New owner for Buxton logistics business

SK Distribution, based at Harpur Hill in Buxton, is in the hands of a new owner having been bought out by its former general manager, Vic Smith.

Vic joined SK Distribution, a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, just over a year ago and was keen to acquire the business after realising the company’s potential for growth. He’s been quick to implement major changes, with the firm recently investing over £400,000 in four new Volvo 18 tonne trucks, one Volvo 44 tonne tractor unit, two new Mercedes Sprinter vans and two new 13.6m tail lift trailers.

Commenting, Vic said: “I’m confident that by nurturing our existing customers, having a renewed focus to drive sales and invest in our fleet, we’ll be able to bring about plenty of opportunities to grow the business and increase our profitability.”

He continues: “It’s no secret that the industry is facing a recruitment challenge and in order to attract the best drivers, we need to offer market-leading equipment and infrastructure. Our new additions are all of a high specification with top-of-the-range equipment which will offer our drivers greatly improved comfort and reliability and a safer working environment.

“We’ve also had a complete re-design of our livery and are proud to say that our oldest vehicle in the fleet is just three years old. There’s lots of competition for drivers in this area and I’m confident our fleet will help get new recruits through the door.”

SK Distribution is one of over 115 independent transport providers that are part of the Palletways UK network. They benefit from shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost-effectively than ever before. The Palletways Group comprises 450+ depots and 20 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 20 European countries, including the UK.