A service that is hard to match

PC Howard

1st December 2019

What A Year

PC Howard Ltd is a family owned and professionally managed distribution and warehousing business with a fleet over 100 vehicles and 300,000 square feet of managed warehousing.

P C Howard Ltd was formed in 1951 when Percy Howard started work by providing transport to the building sector. 

In the 1970s this diversified in to work for British Steel in Corby. In the 1980s this was complemented with a move in to the parcel sector.

In 1995 Andrew Howard, a third generation member of the family took on the role on Managing Director and moved the business away from the traditional heavy industries and parcels and concentrated on the palletised distribution sector at a time when that market was growing

With a fleet ranging from 7.5 ton up to 44 ton artics, PC Howard really began to get into their stride and had big success. Andrew also led PC Howard into becoming a founding member of the Palletways network which specialised in å day and economy deliveries Europe-wide via a network of over 400 depots - 300 of those being independently owned. 

PC Howard offers a next day, economy and timed pallet distribution service using the latest information technology to connect to customers, so are able to provide real time information to our customers. 

Last year PC Howard moved in excess of 500,000 pallets both with in the UK and across Europe using the services of the network.

With a fleet of vehicles for full and groupage loads, PC Howard were able to deliver nationwide and delivering a service which proved hard to match. Delivering nationwide meant that the company were able to offer services to customers far and wide and not just in the local area, with a key focus of the company currently on making sure that lorries were never coming back empty, making the business as efficient as possible while keeping costs down for customers. 

The firm also offers a full warehouse service from receiving cartons and pallets, palletising them for storage through to despatch either as individual cartons or as full pallets – meeting customers’ requirements, whatever they may be.

For the last two years, Andrew has taken the on the role of Chairman to the Road Haulage Association. While being able to present the concerns and challenges that the industry is facing, from driver shortages to the cost of fuel and more regulations put in place to protect the environment, Andrew was also invited to Downing Street in December 2018 with a group of hauliers to present their concerns around Brexit and the deal being proposed. 

PC Howard, whose main depot is at Kings Cliffe, near Peterborough, also has depots at Corby and Northampton, employing more than 200 people. 

The firm is audited annually against the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution -  this year achieving an AA grade which is the highest grade given out for the standard. 

Andrew Howard said: “Achieving this standard year on year demonstrates we have the procedures and processes in place to allow us to effectively store & distribute our customers goods including food and food related products.

 “We also continue to hold the  ISO 9001:2015 quality standard for   our quality systems and procedures.”