Edd Stobart launches own haulage firm

The son of Eddie Stobart Logistics (ESL) chief executive William Stobart, Edd, has set up his own haulage firm, named WS Transportation.

The company was incorporated in March, the same month Stobart Group revealed its plans to partially divest its
transport and logistics business creating ESL.

Former MD of Stobart Group’s fleet division David Cox is also listed as a director in the firm’s incorporation documents, published at Companies House.

A spokesman for ESL said WS Transportation will operate independently from the newly formed company.

It will however provide a small amount of sub-contracted work to ESL, as well as “more specialist work”.

WS Transportation has been granted permission to operate 15 vehicles and 30 trailers from steel firm Severfield Watson’s site in Bolton.

It has also been authorised to run 30 vehicles and 30 trailers from a Runcorn operating centre. Both operating centres have been transferred from an O-licence held by ESL.

WS Transportation director Edd gained his HGV driving licence in 2011 when he was 20-years-old (pictured).

The partial divestment and subsequent creation of ESL completed last month. Under the terms of the deal Stobart Group has retained a 49% stake and part of ESL’s fleet will carry out work for the group’s Biomass fuel supply business.