Strengthens the groups geographical supply chain solutions

After years of successfully working together The Knights of Old Group and Nelson Distribution have announced they are to merge, propelling the group to a turnover approaching £65m, making them one of the largest privately owned logistics companies in the UK. The companies will continue to be known as the Knights of Old Group and Nelson Distribution respectively, and will have the combined statistics of: 300 trucks, 350 trailers, 700 staff and 450,000 sq ft of warehousing.
The  merger of the two successful companies is seen as a natural move of like-minded organisations which share core values focusing on quality and strong customer service. The combination of Knights of Old and Nelson Distribution will create a stronger and more sustainable organization which in turn will provide a more stable future and greater opportunities for all involved.
Ian Beattie, Managing Director of Knights of Old said: "The complementary nature of The Knights of Old Group and the Nelson Distribution businesses – with regard to expertise, geographic networks and customer portfolios – will create value for all, customers, partners, suppliers and employees. Consolidating facilities, service offerings and proprietary know-how and technology, will help the group penetrate new markets while remaining focused on core logistics activities.”
Simon Nelson, Managing Director, Nelson Distribution said: "The Nelson Distribution team is excited to merge with the Knights of Old Group. Our great people and flexible organization will enable us to scale quickly to take full geographical advantage of the merger. As a larger company we have a greater resource to call upon, but we will still maintain all the benefits that a local logistics supplier provides.”
Simon Nelson will  join the Executive Board of Knights of Old Group and will continue in his role as Managing Director of Nelson Distribution. There are no plans to make any structural or staff changes as a result of the merger.  
Both the Knights of Old Group and Nelson Distribution are known among their customer base for the reliability of their services and the quality of their commercial relationships. Operating across various business sectors, the merger will strengthen the group’s geographical supply chain solutions and enhance conditions for further ambitious growth.”
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