James Nuttall acquired by W.H. Bowker

Date published: 06 April 2022

Rochdale-based logistics business James Nuttall (Transport) Limited and its commercial MOT testing centre, Queensway Commercials Limited, have been bought by W.H. Bowker, one of the UK’s largest private operators.

The acquisition of the Rochdale-based businesses bolsters Bowker’s fleet by adding a further 48 commercial vehicles and expands its vital infrastructure in the form of Queensway’s DVSA Authorised Testing Facility.

Speaking on behalf of the Nuttall family, Jane Nuttall said: “When we initially engaged with Bowker, it became very clear they shared the same values, culture and philosophy as ourselves.”

James Nuttall added: “Bowker have an excellent reputation within the industry, renowned for looking after their staff, operating a modern fleet and providing continuous high levels of customer care.

“We look forward to the new opportunities that the acquisition will present to our loyal employees.”

Bill Bowker, director of W.H. Bowker, said, “James Nuttall (Transport) Limited is a successful family-owned business and shares the same cultural ethos as our own.

“We are extremely confident this exciting venture will strengthen our UK and European warehouse and distribution business providing further opportunities for continued growth.”

W.H. Bowker Ltd specialises in chemical, pharmaceutical, and food grade logistics. The acquisition means that Bowker’s UK and European fleet now comprises of more than 225 vehicles and 450 trailers together with over 1.2 million ft2 of warehousing across 10 strategically placed locations within the UK.

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