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DFDS acquires fish delivery company Colley Brothers, Grimsby

The company was established in 2006 by David and Peter Colley (pictured) who also manage the company. It employs 45 staff, most of who are van drivers and operates 30 temperature-controlled vans.

With today’s acquisition of the fish delivery service company Colley Brothers Ltd, DFDS has further strengthened its services to the UK Seafood Industry.

Colley Brothers is based in Grimsby and delivers fresh fish from Grimsby and other ports to wholesalers and fish & chip shops throughout the UK

The company was established in 2006 by David and Peter Colley who also manage the company. It employs 45 staff, most of who are van drivers and operates 30 temperature-controlled vans. Annual revenues are about GBP 2.3 million.

“We are very pleased to welcome our 45 new colleagues to DFDS. I am also extremely pleased that David and Peter Colley have agreed to continue managing the service and help us consolidate it into DFDS’ current activities in Grimsby,” says Eddie Green, Head of BU Cold Chain


Eddie Green, Vice President and Head of BU Cold Chain

“The acquisition will greatly enhance our operation in Grimsby where we will be able to consolidate our important businesses servicing the Seafood Industry further. It will broaden our range of activities and enable us to offer express delivery as a new activity.  It will also add a number of well-established companies to our client list and help us increase the load fill in our current network, and thus increase efficiency to the benefit of our customers.”

“Colley Brothers is an extremely well-run company with a good reputation that will help us gain a stronger foothold in a number of areas in which the company has extensive experience,” Eddie says.

Niklas Andersson, EVP of the Logistics Division, says: “This is another strong move by Eddie and his team in BU Cold Chain in line with our Win23 strategy’s ambition of creating new growth in selected industries. I congratulate the team, welcome our new colleagues to DFDS and am very pleased that we enhance our service to an important industry.”


Niklas Andersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Logistics Division

Organisational changes in Scotland

Steve Macaulay, VP & Director Scotland, announces consolidation of Larkhall and Shetland business

 

Following a review of our business structure in Larkhall and Shetland, I am pleased to announce that we will consolidate the business into one organisation from Monday 16 March 2020.

Mick Devine will head up the Scotland business as General Manager, Scotland.

Hamish Balfour will take on the role of Commercial Director, Shetland.

Greg van Hombergh will join DFDS as Finance Director, Scotland on 30th March. Greg is currently employed by Dawnfresh, a leading business in the Scottish seafood sector.

Mick, Hamish and Greg will report to Steve Macaulay.

 

We will organise the management of the business by Traffic Direction, with the following managers reporting to Mick Devine.

Mark Kelly, UK Operations Manager based in Larkhall, will be responsible for the southbound flows, primarily Seafood Operations, where both Larkhall and Shetland share many of the same customers

Jackie MacPherson, Operations Manager based in Aberdeen, will be responsible for northbound flows to Shetland. Jackie will be supported by Andy Stewart and Gavin Kelly based in Larkhall.

George Smith is appointed Operations Manager, Shetland and will be responsible for operations on Shetland.

Pat Clinton will be responsible for the management of all Scotland Transport operations, including the optimisation of our own fleet and subcontractors.

David Cranston, Operations Manager – Continental and John Murdoch, Operations Manager – Frozen will continue in their current roles.

 

Steve Macaulay
VP & Director, Scotland

DFDS to operate Cold Store in Liverpool

Eddie Green Head of BU Cold Chain, has just expanded business with the operation of Magnavale Group’s cold store in Liverpool. “Our new Liverpool operation will be a strong platform in the North West of England from which to grow further,” says Matt O’Dell, MD.

 

BU Cold Chain takes over operation of the Magnavale Group’s cold store in Simonswood in Liverpool on Monday 6 April. BU Cold Chain’s transport operation in Warrington will also move to Liverpool.

DFDS has been working with the Magnavale Group since 2015, providing transport services to customers using Magnavale’s cold storage services. In an important strategic move, BU Cold Chain will take over the operation of Magnavale’s Liverpool cold store on Monday 6 April.

“We have now entered a period of consultation with all affected staff, and we look forward to welcoming our 30 new colleagues into the DFDS family.” says Eddie Green, Head of BU Cold Chain.

DFDS transport operation in Warrington will also transfer to Liverpool.

First of its kind in DFDS

The cold store has a capacity of 18,000 pallets, including a fully automated chamber holding 10,500 pallets. This will be the first warehouse of its kind in DFDS.

