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W.H. Bowker announces acquisition of James Nuttall Transport

W.H. Bowker Limited has announced the acquisition of Greater Manchester logistics business James Nuttall (Transport) Limited, as well as its commercial MOT testing centre, Queensway Commercials Limited.

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The acquisition of the Rochdale-based businesses sees Bowker’s fleet grow by further 48 commercial vehicles and expands its vital infrastructure in the form of the Queensway’s DVSA Authorised Testing Facility.

Commenting on the acquisition, W. H. Bowker Limited’s Director, Bill Bowker said:

“James Nuttall (Transport) Limited is a successful family-owned business and shares the same cultural ethos as our own. We are extremely confident this exciting venture will strengthen our UK & European warehouse and distribution business providing further opportunities for continued growth.”\

Speaking on behalf of the Nuttall family, Jane Nuttall said:

“When we initially engaged with Bowker, it became very clear they shared the same values, culture and philosophy as ourselves”. Following on from Jane’s comments, James Nuttall added,” Bowker have an excellent reputation within the industry, renowned for looking after their staff, operating a modern fleet and providing continuous high levels of customer care. We look forward to the new opportunities that the acquisition will present to our loyal employees.”

Helen Walker reaffirmed the family’s decision for the acquisition to take place explaining “this is the right decision for the future of the business and all its employees”.

In its own statement on the deal, James Nuttall Transport Ltd added:

“There are no plans to modify how the business currently operates therefore you will experience no change in service. Bowker are committed to continue to invest within the business, its staff, health and safety, equipment, infrastructure, and IT solutions.”

W. H. Bowker Ltd are one of the UK largest private operators, specialising in chemical, pharmaceutical, and food grade logistics. The acquisition means that Bowker’s UK and European fleet now comprises of more than 225 vehicles and 450 trailers together with over 1.2 million ft2 of warehousing across 10 strategically placed locations within the UK.