Since opening its single site in Boroughbridge in 1992, the £66m turnover business has grown into one of the leading names in the British food logistics sector, serving retailers and food manufacturers throughout the UK. It has built up a loyal workforce and is one of the biggest employers in the area with a team of 745 people. As well as over a quarter of staff having completed more than ten years of service, 31 have chosen to stay with Reed Boardall for two decades or longer.
Andrew Baldwin, managing director of Reed Boardall’s cold storage division, said: “There’s no doubt that our high staff retention levels play a key role in the continued success of the business and our ability to consistently deliver on our promises to our customers. We don’t use any agency workers, instead all of our team are long term employees, many of whom have built up valuable understanding and knowledge about what we do and this gives continuity to the business, enabling us to be the reliable, responsive partner that our customers need.
“This constancy of approach is reinforced by the high numbers of family members all working here across the generations- we have numerous husbands and wives, a mother and daughter and several dads and sons as well as a husband, wife and father in law. What makes us unique is that we have the same staff, providing the same levels of service – it is all about the people and we’re proud that so many of our team choose to stay with us.”
Reed Boardall is one of the largest temperature controlled food distribution businesses in the UK, storing and delivering frozen food from manufacturers across Britain, Europe and further afield to all the UK’s best-known supermarkets. Operating 24/7, its 180-strong fleet of vehicles moves up to 12,000 pallets a day and it stores around £100m worth of products on behalf of its customers. It is based at a single site in Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.