Courier firm de­liv­ers on its niche prom­ise

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business -

AN AWARD-WINNING Ash­ford lo­gis­tics firm has dou­bled its turnover to £3.5 mil­lion.

L&D Lo­gis­tics was named the most promis­ing new busi­ness at the Chan­nel Cham­ber of Com­merce awards ear­lier this year

The com­pany, based in Brunswick Road, Cobbs Wood, was es­tab­lished two years ago by hus­band-and-wife team Jamie and Lorna Tonkin, to pro­vide a round-the-clock, in­ter­na­tional courier ser­vice.

The firm trans­ports spe­cial­ist goods in­clud­ing bio-phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, au­to­mo­tive parts and equip­ment for the film and mu­sic in­dus­tries.

Projects have in­cluded trans­port­ing equip­ment for the James Bond film Quan­tum of So­lace, due for release next month.

Since be­ing cho­sen ahead of eight other fi­nal­ists at the April awards, the firm has dou­bled its turnover and moved into new 27,000 sq ft premises.

With grow­ing or­ders the firm aims to in­crease its work­force from 33 to 40 by the end of 2008.

Lorna Tonkin, said: “The award win marked an im­por­tant step for­ward for us, pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional im­pe­tus to pur­sue our growth strat­egy and in­vest fur­ther in in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity.

“Ris­ing fuel costs have had an im­pact on the haulage in­dus­try but we have con­tin­ued to trade strongly by spe­cial­is­ing in a niche area of the mar­ket.”

Lorna Tonkin and Nicky Ives at L&D Lo­gis­tics

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