve Granite meets Rt Hon Justine Greening to Discuss Think Logistics and the Social Mobility Pledge


The Social Mobility Pledge is clear when it says: “Talent is spread evenly across the UK, but all too often opportunity is not.” That's why former Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Justine Greening, has teamed up with some of the U.K.'s leading businesses and Universities to share best practice on boosting social mobility and levelling up opportunity.   The Pledge was founded by Justine Greening, supported by David Harrison, founder of the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility and now covers more than 3 million employees, and 1 million students across the UK.   Abbey Logistics signed the pledge late last year... Read More

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News: Abbey Opens Non-Food Road Tanker Wash Bay


Abbey will be opening a non-food grade wash bay at our tank cleaning facility in Liverpool in February. Abbey’s cleaning station provides tank cleaning services to both our own, and other haulier’s tanker trailers.   We have operated our own wash bay facilities in Liverpool and Hull for more than 20 years, with our busy tank wash in Liverpool, previously being exclusively food grade.   Due to the significant demand for more non-food tank cleaning capacity in the region, we have converted one of our bays to wash non-food grade products exclusively and can provide cost-effective cleaning to both accompanied and... Read More

Employee commitment

News: Employee commitment – Celebrating 30 years with Abbey!


This year, three of Abbey’s team each celebrate an amazing 30 years of service with the company.     During that time, they have seen Abbey expand from a single site on Abbey Close in Birkenhead, Merseyside, to more than 35 operational depots and the UK's largest bulk liquid and powder food road tanker company.   Fleet Engineer Dave Melville and Drivers Jim Martin, and Danny Kimber joined us today at Abbey HQ for a presentation covering their 30 years with the company and were each presented with their 30 years Service Award to mark their achievements by Abbey CEO Steve Granite.   Recognising... Read More

Logistics apprenticeship

News: The Sky’s the Limit! Abbey’s New Apprenticeship Scheme off to a Flying Start


Logistics Apprenticeships The scope and breadth of what we do at Abbey Logistics is reflected in the range of apprenticeships and professional training opportunities we offer to talented and ambitious young people. Providing hands-on experience in their chosen field, apprentices and trainees can play a key role in contributing to the future success of the company. In addition, they are gaining on-the-job knowledge and experience from industry leaders and earning a competitive salary, while studying towards a nationally recognised qualification. A Structured Approach In the last 2 years, Abbey’s HR team has worked with several... Read More

sugar logistics

News: New Tractor Units for British Sugar Logistics Contract


Eleven brand new tractor units have been added to the British Sugar logistics contract fleet and went into service in late December. The new vehicles are part of a wider fleet replacement scheme to replace older units with more efficient and comfortable trucks to ensure an efficient and reliable service for our customers, and a pleasant working environment for our drivers. The trucks are from manufacturer DAF and will be distributing bulk liquid and powder sugar products throughout the UK on a 24/7 basis. The DAF Space Cabs are FORS silver compliant and include numerous features for operational safety and driver comfort including... Read More

Social mobility

News: Abbey Logistics Awarded Social Mobility Employer Status


Abbey Logistics has been named an accredited Social Mobility Employer, as part of a nation-wide drive to improve social mobility in the UK. Abbey signed up to the Social Pledge, which encourages businesses to play their crucial role in boosting social mobility by providing training and employment opportunities to local people from disadvantaged communities.   What is Social Mobility Social mobility is the basic principle that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. But in its 2017 ‘State of Social Mobility in Britain’ report, the Sutton Trust found that the UK ranks near the bottom for income... Read More

Silo Evacuation

News: Busy Few Weeks For Abbey’s Silo Evacuation Tankers


One of the services Abbey provides to the powders sector is silo evacuation. Helping our customers keep their inventories stocked and their products moving, minimising delay and getting production back on track. Silo Evacuation is usually required through product contamination in silos or when silos need to be emptied for routine maintenance.   Silo Evacuation Throughout the UK Our vacuum tankers operate throughout the UK, working 24/7 and are available for rapid deployment to remove a wide variety of powdered products - from flour, sugar and other food products to polymers, cement and minerals, we can safely and quickly evacuate... Read More

News: Christmas Hours at Hull Food Grade Tank Wash


HULL FOOD-GRADE TANK WASH CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS! Christmas is nearly here but the nation's road tankers are still working and need to be cleaned. Abbey Logistic's food Grade tank wash station in Hull is here to help. Our food-grade accredited tank wash facilities are operating Christmas hours to make sure tanks and IBCs can still get cleaned over Christmas. Various wash services available at competitive prices for both road tankers and IBCs,  To enquire about our tank wash in Hull call Chris Whelton on 01482 306911 or email... Read More

