Ferguson Transport & Shipping Wins Business of the Year
Ferguson Transport & Shipping were delighted to have won Business of the Year at the annual Lochaber Ideas Week Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Fort William, 20th November 2015. The awards celebrated successes in the following categories within Lochaber for: Business of the Year, Local Hero and Small Biz of the Year.
Ferguson Transport & Shipping’s entry was based on the strength of its contribution to the local economy and its considerable and continued investment to provide employment locally and nationally – currently employing 190 staff to service customer requirements. Focus on training employees is vital and Ferguson Transport & Shipping recognise that there is a local skills shortage particularly in the engineering, HGV driving and marine sectors. Ferguson Transport & Shipping continue to work in collaboration with schools and colleges throughout the West Coast of Scotland, to endeavour to create a long term plan to produce the necessary skill set for the local labour force, therefore allowing opportunities to keep young people in the area. Internally, Ferguson Transport & Shipping encourage staff to develop their skill sets, give information to those looking to change their career; often ex-service personnel hoping to retrain and join the industry.
Ferguson Transport & Shipping are one of Scotland’s fastest growing logistic companies. The family business initially started with a horse and cart and now following continued growth, has a fleet of over 70 trucks and 170 trailers operating throughout the UK, six shipping vessels operating from the West Coast of Scotland and Ireland, Port and Warehousing Facilities at Kishorn, warehousing at Mallaig, rail swap bodies travelling from Grangemouth to the South of England and future plans to build an integrated rail terminal in Corpach. In conjunction with its logistic operations at Kishorn, there is a 50:50 JV with Ferguson Transport (Spean Bridge) Ltd and the quarry company Leiths (Scotland) Ltd, which forms KPL (Kishorn Port Ltd). The aim of KPL is to re-establish the Dry Dock and regenerate facilities at Kishorn Port and Dry Dock for the following industries: marine, renewables, oil & gas, decommissioning, and extension of life for drilling rigs and semi-submersible oil & gas structures.
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