P W Gates Distribution Ltd
Proud Sponsor of the Special Recognition Award
P W Gates has a 40 year history in the road transport business, having evolved from a self-drive van hire operation during the long hot summer of 1976 into a full-service logistics supplier.
Starting with a couple of battered ex-hire vans, we now operate a modern fleet of over 30 vehicles and 42 trailers from our two sites in Welwyn Garden City.
From just the eponymous owner and a casual driver or two we now have around 80 local employees, including four directors and four managers, running a 24 hour a day operation.
Our two warehouse sites in Welwyn Garden City total 162,000 square feet of storage and handling space, 60,000 of which are dedicated to a 24 hour pallet handling hub operation and the rest to storage of customer products. The range of goods stored includes fine chemicals, food, engineering and consumer goods for customers as widely spread as Bulgaria, Spain and Canada as well as UK-wide.
Customers have full visibility of their warehouse stock and deliveries, whether collected from their premises or despatched from ours, though our on-line booking system. This allows signed delivery receipts to be viewed within minutes of the delivery taking place and a current project is to link our satellite tracking devices on board our vehicles to the booking system to relay live tracking data.
We are currently preparing to be audited by BSI against the ISO9002:2015 Quality Standard and we intend to follow with accreditation to the BRC Food Safety Standard for Storage and Distribution. The aim is to put quality and accountability at the heart of everything we do, to benefit our customers, our staff, our suppliers and any other person or organisation with whom we come in contact.
As well as storage and transport, we also operate a commercial vehicle workshop which, as well as looking after the maintenance needs of our own vehicles and trailers, offers servicing, MOT preparation, brake testing and tyre supply to a number of other fleet operators in the local area.
In addition to our sponsorship of the Special Recognition Award category within the Welwyn Hatfield Times School Awards, we often support local charities with donations and loan of vehicles for use in fund-raising events as we believe in putting something back into the community.
For further information please see our website: www.pwgates.co.uk