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AFTER years of successfully working together, Knights of Old has welcomed Steve Porter Transport into the group.

The transformative merger, which was formally agreed in August, has, along with recent contract wins, increased group turnover to more than £73m. Combined group statistics reach 300 trucks, 350 trailers, 700 full-time staff and 450,000 square feet of warehousing.

Following the 2017 merger of Nelson Distribution into the Knights of Old Group, the 2019 merger is also geographically strategic. The group’s main operating hubs are now spread centrally throughout England from Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hampshire to the Isle of Wight, where Steve Porter Transport’s head office is located.

Ian Beattie, Group Managing Director, said: “Well-respected in Southern England, Steve Porter Transport shares the group’s strategy of continued business growth achieved through operational excellence, a renewed focus on operational efficiencies and developing our greatest assets, our combined 700 staff.”

Malcolm Gibson, Managing Director of Steve Porter Transport, said: “Adding Steve Porter Transport into the Knight of Old Group creates obvious geographical opportunities, the greatest opportunities remain focused around the group’s assets, the people, the group’s agility and the full potential of the core business.”

Steve Porter, founder, will continue mid term as Chairman and Ambassador to Steve Porter Transport ensuring business continuity.

Established in 1981, Steve Porter Transport operates across five sites in southern England. Malcolm Gibson joins the Executive Board of Knights of Old Group and continues in his role as Managing Director of Steve Porter Transport. All talent will be retained.

The local distribution operations of Knights of Old Group, Nelson Distribution and Steve Porter Transport will all remain distinctive within the group.

Contact Knights of Old Group on 01536 533544, or visit www.knightsofoldgroup.com

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