2019


SCARLETS 2019/2020 NEW KIT UNVEILED

The Scarlets have unveiled their new home and alternative kits for the 2019-2020 season at the annual Pembrokeshire County Show, and Owens Group are proud to sit pride of place next to the Scarlets badge as one of the key commercial partners

As part of the Scarlets Three Counties, Three Years strategy, the alternative yellow, grey and blue jersey has a Pembrokeshire theme for the 2019-20 season with the kit reflecting the traditional colours of the countys coat of arms

We look forward to the season ahead! Good luck team Scarlets!


OWENS GROUP INVEST IN 40 NEW SDC TRAILERS

Here we see one of 40 brand new SDC trailers, ready to join our increasing steel division fleet.

This is a key investment to us at Owens Group, ensuring strategic growth in this sector.


WELL DONE ANTHONY!

Just some days ago, whilst out on the road, one of our contractors Anthony Phillips came across an elderly gentleman on the ground having a seizure.

Anthony pulled over and rushed to give assistance. The gentleman was in and out of consciousness and having multiple fits. He supported the gentlemans head and called for an ambulance.

Anthony wrapped the gentleman in a safety blanket from the first aid kit in his van and waited for the ambulance.

When the ambulance staff arrived he gave a timeline of what had happened and then continued with his route.

Anthony is a credit to Owens Group! We are proud to have him work with us.


ALZHEIMERS CUPCAKE DAY @ BRIDGEND DEPOT

Join our team at Bridgend on Friday June 13th 2019, and show your support towards funding pioneering research, crucial support services and vital care for the Alzheimer's Society.

There will be a competition for the best cupcake so feel free to get involved!

Spread the word on social media using #cupcakeday

** Update - a fantastic grand total of 230.45 was raised. Awesome teamwork by the guys and girls at our Bridgend depot - well done all!
Star Baker was awarded to Keith Richards for his amazing 3D lorry cake! **


SME TRANSPORT AWARD WINNERS 2019

DID ANYONE SAY WE NEED A BIGGER AWARDS CABINET?

Hugely honored to take delivery of the SME TRANSPORT AWARD 2019 for:

'BEST TRANSPORT & WAREHOUSING COMPANY 2019 & EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR CUSTOMER SERVICES'

Chosen from a rich field of candidates who cover '...a radial road network totaling 29,145 miles of main road, 2,173 miles of motorways and 213,750 miles of paved roads; 2,560 passenger railway stations on the Network Rail network and over 40 commercial airports, 20 of which are major international hubs' Owens Group were rewarded and acknowledge as a company who have gone 'above and beyond' *source SME NEWS

This is true testimony to our teams who work around the clock, delivering nothing but prime service and excellent aftercare.

We really are the best in the business!


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD MADE TO OUR MD!

Friday 22nd February 2019 was a night to remember where we attended the Swansea Bay Business Awards 2019, where the best businesses and entrepreneurs across the Swansea Bay city region were revealed!

We were thrilled and extremely proud to hear the Lifetime Achievement Award was made to our MD Huw Owen for his outstanding contribution to business and the regional economy, as well as his huge contribution to charities and good causes.

The audience learned how he set up the business with just one lorry in 1970, before being joined by his brother Eurof, who is the firms commercial director.

Now our family-run business is firmly established as one of the UKs leading players in the UK transport and warehousing sector with a workforce of over 1000 heads & 550 trucks and vans. Last year we acquired Manchester-based BTS Haulage.

As a group, we now have a turnover in excess of 100million

Thank you to Swansea Bay Business Club, the event sponsors, the judges and to the Brangwyn Hall for another successful event - we at Owens Group had a fantastic time.


PURPOSE KEEPS OWENS GROUP ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

Ian Owen, Operations Director and second generation of the family business joins Huw Edwards, Chief Financial Officer, to discuss how their purpose has helped them navigate the challenges of leading a rapidly growing business. Click here to learn more.


CHARITY - LET'S GIVE BACK

Owens Group actively strive to help causes in our community on a daily basis.
Feedback and messages of thanks help us realise that these gifts of donations, be it small or large really do make a marked difference to Charities that work relentlessly day in day out to make changes to those in need.

This week alone we have seen correspondence from Shelter Cymru and Save the Children thanking us for monetary donations to help fight homelessness and families that are facing difficult times.

