North West-based firm chooses Swindon for southern expansion

By Nick Batten on 3 March, 2019

Sovereign Transport Services –  a logistics firm from Liverpool – has chosen Swindon as its first location for expansion.

Officially opened last month, Sovereign Transport Services is operating from Groundwell Industrial Estate, having taken over the Swindon Palletways operation, formerly based in Royal Wootton Bassett. The firm has already taken on 25 employees, including those from the former depot, and plans to triple that number in the next three years.

Attracted to Swindon thanks to its position on the M4 corridor and potential ongoing opportunities for growth, managing director Steve Radcliffe says he turned to local businessman Martin Tedham of Wasdell for advice thanks to the success Martin’s businesses has had since relocating to the town.

Steve explained,“The South of England has a lot of opportunities for Sovereign Transport and we were looking for a location to make the most of this. Swindon’s proximity to the M4 makes it a good area for deliveries to Southampton, Bristol, Oxford, Reading and beyond.

“I’ve also known Martin Tedham for a number of years before he took over Wasdell and have followed with interest the rapid growth of Wasdell since he moved the business to Swindon.  Martin has also always said that there are good staff available in the town too, so it seemed a good choice for our southern expansion.”

Martin Tedham, chief executive of Wasdell, added, “When Steve told me he wanted to expand into the South, I knew that Swindon would be an obvious choice for him thanks to its location on the M4 corridor as well as the wealth of great staff and support that can be found in the town.  I’m very pleased that Sovereign Transport Services will soon be operating in the town as I’m sure they will bring a lot of growth and opportunities with their success.”

Steve started Sovereign Transport Services in Kirkby, Liverpool in 1999 with just one vehicle.  Over the last 20 years, he has grown the business into one with a fleet of 38 vehicles delivering goods through the UK and Europe.  The business currently employs 80 people in Liverpool and is intending to expand the new Swindon site to a similar size.

Pictured above: Steve Radcliffe (left) with Martin Tedham (right)