1970s: The launch of a lasting legacy

 

Despite the 70s being a decade of economic struggle, it was one that also epitomised influential change.

Seeing the rise of music that shaped a generation, technological innovations and political influences that demanded the modification of the status quo, the 1970s were incredibly powerful for all corners of society.

The 1970s are vitally important to us as a business because, in 1971, Alan R Jones took to the wheel and established the South Wales business that we know and love today.

 

1971: Spring is a time for fresh starts

While still working at Llanwern Steelworks, in the spring of 1971, Alan bought a used Bedford TK from a local food distribution business. The truck was in a state of disrepair and over the following months it was given the TLC it desperately needed to get it roadworthy.

Putting the wheels in motion in the summer, Alan officially left his job and started Alan R Jones and Sons as an owner-driver.

Conducting general haulage jobs for other hauliers in the region, using clearing houses/brokers and learning his trade, this continued until 1973…

 

1973: The State of Emergency

For much of the UK, 1973 was a year that has been declared as one of the most significant years of the 20th century. The power cuts, the oil crisis, the three-day working week, miners’ strike, the list goes on…

However, 1973 was a year of significant change for Alan R Jones and Sons for much more positive reasons.

Every cloud has a silver lining and in 1973, the business saw the arrival of a brand-new Leyland Super Comet 16 tonne rigid vehicle, and the relationship between Alan and a local bridge-building company began.

What was originally meant to be just a few days’ work, resulted in a long-standing business association with Alan doing daily haulage jobs. And, so began the business’ ethos of customer commitment, determination and passion for service.

 

1979: The Sons of Alan R Jones and Sons

In 1979, Alan R Jones and Sons saw Alan’s eldest son Peter join the business aged 21.

Driving a 3.5 tonne Ford Transit pick up doing urgent deliveries, Peter was in the process of completing his HGV fitter’s apprenticeship and was a newly qualified HGV licence holder – qualifications which were supported by the business.

This rhetoric is something that is still incredibly important to the business today, the commitment to support personal and professional development within the relevant field of expertise is celebrated at ARJ.

Back to 1979…

Seeing the arrival of a second brand new 16 tonne vehicle in the summer, Peter hung up his keys to the transit and took to the cab of the Daf 2100 as a fully qualified HGV driver. Peter continued to support the business by working alongside his father to continue conducting a range of general haulage jobs and ongoing work for the longstanding bridge-building client.

 

The first decade of business for Alan R Jones was one that helped to put the family run business on the map, particularly amongst the local businesses within South Wales.

With the family run aspect at the heart of the business’ incorporation, in its 50 year legacy that is something that is reflected within all business activity. Alan R Jones and Sons remains committed to its heritage, by keeping in close correspondence with clients to deliver above and beyond service that acts as an extension to business process.

Next month we will be looking into the business history of the 80s… Stay tuned!

 

 

Palletline continues to develop and provide a quality service supporting its members across the UK

As we approach the end of 2020, Palletline has recently launched its third edition of the Palletline Today newsletter.

Keeping members informed of Palletline’s success, as well as good news stories from the last few months, the distribution company is bringing positive news to close off a challenging year.

After winning Haulier of the Year at this year’s Wales Transport Awards, we feature on page 3 of the newsletter, documenting our commitment to our clients and our strong delivery of services over the last twelve months!

You can read the newsletter here: https://www.palletline.co.uk/contentfiles/Newsletter03/.

We are your winners!

 

You may have seen our blog recently that announced that we were named as finalists in this year’s Wales Transport Awards? If you didn’t, that doesn’t matter because… WE WON!

We have been named as Haulier of the Year 2020 in the Wales Transport Awards!

After what can only be considered as a truly influential year for the transport sector, we are thrilled to have been awarded this accolade for our delivery of outstanding standards of performance.

Rewarding excellence in Wales’ transportation sector, the awards celebrate the industry that serves as this country’s backbone. However, even more so this year, the transport sector was coined with essential worker status and we all had our part to play in keeping the supply chain moving and supporting our fellow key workers.

Remaining operational and maintaining communication with our clients during the nationwide lockdown was imperative to ensure we delivered the same level of support and service our customers have come to expect. This was recognised by the judges and we were commended for going truly above and beyond for our clients.

“I am both thrilled and very proud of the long serving team here at ARJ who, day in and day out, provide fantastic service and dedication to our loyal and valued customers. This award is a reflection of their skills and myself and my board of directors express our gratitude to everyone who has played their part in achieving such an amazing accolade,” commented Managing Director, Ray Clegg.

As we quickly approach our fiftieth year in business, this is an incredible start to the next half a century!

To find out more about our industry award wins, please click here. 

 

 

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly… ARJ’s Holiday Hours

After a rather difficult year, we’re all hoping for some normality come Christmas time. So, if you’re starting to deck the halls, or are planning on walking in a winter wonderland… make sure your collections and deliveries are on the road before the big day.

