This Staffordshire logistics company offers international delivery within 48 hours from its ten distribution hubs in five European countries. It collects and delivers small loads on pallets using a network of 300 independently owned delivery companies, which route the freight through Palletways’ hubs. In 2004 chief executive, James Wilson, 61, led a management buy-in backed by Phoenix Equity Partners.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank177
CompanyPalletways
ActivityPalletised distribution franchiser
LocationLichfield
Sales £m177.5
Operating profit £m2.9
Main shareholdersPhoenix Equity Partners (72%), James Wilson (11%), management (17%)
Staff455
Founded1994
Websitewww.palletways.com

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