Berwick business added by Fortec

A PRIVATELY-OWNED Berwick-based family business has joined the Fortec Distribution Network.

Established in 1996, the Fortec Pallet Distribution Network specialises in time critical distribution of palletised freight throughout the UK and Europe.

Berwick-based Border Traffic Service has now joined the network, and has marked this new phase of growth by opening a second depot in Cramlington, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne to service Fortec clients.

With the location of its HQ between Edinburgh and Newcastle, just a few hundred yards from the England/Scotland dividing line, Border Traffic Service attracts much custom from both countries.

The address of its new 4,000 sq ft Fortec depot means the company is strategically placed to serve customers in the North East of England, offering a complete solution for the delivery of palletised goods throughout the UK and Europe.

The Fortec network is a growing network with more licensees joining each year.

All are carefully chosen for their shared understanding of where the business is going and their commitment to helping take it there.

Each licensee is an independent transport company in its own right, operating for Fortec within defined postcode regions.

As part of its contract with Fortec, Border Traffic Service will serve customers from Belford to Washington, and from Ashington to Haltwhistle.

The Border Traffic Service started life in 1979 with one tractor unit.

Today it employs a 35-strong workforce and operates a fleet of 30 vehicles, including small vans, 3.5 tonne, 7.5 tonne and 18 tonne curtainside trailers and 44 tonne articulated lorries.

Eddie Thompson, director, who runs the company with his father Brian, Managing Director, said it was the first time Border Traffic Service had joined a pallet network.

He said despite previous requests to join other networks, the time had not seemed right until now. He added: “The prospect of joining Fortec looked like a great opportunity for our company – too good to miss. After extensive research into the local area we felt confident we could provide our customers and the Fortec Network with a first class service for years to come. Through the partnership we are looking for steady growth, both for Border Traffic Service and for Fortec. We shall seek to provide existing customers and potential customers with an alternative method of distribution which will reduce their costs, but without a reduction in service levels.”

Neil Hodgson, Managing Director of the Fortec Distribution Network, said: “We are delighted to welcome Border Traffic Service to Fortec. The company operates very much with the same ethos as that of our own and our licensees and its aims and ambitions are also very much in line with ours.

“The company has an excellent reputation in the transport industry and I look forward to what I am sure will prove to be a long and prosperous partnership with Fortec.”