As we approach the most wonderful time of the year, here are our festive opening hours!

 

Wednesday 23rd December – Normal Working Day.

  1. Next Day Collected freight delivered Thursday 24th December
  2. Eco Collected Freight Delivered Tuesday 29th December

Thursday 24th December – Deliveries only no collections.

Friday 25th December Closed.

Saturday 26th December Closed.

Sunday 27th December Closed.

Monday 28th December Closed.

Tuesday 29th December – Normal working Day.

Wednesday 30th December – Normal working Day.

  1. Next day collected Freight delivered 31st December
  2. Eco Collected Freight delivered Monday 4th January

Thursday 31st December – Deliveries only no collections.

Friday 01st January – Closed.

Saturday 02nd January Closed.

Sunday 03rd January Closed.

Monday 04th January 2021 – Normal Operations and Service resume

(for Offshore Delivery and Collection please contact the depot for advice on shipping and delivery dates)

 

If you have any queries on the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Otherwise, on behalf of the entire team at Alan R Jones and Sons, thank you for your continued support over the last twelve months, and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Where there’s a will, there’s a way…

 

As the old saying goes, it’s better late than never and that stacks up for our charity golf day which happens to be our best-ball yet…

A much anticipated event in our annual calendar, our charity golf day is one that both staff and clients look forward too. Although the future looked bleak for the golf day’s scheduled date in June, we kept our eye on the ball to do what we could to ensure we kept up our tradition of raising vital funds for Velindre Cancer Centre, even in uncertain times.

With lockdown restrictions lifting and the determination to get above par, we hosted our charity golf day in September and raised an impressive £1,840 for our charity of choice.

As a business that is Newport born and bred, Tredegar Park Golf Club was the ideal location to sink a putt in the name of charity. Taking to the green with 24 players in town, the Par 72 course presented an enjoyable challenge for all levels of players with beautiful, undulating views of local Rogerstone.

“Our golf day is just one aspect of our annual fundraising activities and tends to act as a springboard for the other events we run throughout the year. After an unpredictable few months, it was important for us to host this event, if restrictions allowed, to raise vital charitable funds and also to give staff and clients something to look forward too after a challenging year. We are over the moon with the money raised for Velindre and would like to thank each and every person who donated and played,” commented Managing Director, Ray Clegg.

Our charity of choice, Velindre Cancer Centre, is a specialist facility that provides valuable services to over 1.5 million people in South East Wales and beyond. The money raised will help Velindre to continue to do the wonderful work it does and is a charity that is very close to our heart.

To find out more about Velindre Cancer Centre, please visit www.velindrecc.wales.nhs.uk/.

Keep an eye out on our social media channels to find out more about any charity events we have coming up over the next few months.

ARJ Named as Finalists in Wales Transport Awards 2020

Here at Alan R Jones and Sons, we are thrilled to announce that we have recently been named as a finalist in this year’s Wales Transport Awards. Potentially the most influential year for the transport industry, we’ve been shortlisted in the prestigious category – Haulier of the Year.

Rewarding excellence in Wales’ transport sector, the awards aim to celebrate the industry that is the backbone of the Welsh economy. More so this year, the awards recognise the unsung heroes that have worked to keep the supply chain moving during unprecedented times.

With a heritage spanning almost 50 years and a commitment to providing outstanding customer service and support that is enhanced with a spirit of innovation, we remained operational throughout coronavirus pandemic. Supporting our clients with any queries they had and helping to keep the UK’s supply chain moving during these times, was just one of the reasons why we have been recognised within this coveted category.

Ray Clegg, Managing Director at Alan R Jones and Sons, commented: “Approaching our 50th year, we’ve remained as passionate and determined as ever to provide our customers with unparalleled logistical support. Named as key workers in the beginning and following the guidance for essential work in the logistics sector, we have been communicating with our staff and clients at all times to keep business moving. We are proud to be named as finalists in the Wales Transport Awards; it is a testament to the hard work and commitment the entire team has put in.”

This year, the Wales Transport Awards are being held virtually on Friday 9th October. To find out more, please visit www.walestransportawards.co.uk.

 

Just a note to say, thank you…

As the UK is slowly but surely easing its way out of lockdown, now seems like a good time to take a breath and reflect on what the last few months have meant for us as a business.

Coined with key worker status in the very beginning, the logistics sector was instrumental in keeping the supply chain moving. The term, ‘adapt and overcome’ comes to mind, and that was exactly what we set out to do.

For almost 50 years, we have been renowned­ as a company that genuinely cares for its staff and customers. With a family ethos running true in everything we do, we made it our mission to ensure we operated as safely as possible, with the appropriate guidance in place to instil confidence in all persons affiliated with our business.

