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
- European Operations
- 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.
Founder, Eddie Stobart, goes into business as an agricultural contractor in the isolated Lake District village of Hesket Newmarket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
William leaves Eddie Stobart to become a shareholding director in Andrew Tinkler’s rail-based infrastructure engineering business, WA Developments (WAD).
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.
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.
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.
Eddie Stobart is listed on the London Stock Exchange, formed through a reverse merger with Westbury Property Fund Limited.
Eddie Stobart acquires the O’Connor Ports business, including its Widnes railhead and container handling facility based on the West Coast Main Line.
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.
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.
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.
Eddie Stobart reaches a milestone, celebrating its 40th anniversary on 23rd November 2010 and launches an anniversary book to commemorate the occasion.
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.
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.
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.
Eddie Stobart acquires Night Owl Truckstops at Rugby and Carlisle, creating the new business venture 'Eddie Stobart Truckstops'.
Eddie Stobart is acquired and taken private by William Stobart and a consortium of investors led by DBAY Advisors Limited on 10th April 2014.
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.
Stobart Automotive UK is sold to BCA Marketplace PLC. Eddie Stobart retains Stobart Automotive Europe and concentrates its growth in the European market.
Eddie Stobart launches a new Manufacturing, Industrial and Bulk business sector, resulting in multi-million pound contract wins with Circle K and Aggregate Industries.
Our Executive Team
Chief Executive OfficerAlex 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
Executive ChairmanWilliam Stobart
- Over 30 years’ experience in operational logistics and property development
- Extensive knowledge of the transport and supply chain sector
- Joined Eddie Stobart in 1979
Chief Operating OfficerDavid 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
Chief Financial OfficerDavid 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
Legal Director & Company SecretaryRupert 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
Chief Information OfficerJohn 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
Communications DirectorKate Hughes
- 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