Bowker acquires Potter Group logistics operations

Logistics company WH Bowker is to purchase the warehousing and transport operations at five sites that belong to Potter Logistics for an undisclosed sum. The sites are located in Knowsley, Droitwich, Selby, Ripon and York.

Currently WH Bowker has logistics sites in Hull and Preston. As of 2015 the group had a turnover of £181.8 million. The acquisition is set to expand the company’s operations in specialist chemicals logistics, healthcare and food warehousing and distribution.

Now WH Bowker has made the acquisition it will run a road transport fleet of more than 200 trucks, 450 trailers and over a million square feet of warehousing. It will also emloy more than 750 people.

Meanwhile Potter Group (Holdings) plc will become a property investment company that focuses on the development of its extensive land assets. It was founded in 1965 as Topcliffe Transport.

Bill Bowker, director of WH Bowker, said: “Derrick Potter, his management team and staff have built industry-wide respect for their logistics expertise and the company provides an excellent fit with our expansion strategy. Both businesses are committed to a long term working relationship supporting and growing customer operations, while ensuring a smooth transition for all customers to the new commercial arrangement.”

Potter chairman Derrick Potter said: “A key priority in recent years has been to look to the future of our excellent staff, as well as that of our customers, not simply at the legacy that we have built. We are confident that the Bowker family shares the same cultural ethos that will continue to deliver the same quality of care and to grow the business for the benefit of all concerned. We look forward to a fruitful long term partnership with them.”
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