Premier Logistics buys CJ Express Logistics

Premier Logistics buys CJ Express Logistics

Premier Logistics has bought Hull-based fellow Pall-Ex member, CJ Express Logistics, in a move which will increase the Leicester haulier’s group turnover to £21m. Lee Christopher, managing director at Premier Logistics, said that branching out along the M62 corridor to the East, to gain better access to the North, was a key Premier business plan.

CJ Express founders, husband and wife team Nick and Susan Carter, have joined the Premier Logistics team as commercial manager and health and safety manager.

Mark Steel, sales director at Premier Logistics, added: “CJ Express will retain its own well-established identity, but we’re injecting a Premier flavour into its livery, which now incorporates Premier branding.

“For now, we’re strengthening synergies between the companies by coordinating traffic management systems and integrating operations, while our Leicester headquarters is performing a central planning function to ensure efficient, linked operations.”

The new livery is already seen on five trucks and trailers recently added to the CJ Express fleet, while Premier will invest a further £500,000 in the CJ Express fleet in the coming months.

Kevin Buchanan, Pall-Ex group managing director, commented: “This deal demonstrates the importance of working alongside quality partners. Membership of Pall-Ex’s UK and European network is a key competitive advantage for any business in terms of optimising growth and development opportunities.”

Following the deal, Premier Logistics now includes more than 150 employees, 125 vehicles and 300,000 square feet of warehousing space across its three locations in Leicester, Hull and Reading.

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