Most notably was a kind card from our partner Charity Follow your Dreams where we provided them with transport, moving stock donated by Aldi to their HQ for sorting, allowing them to raise an incredible 36,733.21 for the Charity!

Whilst we cannot help all causes, we really hope that what we offer makes a small difference in assisting worthwhile causes to make a change to precious lives.


M4 RELIEF ROAD - OPEN LETTER TO THE WELSH GOVERNMENT

Owens Group were amongst 90 businesses this week, calling for a decision to be made by the Welsh Government to press ahead with the much discussed 1.4bn M4 relief road around Newport

Ian Jarman of Owens Group told the BBC that a decision needed to be made for the good of road users and the freight industry.

He said: The Welsh Government have dragged their feet for a long time on this.
I believe they are stalling for time and don't want to build the relief road, they are looking for reasons not to build the relief road.

The decision has to be made, this is holding back the Welsh economy.
The Welsh Government have previously said that officials are analysing a report from a public inquiry into the planned relief road & a decision will be made when the advice has been prepared.

On January 31st Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, said: Businesses representing over 300,000 jobs are calling for this road to be built. When so many companies come together it highlights what a priority this is for the Welsh economy. With this in mind, the M4 relief road needs to be built as quickly as possible.

As the Secretary of State for Wales I have made sure that the money has been made available by the UK Government to build the M4 Relief Road. If this road is not built now, it will not be built until at least 2031.

This is because we would have to wait five years or more for a new First Minister, there would need to be a new inquiry that could last up to two years, and even if the decision was made then and the money happened to be available it would be a five-year build programme

If the M4 relief road is not built now, it will not be built until 2031 and the Welsh economy cannot cope with that challenge.

It remains to be seen how this will press ahead.

What we know for certain is that the road infrastructure around Newport is choked with idle traffic that is having an adverse effect on the Welsh economy, affecting our appeal from outside investment.


WEST WALES BUSINESS AWARDS 2019 WINNERS!

What a night it was for us at Owens Group on Friday January 18th!

Held at the prestigious Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli, we attended the West Wales Business Awards where the Group had been nominated in the Services category.

With plenty of excellent West Wales businesses on the short list, it was an anxious wait, but we were thrilled to be announced as the winners of the Services category yet again this year, presented by Carmarthen Journal & Llanelli Star and Evening Post editor Jonathan Roberts.

The pinnacle of the night however was yet to come, on being awarded the Overall Winners of West Wales Business of the Year 2019!

Presented to us by the Main Sponsors of the evening, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, The Venerable Randolph Thomas, Chair of Council at Swansea Business School & Carmarthen Business School hands to Ian Owen our accolade.

This award is true testimony to our teams who work re entlessly in making us the best in our business, and such an honor to be recognised as such in our HQ town!

Well done to all who were nominated - truly a great evening showcasing Welsh businesses at their best.


WEST WALES BUSINESS AWARDS 2019

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Services category at the West Wales Business Awards again this year!

The awards take place on Friday 18th January at Llanelli's Stradey Park Hotel!

Keep your eyes peeled for updates from the night!

Wishing all nominees the very best of luck!


MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR

2018 has been a great year for us at Owens Group, seeing our expanding business grow from strength to strength thanks to our wonderful customer base and incredible teams.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your business and contribution to a successful year, and to our followers for your fantastic support.

We wish you all a wonderful 2019.


2018

WHEN HISTORY WAS MADE - SEVERN BRIDGE TOLL REMOVAL

Monday 17th December 2018 was a historic day when Owens Group Driver, Craig Evans, made history in being selected to be the first member of the public to cross the Prince of Wales Bridge (Severn Bridges) and not pay a toll, when the bridge, which links South Wales with England, became toll free for the first time since it opened back in 1966.

Owens Group have tirelessly campaigned for the toll to be removed for over 8 years, directly at Westminster with MPs and through our proactive trade associations, the FTA and RHA.

The toll ended at a fee of 16.70 per HGV making a crossing back into Wales.

As a company, we make a staggering 31,000 crossings back into Wales using both bridges per year.

The savings are of course substantial to us as a company and will allow us to invest further in new greener technology.

The removal of the tolls will allow the Welsh economy to grow by over 100million pound per year, therefore as Welsh premier logistics provider, this can only have a positive outcome for us as a business.