News: Extended Hours at Liverpool Food Grade Tank Cleaning Station


Abbey's well known and busy food grade tank cleaning station in Liverpool has extended its hours on Sundays to now operate 6AM - Midnight. Our modern tank cleaning station provides product-specific food grade tank cleaning to Abbey Logistics vehicles and third parties. The Cleaning Station is SQAS, EFTCO and SCOPA audited and approved and we can provide both accompanied and unaccompanied tanks.   Hygienic Food Grade Tank Cleaning Transporting food grade liquids and powders is a huge responsibility for any carrier and our highly trained team ensures all tanks receive the same high-quality service as our own vehicles. We provide... Read More

FTA

News: Abbey CEO Steve Granite listed in FTA’s 20 for 20 list


The Freight Transport Association's (FTA) senior policy team has identified 20 key figures in logistics who they see as driving the sector forward in the coming year.   Released alongside their December issue of their Logistics Magazine, The FTA has produced 20 for 20, a new supplement that recognises individuals drawn from business, government and academia working across the supply chain. The supplement is sponsored by Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking.     David Wells, CEO of the FTA, said: “The UK logistics industry is facing an era of unprecedented change, with pressures such as Brexit,... Read More

Fleet Manager

News: Gary Lawson Appointed National Fleet Manager


Abbey Logistics has announced that Gary Lawson has joined the business as their new National Fleet Manager. Gary will be responsible for Abbey’s fleet of more than 370 trucks and over 550 bulk liquid and powder tanker trailers. He will be responsible for Abbey’s HGV and trailer workshops in Liverpool, Middlewich, Bromborough and Hull, and manage Abbey’s third-party maintenance suppliers across the UK. He will also take the lead in new vehicle selection, testing and trialing trucks and trailers, to ensure Abbey’s customers are served by the most reliable and efficient equipment enabling them to maximise payload, and provide... Read More

CILT awards

News: CILT Awards – Organisation celebrates centenary year


CILT Awards The best and brightest of the logistics and supply chain industry gather together to celebrate at the CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) Annual Awards for Excellence. Held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London in the CILT's centenary year. More than 350 guests, delegates and finalists attended the event and celebrated those individuals and organisations who have delivered outstanding innovation, societal benefits and commercial success within the UK logistics, transport and productions and operations management sectors over the last 12 months. Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Patron, CILT, was this... Read More

road tankers

News: Road Tankers News! The latest edition of the Abbey Magazine is now available!


Latest road tankers news from Abbey Logistics. The latest edition of the Abbey Magazine is now available to download HERE. In this issue, we have updates on all thinks road tankers! Details about our new trucks from DAF Trucks, increased business in bulk liquid chocolate transport, driver training and CPC courses, new tankers from Van Hool, new trailers, Think Logistics,  our new bag to bulk service, our recent Microlise award and much... Read More

Cement Silo Tankers

News: Cement Silo Tankers Added to Abbey Fleet


Abbey Logistics has added a number of new Feldbinder Cement Silo tankers to support the company’s growing business in the cement and minerals markets.   Manufactured by Feldbinder, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of specialist vehicles, the new lightweight cement silo tankers are designed and built to comply with the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) Silver accreditation, intended to protect vulnerable road users.   Specifications include rear-facing cameras, infilled side panels and blind-spot minimisation mirrors as well as many more of the latest safety and security features to ensure the safety of... Read More

hgv driver training

News: Sarah Snelson Joins Abbey Logistics’ HGV Driver Training Team


Sarah Snelson has joined Abbey Logistics' HGV Driver Training Team as one of our Regional Driver Trainers.   Sarah joins Abbey Logistics with more than 20 years’ haulage experience. Initially starting as an HGV Driver, she has spent much of her subsequent career focused on driver training and skills development.   During her career, Sarah has provided driver training in all areas of HGV transport including tankers, general haulage and heavy haulage, across a wide variety of industries.   Sarah is a Certified HGV Driver Assessor and a member of the RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium and has a strong track... Read More

plastic pellet logistics

News: Abbey Logistics signs up to Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS)


Abbey Logistics has signed up to Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS), the international initiative from the plastics industry to reduce plastic pellet loss.   Led in the UK by the British Plastics Federation, the initiative’s aim is to ensure that plastic pellets, flakes, and powders that pass-through manufacturing facilities in the UK are contained and do not escape into waterways.     Signing up to the Operation Clean Sweep® pledge is a commitment to adhere to best practice and implement systems on a continuous improvement basis to prevent plastic pellet loss.   Abbey Logistics provides bulk plastic... Read More

