- HRH opens flagship Eddie Stobart depot in Warrington
- HRH, as Patron of Transaid, welcomes new corporate member Eddie Stobart
- Official opening completes £1 million project housing 200 employees
- 60,000 sq ft facility sees the company extend its Appleton Thorn HQ
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Warrington recentlyto officially open the all-new Eddie Stobart Service Support Centre in Appleton Thorn.
The Princess Royal was met by Eddie Stobart Executive Chairman, William Stobart, for the opening of the company’s flagship depot that houses 200 employees from across the business, and facilities including the unique Eddie Stobart Training Academy, fleet operations, IT, HR, business systems and administration.
Attending in her capacity as Patron of Transaid, The Princess Royal welcomed Eddie Stobart as a new corporate member of the charity, which aims to improve road safety and access to healthcare in Africa through the implementation of transport solutions and driver training programmes.
Executive Chairman William Stobart said: “We are delighted to welcome the Royal Patron of Transaid, a charity we are close to at Eddie Stobart. We’re very grateful to our guest for her support in opening the all-new Service Support Centre, which has been in the making since January 2014, and we are extremely proud of the facilities the new centre offers. The Eddie Stobart team here in Warrington, as always, has done us proud.”
Gary Forster, CEO of Transaid, said: “Corporate supporters are key to the success of our projects; their hard-earned knowledge, in addition to their financial contribution, allows our projects to reach more of the people who would benefit greatly from our help. We are delighted to see Eddie Stobart joining our corporate membership scheme and look forward to working together in the future.”
The new Appleton Thorn centre sees the company’s renowned fleet department and award-winning training academy move into the 60,000 sq ft purpose-built facilities in Warrington, from their previous sites in Widnes.
Eddie Stobart employees have occupied the new facilities since August 2015, with service support functions from across the business now centralised at Appleton Thorn – also home to the company’s head office since 2006.
To accommodate the different needs of functions from across the business, the cavernous interior of the building has been split into sections with large double-skinned partition walls, with specialist sections for academy training, truck wrapping and fleet operations. A striking new reception area, built from the shell of an Eddie Stobart LGV, marks the centrepiece of the new Service Support Centre, as a welcome area for all employees and visitors. Several training and meeting rooms, a 150-seater café, and parking for 100 LGVs and 165 cars complete the new Service Support Centre build project.
About Eddie Stobart
The company was founded in Cumbria in the 1960s where Eddie Stobart started out as an agricultural contractor. From the first named trucks; Twiggy, Suzi, Dolly and Tammy, this family business has grown into the company seen today that employs over 6,000 staff across more than 40 sites served by over 2,400 vehicles.
Given the growth of the business it is no surprise that an Eddie Stobart vehicle is seen on average every 4.5 minutes on the UK’s roads. The company has become loved by the public, with a strong fanbase of Stobart spotters following our iconic vehicles.
The Eddie Stobart brand is synonymous with professionalism and quality, providing multimodal logistics solutions throughout the UK and Europe. Our transport offering is supported by the largest FMCG rail freight service in the UK, specialist divisions for the transportation of a broad range of goods, a container logistics port, an automotive division and a vast network of depots and warehouses. And we carry many industry- and globally-recognised accreditations.
Our vision is to be recognised for our pride and professionalism in delivering innovative customer solutions and service excellence.
Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development organisation that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.
Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers. It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector. Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.