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Good for another 180 years

[ March 28, 2013   //   ]

Hull-based John Good 180 years has achieved a milestone even an industry of long histories – it has been in business for 180 years.

It all started with a small ship chandlers store on Salthouse Lane in Hull. The business was started by John Good in 1833 when he returned to England following a stint on sailing ships trading in the Baltic, Mediterranean and the White Sea. Using the experience he had gained during his time at sea, he set up John Good & Co as ship chandlers, agents and brokers.

Now, the Group employs over 250 people and operates from 14 different sites in the UK including all main ports with activities encompassing one of the UK’s largest independent ship agency businesses, John Good Shipping, together with its own overseas offices in Turkey. It provides liner agency, port agency, freight forwarding, haulage and warehousing services.

The company’s headquarters is still in Hull, but has now grown to include subsidiaries such as Felixstowe Warehousing, DAN Shipping & Chartering and warehousing and distribution specialists Trans-European Port Services.

Group managing director Alan Platt is looking forward to celebrating the milestone with his colleagues. He said: “To reach such a significant anniversary is testament to the hard work and commitment not just of the Good family, but also the many generations of family and staff who have gone before, and who have worked tirelessly to make the business what it is today.

“Rather than succumb to external pressures and market forces, we’re really proud to have tackled the challenges head-on and have become a much stronger and robust organisation as a result.”

Over the last 12 years The John Good Group has worked hard to deliver an ambitious plan to become a £20 million gross profit business by 2020 – against the backdrop of an uncertain economy and the tragic and untimely death of joint managing director, Matthew Good, in 2011.