Matt O’Dell, Managing Director, says: “This is a great step for BU Cold Chain. The Liverpool operation will form an important link in the Cold Chain network and enable us to provide more customers with both cold storage and transportation services, which will give us a strong platform in the North West of England from which to grow further.”

“The business will be led by Andy Thompson and great credit should go to Andy for his part in negotiating the deal and securing new customers in advance of DFDS taking over the operation. This will ensure a healthy start to the new venture,” Eddie says.

Niklas Andersson, EVP and Head of the Logistics Division says: “This is an important development in fulfilling the ambitions of our Win23 strategy and the ambition to grow in the cold chain industry. I congratulate Eddie and his team with this important win.”

BU Cold Chain opens office in Dover

Logistics BU Cold Chain has established a new office in Dover. The office is already up and running with three new colleagues supporting the international business passing through Dover.

BU Cold Chain was established right after the launch of our Win23 strategy and is based on the ambition to grow in selected industries, including temperature-controlled transport. With Eddie Green at the helm, the BU quickly took a number of initiatives to form its management and structure to take advantage of the great potential in the huge and growing industry.

Most recently, they decided to establish a Cold Chain office in Dover. “Thanks to great cooperation between Rutger van der Linden, Matt Odell, Scott Mullen and Geert Liefhooghe in Cold Chain’s management team, we were able to seize an opportunity to recruit three experienced operators from a failing competitor in a matter of days and, thanks to Kasper Moos, they will work from the Eastern Channels office in Dover,” says Eddie Green, Head of BU Cold Chain.

“It is not a big team, but it is in a very good location where it will be able to support and develop the international business passing through the Channel. I am confident our new colleagues will provide value to our customers as well as DFDS and in cooperation with the Cold Chain network have potential to grow.”

Ministerial visit to Larkhall

The Larkhall team and UK Minister, Mr George Eustice during a tour of our chill warehouse facility in Scotland.

 

On Thursday 10 October our Larkhall site welcomed Mr George Eustice, UK Minister for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs together with a delegation of officials.

The Ministers’ visit was to see at first hand the seafood industry’s preparedness for Brexit. He was very impressed with our facilities in Scotland and the work we have done with DEFRA and local authorities in preparation for Brexit.

Eddie Green, Steve Macaulay, Mick Devine and David Cranston hosted the meeting, presenting the DFDS setup in Scotland and our preparations on Brexit.
We voiced our concerns on two key areas, namely speed of local government to get officials in place to complete Health Certificates and the need to provide filtering of freight on motorways leading to the Channel.

The Minister was very impressed with our facilities in Scotland and the work we have done with DEFRA and local authorities in readiness for Brexit.

New Cold Chain management team meets to discuss strategy and plan ahead

The Cold Chain management team met to discuss strategy, align goals and plan ahead for the new, strategic BU. From left: Geert Liefhooghe, Managing Director in Brugge, Steve Macaulay, VP, Eddie Green, VP and Head of BU Cold Chain, Rutger Van Der Linden, Director, Vlaardingen and Matt O’Dell, Managing Director in Peterborough & Grimsby.

DFDS has a major Cold Chain business, and this was established as a new Business Unit earlier in the year, in accordance with our new Win23 Strategy and part of Pillar A of growing in selected industries being Automotive, Cold Chain and Forest & Metal. Eddie Green has now assumed leadership of the BU and, following a tour of the various offices, he arranged a management team meeting at the Peterborough office on 29 – 30 August to discuss strategy, align goals and plan ahead for the new, strategic BU.

As well as Eddie, the Cold Chain management team consists of Rutger Van Der Linden, Steve Macaulay, Geert Liefhooghe and Matt O’Dell. Andreas Björnsson from Strategy & Consulting came to facilitate the meeting.

The outcomes of the two-day meeting were great discussions on a range of topics, including:

  • Introductions to the areas of cold chain and local operations by each Managing Director
  • Strategy regarding geographies, services and products
  • Mergers & acquisitions strategy
  • Potential for collaboration on network efficiencies and joint customer leads
  • Which strategic risks to take
  • Resources needed to succeed

Eddie Green says: “In the short time we spent together, the opportunities to grow the Cold Chain business became even clearer. These include a number of major customers with untapped potential which the creation of a more structured network will allow us to develop. We have high ambitions for this business including doubling the income and with the strong reputation DFDS Cold Chain is building, we can be confident of turning our ambitions and the Win23 strategy for Pillar A into reality.”