The Knowles Transport story started in 1932
when, visionary and founder Gerald Knowles, started the business with just one vehicle. His first work was centred on delivering agricultural produce to the London markets.
Haulage Fleet over 25
Gerald had grown the haulage fleet to over 25, with increasing volumes particularly in sugar beet distribution to local factories, as well as nationwide distribution for the likes of the London Brick Company.
Gerald, with his two sons’ Tony and Gerald (junior) were making strong progress in the distribution sector and decided to purchase considerable warehousing facilities at Lynn Road, Wisbech to cater for the increasing volume at Wisbech Docks. These facilities in conjunction with increasing warehousing space at the Wimblington Depot paved the way for the future in offering total logistics solutions to customers.
further progress in both divisions meant the Knowles fleet further expanding to 40+ vehicles, while warehousing was used for carrying agricultural products, such as grain.
Tony’s influence within the business was growing stronger as Gerald's reign was nearing an end.
Tony saw great scope for increasing both the distribution and warehousing fleet and by the end of the decade had purchased a further 250,000 sq feet of warehousing in Salters Yard, Wisbech.
This combined with the Lynn Road distribution centre meant Knowles Transport could offer considerable logistics solutions to the fast growing and the fast-moving consumer goods industries.
The era of IT
proved to be a considerable growth decade for the business; Knowles Transport became major players in UK logistics with a fleet of over 70 vehicles, which led to us being able to secure contracts with some of the largest names in UK food manufacture. Major renovations at all warehousing facilities allowed Knowles to offer world-class storage facilities and so, this coupled with the onset of the digital era, allowed Knowles to be first movers in IT systems, which further aided operational efficiency and supply chain effectiveness, ultimately improving customer satisfaction.
Yet another expansion
to Knowles Transport’s extensive warehouse facilities. The Lynn Road DC was expanded in two phases taking the total owned warehousing capabilities to well over 1.5million sq/ft. Strategic and significant internal developments, regarding both distribution and warehousing divisions, underpinned continued growth in both sectors and as a result a core belief of building long-term, sustainable partnerships amongst all Knowles customers flourished.
The Present Day
We have undoubtedly come a long way since 1932 when Gerald Knowles started off with just one vehicle as pure and simple distribution provider. Over the years strong and courageous leadership has led Knowles to become a premium provider across a wide range of logistical services all over the UK. Today we are trusted by some of the biggest and well-known businesses in the country to offer a broad range of warehousing and distribution services. Our focus today is epitomised by a drive to deliver the most efficient, high quality logistics solutions to our customers, with long term benefits for both parties. We aim to carry out our operations sustainably and that’s not just in minimising our environmental impacts, but by examining efficiencies across the business and fully embracing development opportunities. This ethos is demonstrated by our commitment to a continual investment program; today this includes producing our own renewable energy and running a fleet of some of the most efficient vehicles available in order to offset our environmental impact.