If you want to go far, go together!

Some say that red and blue don’t go together… our maiden voyage to Fagan & Whalley in Lancashire proved otherwise! And what better candidate to steer the way than Dave Fowler, who’s been with us for 18 years?

Dave hit the road with his 50th Anniversary truck and headed ‘ooop north’ to safely deliver goods to Fagan & Whalley’s BRC Accredited warehouse at Burnley Bridge.

After making his delivery and meeting members of our newly extended driving family at Fagan & Whalley’s BRC accredited warehouse in Burnley, Dave made the short trip to the Padiham Depot for a well-deserved wash (the truck, of course!)

Dropping his trailer and coupling up to a new Fagan & Whalley Dennison trailer made for a superb photo opportunity. What you see here is a product of almost 150 years’ combined experience in the logistics industry. Two family brands coupled up to deliver the very best service and customer experience.

And now we’re officially on the road together, from the south west to the north west – we’ve truly got you covered!

Missed the big announcement? Read the full story on Alan R Jones becoming part of the Fagan & Whalley family.

Thanks for everything, Ray!

Ray Clegg has been at the beating heart of our business for the past 11 years. Stepping up to Managing Director as part of a management buy-out in 2018. Leading our 50th anniversary celebrations last year. And most recently, handing the reins over as we became part of the Fagan and Whalley family.

His undeterred commitment and genuine passion for the logistics industry have been invaluable in driving our business forward. And now, he’s ready for the next step of his journey. Which means it’s time for us to say thank you.

We’re truly grateful for everything Ray has done for Alan R Jones. His clear vision has successfully steered us to grow – while keeping a sharp focus on the things that matter most. Our people.

Ray has played an instrumental role in building a positive culture that will last long after he officially hangs up his Alan R Jones coat. Especially as he’s extended our family with Fagan and Whalley, who share all the same values that are rooted in our 50-year history.

That said, it’s not time to say goodbye. An industry veteran and board member of the Road Haulage Association, Ray has logistics running through his veins. So, as we move forward with our next chapter, we know Ray will still be on hand to share his pearls of wisdom (and bad jokes)!

From everyone here at Alan R Jones, we appreciate all that you’ve done to make us a leading logistics partner in South Wales and an amazing place to work. Thanks for everything, Ray – we couldn’t have done it without you!

We’re now part of the Fagan & Whalley Family!

Alan R Jones acquisition by Fagan & Whalley

We’re excited to announce that Alan R Jones & Sons is now part of the Fagan & Whalley family!

Based in the North West of England, Fagan & Whalley has a fleet of 170 vehicles and five operational sites across the UK, including a 200,000 sq. ft. warehousing and distribution depot recently launched in Blackburn. Combined with our 39 commercial vehicles, 40,000 sq. ft. of warehousing space, and strategically located distribution depot, this makes for a compelling warehousing and logistics offering.

But this match is not only strategic, it’s one that makes sense. Fagan & Whalley is a business that, having been built up from an initially small operation just like our own was, holds similar core values and celebrates an excellent reputation in the North West and throughout England.

With this move comes increased potential for further scale and growth and we’re really looking forward to what promises to be a bright future with Fagan & Whalley.

In the meantime, it’s very much business as usual here at ARJ. To learn more about Fagan & Whalley, and why it’s such a good fit, please visit the website.

Wearing Red this February

This Friday, we at Alan R Jones will be wearing red to raise money for the wonderful Velindre Cancer Centre and we would like to encourage everyone to get involved in #WearRed2022 for a fantastic cause.

Wear Red is an annual campaign with the aim to raise funds and awareness to support the Velindre Cancer Centre with their services and resources that go a long way to helping their patients. This year, the Wear Red event lands on Friday 4th February, just in time for the start of the Six Nations.

On Friday, wear red and donate just £1 to Velindre to support both the Premier Cancer Centre and the Wales’ Premier Rugby Teams. Also, everyone that signs up will be in with a chance to win a visit from one of the three Wear Red Ambassadors after the event, so keep your fingers crossed!

