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Bathgate-based Pollock acquired by rival distribution business



West Country-based Gregory Distribution has acquired Bathgate-based Pollock and its subsidiaries Scotrans and Pollock Express for an undisclosed sum.

With 150 vehicles and more than 200 staff, Pollock is a “significant addition” to the Gregory Group and will operate alongside Gregory Distribution, ARR Craib and its Scottish JV Hayton Coulthard.

This acquisition will grow Gregory’s presence in the Scottish transport and logistics market, particularly as it includes over 55,000 sq ft of warehousing in West Lothian.

Chief executive John Gregory said: “Pollock is an iconic name in the UK transport industry, with more than 80 years of serving many fantastic companies, both within Scotland and to and from England.

“We will be maintaining the strong Pollock brand and we are delighted that Scott Pollock will continue to lead the Pollock business within the group – it will be very much business as usual for all of the Pollock team and its customers.”

Managing director Scott Pollock added: “After 80 years as a family business we feel that the time is right for Pollock to become part of a bigger group and I look forward to realising the opportunities which this brings.

“As a family owned company, Gregory’s shares the same values as ourselves.”

Founded in 1919, Gregory Distribution provides transport and logistics services in many sectors of the market and lists many national brand names amongst its customers.

The group now operates from 49 sites – from Scotland to West Cornwall – with more than 1,100 trucks, around 2,500 employees and an annual group turnover of in excess of £260m.

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