Driver CPC Training

News: Abbey now offering Driver CPC Training Courses


Learn from the Experts, Driver CPC Training with One of the UK's leading transport companies   Abbey Logistics now offering Driver CPC Training to all drivers.   Earlier this year Abbey Logistics’ in-house driver CPC training team was awarded JAUPT approved status. This meant we can design and deliver our own CPC courses tailored to our own drivers’ requirements, and also deliver more generalist Driver CPC courses to drivers from outside the company.   Abbey has always delivered an extensive driver training programme and has a highly skilled in-house driver training team, made up of driver trainers with... Read More

materials handling

News: New Fall Arrest System at Abbey’s Materials Handling Facility


Our new overhead rail fall arrest system in action, at Abbey Logistics' bag to bulk tanker materials handling facility near the Port of Liverpool. Designed and installed by market-leading fall protection company Heightsafe, the new system enables our team to work at height safely with no restrictions or obstructions. For our customers, this means much quicker loading times for tankers leading to increased predictability for their supply chains. Our bag to bulk facility in Bromborough provides materials handling services and requires our professional warehouse staff to work on top of tanks each day to assist with the loading of bulk... Read More

chocolate transport

News: Abbey Logistics increases chocolate transport with Barry Callebaut by 100%


  Abbey Logistics has announced that it has increased the volume of bulk chocolate transport it carries for Barry Callebaut by 100%, following a competitive tender process.   The chocolate transport volume increase follows several service improvement initiatives on existing volumes over the last 12 months, implemented as a result of the two companies working collaboratively to improve the service Barry Callebaut’s customers receive.   This latest increase in volume further reinforces Abbey’s position as the UK’s largest bulk chocolate transport road tanker operator.   The new contract went live in April... Read More

logistics awards

News: Abbey Logistics wins Microlise Driver Excellence Award


Abbey Logistics has been awarded the Microlise Driver Excellence Award at their 2019 Driver of the Year Awards.   The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards is an annual industry event that recognises the most talented HGV drivers working in the UK transport industry and acknowledge the vital work they do. With categories based on telematics data, the awards are open to all drivers and are a perfect way to reward outstanding performance and contributions to industry. Winners are calculated using anonymous telematics data from more than 210,000 drivers which identifies the drivers achieving the highest driving performance using a... Read More

DAF trucks

News: Abbey Logistics in £1.6 million DAF Trucks fleet update


Abbey Logistics, has confirmed a fleet order for 20 new DAF trucks. The order is for DAF's XF FTP lightweight mid-lift 6x2 tractor units in a £1.6 million investment into its bulk liquid and bulk powder road transport operations. The truck order, comprising 16 XF 480 FTPs and four XF 450 FTPs, all with Space Cabs, is being supplied by local DAF Dealer, North West Trucks, in Liverpool – and are in build for delivery from mid-June through to early July. 12 units will be equipped with Gardner Denver discharge equipment, eight with Mellor systems. The new DAF XF fleet order will bring the Abbey Logistics fleet total to 350 and comes... Read More

skills gap

News: Call to logistics companies to get involved to help fill the skills gap


Closing the skills gap the logistics industry faces is the responsibility of every operator, writes Think Logistics founder and Abbey Logistics group CEO Steve Granite. Think Logistics is the industry-led, not-for-profit project involving some of the UK’s best-known transport and logistics companies, and we are calling on all logistics companies to get behind the initiative in 2019. We need more support by operators offering internships or work placements to students, and introduce them to an exciting and rewarding career in logistics. Internships are four-week positions, usually paid at minimum wage levels in which a young person... Read More

tractor units

News: Prohire Supplies Bulk Tractor Units to Abbey Logistics


Commercial vehicle contract hire and fleet management company, Prohire Limited has secured the contract to supply Abbey Logistics with its latest tractor unit fleet requirement. The vehicles, which went into operation at the beginning of 2019 are to support a new bulk flour contract with British baker Hovis, distributing bulk flour from Hovis’s flour mill in Wellingborough to bakery sites throughout the UK on a 24/7 basis. The Mercedes Actros 2446LS tractor units have been supplied on a 60-month contract term by Prohire. They are FORS silver compliant and include numerous operational and safety features, including Gardner Denver... Read More

road tankers

News: The latest edition of Abbey Logistics’ Magazine is now live


The latest edition of the Abbey Magazine is now live! Featuring news about our delivery of 28 new Mercedes Actros tractors, Abbey's new animal feed division, and our rapidly growing plastics bag to bulk service, plus much more! Download your copy... Read More

bulk flour distribution

News: Deliveries begin on new bulk flour distribution contract


Bulk flour distribution by Abbey Logistics has started with leading British baker Hovis. The contract sees Abbey providing a 24/7 bulk flour distribution service from Hovis' flour mill in Wellingborough to bakery sites in the UK. Hovis, one of the country’s most recognised brands, selected Abbey Logistics following a competitive tender process, where Abbey demonstrated the added value it could provide through its flexible and responsive distribution model, ability to invest in new equipment and its focus on data-driven continuous improvement. Abbey's new fleet of Mercedes Actros trucks also began work this week to support the... Read More

