Delsol plans major expansion after strengthening executive team

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DELSOL..... Pictured are MD Dave Phillips, Co-Directors Simon Walker and Tony Parry and Financial Director Kevin Jones .

The owners of a North Wales delivery firm have unveiled major expansion, recruitment and investment plans after strengthening their executive team.

Tony Parry and Simon Walker, joint chairman of pallets and parcels firm Delsol, have appointed Dave Phillips as managing director and promoted Kevin Jones, who has been with the company for 13 years, to the new role of financial director.

They are also recruiting more staff to join Delsol’s 125-strong team and investing in the company’s depots in Caernarfon and Sandycroft.

DELSOL….. Pictured are MD Dave Phillips, Co-Directors Simon Walker and Tony Parry and Financial Director Kevin Jones .

Delsol’s fleet of 90 modern trucks and vans deliver items around the UK and across the globe to retail, commercial, industrial and private addresses, for large companies through to small enterprises and personal customers.

The company, which is on target to beat last year’s record-breaking sales of £7.6m, is expanding into the warehousing market, providing total storage and distribution solutions for companies in North Wales and north west England.

Dave, from Mossley Hill in Liverpool, has more than 40 years of experience in the transport sector.

He said: “I am delighted to be working with the team here at Delsol, which is one of the biggest independent parcels and pallets distributor in North Wales and north west England.

“This is a great environment to work in. Everyone in the Delsol team is dedicated and wants to achieve the same for the company – success through excellent customer service.

“Tony and Simon, who have built a very successful company, have a vision for where they want the company to go in the future and I am delighted to be helping them fulfil that vision.

“I will be working closely with Tony and Simon on strategy and planning for the company, at a corporate level, and building relationships with key customers. Together we will be seeking to grow and expand the company in both revenue and profit.

“We will be doing that through our core business, which is our pallet and parcels networks plus Hazchem – the safe movement of hazardous chemicals – as well as offering additional services.

“My background is in warehousing, fulfilment, pick-and-pack and direct haulage so it’s an area that I know very well, and have excellent contacts.

“Warehousing is a real growth area in the logistics industry. We are delivering cradle-to-grave solutions for companies, offering our customers the opportunity to warehouse with us. We pick orders and pack them, with either full containers or part-loads as necessary, and distribute the items through our pallet network or directly to their customers, on our vehicles.

“It’s a cost-saving for customers and removes the issues of storage and order fulfilment, allowing them to concentrate on their own core business.

“We are also planning to make further investments in Delsol’s bases in Caernarfon and Sandycroft to improve facilities for staff and ensure that we can offer a wider range of options for customers.”

Dave, a father-of-two, grew up in South Liverpool where he attended New Heys Comprehensive School, before working in shipping and freight-forwarding with national carriers – most recently with a third-party logistics firms in Knowsley.

Joint chairman Tony Parry said: “We are on course for another very successful year, and believe that the strengthened executive team will take Delsol to further success, by expanding the range of services we can offer customers.

“Dave’s background, excellent contacts and experience were all important when we made our choice of managing director. Kevin has been a kingpin of our past success, providing financial information in a format that allows us to make decisions to grow the company and support our staff.”

Originally from Stoke on Trent, Kevin now lives in Llanerch y medd with his wife Karen. He joined Delsol in 2004 as financial controller when the company was based in Bethesda, with just 30 employees.

He said: “I am very proud of the role that I have played in the growth of the company – when I started the turnover was just £1m and now we are on course for another record-breaking year.

“Tony and Simon have always included me in discussions and they have appreciated my financial advice. My role is to provide financial information and provide a guiding hand when any major decisions are being made – showing what could happen, given the choices made.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Dave, alongside Tony and Simon, and seeing the company expanding and growing even more.”

Originally founded in Bethesda, Gwynedd, in 1999, Delsol opened a purpose-built delivery depot and warehouse facility in nearby Caernarfon in 2003, and six years later opened a second depot in Sandycroft, Deeside, Flintshire.

Delsol is a member of APC Overnight, the UK’s largest independent parcel delivery network, as well as the TPN pallet network, which offers sustainable, cost effective and reliable distribution around the UK and Ireland, and into Europe.

It is also part of the Hazchem network, moving thousands of items under strict regulations, from perfumes and medicines to industrial solvents and paints.

More details about the company at www.deliverysolutions.uk.com, or call 01248 679933 or 01244 525090.