Our History

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Customer relationships will always determine our longevity and future – to help you decide to build a relationship with us, we think you should know of our journey to date, and gain an insight into our inherent logistics’ culture and capability. Our challenge will always be, to find what we can do to make your working lives better.

Lloyd Fraser establishes first contract

Over 30 years ago, Lloyd Fraser established the first contract with BWS in Leicestershire and AD Ltd. delivery products across the UK.

Partnering with Asda

A year later, Lloyd Fraser worked closely with supermarket giant Asda Wal-Mart to set up a 400,000 sq. ft. composite warehouse as part of a greenfield start-up project.


Outside the ASDA warehouse in Lutterworth

Securing a number of big contracts

By 1994, Lloyd Fraser had grown to new heights after being awarded numerous high-profile contracts, including a Lyons Cake Distribution contract, two Co-Operative Warehouse and Distribution contracts, and the operation of ASDA’s store fixtures and displays along with the equipment warehouse. 1994 also saw Lloyd Fraser win our first milk collection contract from Milk Marque Limited’s Rugeley, Ashbourne and Leicester depots.


After winning our first milk collection contract in 1994

Lloyd Fraser wins competitive tenders

4 years later, we were operating a 410,000 sq. ft. composite warehouse and greenfield start-up for Booker PLC. We were also awarded with additional milk collection contracts from Milk Marque for their New Inn, Pontypool depot. The company was also awarded the management of 200,000 sq.ft. ambient warehouse acquire for ASDA. Additionally, Lloyd Fraser won numerous competitive tenders including Wickes Intermediate Warehouse Network (3 sites, 2 greenfield) and the distribution operation for Tuberex Exhaust Systems in Staffordshire.


Managing Tuberex’s distribution operation in Staffordshire

Significant gains made in milk collection

By 2001, while still operating a 300,000 sq. ft. ambient warehouse for ASDA, Lloyd Fraser had made significant gains with Milk Marque, acquiring their Telford, Wrexham, Four Crosses, Wakefield and Droitwich collection contracts. The client’s split into three companies, Axis, Zenith and Milk Link, saw Lloyd Fraser take on further contracts with Axis and Zenith in Dalton (Thirsk) and Anglesey. We were also awarded the Focus National Transport Operation thanks to our ability to deliver nationwide.


Delivering nationwide for Focus

IFS Facilities Company is established

The milk industry was developing and our clients merged to become First Milk (Axis and Scottish Milk) and Dairy Farmers of Britain (Zenith and Milk Group). We maintained our contracts and continued to collect and distribute milk across the UK. We established the IFS Facilities Company and were awarded the Range Operation, another large contract under our belt.


Inside the Range’s distribution centre

Lloyd Fraser makes progress within the retail sector

Lloyd Fraser continued to expand into retail markets alongside bulk liquid distribution. In 2004, we were won a competitive tender to operate a 100,000 sq. ft. national distribution centre for DPFS furniture in Liverpool. Additionally, we were awarded the management of Cardinal Shop Fittings distribution centre in Bradford and took over the Wickes Home Delivery operation in Brackmills.


Take over of the Wickes Home Delivery operation in Brackmills

Successful rollout of Driver Agency Mercury

Only 3 years later, Lloyd Fraser had been awarded another national distribution operation contract for Ahed in South Yorkshire. We opened the Lloyd Fraser shared user site at Rugby to help progress the business further. 2007 also saw the successful rollout of the Driver Agency Mercury, formally IFS and the awarding of Cadbury Trebor Bassett milk business to Lloyd Fraser.


Fashion division expands from 1 to 10 contracts

By 2011, the start up of the fashion division of the business in 2008 had grown significantly from 1 to 10 high street customers. We now had new fashion hubs in Rochdale, Bristol, Greenford, Rugby and Scotland. Unfortunately, Dairy Farmers of Britain ceased trading, however, we gained contracts with Milk Link and Arla Foods having dealt with the receiver in the past. Additionally, we renewed our contract with First Milk through tender and re-gained the New Inn contract alongside new business in Thame.


Introduction of double deck fashion trailers to keep up with demands

Celebration of 25th Anniversary

In 2012, we celebrated our 25th anniversary in business after adapting hugely to the changing market. Mercury Recruitment also opened new offices in Greenford to improve capabilities.


Fashion division continues to grow

The fashion division of Lloyd Fraser continues to grow year on year. Investments are made to improve services and new LST double deck trailers are introduced into the trunking fleet to keep up with demand.


New double deck trailers added to keep up with demands in the fashion market

Introduction of track and trace technology

Lloyd Fraser’s fashion department continues to expand and the company moves to a new site in Rugby along with a relocation of the head office to the town. We gained further Arla business in South Wales with a depot in Kidwelly, alongside a contract with Crediton Dairies in Devon for milk collection. Winning a tender process sees us operate milk collection at Wyke Farms in Somerset. Track and trace carton scanning and an ETA notification system is rolled out to every customer for enhanced supply chain visibility.


Inside the warehouse of a large fashion client

Onwards & Upwards

Using our knowledge of the dairy industry and a tactical approach to planning we secure a contract with Lactalis Group owned Caledonian Cheese Company in Stranraer, a successful seamless transition is completed in April of this year


Transporting the milk for fine Scottish cheese

Ready for the future

We remain an independent business that strives to work with like-minded customers for the long term, and we have a reputation for reliability, cost-efficiency and integrity. Throughout the years, we have stayed up-to-date with the latest technologies and regulatory matters and continue to do so as we grow within our sectors. We can and will make your working lives better.

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