bag to bulk materials handling

News: Abbey launches bag to bulk materials handling service


As one of the UK’s largest powder road tanker companies, Abbey works very closely with customers to understand their requirements and build solutions designed to improve the efficiency of their supply chains.   Earlier this year we were asked to design and build a reformatting facility to transfer bulk one tonne bags of plastic granules into bulk tankers. Through this new facility, we would eliminate a stage in our customer’s supply chain, reduce mileage and reliance on a third party.   Abbey Logistics operations manager John Abbott began the process of identifying the requirements and designing a procedure with... Read More

bulk flour tanker

News: Hovis awards Abbey Logistics bulk flour distribution contract


Baking company Hovis, has awarded Abbey Logistics a UK contract to provide bulk flour distribution to its bakeries in the Midlands and the South.   Hovis, one of the country’s most recognised brands, selected Abbey Logistics following a competitive tender process, where Abbey demonstrated the added value it could provide through its flexible and responsive distribution model, ability to invest in new equipment and its focus on data-driven continuous improvement.   Abbey Logistics, the UK’s largest bulk food powder tanker company, is set to invest significantly in new equipment to bolster Hovis’ existing fleet and... Read More

Logistics career

News: Intern successfully completes placement at Abbey


Congratulations to Daniel Richardson who recently completed a two-week internship with Abbey Logistics over the summer holidays. Daniel, from West Derby School in Liverpool, worked in a number of different departments to get a complete overview of what life is really like at a large, modern and busy logistics company. Thrown in at the deep end, Daniel started with our planning and operations teams at Great Howard Street Liverpool where he worked alongside our experienced planners to get a feel for how we manage the hundreds of daily deliveries we make in the UK and Europe, the technology involved that lets us know where each vehicle is at... Read More

42 under 42

News: Steve Granite joins Insider North West’s prestigious 42 under 42


Steve Granite, Abbey Logistics CEO has been invited to join Insider North West’s prestigious 42 under 42 list, which is an annual list that celebrates the strength of the region’s young business owners and business leaders. Insider launched the initiative 25 years ago to celebrate the region’s best young entrepreneurs. The average age on the magazine’s Power List at the time was 52, so the 42 under 42 were the people handpicked as the ones to watch as the business leaders of the next decade. Since then this exclusive club has developed into a network of the region’s leading figures in business that are helping drive... Read More

Animal Feed transport

News: Abbey Logistics launches dedicated animal feed tanker division


Abbey Logistics has launched a new dedicated animal feed tanker transport division, focused on providing nationwide bulk transport and logistics for liquid animal feed.   Abbey is no stranger to the animal feed sector and has provided road tanker transport for some of Europe’s leading manufacturers for more than 20 years. This latest move has enabled the company to dedicate vehicles and tankers to the animal feed sector and crucially puts in place a dedicated support team consisting of planning and commercial functions that will concentrate solely on customers in this sector.   As one of the UK’s leading bulk liquid... Read More

gas powered truck

News: Abbey Logistics is first tanker company to trial long-haul gas powered truck


Abbey Logistics has begun trials of Volvo’s new gas powered FM tractor, the first 6x2 heavy regional and long-haul LNG tractor to be powered by gas in the UK.   Abbey is no stranger to gas power, having already trialed both compressed natural gas CNG and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuels on 4x2 axle tractors in back to back tests with their diesel equivalents last year. The tests produced some very positive results with reduced fuel costs and C02 emissions, as well as encouraging driver feedback about the vehicles’ drivability and comfort. However, for Abbey to realise the full benefits of gas power, the tractors needed to be... Read More

bulk tanker operator

News: Goodyear Tyres wins partnership with bulk tanker operator Abbey Logistics


Goodyear Tyres has been appointed by bulk tanker operator Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s leading bulk tanker logistics providers, to supply tyres for over 330 of its trucks and 500 tanker trailers. Following a competitive tender process and assessment by its fleet engineers, Abbey Logistics has chosen tyres from Goodyear’s KMAX and TreadMax ranges that can provide up to 30 per cent additional mileage per tyre.   The three-year agreement has been made to help reduce the significant cost of maintaining the Abbey Logistics fleet, now the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder food transport provider, as well as the amount... Read More

cement transport

News: Abbey Logistics awarded bulk cement transport contract by Tarmac


Abbey Logistics Group has been awarded a regional distribution bulk cement transport contract by Tarmac in Scotland, following a competitive tender process. Tarmac, the UK's leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business, is set to restructure the distribution model for its Cement and Lime division to deliver an enhanced service for its customers. Following a comprehensive strategic review of its distribution arrangements, the company decided to move to a more flexible regional model for both bulk and packed cement distribution, which have previously operated on a national basis. Abbey Logistics has... Read More

drumming and packaging

News: Abbey shortlisted for Award for our Food grade drumming and packaging facility


