Recovery fuels growth at Rase trucking firm

Rase Distribution Ltd managing director Geoff Hill.
Rase Distribution Ltd managing director Geoff Hill.

An economy coming out of recession is boosting the fortunes of trucking business Rase Distribution Ltd.

Principal Geoff Hill says “business is very strong and positive” thanks to high and rising demand in the transport sector as retailers increase their purchases.

And last week, the company won a national award for its performance in the delivery of pallets.

Turnover this year is 10 per cent ahead of target and at 110, staff numbers are up 10 per cent too. Based in Wickenby and Bardney, they travel “the length and breadth of the country.”

Rasen’s fleet of trucks has now topped 50 vehicles, with four more on order for this year and four more for 2015.

This follows several other new vehicles bought earlier in the year.

The family-owned firm was formed by Geoff’s parents David and Jean Hill in Market Rasen in 1967, with the Wickenby headquarters opening in 1986.

Geoff says what sets his business apart from rivals is providing “a quality solution at sustainable prices.”

Rase Distribution is a member of Palletways, a network of independent transport companies, who share resources to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively.

Gaining the Palletways Platinum Club Award means Rase Distribution has joined an elite group of 27 companies who have shown the best performance and service delivery in the Palletways network. Palletways represents 15-20 per cent of Rasen’s business and is a growing part of it.

Palletways (UK) Ltd managing director Louis Zubiade has congratulated Rase Distribution “for being one of the top performers in our UK network.”

The award should help Rasen Distribution enjoy further success.

“We are looking to expand in a controlled fashion. We have a high enquiry level from new customers and increased volume from existing customers,” continued Geoff.

Though 2015 may present challenges such as higher interest rates, 2015 should be “another strong year.”

“The fleet is increasing and we expect to be recruiting in the future.”

It all points to a successful family business for when Geoff’s daughter Lauren Harker, currently its business development manager, eventually takes over the family business.