Within the first fifteen years of Jays we experienced some severe ups and downs and it always felt as if we were building foundations constructed on sand, the financially stable and concrete foundations were formed when the merge happened with the RTK Group.
Since Nov 2006 we have experienced remarkable and sustainable growth attributed not only to the marriage with RTK customers but to the hard work and commitment by the staff, especially the staff who faithfully moved with us from Weston’. Jerry White, Director
|1988||Phillip White & his son Jerry start buying and selling second hand cars from their home.|
|1989||Phillip & Jerry rent a yard in Drove Road from Uphill Motor Company and expand.|
|1991||A van hire company based next door to the retail car sales site closes and it is decided to expand into vehicle hire to fill the gap, by the end of 1991 3 or 4 vans are being hired for about £20 a day. These were definitely not clean & tidy!|
Van hire expands to 9 or 10 vehicles and Jerry looks for work for these to do when not on hire, odd transport jobs start to come in, mainly for an interior office partitioning company that Jon White (brother of Jerry) works for.
By the end of the year 3-4 vans are regularly on transport, with this comes the first Drivers, John Eastwood being one of these. The first customers were ANC & Sanroy.
|1994||Jon White joins Jays and takes charge of the car sales & vehicle hire, leaving Jerry to push the transport forward. The 1st Operators licence is granted and Jays purchases its first 7.5t (Leyland Daf) and starts working for Smurfit Packaging & has regular Cornish runs for Goodyear Tyres for Transfleet.|
|1996||Philip White takes a less executive role leaving the day to day running of Jays to Jerry & Jon.|
|1998||1st 18t Lorry purchased (MAN vehicle – Reg No. L219 MVO), a major customer SEI (Scottish Express) came on board, with distribution from Bristol and urgent Aircraft On Ground (AOG) courier runs for Westlands Yeovil, covering Helicopter ports from Aberdeen to Helston. The First Artics were also purchased to ‘Trunk’ for SEI to Rainham each night.|
|1999||Shop 3, Weston Euro Park was first leased, allowing the transport to have its own parking and storage away from the ‘public’ Van Hire yard.|
|2003||Our first Pallet Network ‘EPS’ went bankrupt owing us £35,000 which almost closed the company. SEI reduces it use of subcontractors and Jays is no longer used. Very difficult year. We joined TPN in August, delivering about 20 a day with 4 or 5 collections. We have about 10 drivers and vehicles.|
|2004||We push TPN forward as the core of our business, with such customers as Yankee Candles. The customer base increases and the second trunk is started.|
|2006||Phil & Rita White take retirement & Jays needs capital investment to continue to expand, an opportunity for a partnership with R T Keedwell Group, who needed a distribution company to gain some national contracts.|
|2010||Jays now has almost 50 staff operating 24 hrs a day, moving over 400 pallets a day, nearly 100,000 a year, with 30 vehicles and access to 350 group vehicles spread around 12 depots nationwide.|
Jays Logistics is a longstanding member of The Pallet Network, a quality network of over 100 depots throughout the UK and Ireland.
Our main depot is based just off the M5 J22 at Highbridge, Somerset, making us ideally placed to provide you with a daily distribution service to the South West and South Wales.
Jays Logistics offer a full package of delivery and storage services to Hinkley Point C Power Station build. We are working with most of the tier 1 suppliers and their supply chains...
Jays Logistics provides clean, modern and highly secure warehousing at our main depot in Highbridge, Somerset, to fully complement our South West and national distribution services.
Jays Logistics is fully ADR approved to transport a wide range of Hazardous or ADR compliant goods. The majority of our fleet and drivers are fully ADR compliant as well as our warehouse staff and buildings.
Jays Logistics is proud to be part of the R T Keedwell Group, at the forefront of general haulage and distribution within the UK and Ireland.