Today, the company has migrated out of the South West and operates from 23 sites spread from the West Country to Scotland. We have 600 trucks covering 80 million kilometres per year, 1,900 employees and an annual turnover in excess of £165 million.
Before he retired, Jack Gregory was joined in the business by his middle son, John, who had been General Manager for Transamerica Integrated Container Services for Australasia and the South Pacific region. When John joined the business it had grown to 41 employees, 36 vehicles and a £1.1 million turnover.
Turnover reached £8.5 million and, with the North Tawton depot at saturation point, 12 acres of land were purchased at Cullompton in Devon for a new regional distribution centre.
The company name was changed to Gregory Distribution Ltd. The brown and gold livery was retained as it provided an important link between the past and present.
The deregulation of the dairy industry provided an opportunity to become a significant ex-farm haulier. The company was awarded milk contracts by the newly-formed Milk Marque and started providing ex-farm milk collections for Torrington, Crediton and Chard. The operation involved collections from over 2,000 farms, with over 300 staff, a fleet of 140 farm and transhipment tankers. This expansion added to the company turnover, which was now £23.6 million.
Membership of the Palletline network was gained with the acquisition of Premier Distribution Ltd, which added further multi-drop distribution to an already expansive operation at Cullompton. Later that year, Western Freights in Keynsham was acquired and company turnover increased to £36 million.