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Felixstowe transport firm joins Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to push the case for local road and rail improvements

PUBLISHED: 13:47 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:47 13 August 2018

(L2R) Andrew Harston, John Williams and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Dugmore. Picture: David Garrad.

(L2R) Andrew Harston, John Williams and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Dugmore. Picture: David Garrad.

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Felixstowe-based Maritime Transport, one of the largest privately-owned multi-modal transport businesses in the UK, has become the latest company to join Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Maritime Transport, from their beginnings more than 15 years ago as a container transport haulier, has diversified into distribution, warehousing, railports, container storage, container repair and freight management.

The company operates from a network of 34 sites spanning the UK.

John Williams, group managing director of Maritime Transport, and Suffolk Chamber’s chief executive, John Dugmore, met last week to discuss the value and importance of the company’s membership.

Mr Dugmore said: “Suffolk Chamber has a proud reputation in delivering campaigns that benefit the transport sector and having Maritime Transport on board will give us even greater weight in our A14, A1307 and Suffolk Energy Gateway lobbying.”

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce currently has more than 1,400 organisations as members, and is growing in size year-on-year.

John Williams explained the company’s reasons for joining the Chamber: “As a major Felixstowe headquartered transport and logistics company, improvements in Suffolk’s road and rail transport infrastructure are vital to support customer supply chains and our success.

“We are keen to add our backing to the Chamber’s campaigns and excellent work in this critical area.”

Chair of Suffolk Chamber’s Transport & Infrastructure Board Andrew Harston explained that the breadth of Maritime Transport’s knowledge and insights are “second to none,” adding that: “having Maritime Transport as an active chamber member amplifies our campaign voice, as we push for comprehensive infrastructure investment in Suffolk.

“We hope even more Suffolk-based transport companies will follow suit and join Suffolk Chamber to help us deliver improvements which directly help their bottom line.”

Maritime Transport is currently seeking to grow in the chilled distribution sector, after a successful start to its contract running Tesco’s Snodland distribution centre contributed to a strong performance in 2017. Taking over from Wincanton, Maritime began delivering chilled produce to Tesco stores in the South London area a year ago. Mr Williams is reported to have said that: “given the opportunity, we would like to win more business like this.”

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