North-east haulage company opens base in Newcastle

Grampian Continental's finance director Neil Bremner.
Grampian Continental's finance director Neil Bremner.

A NORTH-EAST road transport firm is continuing to expand.

Grampian Continental, based in Kinellar, has opened new premises in Bedlington, Newcastle, which becomes the company’s third UK base.

The expansion includes a £70,000 investment with four new members of staff and the premises will offer easier access to new trade lanes, complementing its European service from the UK.

The firm, named Scotland’s European Haulier of the Year 2012, has shown significant growth in the last year with an expansion to its premises in Aberdeen, the launch of the firm’s second European base in Verona, Italy, and an increase to vehicle fleet.

Finance director for Grampian Continental, Neil Bremner, said: “We have received some good feedback already on the new Bedlington premises. This allows us to concentrate on the international markets to offer easier transportation of loads for new and existing customers.

“We see Newcastle as a key hotspot within the UK haulage industry and have plans to further grow the office and client base in the area.”

The opening of the Italian premises provided a platform to service Grampian Continental’s existing Italian customers and boost the international business, as far a field as Romania and Turkey. The Verona base has a 1,100 square-foot office and 1,500 square-foot of warehouse space.