We do however recognise that there will be some negative effects with the removal of the tolls.

The major concern is that the toll booths will no longer exist and act as a man made filter to hold back and slow the traffic on approach to the traffic 'hotspot' on the M4 around Newport.

Yesterday, we were able to highlight these concerns with the Secretary of State for Wales Mr Alun Cairns who confirmed that money has been made available from the Government in Westminster, and released to the Welsh Government for the building of the M4 relief road around Newport.

We are now calling on the new First Minister for Wales Mr Mark Drakeford, his Transport Secretary Ken Skates, and his Deputy Transport Minister Lee Waters of the Welsh Government to be bold and deliver a major piece of infrastructure that is so badly needed.

To use Craigs words an iconic moment

Thank you to Highways England staff for allowing us to be part of this momentous day. A day that history was made!


VIP visitor at our Palletforce Depot

Leigh Halfpenny (British and Irish Lions international rugby union player) gets a tour of the new Owens Llangennech depot, including a chance to sit in an Owens truck, on his visit to see how Owens are continuing to support local development and jobs


DREAMS DO COME TRUE

We were thrilled to be able to help little Ieuan's dreams come true this week where he finally got to meet his idol, Owens brand ambassador, Leigh Halfpenny!

Thank you to Leigh for his time and gifts for this wonderful young man & for creating much excitement at our Bridgend depot!

Christmas really did come early for these guys!


CATCH US ON BBC'S 'THE ONE SHOW'

A pleasure to have welcomed BBC The One Show to our HQ today

A great day of filming - from Newport to Dafen!

Tune in next Friday @ 19.00 to learn how the removal of the Severn Bridge tolls will affect Welsh business


MOTOR TRANSPORT TOP 100!

We are thrilled to have ranked highly in the Motor Transport Top 100, placing #52 in the Top 100 Largest Companies by Turnover, up 10 spaces compared to the previous year. Our strategic plans are in place for the year ahead. Here's to continued growth into 2019 and beyond.


40 NEW DAF XF TRUCKS NOW IN FLEET

Owens Group are pleased to announce the purchase of 40 new DAF XF tractor units, following the Groups recent 100 million turnover milestone, we were looking to expand the fleet, as well as replacing a batch of outgoing models.

Operations Manager Emyr Owen explains Having tested a demonstrator earlier in the year, we were very impressed with the build quality and impressive fuel return, further to this, driver attraction and retention is key within the transport industry and the new trucks have been massively well received within.
Having worked with DAF in the past we are very comfortable that we will continue to build on our existing relationship, given the value of customer care received thus far

With depots across South Wales, Wrexham, The Midlands and the recent acquisition of Manchester based BTS Haulage Ltd, the Group now operate 550+ trucks and vans, 800 trailers and 1million sq. ft of warehousing across the UK.


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2018

On Sunday 11 November we commemorated the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

This year especially poignant with Remembrance Sunday falling on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Lest we forget


FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS REACHES HIGH TO THE SKY!

So we reported not so long ago how we were helping the amazing charity Follow Your Dreams to transport two trailer full of goodies to their HQ that had been kindly donated by Aldi Stores.

The charity estimated that this stock would generate them around 5000 pounds worth of funds.

Follow Your Dreams, a charity close to our hearts, is a national charity operating in England and Wales that inspires children and young people with learning disabilities to follow their dreams.

Their vision is for children and young people with learning disabilities to recognise their potential, be ambitious and be provided with the opportunities to follow their dreams.

The charity focuses on children's abilities, growing and developing skills through the delivery of creative and interactive events, community groups and workshops.

Today, they revealed that through Aldi's fantastic donations, and Owens Group who transported 9 trailer loads in total, along with the staggering help from the fantastic volunteers, they were able to raise an INCREDIBLE 28,104 pounds!

How amazing is that! You are all superstars!

If you would like to donate and make a difference please visit www.justgiving.com/followyourdreamsltd


OWENS GROUP HELPING WHERE WE CAN IN OUR COMMUNITY

It's so great to hear such positive feedback about our drivers!

Another great photo sent to us by a local school to our HQ in Llanelli, South West Wales - Coedcae Secondary - where we helped move some 500 chairs in preparation for their presentation evening tomorrow

We hope you all have a great evening. You are all winners!


FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS HAUL!

We were thrilled to be able to help the fabulous Follow Your Dreams charity this weekend by transporting two trailers full of goodies to their HQ!

Aldi kindly donated this 'special buys' stock which the charity estimates will generate them around 5000 worth of funds!

Follow Your Dreams, a charity close to our hearts, is a national charity operating in England and Wales that inspires children and young people with learning disabilities to follow their dreams.

Their vision is for children and young people with learning disabilities to recognise their potential, be ambitious and be provided with the opportunities to follow their dreams.

The charity focuses on children's abilities, growing and developing skills through the delivery of creative and interactive events, community groups and workshops.

If you would like to donate and make a difference please visit www.justgiving.com/followyourdreamsltd


Official Scarlets Kit Partners

Owens, as official Scarlets kit partners were invited down to the Scarlets for an official team photo. David Owen, Darren Owen and Huw Owen are pictured with the Scarlets squad.


'MSR SALES COMPETITION' (2017 / 18) 3rd QUARTER WINNERS!

On Tuesday 9th October, we travelled to Palletforce's Super Hub based in Burton Upon Trent to their Annual Sales Conference.

With record breaking attendance and revelation of the staggering volumes now passing through the network, Owens Group were thrilled to win the 'MSR Sales Competition' (2017/18) for the 3rd quarter!

Pictured is Business Development Manager Michelle Rose with the acclaim!

We extend a huge thank you and congratulations to the teams who made this possible - you are all awesome!


OFFICIAL OPENING OF OUR NEW FACILITY @ SA14 (PALLETFORCE DEPOT 48)

We extend a big thank you to Scarlets and Wales loosehead prop Wyn Jones & Scarlets account manager Daniel Vaughan for joining us in the official opening of our newest facility at Llangennech, South Wales.

The site is now the new home of our pallet distribution centre (Palletforce depot 48) located just off junction 48 of the M4.

This facility has enabled our ability to further consolidate freight in the SA postcode, positioning us in a more convenient and efficient location, ensuring effective deliverance and continued growth of the business.

A huge well done to the teams for a smooth transition!


IT'S NATIONAL LORRY WEEK!

This week is National Lorry Week! Who doesn't #lovethelorry right?

With 89% of all food and agricultural products in the UK being transported by road, without the humble lorry the shop shelves would almost certainly be empty!

There are 2.54 million people currently working in the haulage and logistics industry, with a staggering (estimated) 124 billion annual contribution to the UK economy.

The primary aim of the National Lorry Week is to raise awareness of the fantastic job our lorry drivers are carrying out day in - day out and importantly also, to urge prospective drivers to consider HGV driving as a career that has an increasing appeal within the UK.

Government statistics show that by 2022, the industry needs to employ some 1.2 million individuals from drivers to warehouse operatives, to management, workshop technicians - the list is endless!

With depots placed as far as West Wales, across to the Midlands and North to Manchester, Owens Group have plenty of exciting opportunities for you. Contact our recruitment team today on 01554 754465!


DELIVERING TO FOOTBALL LEGENDS!

It's not every day you make a delivery to a football legend!

Today, our home delivery sector drivers had quite the surprise when Kevin Keegan answered the door to take delivery of a consignment all the way from South Wales!

Keegan, former English football player and manager, played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV. He went on to manage Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester City, winning promotion as champions in his first full season at all three clubs, and also the England national team!

Being the huge football fans that they are, our drivers were thrilled to have made this delivery today! You never know who might answer that door guys!


COMPANY & BRAND AMBASSADOR REVEAL

We at Owens Group are extremely pleased and honored to have the Scarlets, Wales, British & Irish Lions International Rugby Union player Leigh Halfpenny on board once again as our Company & Brand Ambassador during the Season ahead.

Leigh is the third highest points scorer for Wales and has since made our HQ town rugby club 'The Scarlets' his home club for the second season running.

We look forward to closely collaborating with Leigh & wish the Scarlets the very best for this Season - Balch i bod 'yn y pac' !


PORTHCAWL TRUCK GATHERING 2018

The town of Porthcawl opened it's doors the weekend of August 11th, welcoming truckers from all over the UK to its annual gathering.

Great to catch up with friends old and new, with plenty of fantastic trucks on display, all polished to perfection!

