Frampton’s invest in the South West

14 March 2013



At Hazchem Network, we enjoy working in partnership with our member depots and are delighted when they support the British economy. The only way forward in this tough business environment, is supply chain cooperation and sharing resources. The ‘logistics cost’ for any manufacturer, supplier, or general business is a significant factor on the selling price of the item or service. The quality of the logistics provider is also critical in a highly competitive market place. When you consider the cost associated with the logistics element in any business, it is crucial to select the right logistics partner – picking a partner that can add value, not cost to the business, and one that provides exemplary service that retains and expands your customer base. Our experience has shown that selecting a logistics partner that has an ADR element is a prudent move, as they work to a higher standard than those without the discipline of ADR.


Somerset based Framptons Transport Services [Hazchem Depot 007] is one such logistics organization; and we were delighted to hear of their most recent investment and diversification in their service offering.


Framptons Transport Services Ltd’s recently constructed Mendip Distribution Centre in Shepton Mallet was officially opened on Friday 1st March 2013 by Tessa Munt MP.  Guests, customers and Framptons’ employees gathered to celebrate the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and the launch of two spectacular new trailers in livery specially designed for “Into Somerset, the inward investment agency for Somerset.


Tessa Munt said she was delighted to have been asked to perform the official opening, and has followed Framptons’ progress with great interest, both as a successful local employer and through the involvement of Director Richard Fry as National Chairman of the Road Haulage Association [RHA] and his work with the Government on the development of future transport policy.


Andrew Frampton, Managing Director of Framptons Transport Services, said, “These are exciting times for our business and for Shepton Mallet - we have generated over 50 additional jobs since June 2012 in preparation for the opening of this new Distribution Centre.”  The facility, which at 85,000 ft² increases the company’s total storage capacity to over 175,000 ft², was built as a result of a long-term collaboration between Framptons and leading pet food supplier Crown Pet Foods of Castle Cary and supported by HM Government’s Regional Growth Fund.


The two new “Into Somersettrailers were also revealed for the first time.  These mobile billboards with the curtain livery based on its ‘So Well Connected’  advertising campaign and featuring prestige brands manufactured within the County will be travelling the length and breadth of Britain as part of Framptons' fleet, showcasing Somerset manufacturing success stories.


Cllr Anne Fraser, Chair of “Into Somerset”, said she was thrilled to see the new liveried vehicles and that these would be a very striking representation of the success of Somerset industry, which would be visible on motorways across the length and breadth of the Britain.   Several publicity campaigns promoting Somerset as the destination of choice for businesses seeking to relocate, will be created around the trailers over the next 3-5 years.


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Photograph : Tessa Munt MP with Andrew Frampton and Paul Frampton welcoming the guests at the launch of the Mendip Distribution Centre in Shepton Mallet.


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