During difficult times, coming together to support each other is the fundamental driver to keeping spirits up and holding onto hope that the storm will pass. As we are reaching a certain level of normality, we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you…

We remained operational to support our clients and the rest of the UK as best we could, we were open and transparent about the measures we put in place and ensured that we communicated this to staff and customers, reassuring them of the protocols we were following. But most of all, we were loyal and supportive and that is exactly what we are and always will be.

So, to our valued members of staff and clients, thank you for your hard work, understanding and determination to keep our wheels turning during these unprecedented times. We are incredibly grateful for your continued support and loyalty and hope that we can continue to build upon these great relationships as we edge our way out of the coronavirus pandemic.

We are here for you, so if you need any support, assistance or guidance, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.

Diolch yn fawr,

Ray Clegg, Managing Director at Alan R Jones.

Warehousing with all the trimmings

How many grams are in a kilogram? How many metres are in a kilometre? How many pallet spaces have become available in our warehouse? Three questions, and the answer is the same for all of them…

Although the demand for warehousing space has increased exponentially across the UK as a result of changing buyers’ habits due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve got 1,000 pallet spaces in our warehouse in Newport, South Wales.

You may see our tractors and trailers on the roads of the UK, but there’s more than meets the eye with us.

Not only supporting your business with transport requirements, but we also offer an all-encompassing warehousing and storage solution (as well as a whole host of other things!), that are available independently or part of a wider logistical package.

With a passion for customer service, you can have complete faith that your stock and storage will be handled with care, to a standard that you’d expect. With great transport links to the M4 and competitive rates, all of our warehousing solutions are safe, secure and obtainable on short or long-term arrangements.

But that’s not all, our warehousing and storage offering comes with all the trimmings. From container handling, de-stuffing and packing, to on-site forklifts – our warehouse is alarmed and armed with around the clock CCTV protection, giving you the peace of mind you need when housing your stock.

As a local, family-run business with a heritage spanning almost 50 years, we’re committed to providing our customers with the services they need coupled with unparalleled customer support.

So, with 1,000 spaces to spare, get in touch with us today if you require a pallet storage solution you can rely on.

Service with a smile…

At Alan R Jones, we pride ourselves on our customer service and are committed to ensuring that all our members of staff share the same passion for our family-run heritage.

Although the journey over the last few months has been difficult, we haven’t allowed that to dampen our spirits and we have been working with the same level of enthusiasm and passion for customer service as we always have.

But, don’t just take our word for it…

Receiving positive client feedback is a fantastic way to boost morale and a reminder that our service doesn’t go unrecognised. One of our drivers, Adrian Hodgson has recently received a great formal ‘thank you’ from Victoria in Caerphilly for his customer service and his patience in a recent delivery of sheet metal.

“Adrian Hodgson has just delivered a pallet to us and I wanted to send a formal thank you to him for such a brilliant service. 

The pallet was of sheet metal and was an obscure size, too low for his lifts and too heavy for us to carry manually. It was also awkwardly packaged with metal straps. It took some time but he was extremely helpful.

As it was not possible to offload the pallet as a whole from the lorry, he helped open and check the package and offload the metal with us one sheet at a time. Before even doing this, he had to wait for our binmen to finish collecting along the street to fit the lorry as well! 

This was a difficult and unnecessarily awkward delivery for him due to the way the company we bought from had dispatched the pallet. So, I apologise to him for how long this drop off took but would like to provide recognition to thank him for his patience, helpfulness and understanding, without any complaint whatsoever on his part!

A very lovely delivery driver who is doing your company proud.”

Whatever the logistical challenge, we are more than happy to help and will always offer our customers the same level of customer service and professionalism they deserve.

If you need support, get in touch with us today sales@alanrjones.co.uk.

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

The last few months have been a challenge for the entire nation, but as the common saying goes, ‘when it rains, look for rainbows’ and that is exactly what the UK has done throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

As an industry that has been deemed as essential, the logistics sector has been doing what it can to keep the supply chain moving. Despite the difficulties, it is important to look for the positives and for us, there has been one that has brightened the journey for us – the fuel price decrease.

Searching for the silver lining, this decrease has meant that, for the first time in a long time, we have been able to pass on our savings at the fuel pumps to our valued clients.

Our fuel surcharge (the fee that covers fluctuations in fuel prices) is now at 0%, meaning that we have been able to support our clients during this uncertain time to make savings, whilst keeping the wheels in motion to ensure they can operate as safely as possible.

Whilst we are delighted that the surcharge and fuel costs have decreased, it is now more important than ever that we pledge our support to the Fair Fuel UK campaign. The Fair Fuel UK campaign is a non-profit organisation that works to ensure that pump prices reflect oil prices, allowing businesses like ours to pass on the benefits to our customers.

If you have any queries or need any additional support during this time, please get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to help in any way we can.

We’d like to thank all our customers and staff for their support and we hope that you’re keeping safe and well.

To find out more about the Fair Fuel UK campaign, please visit: www.fairfueluk.com/.