Vantastic move for couriers
A BUSINESS built up serving the needs of Europe's Food Town has expanded into a wider market.
Sample Sped Ltd was established in Grimsby in 1996, acting as a dedicated courier to the frozen and chilled food industry. Now, with the growth of internet sales, the business has been opened up to include parcels of any nature. It is hoped jobs could be created if the venture proves successful, with administration and third-party driving opportunities.
Owner Sylvia Landrey has more than 40 years' experience in logistics, having started her career in the transport office of her father's haulage company – Ralph Williams Ltd.
She moved on to manage the warehouse and cold stores.
It was when the latter was added to the business that the opportunity for Sample Sped was first realised.
Mrs Landrey said: "Through my position in the cold store, I was often asked to organise the delivery of frozen samples.
" I soon recognised the need for a company that could take all the worry of packing and despatching a frozen or chilled sample, and despatch it for delivery the next day."
The first depot was within the Ralph Williams cold store, on the North Wall, on Grimsby Docks.
Three years ago it moved to a base on South Humberside Industrial Estate, a "perfect position close to many of Grimsby's food producers and cold stores", said Mrs Landrey, who works alongside husband Bob, a fellow director.
It continues to collect throughout the Humber region, sending samples all over the world, with most of the UK covered on a next-day service, with specific same-day, or timed options.
Of the new departure, Mrs Landrey said it came about through an increasing number of approaches to handle general items and the growth of Ebay and other web-based sales sites that rely on delivery services.
"It is quite exciting really, as you never know what you are going to see next," she said. "It may be a doll's pram, the full side of a van, even a vehicle's prop shaft, they all have to be handled with the same professional efficiency as the frozen goods."