Monday, October 18, 2010

Davies Turner One of Only Two Freight Forwarders In Sunday List

First Appearance For Kent Based Shipping Agency
Shipping News Feature

UK – 237th place might not sound much in most races, but when it means you’re one of only two freight forwarders in the 2010 Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 list, an annual league table of the top 250 British mid market independent companies in all fields, it is certainly impressive.

Davies Turner were in the honoured few praised in the awards as the engine room of the UK economy and for their ambition, ingenuity, adaptability and sheer strength in difficult times. The company has been providing freight forwarding, supply chain and shipping services to a range of customers for over 140 years under the same family ownership.

Together, the 250 companies on the Sunday Times list generate turnover of £65 billion, equivalent to about 5 percent of Britain's GDP, and employ more than half a million people and a clearly delighted Davies Turner Chairman, Philip Stephenson said on receiving news of the company’s ranking:

“To be virtually the only freight forwarder among Britain’s biggest mid-market independents makes me very proud on behalf of all our staff and is a testimony to the massive investment that we have made in our facilities, services and training over the last 20 years.”

Global air charter company Chapman Freeborn who have featured previously on the Top Track listings jumped 82 places to finish in 73rd spot. The company’s last audited figures for 2008 revealed a 33 per cent increase in sales with turnover topping GBP 294 million, with last year's figures set to show further significant growth from a global network of 32 offices in 22 countries.

Other companies featured in this year's list include household names such as Harrods, Selfridges and Arsenal Football Club.

Photo:- Not the latest vehicle on the fleet! (Courtesy of Davies Turner media library)