Freight Logistics Solutions of Pontypool was established the day after the UK referendum result in June 2016. After huge success over the past three years, and a move to its new HQ in January, recent account wins have supported new Brexit driven appointments.
The brain child of Ieuan Rosser - formerly Managing Director of outsourced labour company Smart Solutions - FLS was established as a supply chain management/freight forwarding company to support UK manufacturers in the under-resourced freight transport sector.
After an exceptional first three years trading and new account wins, FLS has made ten confident new appointments to the business.
Paul Cleverley, formally Head of Digital Marketing at MRA Marketing, Gloucestershire, and previously Marketing Director at Smart Solutions, has been engaged as Marketing and Communications Director. He also joins the board.
' …the government's advice to manufacturers during the Brexit process is to strike new relationships with supply chain managers and freight forwarders, to support them during the change in the European trading landscape. My job is to make sure FLS is one of their top choices when considering who to partner with.'
Chris Williams, formerly of Sphere Recruitment has joined as Associate Finance Director
'… Looking to turnover £5.6m over the last year, FLS has made incredible progress over the past 3 years and has a great current run rate of £10.5m. The HMRC and currency exchange is going to be an increasingly important element of our business. It's going to be an exciting next few years'
With extensive experience in the freight sector, Steve Anderson and Charly Spence have joined the Client Solutions team as regional managers. They will look at increasing sales across the UK and developing new "European" Lanes on behalf of our clients.
Joining the Operations Team is Vickie Dampier-Pearce from Concordia. She will lead the FLS Sea and Air Freight Team, Helen Waite has joined as commercial administrator to look after the increased pressures on European road transport brought on by Brexit. Robyn Lewis, also from Concordia, and Anthony Ford from XPO are joining the team as Road Transport Planners.
Following successful completion of their apprenticeships FLS has also appointed Emily Edwards to the Finance Team and Ben Jones as Transport Planner. They are the first to complete FLS's own in-house logistics apprenticeship which they passed with flying colours.
Ieuan, South West Natwest Entrepreneur of the Year continues: 'We have just mobilised another 5 year onsite logistics contract in South Wales with huge service quality improvements and cost savings for our new client. Certainly, increasing our outsourced contracts is where our business development is heavily focused.
Wales Start-up company of the year, Freight Logistics Solutions really is a 'Brexit Baby'. Ieuan spent a number of years working with manufacturing clients across Wales and England who were really struggling with their transport requirements. They either faced huge difficulties in sourcing drivers for their own fleet as a result of the UKs huge shortage of drivers or they struggled to achieve the capacity and service quality required to be able to take their business to the next level. With a huge resource of preferred suppliers, delivering around the globe through Road, Air and Sea, FLS is a transport partner with enormous potential.
Ieuan comments: 'Lots of manufacturers have long running direct contracts with hauliers but we have found transport options are often restricted by the capacity of the hauliers. Resource and competitive costs are high while service levels are low. Brexit, in whatever shape, creates a whole additional set of logistical and administration challenges and clients need support to deal with them. FLS is arranging over 3000 shipments a month, buying in bulk from preferred suppliers and passing those savings onto our clients.