Eddie Stobart Ltd was established in 1970. The business has grown into one of the largest privately owned transport and distribution companies in England today, controlling over 2,500 trucks.

We operate across a Pan European network in the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing, Industrial & Bulk
  • E-Commerce
  • Retail
  • European Operations
  • Consumer
  • Special Operations

Our transport offering is supported by the largest domestic rail freight service in the UK, inland container ports and a vast network of contract logistics and warehousing sites.

Our vision is to be recognised for our pride and professionalism in delivering innovative customer solutions and service excellence.

Our History

  • 1960s

    Founder, Eddie Stobart, goes into business as an agricultural contractor in the isolated Lake District village of Hesket Newmarket. 

    1960s

  • 1970

    Eddie Stobart became a limited company on 23rd November 1970 led by Edward Stobart, Eddie’s second son, and started doing general haulagestill based in Hesket Newmarket. 

    1970

  • 1970

    Edward drives the company’s transition from an agricultural contracting business into road transport and warehousing and moves into the first depot at Greystone Road in Carlisle. 

    1970

  • 1977

    Eddie’s youngest son, William, joins the business. Working in the garage and office and then driving from the age of 21 (pictured here with the 12th vehicle in the fleet) for 3 years. 

    1977

  • 80s/90s

    The business expands significantly, opening depots across the UK and Europe. This consistent, rapid growth helped make Eddie Stobart one of the UK’s best-known brands. 

    80s/90s

  • 1994

    The summer of 1996 saw the opening of the Eddie Stobart Shop in Carlisle city centre, the launch of the official members' club and the start of the franchise with Corgi Toys. 

    1994

  • 2001

    William leaves Eddie Stobart to become a shareholding director in Andrew Tinkler’s rail-based infrastructure engineering business, WA Developments (WAD). 

    2001

  • 2004

    WAD International, owned by Andrew Tinkler and William Stobart, acquires Eddie Stobart, implementing changes that re-focus the business on core values, profitability & environmental goals. 

    2004

  • 2005

    Significant investment is made in IT infrastructure in conjunction with the development of a key management team and the introduction of a striking new livery for the fleet. 

    2005

  • 2006

    The first Stobart Rail round-trip daily service from Daventry to Glasgow is launched on 19th September 2006. This was the longest domestic freight train operated in the UK. 

    2006

  • 2007

    Eddie Stobart is listed on the London Stock Exchange, formed through a reverse merger with Westbury Property Fund Limited. 

    2007

  • 2007

    Eddie Stobart acquires the O’Connor Ports business, including its Widnes railhead and container handling facility based on the West Coast Main Line. 

    2007

  • 2008

    Eddie Stobart acquires James Irlam and Sons, further adding to the warehousing and transport fleet. The 240-strong fleet was soon integrated into the Eddie Stobart livery. 

    2008

  • 2008

    Eddie Stobart acquires the Innovate chilled transport business from administration, making a strategic move for the business into fresh and chilled food transport and the operating of a major distribution centre for Nestle. 

    2008

  • 2009

    Stobart Rail launches its first international chilled rail freight service, operating between Valencia, Spain, and the UK. This was the first ever chilled rail service into the UK. 

    2009

  • 2010

    Eddie Stobart reaches a milestone, celebrating its 40th anniversary on 23rd November 2010 and launches an anniversary book to commemorate the occasion. 

    2010

  • 2011

    Edward Stobart, the driving force behind Eddie Stobart Limited and the rapid growth through the 80s and 90s, passes away, aged 56, on 31st March 2011. 

    2011

  • 2012

    The first 15.65m trailer enters British roads in January after the government passes regulation changes that Eddie Stobart campaigned heavily for with the Department for Transport. 

    2012

  • 2012

    Eddie Stobart acquires the UK’s leading vehicle logistics company, Autologic Holding PLC, and Walon Automotive in Belgium; the company's first step into the automotive sector. 

    2012

  • 2013

    Eddie Stobart acquires Night Owl Truckstops at Rugby and Carlisle, creating the new business venture 'Eddie Stobart Truckstops'. 

    2013

  • 2014

    Eddie Stobart is acquired and taken private by William Stobart and a consortium of investors led by DBAY Advisors Limited on 10th April 2014. 

    2014

  • 2015

    In May Alex Laffey is appointed CEO, responsible for the management of the group's businesses. Alex brought with him over 25 years' experience in distribution at a senior level and has operated in 21 markets across Asia and Europe. 

    2015

  • 2015

    Stobart Automotive UK is sold to BCA Marketplace PLC. Eddie Stobart retains Stobart Automotive Europe and concentrates its growth in the European market. 

    2015

  • 2016

    Eddie Stobart launches a new Manufacturing, Industrial and Bulk business sector, resulting in multi-million pound contract wins with Circle K and Aggregate Industries. 

    2016

Our Executive Team

  • Alex Laffey
    Chief Executive Officer
    Alex Laffey
    Chief Executive Officer
    • Global logistics expert with over 25 years’ experience
    • Previously UK Distribution Director and Global Network Development Director, leading overall transformation of UK, European and Asia networks delivering significant cost reductions, improved availability and service
    • Led the transformation of a new business operating model for Eddie Stobart
    • Joined Eddie Stobart in 2015
  • William Stobart
    Executive Chairman
    William Stobart
    Executive Chairman
    • Over 30 years’ experience in operational logistics and property development
    • Extensive knowledge of the transport and supply chain sector
    • Joined Eddie Stobart in 1979
  • David Pickering
    Chief Operating Officer
    David Pickering
    Chief Operating Officer
    • Over 25 years’ experience working for Eddie Stobart
    • Detailed knowledge of Operations spanning our sectors of Manufacturing, Industrial & Bulk, E-Commerce, Retail and Consumer
    • Leadership of operational directors
    • Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transportation
    • Joined Eddie Stobart in 1990
  • David Meir
    Chief Financial Officer
    David Meir
    Chief Financial Officer
    • Over 25 years’ experience in financial services
    • Depth of logistics sector knowledge and experience
    • Detailed knowledge of operational finance, acquisition support, auditing and the implementation of financial best practice
    • Joined Eddie Stobart in 2004
  • Rupert Nichols
    Legal Director & Company Secretary
    Rupert Nichols
    Legal Director & Company Secretary
    • Over 40 years’ business management and board experience in the logistics sector
    • Extensive expertise in all areas of corporate governance including health & safety, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate
    • Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and founding member of the charity Transaid
    • Joined Eddie Stobart in 2014
  • John Court
    Chief Information Officer
    John Court
    Chief Information Officer
    • Over 25 years’ experience working in supply chain technology, systems strategy and delivery
    • Considerable experience in the logistics sector, delivering multi-award winning solutions which deliver innovation, service quality and operational excellence
    • John has previously held a number of senior roles, including CIO at TNT Logistics, CIO Europe & SVP at CEVA Logistics and more recently COO of Masternaut, a leading supply chain technology organisation
    • Joined Eddie Stobart in 2015
  • Kate Hughes
    Communications Director
    Kate Hughes
    Communications Director
    • 17 years’ leadership experience working in corporate communications roles for a range of public and private sector organisations
    • Previously led the 120 strong communications department for the Environment Agency as Deputy Director of Communications where she was trusted adviser to the Executive team and Non-Executive Board
    • Proven background in reputation and crisis management
    • Completed the Government Communications talent programme for senior civil servants in 2015 and was recently listed in the top 50 North West’s leading Communications Professionals 2017
    • Joined Eddie Stobart in 2016