If you would like to go one step further you can host a fundraising event for Wear Red, whether it be a raffle, a bake sale, a quiz, you name it! Get in touch with Velindre at info@velindrefundraising.com or 02920 316 211 if you would like to plan an event with the Fundraising Team.

 

It is quick and easy to register for donation, just click here to sign up before Friday 4th February.

 

ARJ puts health and safety first with new defibrillator and training

This month saw ARJ install a brand new defibrillator at our head office. In the unfortunate event that we would need to use it, it’s comforting to know that we are ready to deal with the situation – even more so as five of our staff have now received formal training on how to use it.

In the past year, we have all been reminded of how important defibrillators can be and that they really can save lives. It is great to see that many other businesses are agreeing on this same idea to have more readily available defibrillators in places of work as well as public places. We urge any of our clients and supporting businesses to do the same if possible.

It’s important to us that we look after our staff and loved ones as best as possible and this helps us to do so while keeping the health and wellbeing of our people at the top of our priorities.

“We are very grateful that we have been able to get the defibrillator installed,” said Managing Director, Ray Clegg. “We are always looking for ways to raise standards in the company and look after our people as best we can. Hopefully it will never be needed, but if it is, we know we are fully prepared.”

We would like to offer our thanks to the professionals that provided the essential operative training for our team.

A beary exciting raffle for Velindre Cancer Centre

It is that time of year once again… enter our raffle to win some cuddly teddy bears and raise some money for a great cause (or should we say claws!). As always, we will be supporting the amazing Velindre Cancer Centre who we have been proud assist for a number of years and are very close to us. We think that bears should always be considered part of a family. As a beary family-centered business, we encourage you to get involved and give these bears a new home.

 

Our raffle last year was an un-bear-lievable success, with Alan the Bear being the grand prize. So, why not continue the tradition? This time around, we have not one, not two, but five adorable teds up for grabs! A green dinosaur, a teddy bear, a monkey, an elephant and a pink unicorn are all waiting for new owners. If you win, we promise you’ll be stuffed with excitement.

 

The Velindre Cancer Centre provides a range of services from clinical trials and world class medical research to virtual consultations. Like ourselves, they pride themselves on their accountable and caring values. All funds raised for Velindre will help them to provide these services that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise, so, we are happy to help them in any way we can.

 

The tickets are a bargain at £2 for one strip or £5 for 3 strips, so be sure to get your paws on these as soon as you can.

For tickets, please visit or call the office on 01633 272522 and ask for Dan Jones. We will announce the winning tickets on Wednesday 15th December 2021.

Bear-st of luck!

 

It’s that time of year: here’s our holiday working hours!

Holiday opening hours

You might not want to think about it quite just yet, but the holiday season is nearly upon us! If you have a festive delivery that needs to get around the world overnight (unfortunately we don’t have a sleigh freight option… yet), check out our holiday working hours to make sure you’re not caught with your stockings down!

 

Thursday 23rd December – Normal working day

  • Next day collected freight delivered 24th December AM only
  • Eco collected freight delivered Tuesday 29th Wednesday 29th

Friday 24th December – Deliveries only no collections

Saturday 25th December – Closed

Sunday   26th December – Closed

Monday 27th December – Closed

Tuesday 28th December – Closed

Wednesday 29th December – Normal working day

Thursday 30th December – Normal working day

  • Next day collected freight delivered 31st AM only
  • Eco collected freight delivered Tuesday 04th January 2022

Friday 31st January –

  • Next day collected freight delivered Tuesday 04th
  • Eco collected freight delivered Wednesday 05th

Saturday 01st January – Closed

Sunday 02nd January – Closed

Monday 03rd January – Closed

Tuesday 04th January 2022 – Normal working day

For offshore delivery and collection, please contact the depot for advice on shipping and delivery dates

 

If you have any questions about the above, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!

From all of us at ARJ, we hope you have a holly jolly festive season!

RHA Heroes nomination: ARJ’s traffic administration team

In all the excitement over our 50 years celebrations, we forgot to mention a very special achievement for our administration team, who were nominated for an RHA Heroes award this year!