Thank you to the organisers for another successful event - we look forward to seeing you again next year.


Scarlets motor on with Owens

Owens Group, the UKs leading transport and warehousing company, has signed a lucrative deal with the Scarlets ahead of the 2018-19 season.

The national company, with their headquarters in Llanelli, has been long-standing supporters of the region and the new partnership will see the company logo feature on the left shoulder of both home and away kits.

Since its creation in 1972, by brothers Huw and Eurof Owen, the company has continued to go from strength to strength and now employs over 850 people nationwide, operates over 1,000 vehicles and has a turnover of £60 million.

Officially welcoming Owens Group Nathan Brew, Scarlets Head of Commercial, said; We are delighted to welcome Huw Owen and David Owen and the entire Owens Group to the Scarlets family.

Owens is an integral part of the local community here in Llanelli and West Wales, they have been supporters of community rugby for many years and I believe that we share a similar outlook in terms of supporting our wider communities.

We are extremely proud to be associated with the Owens name and look forward to a successful working partnership with them over the coming seasons.

Owens Group is passionate about working and living in their local communities; with depots spread across the UK there is an ethos within Owens Group to give back to their communities.

As well as supporting local organisations, charities, local schools, colleges and sporting organisations the company has recently invested in new box trailers, wrapped with the Follow Your Dreams livery, which feature former Scarlets, Wales and British & Irish Lion Mike Phillips. The organisation is one close to their hearts, and the trailers were unveiled at an event raising around £7,000 for the charity.

David Owen, Owens Group UK, said: Owens Group are proud to be associated with our local region and the world famous Scarlets brand. We are extremely excited to be featured on the Scarlets home and away playing jerseys for the first time in what should be another exciting and successful season for the Region. We look forward to supporting this fantastic squad of players in the upcoming 2018/19 season and we wish everyone at the club the best of luck.


Acquisition of Manchester based BTS Haulage Ltd

Owens Group are pleased to announce the acquisition of Manchester based BTS Haulage Ltd. The deal effective from Tuesday 17 July, will see BTS Haulage continue to operate as a standalone brand within the Llanelli-headquartered Owens Group. In a statement Owens said the purchase of the Carrington-located haulier would complement the company's strategic objective to increase its presence and activities in its key geographical markets.

BTS Haulage was set up in 1957 by Neil Gilson and Neil's son, Crispin joined the business in 1980 and became MD in 1990. It provides transport services to customers throughout the UK, with a focus on deliveries out of and into the North West of England. Crispin Gilson will continue to manage the BTS business.

The enlarged group will operate a fleet of more than 550 vehicles with an annual turnover of approximately £90m. In its most recently published accounts for the year to 30 June 2017, Owens Group (listed as Owens Road Services at Companies House) had an annual turnover of £56m. BTS Haulage in the year to 31 December 2016 was profitable and had annual turnover of £7.6m.

Huw Owen, MD of Owens, said:
"I am delighted to welcome Crispin, Neil and all of their colleagues at BTS into the group. I have always been impressed with the reputation that BTS have in the market for customer service and with the quality of their staff and vehicles. Neil and Crispin have nurtured and developed their business over the last 60 years based on the same family business values and principles as we have always had within Owens, focusing on excellent customer service. I am looking forward to working with Crispin to continue to develop the BTS business."

Crispin Gilson, MD of BTS, said:
"Having developed the BTS business and brand over a number of years, my father and myself are extremely proud of what we have created. We believe that the time is now right for the business to move to its next stage of development and that being part of the Owens group will facilitate our future growth."

We look forward to this exciting and prosperous future together - Owens Group continue to strive for excellence and growth even in times of adverse economic conditions. Our brand is already well recognised in the South of the country. Increasing our Northbound base can only enhance what we have been working on for the last 40 years.


OWENS GROUP OPEN DOORS DAY

Wednesday, July 18th 2018, we open the doors of our Newport depot to all CLASS 1 & 2 drivers looking to be part of our team

Come along for an informal chat with our Driver Recruitment Team to learn all about us!

We have many vacanices available, all shifts patterns, across all depots, with immediate starts.

If you require any further information, contact Gareth Bryant today on 01554 754465


SWANSEA BAY BUSINESS AWARDS 2018

Hosted by the Marriott Hotel, Swansea, today we attended the Swansea Bay Business Awards, celebrating the top 100 companies in South West Wales.

