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Palletways packs a punch up North

[ November 21, 2012   //   ]

Palletways officially opened its Northern hub at Morley near Leeds on 16 November, with the help of lady boxer Nicola Adams. Leeds-born flyweight Adams defeated world no.1 Ren Cancan at the 2012 Olympics in London to take gold. Fortunately, in opening the Palletways hub she faced nothing more formidable than a wall of polystyrene blocks.

Morley, with a capacity of 4,000 pallets, is the pallet operator’s third UK sub-hub, the others being at Greenford in West London and Livingston in Scotland, along with its main hub near Lichfield. Palletways hopes that it will help it get its fighting weight down, to the tune of 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide by cutting out around 800,000 truck miles a year. The new hub avoids traffic that only wants to cross the Pennines having to go below the belt to Lichfield, for instance.

Actually, Leeds punches above its weight, says Palletways UK managing director, Martyn Young. “The city is the UK’s largest for business outside London and its excellent transport links make it an ideal location for our Northern Hub.”

Nicola Adams, one in a long line of formidable Yorkshire women (think Scary Spice, Nora Batty…) and who hails from the city said: “It’s great to see this new operation being opened in Leeds. The city is such an industrial heartland and now local businesses will benefit from this enhanced distribution service on their doorsteps.”

Palletways’ corner man in Leeds will be local trucking heavyweight, Palletways licensee for the area and founder member, George Walker Transport.

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