Abbey Logistics are delighted to learn that we have been shortlisted for an award in recognition for our new food grade drumming and packaging facility at our materials handling centre in Bromborough, North West England. The event is The Logistics Awards, an annual celebration of excellence in the logistics and supply chain sectors which will be held in London on the 20th September. In association with SHD Logistics magazine, the awards recognise the most impressive achievements throughout the industry over the last 12 months and since its inaugural edition in 2014, the event attracts senior professionals from leading retailers,... Read More

lead driver

News: Abbey focus on driver comfort, payload and service with new Volvo FH trucks


Abbey has upgraded its fleet with an investment in 28 Volvo FH tractors to work across its bulk liquid and powder fleets throughout the UK and Northern Europe. The tractors have been specified with driver comfort, payload and service as the most important factors. Features of the new vehicles include intelligent driving systems such as lane departure alerts, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, together with a four-way colour camera system to ensure maximum driver visibility to protect other road users. Driver comfort is addressed with a spacious cab, additional storage, microwave and fridge-freezer together with... Read More

food drumming

News: Abbey Logistics begin liquid food drumming for Cargill Starches and Sweeteners


  Abbey Logistics has successfully commenced food drumming services of glucose for Cargill Starches and Sweeteners, a subsidiary of Cargill PLC, one of the world’s largest food and agriculture companies.   Abbey Logistics focus primarily on road tanker transport, but provide additional added value services such as warehousing and tank cleaning to support their customers.   Abbey’s latest service was developed through a working partnership with Cargill to develop a modern food-grade drumming facility within its warehouse complex in the North West of England.   As a long-term customer of Abbey... Read More

sugar logistics

News: Sugar Transport – Embracing Innovation and Collaboration


  Abbey Logistics is an important partner to British Sugar, providing all bulk sugar transport from British Sugar's factories to their customers. Abbey's focus on responsible resource use is key to the successful relationship. As part of British Sugar's commitment to transport road safety and improving their vehicle efficiencies in general, the UK's largest sugar manufacturer have been working closely together to explore new and exciting opportunities. What we did Firstly, Abbey’s Fleet Engineers worked closely and collaboratively with Abbey’s lead drivers to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each vehicle.... Read More

class 1 LGV drivers

News: Calling all Class 1 LGV Drivers – We’re Recruiting!


We are looking to strengthen our driver team of Class 1 LGV drivers across the UK in both our liquid tankers and powder tankers divisions. Thanks to new business and our commitment to provide our customers with the best possible service, we are recruiting for Class 1 drivers to be based at various Abbey depots across the UK. In return, we can offer competitive rates of pay and the opportunity to be part of one of the UK's fastest growing road tanker companies. For details of what roles we have on offer, please click here  or complete our online driver application form here  Alternatively, if you'd just like to find out more... Read More

road tanker companies

News: The latest edition of Abbey Logistics’ Magazine is now live


The winter edition of Abbey Logistics' company magazine is now live and packed full of news and updates from one of the UK's fastest growing road tanker companies. To view a copy please click... Read More

News: Abbey Logistics collects corporate finance deal of the year award


Professional Liverpool, the organisation which promotes professional excellence in the Liverpool City Region, has recognised the Abbey Logistics management buyout, which was supported by NorthEdge Capital, as its Corporate Finance Deal of the Year. The award was handed over to the Merseyside-founded business at the Professional Liverpool annual Members Lunch at Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday 23rd November, which was attended by around 200 professionals. NorthEdge Capital, which manages £540m of private equity funds aimed at lower mid-market buy-out and development capital transactions in the North of England and the Midlands,... Read More

logistics telematics

News: Abbey Logistics Chooses Microlise Telematics to Help Boost Efficiency


Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder transport providers, is deploying a Microlise fleet management telematics solution to 350 tractors and 300 tanker trailers in its fleet. Microlise Fleet Performance will provide Abbey Logistics with real-time visibility of its fleet and help it to improve driver performance and safety; while reducing fuel costs and environmental impact.  It will replace three different tracking systems currently being used in the business as a result of contract wins and an acquisition. Driver performance metrics will be available via the Microlise Driver Performance Management... Read More

logistics award

News: Abbey Logistics Shortlisted for FTA Logistics Award


Abbey Logistics has been shortlisted for a Freight Transport Association (FTA) Logistics Award which recognises excellence in logistics and supply chain. Abbey has been shortlisted for the Freight Carrier of the Year award and faces tough competition from some of the most successful companies in our sector. The Awards will be held on December 13th at London's Intercontinental Hotel in an event that will bring together leaders and influencers working across logistics and supply chain. As well as a keynote address from Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport, and post-dinner... Read More