After such strange, trying time for the haulage industry (and the rest of the world), we are so grateful for programmes like this from the Road Haulage Association, recognising the people and teams who have gone above and beyond to keep the world turning over the last year.

Our entire team certainly fit that description, going the distance every day to ensure our partners get the quality service they expect and deserve.

But of course, the wheels wouldn’t be spinning without our dedicated administration team who turn complex logistical requirements into reality. The brains behind our fleet’s brawn, they are completely deserving of this nomination.

We’ve been a proud member of the RHA for many years now, with our Managing Director, Ray Clegg, now representing Wales on their board of directors.

“This nomination came during a time of celebration for us, but a difficult time for the road transport industry in the UK. We’re very grateful that the hard work of our administration team has been thrown into the spotlight,” commented Ray.

“While we didn’t take out the top prize this year, it is a huge accomplishment to even be nominated, and means so much to us.”

Well done to the administration team, you have always been our heroes!

To find out more about the RHA Heroes awards, visit https://www.rha.uk.net/Events/RHA-Heroes.

What a day: the ARJ Family Fun Day

We’d like to say a big thank you to all who joined us in celebrating 50 years of Alan R Jones & Sons at the Family Fun Day, which certainly lived up to its name.

The atmosphere was electric as we all came together at the Newport depot on Saturday, made extra special by many long-awaited reunions with people we’d missed seeing face-to-face over the last year and a half.

As Ray so eloquently put it in his welcome speech: “If you want to go fast in this industry, you’ll go it alone. If you want to go far, however, you must stick together.” This attitude was championed throughout the rest of the speeches, which paid tribute to the longstanding relationships we’ve formed over the last 5 decades on the road.

Friends and family of the ARJ team celebrated the day with fun-filled activities designed to keep kids of all ages happy, including an opportunity climb up into the cab of our specially liveried anniversary truck.

Our huge undercover canopy normally used for loading and unloading trailers contained a huge bouncy castle, inflatable slide, and face painting for the kids, plus an impressive assembly line of dedicated barbecue artists dishing out treats for the rest.

Entertainment in the marquee ranged from funfair games to a live band, who saw the dance floor heaving before long. Despite the heavens opening to bless us with a few torrential downpours, the marquee held strong, and we all pitched in at times to keep the incoming flood of rain away from the band!

Never missing a chance to support Velindre Cancer Centre, we raised almost £300 through our charity raffle, with our very own matriarch Margaret Jones scoring the top prize.

Tote bags were handed out as a thank you to guests on their way out, filled with commemorative gifts, including cans of special edition ‘Alan R Jones & Sons: 50 years’ beer brewed by Tiny Rebel – a valued partner of ours for almost a decade now.

“It was fantastic to see everyone making the effort to mark this terrific milestone,” said Ray. “The event was a real testament to the strong bonds we’ve formed within our ARJ family.”

To friends and family alike, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you – we couldn’t have come this far without you. Here’s to going the distance in the next decades to come!

 

Representing Wales within the RHA

Dedicated to the interests of the road haulage industry, the Road Haulage Association (RHA), is the only trade association in the UK to specialise solely on delivering advice and counsel for road transport operators.

Responsible for campaigning, offering guidance, training and information the RHA is the go-to body for all things UK haulage.

As loyal members of the RHA for many years, we’ve recently gone one step further…

We’re thrilled to announce that our Managing Director, Ray Clegg is now firmly positioned on the Board of Directors, representing Wales.

With over 7,000 members across the UK, the RHA provides immediate access to everything a business will need to run a compliant operation that is bolstered by industry knowledge and local and national expertise. However, to date there has never been an elected board member to represent Wales as a nation.

Until now…

“Following a re-organisation of the various RHA regions the non-executive board now has a member for Wales. I was humbled to be elected to represent our fantastic industry in Wales and to ensure the voice of the transport industry in Wales is heard.

“The RHA is member led and having a dedicated elected member to ensure our small but mighty nation of fantastic RHA members is recognised and heard is a major step forward. I am thoroughly looking forward to serving on behalf of you all,” commented Ray on his recent appointment.

To find out more about the RHA, please visit www.rha.uk.net/.