Distribution, Stock Management And Commercial Vehicle Services

Our History

1970

Stan Robinson (Stafford) Ltd founded

After working for various local haulage companies in Stan’s early life, at the age of 30, Stan decided that enough was enough and he was not going to work for anyone else except for himself. The year was 1970 and he had a chance to buy a second hand lorry, a four wheeler commer, and the “Stan Robinson story” started.

1975

Purchased W. Davies & Co

After parking his lorry in the garden of his home for a few years, Stan decided he wanted to expand into his own haulage business, so he rented Colwich Station Yard where he then himself came off the road to run the lorries from the premises. As the business grew, Stan acquired a local haulage company, Davies Transport who had the Evode delivery contract (known now as Bostik). This is how our working relationship started with Bostik and is still continuing at present.

1977

Stafford Head Office Opened

In 1979 the business out grew the premises at Colwich. Stan had the opportunity to buy a three acre site with an office, garage and warehouse at Seighford. He purchased this site and over the years has purchased more of the land around the site and developed it into the Ladford Fields that we see today.

1988

Procured Peter Laing Carriers of Duntocher; became the initial Glasgow Depot

Over the years Stan took many big decisions in which to expand the business. He wanted a depot in Glasgow so in 1989 he acquired a haulage company in Glasgow complete with vehicles, premises and a customer base and started the trunking system between the two depots. This is where the start of our working relationship with Tunnock Biscuits was formed.

1993

Implemented RoadRunner Traffic Management System

1995

Devon Depot opened

After the success of Glasgow depot and the way the business was going forward, Stan decided that we needed a depot in Devon as we were serving the south of the country every day. We then purchased the Willand site and developed this site as we have expanded.

1997

Darlington Depot opened

To enable us to serve the North East, we purchased a company in Ferryhill in 1998, then moved to our present Darlington site a few years later.

1999

Achieve Haulier of the Year award

It was Stan’s ultimate dream to win “Haulier of the Year” and he achieved this in 1999. It was a very proud occasion for Stan, his family and employees.

2002

Moved to new Glasgow Depot premises

2005

New Warehouse built at Devon Depot

2007

Logistics Warehouses built at Seighford

2009

Implemented In Cab Technology

2010

Implemented SolarSoft Warehouse Management System

2010

ATF MOT Test Centre built and operational.

2011/12

New 18,000 pallet location COMAH warehouse built

2013

Implemented Red Prairie Warehouse Management system

2015

ISO50001 accreditation and ESOS compliance

2016

New Fosroc and Arkema contracts

2017

New Richard Baker Harrison and Sillox contracts

2017

New Volvo tractor units

2017

6 new DAF rigids

2017

Bostik contract renewal - 5 years warehousing and 3 years transport

2017

We updated to the 2015 edition of BSI ISO 9001 Quality Management System and ISO 50001 Energy Management System

2018

New Scania Rigid R series vehicles purchased, new trailers, the appointment of General, Quality Control and HR managers to assist our existing team of managers

2019

Purchase of 10 DAF XF tractor units, introduction of trackers being fitted to all trailers, Re-cladded Darlington warehouse and new signage

2020

A workshop/vehicle servicing building extension.

Renewal of Bostik contract for 2 years for transport.  Lighting projects to reduce energy costs/climate.

2021

A new development for our trailer park at Seighford.

New warehouse built at Stafford for a new contract. Implementation of R2C for the recording of servicing and daily check records for all our vehicles.  New garage built at our Scotland depot. A fleet of new trunk trailers purchased.

2022

New contract awarded for Bostik for 2 years for both transport and warehousing.