polymer logistics

News: Plastics Logistics – Abbey are exhibiting at Interplas 2017


Abbey Logistics has a rapidly growing reputation in bulk plastics logistics. As the UK's largest powder road tanker company for food products, we have diversified in recent years to now provide road tanker logistics and added value services to the plastics and polymers sectors. Working with some of the world's biggest manufacturers across the UK and Europe, we have demonstrated our unique ability to offer flexible, reliable and cost-effective solutions to this vital sector, building strong and value-adding relationships with our customers. On the 26th, 27th and 28th September, Abbey will be exhibiting at Interplas 2017, the UK's... Read More

polymer logistics

News: Abbey Logistics to focus on road tankers and warehousing


Abbey Logistics has announced that following a strategic review of Group activities, it is to close its general haulage and Pallet Track division, and focus on developing its core road tankers business, offering food grade tanker and non food grade logistics services across a variety of sectors. Abbey has grown rapidly in the last two years through its core tanker business, securing significant contracts in the food, polymers, and non-hazardous chemicals markets. The group has also expanded the range of value-added services it can provide to include warehousing, drumming and reprocessing. The general haulage and Pallet Track division,... Read More

transport manager

News: Steve Granite wins top UKWA award for Think Logistics initiative


The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) Annual Awards luncheon has been held this week at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in London's Park Lane. The event saw senior figures from the UK’s warehousing and logistics sector as well as decision makers from the retail industry come together to recognise the achievements and innovations in the sector over the past year. The awards themselves comprised of ten individual categories covering all aspects of the industry including environmental performance and customer service. Concluding the event, the UKWA Chairman, Tony Mohan presents the Chairman’s Award, a special... Read More

Liquid tanker

News: Abbey Logistics win CILT North West, Best Practice Award


Abbey Logistics has been recognised by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) at this year’s North West Annual Awards for Education and Excellence. The awards were presented at a gala dinner in Manchester on the 9th June, hosted by Dave Guest, Senior Reporter, BBC’s North West Tonight and were attended by leading figures from the logistics and transport profession across the region. The CILT North West Awards is an important event in the transport and logistics calendar and celebrate and recognise education, excellence, expertise and experience in the sector. The award is Abbey’s second in as many months,... Read More

bulk powder tanker

News: Bulk powder transport contract with Tata Chemicals and British Salt


Abbey Logistics has been selected by Tata Chemicals Europe to exclusively manage all bulk powder transport and logistics for all its products, including sister company British Salt, across the UK.   Tata Chemicals Ltd is one of the world’s leading producers of sodium carbonate (soda ash) and sodium bicarbonate. Sodium carbonate is a key raw material used in glass, detergent and chemical manufacturing. Applications for sodium bicarbonate range from food to pharmaceuticals to air pollution control. In the UK, Tata Chemicals Europe is the sole producer of Soda Ash (sodium carbonate) and the market leading producer of sodium... Read More

food grade drumming UK

News: Abbey Logistics’ Food Grade Drumming Facility Begins Operations


Abbey Logistics has started food grade drumming operations at our warehousing facilities in Bromborough on the Wirral The drumming plant is will support a key liquid food customer and provide a significant added value service to the bulk liquid transport we provide to liquid food manufacturers in the UK and Europe. Initially, the drumming plant will support a key customer by providing bulk tanker movements of finished products to the drumming site, tankers will discharge finished products into the facility to be packaged in drums. Filled drums will then be transported through Abbeys distribution fleet across the UK and... Read More

gas powered vehicles

News: Are gas powered vehicles now a realistic alternative?


That’s the question Abbey Logistics’ fleet Engineer David Batty has been asking for many years, and now with the extended range available on gas powered vehicles with compressed natural gas, is it a realistic alternative to diesel power? One of my most important roles at Abbey Logistics is to analyse and trial new vehicles and associated technology. Before selecting any vehicles for our fleet, I take a highly-detailed approach to understanding the vehicle’s whole life cost, taking into account everything from mpg performance, maintenance costs, kerb weight, specialist equipment fitting and aerodynamic drag. Having trialled many... Read More

award winning transport and logistics

News: Abbey Shortlisted For Top Motor Transport Award – Haulier of the Year


Abbey Logistics is excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Motor Transport 'Haulier of the Year' award. The winners will be announced at the awards evening which takes place at the famous Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 5th July so it's very much fingers crossed for now! The Motor Transport awards are the biggest awards event in transport and haulage recognising outstanding achievements in the road transport industry and a real highlight of the year. We have been proud recipients of this award twice before, in 2010 and 2014, joining only two other companies to ever win the award twice in its near 30 year... Read More