Here we were shortlisted to the final 3 companies - 'Highly Commended in Carmarthenshire'

This is again testimony to the amazing work carried out by all of our teams, placing Owens Group firmly at the top of our game, with our brand growing from strength to strength, both on home territory and UK wide

Well done to all once again and a big thank you for your continued efforts!


MOTOR TRANSPORT AWARDS 2018

We were thrilled to have been in attendance of the 32nd Motor Transport Awards at the London Grosvenor Hotel last week, where we were shortlisted out of some 200 companies for the Safety In Operations Award.

Unfortunately it wasn't our night, but the nomination is testament to the relentless work that our teams execute day in day out - ensuring safety is of paramount importance to us and something that we will not compromise on.

A great night of catching up with some familiar faces, allowing the team to let their hair down!

Motor Transport Awards 2019 - we will be back!


OVER £2000 RAISED FOR 'FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS'

Yesterday saw Jess Price, our HR Officer, take the plunge where she took part in a SKY DIVE to help fund raise for the worthy charity 'Follow Your Dreams'

Follow Your Dreams is a national charity operating in Wales & England, that inspires children and young people with learning disabilities to follow their dreams

We have had a close connection with the charity for some time, where we invested in new box trailers, wrapping them with the Follow Your Dreams livery with a view to spread the Follow Your Dreams name across the UK

This is an organisation close to our hearts, so we were thrilled to participate in their charity Sky Dive

Over 2000 was raised via our Just Giving page, with donations still being made!

A huge well done to Jess - we are all very proud of you


JESS DOES A SKY DIVE IN AID OF FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

Follow the link to learn how our HR Officer Jess Price will be participating in a SKY DIVE on July 1st in aid of the Follow Your Dreams charity

This is a charity close to our hearts here at Owens Group, where we also have a wrapped trailer to promote their cause along with Wales & International Rugby star Mike Phillips

Our aim is to raise as much awareness and money for this amazing cause

Jess is doing something very brave and commendable - please donate if you can!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/owensgroupuk


WEST WALES COMMUNITY AWARDS 2018

Last week saw Parc Y Scarlets host the West Wales Community Awards (2018) where Owens Group were present as event sponsors.

The event helps showcase and thank those individuals in our community who go that extra mile for no reward.

It is always a humbling experience to hear of acts of true courage, people who give their time to help other wholly, complete dedication to matters, and commitment to trying to make a change.

Ian Owen presented the award for Sporting Excellence - awarded to Scarlets & Wales Rugby Union player Jonathan Davies .

A big well done to all those nominated - you are all winners.


IN NEED OF A STORAGE SOLUTION? WE HAVE THE ANSWER RIGHT HERE!

Contact Barry today for more information! Owens Group have the solution for your storage needs!


LEANNE WOOD - PLAID LEADER - VISITS US TODAY AT HQ

Today, we welcomed Welsh Politician and the leader of Plaid Cymru - Leanne Wood to our HQ.

Leanne was eager to learn what challenges we face as a haulage company, with the majority of our trucks and business based in South Wales.

Huw and Eurof Owen spoke at length about the tough current economic climate, coupled with the effect of the weak Pound in an already weak economy; How do fluctuating and more importantly rising fuel prices affect us as a company, and how do we thus remain competitive whilst maintaining our standards in an extremely competitive and volitile market?

Topical today too is the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK. How can we encourage today's young people into the world of transport?

Leanne was encouraged by our plans for a recruitment drive this summer, where we invite all prospective HGV drivers to come and meet the team, learn about Owens Group and decide for themselves if their future lies with us!

Thank you for visiting us today, our door is always open.


NEW RIGID VEHICLES NOW IN FLEET

As part of our commitment to continued expansion and service to new and existing contracts, Owens Group have invested in a fleet of new rigid vehicles.

This investment allows us to broaden our service availability to customers with more specific transport needs whist also supporting existing customers further organic growth.

All now in fleet and already hitting the roads of the UK!


