CHURCHILL FREIGHT SERVICES IS A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF BARTHOLOMEWS HOLDINGS LTD
PALLET DELIVERY SERVICES
AGRICULTURAL BULK TIPPING
WHO ARE CHURCHILL
The company was originally established in 1978 set up to trade and move Brewers Grains from Bass Brewery in Alton to livestock farms throughout the South of England.
In 1986 the company changed its name to MW Sadler Ltd and concentrated on general haulage including agricultural products, home delivery of books and stationery within the UK and European haulage. The company consisted of 10 vehicles ranging from vans, rigid curtainsiders and articulated curtainsiders all based at its Chichester depot.
In 1996 another company was established within the Bartholomews Group, Churchill Bulk Services Ltd. Set up to concentrate on moving bulk grain for a sister company Bartholomews Chichester Ltd. Starting with 4 owner drivers the company built on its core business by moving aggregate and grain for other customers to compliment the primary function.
In 1997 Churchill Bulk Ltd bought its first vehicle’s, two MAN trucks and two SDC bulk tipper trailers, this was followed in 1998 by a DAF Truck and in 1999 by two more DAF’s all pulling SDC tipper trailers. Over the next 2 years the company continued to expand the fleet with 2 Mercedes, a Volvo and several more DAF’s.
In March 2001 MW Sadler Ltd and Churchill Bulk Services Ltd amalgamated to form Churchill Freight Services Ltd. At this stage the combined fleet size totalled 16 vehicles all operating from Chichester. The vehicles were managed and routed by a team of three based in offices at the Chichester depot. During 2001 the company went through a big change which would shape its future. With the loss of a large contact for home deliveries the fleet profile had to be drastically altered. Vehicles were sold, drivers were re-trained and more suitable vehicles were acquired.
By 2002 the fleet profile had been tailored to fit our customer’s requirements and the business concentrated largely on agricultural products, aggregate and palletised general freight. The fleet now numbered around 20 vehicles with more emphasis on articulated vehicles. The office staff increased to four and we began to locate vehicles at our Eastleigh depot.
In 2006 we joined the Pall-Ex network where we have remained to date. Servicing the Portsmouth and Fareham postcodes we have enjoyed 16 successful years with the network. Enabling us to distribute our sister companies products throughout the UK has assisted the group with its continued growth.
In 2009 we added Shoreham to our list of operating centres, followed by Blandford in 2011, Petersfield in 2014 and Maidenhead in 2015.
As of August 2022 we currently operate 54 vehicles ranging from vans to artics. Consisting a mix of Volvo’s and DAF’s with Fruehauf tipping trailers and SDC curtainside trailers.
Operating from 6 depots we employ 60 drivers with 8 office staff to manage and administer the operations.