Logistics award

News: Abbey Logistics Wins Business Master Award


Abbey Logistics has been awarded the Large Business - Business Master Award at this year's BusinessDesk.com North West Business Masters Awards. The annual event organised by the Business Desk is fast becoming one of the key dinners in the region’s business calendar and saw the elite of North West England’s business community including professional services companies, leading entrepreneurs, innovators, exporters and large businesses coming together to celebrate companies who have all made a difference to business in the North West over the past year. The black tie awards evening was held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and... Read More

Abbey Logistics Head of HR Marcia Findlay

News: Marcia Findlay Appointed as Group Head of HR


Abbey Logistics Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcia Findlay as Group Head of HR. Marcia will be responsible for the full range of HR functions, including employee relations, training and development, reward and recognition. Marcia’s appointment will support and strengthen the Group’s high calibre management team through a period of rapid growth. Abbey recently added more than 100 employees to the business as part of its acquisition of bulk liquid food tanker company Armet Logistics. Announcing the appointment, Steve Granite, Abbey Logistic’s CEO said: "Abbey's transformation into a recognised National and... Read More

food logistics

News: Abbey Logistics acquires leading bulk liquid food logistics company


Acquisition enhances the combined business’ service offering and provides the platform for further European growth as one of the largest bulk liquid food logistics providers. Abbey Logistics Group announced today that it has acquired the complete share capital of Armet Logistics Ltd, one of the leading bulk liquid food logistics and transport companies in the UK. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This significant development follows an exciting 12 months for Abbey Logistics; the Liverpool based specialist logistics provider, has seen the company complete a management buyout in August 2016 backed by NorthEdge Capital, and the... Read More

bulk liquid transport

News: Abbey Logistics continues fleet expansion to increase flexibility for customers


Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder transport providers has expanded its fleet with the addition of 20 DAF XF and CF tractor units, as it continues to increase the efficiency and flexibility of its nationwide transport network. The new vehicles will support operations serving the food ingredients, construction, and non-hazardous chemical sectors and also provide flexible support to Abbey’s palletised business. “Abbey worked closely with DAF to tailor these units to suit the specialist products we transport.” Said David Batty, Abbey Logistics Fleet Manager. “Safety and hygiene standards are... Read More

David Batty, Fleet Engineer

News: Chairman of British Transport Advisory Consortium joins Abbey Logistics Group


Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder logistics providers, has appointed the chairman of the British Transport Advisory Consortium to lead their engineering department. Well known and respected engineer David Batty will manage Abbey’s rapidly expanding fleet of liquid and powder tankers, trucks and distribution trailers, and take responsibility for Abbey’s maintenance depots across the country. David will oversee all new vehicle specification to ensure Abbey Logistics provides the most appropriate equipment for each of its customers. He will also play a leading role in supporting Abbey’s... Read More

silo vacuum tanker

News: Abbey expands senior team with two new appointments


Abbey Logistics Group, the UK’s largest provider of bulk food transport services, has announced two new appointments to strengthen its senior team. Respected logistics industry expert Andrew Palmer has joined the group as non-executive director, and experienced marketing professional Michael Fox will take up the role of Group Marketing Manager. Andrew has enjoyed a distinguished career which has seen him lead a number of international transport and logistics companies through extended periods of growth. He was Managing Director at Bibby Distribution, and DTS Logistics before joining Suttons Group where he successfully led the company... Read More

british sugar

News: British Sugar chooses Abbey Logistics Group to manage bulk distribution


Abbey Logistics Group, the UK’s largest provider of bulk food transport services, has been selected by British Sugar to manage their prestigious bulk sugar movements across Great Britain on a long term deal. Sugar will be transported in bulk granulated sugar tanks and liquid tankers from four state-of-the-art processing plants in the UK, strategically located to reduce the mileage from farm to factory for processing.  British Sugar is the UK’s leading sugar producers supplying 1 million tonnes per year to the food industry and supermarkets. Abbey specialises in bulk food grade logistics, operating the UK’s largest fleet of... Read More

