Freight firm takes £24m of goods round the world

Freight firm takes £24m of goods round the world

Goods worth more than £24m have been moved around the globe by a Midlands shipping company in the last year.

Nicole Gunter, who heads up Global Freight, said the award-winning firm moved nearly double the value of goods in 2015 than in 2012, thanks to the expansion of the company's manufacturing client base.

Nicole established Global Freight more than 20 years ago, when she spotted a gap in the market to support small manufacturing firms in the UK who lacked international trade expertise.

She said: “We're very proud to be a company which supports UK SME manufacturers – we understand their issues, their needs and ultimately, their business.

“Some of the larger SMEs will have international logistics expertise in-house, but the vast majority of the £24m of goods we moved last year across the globe was for smaller manufacturers.

“Exporting for small companies is not all about multi-million pound deals. It can be about a single product, one shipment, one package or one box.”

Telford-based Global Freight is currently working with a number of Midlands SMEs which export and investigating how manufacturers may be able to work together to improve efficiencies and lower costs of moving goods overseas.

Manufacturer Mistral Boilers has enjoyed significant export success, particularly in the Falkland Islands, Chile, New Zealand and France, thanks to its partnership with Global Freight.

Managing director James Wright said: “Getting the right logistics partner is vital for a small manufacturer and it can be the difference between the success or failure of your import and export programme.

“We know we can safely entrust all the red tape and paperwork to Global Freight and it has been one of the major reasons we have captured our own corner of the overseas market.”