Haulage group’s expansion continues with acquisition of Bolton business

Mark Jones, managing director, EFS Global
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Burnley-based EFS Global has acquired Thomas Harwood & Son, for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Bolton, Harwood was established in 1932 and provides nationwide haulage and distribution.

EFS Global is one of the UK’s largest freight forwarding and haulage groups.

It now has 18 depots and offices across the country and operates its own UK and European road freight fleet, while also being able to facilitate a vast range of worldwide import and export services.

This deal is another significant step in showcasing EFS’s ongoing growth strategy across the UK, the company said.

The corporate team of law firm Davis Blank Furniss, led by Sonio Singh, advised EFS Global on all aspects of the transaction, including legal due diligence and transactional matters.

The team also included Lauren Sever, corporate, commercial and employment solicitor.

Mark Jones, EFS Global managing director, said: “For over 80 years Thomas Harwood & Son has been a leading distribution and haulage firm in the North West.

“Its reputation has been built on delivering a first class and personalised customer service experience which mirror EFS’s approach, so we are delighted it is now part of the EFS Global group.”

Sonio Singh said: “EFS Global continues to go from strength to strength in what is a flourishing sector and the acquisition of Thomas Harwood & Son is another important step in its exciting growth strategy.”

The deal follows a number of other acquisitions made by EFS in recent years including Euro SDB, CS Brunt, Bradtrans International, Horizon Distribution, Euro-Tran Despatch, JRS Traction, PDQ Specialist Courier Services, FWD Freight Services, Caistor Distribution, AFI UK, Austin Wilkinson & Sons and Courier Connections (Scotland).

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