North edge capital

News: NorthEdge backs MBO of Abbey Logistics Group


NorthEdge Capital has invested an undisclosed sum in support of a Management Buy-Out of road tanker company Abbey Logistics Group, led by CEO Steve Granite. The investment represents the fourth deal transacted by NorthEdge this year and is the second investment out of the recently raised £300m Fund II. The Liverpool-headquartered company was set up more than 25 years ago by the Lucy family, specialising initially in the liquid food ingredients transportation market, with more recent diversification into the bulk powder market, palletised transport and warehousing under the leadership of current CEO Steve Granite. Long-standing... Read More

intermodal food

News: Abbey continues growth in intermodal food transport


Abbey Logistics Group has continued its growth in Intermodal food transport by purchasing 10 more ISO tank containers from a Chinese manufacturer. The latest delivery of ISO tank containers adds to Abbey Logistics' existing fleet of bulk intermodal silos which transport foodstuffs from France to the UK. Since starting on its growth strategy in 2009, Abbey has expanded from £18m turnover to £45m according to its latest set of accounts to June 2015, some £5m ahead of its forecast turnover. Part of its growth has come as a result of growing its volumes with customers based in Continental Europe and the group have ambitious plans to... Read More

award winning transport

News: Think Logistics and Career Ready win Motor Transport’s Partnership Award


Merseyside-based Think Logistics with educational charity Career Ready each received a major industry honour at last night’s 31st Motor Transport Awards in London, picking up the Partnership Award for their efforts to bring more young people into the transport and logistics sector. Think Logistics, founded by Abbey Logistics MD Steve Granite, is an industry-led initiative to reach out to school children and tell them of the outstanding career opportunities the industry offers. Its partnership with Career Ready has the overriding objective to educate young people about road transport and logistics by developing direct and long-lasting... Read More

liquid road tanker

News: Abbey Logistics Group Secures ISO50001 certification


Abbey Logistics Group Limited is pleased to announce that it has been successful in attaining the ISO50001 Standard for Energy Management. A crucial standard for a liquid and powder road tanker company. The company decided to pursue the ISO50001 Energy Management Standard in order to comply with the Environment Agencies requirement to comply with the ESOS regulations (brought into force on 5th December 2015). Resisting the temptation to just have an ESOS assessment (as was the route for many companies) the decision to achieve the ISO50001 gave us the platform to not only comply with these regulations but also to identify and promote... Read More

FORS Accreditation

News: Abbey Logistics Group Secures FORS Accreditation


Abbey Logistics Group Limited have adopted best practice demonstrated by the Construction Industry by successfully attaining FORS Multi-Operating Centre Accreditation across the UK. FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) is a voluntary scheme and is only awarded to hauliers demonstrating the highest levels of fleet management with emphasis on the safety of other road users, with additional emphasis on vulnerable road users. The FORS audit is an intensive test of how well run our fleet is in terms of safety, driver wellbeing, driver training, efficiency, environmental concern and many other aspects of quality of management. In... Read More

Bromborough, Wirral warehousing

News: Abbey becomes full member of UKWA with Bromborough, Wirral warehousing facility


Abbey Logistics Group has become a member of the UK Warehousing Association (‘UKWA’) following a successful inspection of its Bromborough, Wirral warehousing facility. The warehouse now meets UKWA standards which includes a rigorous inspection by a UKWA Board member on eleven areas including the likes of Health & Safety, Buildings and perimeter inspection, Handling & Storage equipment and Environmental. It offers customers the confidence that they are dealing with an established and professional organisation who are operating to an accredited standard. Nick Highet, Warehouse Manager for Abbey said “We opened our warehouse... Read More

bulk road transport

News: Abbey secures £13.5m HSBC funding to develop bulk road transport business


Abbey Logistics Group has agreed a £13.5m funding package with HSBC to ensure it has enough cash to develop its bulk road transport business to £70m turnover by 2020. The funding package includes a confidential invoicing financing facility, a cash loan and asset finance credit line. Since starting on its growth strategy in 2009, Abbey has expanded from £18m turnover to £45m according to its latest set of accounts to June 2015 due to be published next month, some £5m ahead of its forecast turnover. Due to the success in exceeding their expansion plan, Abbey decided to have a year of consolidation in 2015 which allowed them to focus... Read More

Logistics Award

News: Abbey wins Quiet Logistics Award for its use of ‘silent’ DAF trucks


The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) is a dynamic UK charity whose remit is to raise awareness about noise pollution. Its internationally respected work helps to relieve the physical and mental distress caused by excessive noise which profoundly affects health, learning, productivity and social cohesion. The John Connell Awards are named after the NAS’ far-sighted founder John Connell OBE, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. These annual awards, known as the ‘Noise Oscars’, are now in their 14th year. They acknowledge the importance of the... Read More

food grade ISO tank

News: Abbey Logistics enter multi-modal marketplace with food grade ISO tanks


Abbey Logistics Group are delighted to report the commencement of multi modal movements from Europe to the UK with the introduction of food grade ISO tank containers. Dave Coulson, Commercial Director stated “This is a new and exciting venture for Abbey Logistics Group - which will provide a secure, environmentally friendly, flexible and cost effective solution for our bulk movements across European borders – as well as protecting our customers products from the ongoing threat of potential immigration intrusion. We have worked with our customers to ensure maximum security of their valuable loads whilst crossing European borders and... Read More

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