It has been a busy year for logistics specialist Seb Gardiner.

The year began with Seb committing his company Quality Freight UK to a new 20-year lease with Peel Ports at its 40-acre multi-modal facility in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

And just last week, Seb watched as a new weekly container service running between Ellesmere Port and Seaforth got underway. The service, which will take traffic off the roads, will be even more important when Peel’s Liverpool2 deep water container terminal is up and running.

Quality Freight UK, part of the total logistics Quality Freight Group, is not a business for standing still.

Expansion plans include the investment of a seven-figure sum in the development of a new 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse to increase the volume, quality and variety of goods that can be housed on the site.

Regular users of the M6 motorway may also have spotted one of Quality Freight’s growing fleet of vehicles increasingly being called upon to move cargo onwards from Ellesmere Port.

The latest investment comes after the company spent almost £300,000 on a new Fuchs crane.

The Fuchs MHL 360E operates at the facility’s rail head which is handling more than 200,000 tonnes a year.

Peel Ports played a key role in the reopening of the rail head in 2011. It can handle both inbound and outbound cargoes and all types of cargo including bulk, container and FMCG. Quality Freight is able to feed into the national and European rail network through its relationships with major rail operators.

Seb, the Managing Director of Quality Freight UK, said: “2015 has been a milestone year for Quality Freight with the signing of our new lease and then the launch of the new container service.

“Our capital expenditure programme reinforces our commitment to Ellesmere Port and our desire to enhance our position as a leading multi-modal facility.”

Andrew Martin, Group Land and Property Director for Peel Ports, said: “We are fully supportive of Quality Freight’s expansion plans and their commitment to investing in new facilities that will underpin their growing business. We look forward to working with Seb and his team to drive port activity in the future.”

In addition to the base in Ellesmere Port, the Group has bases in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Knock, Hull, Grangemouth, Chatham and Rotterdam.

Hillyer McKeown acted for Quality Freight UK over the signing of the new lease.

This article has been published in the latest issue of HM Magazine, available here