Thursday, March 5, 2015

Freight Forwarding and Shipping Agent John Good Opens Up to the Future

A New Home for Long Established Yorkshire Headquartered Firm
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – One of the oldest and most respected names on the British shipping scene celebrated the official opening of a brand new headquarters recently when the Hull based John Good Group, still a genuine family firm after almost 200 years, invited over 170 guests from all aspects of the ocean freight trade to an evening inauguration at the state of the art office building. The new office, based at the sustainable business park, Bridgehead in Hessle, has actually been home to the John Good Group since December 2014 and the offices are now fully occupied by three of the Group’s companies: John Good Shipping, Good Travel Management and DAN Shipping.

The office has been named Matthew Good House after sixth generation family member, Matthew Good, who died suddenly at just 32 years of age whilst running for charity in a half marathon in 2011 after which, the Matthew Good Foundation was set up and which continues to support charitable funds. Managing Director, Alan Platt commented:

“As the Company was founded in 1833, one of John Good’s strengths has been its ability to change. The Group has a strong history and heritage and it is important that we stay true to that whilst maintaining a forward thinking approach to meet the ever changing needs of our customers. We were delighted that so many of our customers, suppliers and business partners from around the world were able to join us for such a poignant moment in our history, and I’d like to personally thank each and every one of them for making the effort to attend.”

Following a warm welcome and a celebratory glass of bubbly, guests wandered freely around the 8,500 square feet of offices which now house 65 of the 255 staff the Company currently employs, before the official ribbon cutting ceremony which was performed by David Barbour, Managing Director of Hamburg Süd, a company with a long standing relationship with John Good. Mr Barbour said:

“It’s fantastic that the company will soon enter its third century. Reading about the company, there is serious history and tradition here with family involvement and its commitment to Hull and the surrounding area. As the world has evolved so has the company and coming here and seeing all the different divisions of the Group; it’s great!

“Another point I’d like to make, and from my personal experience, is that with John Good you are dealing with people that are committed to working here, who want to do a good job and have a good ethos, and this is what we appreciate. On behalf of all the guests and supporters of John Good, I’d like to say well done to the family, the management and the staff. I’m sure we all wish them many more centuries of business, many of them perhaps based in this new headquarters and I’m sure our relationships will continue well into the future.”

‘Post Match’ celebrations continued when the assembled company retired to what is claimed as the largest Chinese restaurant in the UK at St Andrews Quay, Hull where John Rutherford, company chairman, told how Matthew Good’s passion was to see the company not just family owned, but including all associated with it as part of an extended family, and how delighted he would be to see everyone associated with the Group, from shareholders and staff to customers and auditors, being part of the creation of ‘this new fantastic space’ to move the company forward.

After thanking all those for bringing the project home on time, the build and fit-out project itself took around six months to complete, Mr Rutherford reminded everyone that trading continuously for 182 years was not just about new offices, however nice, but by providing services and being continually responsive to the changing needs of customers, market conditions, new technologies and patterns of trade, before pointing out that if service could be made even better, the company could look forward to continued long term relationships with its customers.

Photo: Guests were keen to investigate all four corners of the new building.