This Staffordshire logistics company offers delivery within 48 hours from its 12 distribution hubs, which cover 13 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, 63, led a management buy-in backed by Phoenix Equity Partners.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank146
CompanyPalletways
ActivityPalletised distribution franchiser
LocationLichfield
Sales £m208.2
Operating profit £m2.2
Main shareholdersPhoenix Equity Partners (88%), James Wilson (4%), management (3%), other (5%)
Staff508
Founded1994
Websitewww.palletways.com

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