SCARLETS ANNUAL PLAYER SPONSORS LUNCH

Thank you to the Scarlets for their warm welcome at their annual Player Sponsor's luncheon, held at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli at the end of last month

David Owen was present, who thankfully accepted Leigh Halfpenny's signed jersey for the given season as a gesture of thanks for our sponsorship

We look forward to offering our continued support in 2018/2019




ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF THE ADVERSE WEATHER EARLIER THIS YEAR

Last week, Owens Group welcomed the BBC News to our HQ in Llanelli, South Wales,where economic editor, Kamal Ahmed, reported about the the UK economy's weakest growth since 2012

The economy grew at its slowest rate since 2012 in the first quarter of the year, the Office for National Statistics has said

GDP growth was 0.1% down from 0.4% in the previous quarter

Although the ONS said the extreme weather had had a 'relatively small' impact on the fall in growth, we at Owens Group felt its full force, which cost the business 250,000 during that period where we saw the 'Beast from the East' coupled with 'Storm Emma' bring the country to a virtual halt

Operations Director Ian Owen spoke frankly about these costly effects on the business - costs that will not be recouped very easily

We look positively however to the remainder of 2018


MOTOR TRANSPORT AWARD FINALISTS (2018)

Owens Group are thrilled to have been shortlisted for The Motor Transport Award for Safety In Operation (2018)
This prestigious event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London later this year will host the best in the business.
Being nominated is testament to the relentless work that our safety, maintenance and compliance teams execute day in day out
We always emphasise that safety is of paramount importance to us - we will not tolerate anything less
A huge well done to all who have invested in this - an honor to be nominated in itself
Good luck to all you nominees - we will see you in July!


OWENS GROUP SUPPORTING WALES AIR AMBULANCE

We are proud to announce that we have teamed up with Wales Air Ambulance to help promote the work of their charity across Wales & beyond!

Every year this amazingly worthwhile charity must raise 6.5 million in order to sustain the service

Our aim is to raise as much as we can via the unique donation code which you can text, if safe to do so of course

Help us spread the message and make your donation today by texting OWEN02 and the amount to 70070


Owens v The Beast from the East & Storm Emma

We have been in the news... all over the world
Friday 2nd March saw the country come to a virtual halt as the UK was hit with the worst storm that we have seen for some 50 years
One of our trucks unfortunately found himself stuck in snow and ice at Magor services, near Newport, South Wales. Luckily for him, the Royal Marines were on hand to save the day
A squad helped shunt the back end of the trailer until it built enough traction to move freely back on to the road
The staggering incident was captured by a member of the public on a video phone which was kindly sent to us at HQ to view
The video was rapidly shared through the many mediums of social media & was viral before the end of the night
We have had many requests for permission to share the footage.
It was shown on the BBC & SKY new channels, was shared via the Daily Mail, Daily Star, many local newspapers here to us in South Wales and also an ABC news correspondent in the States spoke of it
We also saw Bear Grylls retweet it an the footage being shown on the UniLad & Ladbible social pages to name but a few
We are now up to 5.7 million views on Facebook alone, with 81.8K shares & 47.3K likes
Group Operations Manager Emyr Owen said: The Beast from the East, couples with Storm Emma, have definitely put us at Owens Group to the test. Our drivers have encountered some drastic weather conditions over the last few days. They have remained extremely professional throughout but some did find themselves in some particularly snowy situations
This video is testament to the massive respect our armed forces deserve. Its times like these people do come together and support eachother as one
Without the Royal Marines at Magor Services yesterday, this driver would have faced many more hours stranded.They did an awesome job in getting us back moving
We would like to thank everyone involved in getting us back on wheels, allowing us to help keep the shelves stocked


CARMARTHENSHIRE SPORT AWARDS

It has been another busy weekend of celebrating success this time at a more local level where we attended the annual Actif Carmarthenshire Sports Awards at Theatre y Ffwrnes Llanelli.

These awards help us recognise the sporting achievements and successes of individuals, sports clubs and school teams, and also allow us to acknowledge the contribution made by dedicated coaches and volunteers without whom many organisations just would not be able to exist.

Some of those nominated for Fridays awards represent their sport on a local, national or even international level. It was a joy to recognise and celebrate their commitment and hard work and the positive impact that their sport gives to the community.

Owens Group were proud main sponsors of the night, and were immensely happy to have been sponsoring the last award of the evening that of Carmarthenshire Sports Personality 2017 awarded to Jonathan Davies International and Scarlets Rugby player.

Another joyous evening amongst true local talent - well done to all those nominated!


WEST WALES BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

Proud winners of the West Wales Business Award for Services 2018 - awarded at Llanelli's Stradey Park Hotel on Friday 19th January.
A true testimony to the hard work executed by our teams day in day out.
Well done all!


2017

OWENS GROUP IN THE MEDIA!

You may have seen or heard plenty of us of late!

Our compliance, safety and training manager Mike Colborne made an appearance on BBCs XRAY with Omar Handi on Thursday 16th October where they discussed the increase in crash for cash scams that costs the insurance industry some 300m every year & Owens Groups commitment to protecting our property & drivers with fitting out all 300 of our vehicles with camera & recording equipment. Watch the clip here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0991htt

We were also proud to have played a small part in helping move materials in Swansea for the fabulous DIY SOS programme (Children in Need special) due to be aired mid-November. The team alongside the Root Foundation, Swansea and BBCs Children in Need really do produce miracles. Look out for a clip of our trucks when the show is aired!

Lastly, we welcomed Phill Hoyles and his team from Swansea Sound to our HQ in Dafen last Friday! What fun we all had! The show was aired live from our site, including inside a truck! Listeners got to hear about or recruitment drive, where we are eager for anyone to get in touch if they think they have something to offer our team be it van drivers, class 1 & 2 drivers, warehouse operatives, office staff, technical and maintenance staff the list is endless and not just for Christmas might we add!
Keep an eye on our website for updated vacancies!


Media Wales Top 100 Companies in South West Wales 2017

September was quite a month for us at Owens Group!
Not only were we honored with the Safety Award @ the Logistics Awards, we also made the Media Wales Top 100 Companies in South West Wales (in partnership with Barclays and PwC) listings!
Owens Group sit proudly in 16th position, just short of huge leaders such as Admiral, Sinclair Motor Holdings & Swansea City Football Club to name but a few.
Media Wales wrote 'Owens Road Services is well known throughout the area, employing more than 500 people. The company is a true local success story starting with one van in 1970 it grew to employ more than 100 people by 1990 and began accepting European work in 1992. In 2008 Owens opened its first English depot in Worcestershire, followed by the acquisition of the former Panasonic site in Baglan in 2010'
Another acknowledgement of our continued success! Well done all!


SHD LOGISTICS SAFETY AWARD WINNERS!

Owens Group were honoured with the Safety Award at the industry night of the year! On Thursday 21 September 2017, the team proudly accepted The Logistics Award for safety, presented by comedian Paul Sinha in front of the UK logistics industry.

Owens Group won for its commitment to safety sponsored by Mentor. After dinner comedian Paul Sinha, better known as The Sinnerman on ITVs The Chase, entertained guests with 20 minutes of stand-up, before acknowledging the achievements in 12 main categories.

Owens Group are overwhelmed to have won this award. This is acknowledgement of the tireless work inputted by our teams. Safety is of paramount to us and it is a subject that we will not compromise on. Brother's Huw & Eurof Owen proudly received the award on behalf of the teams!


Owens Sponsor Leigh Halfpenny

Owens are very delighted to announce that we are Leigh Halfpenny's sponsor with the Scarlets for the forthcoming 2017/2018 season.

Leigh has spent the last three seasons at RC Toulon but will be joining the Scarlets on a three-year national dual contract ahead of the coming season.


20 NEW SCANIA'S IN FLEET!

We are excited to announce that due to new contract wins and increased volumes, we have taken delivery of 20 Scania New Generation types R & S into fleet!

This delivery has been instrumental to our commitment to continued business development, allowing us to service customers with 100% reliability

These vehicles have a 'Euro 6' engine specification which meets the latest EU emission requirements. The units are the most recent models on the market, offering improved aerodynamics, internal cab space and safety features, and are 5% more efficient than previous models

We look forward to sharing our feedback with you all over the next coming weeks!


New website launched!

We're excited to announce that our new website is live and refreshed. The new look and feel is to make your experience that much better. When we started the project our mission goal was to make our new website user friendly, focusing on useful information and facts, complemented with stunning high-resolution images.

You will find links to all our social media sources, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Join us to keep up to speed with what's going on. We hope you like the changes and if you have any feedback then please let us know via the contact page.