EST founder Edwin Shirley dies

Edwin Shirley, the man behind legendary entertainment logistics firm EST, has died.

The company, which started in 1974 with just a second-hand bread van, soon expanded to become one of the leading players in the rock and roll trucking industry.

Under the slogan ‘You Rock We Roll’ it provided logistics for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Paul McCartney.

In 2011 it merged with Transam Trucking and continued to trade in tandem with Transam’s existing premises in Suffolk, with a satellite depot and office maintained in Woolwich, south London.

Del Roll, at EST, confirmed Edwin passed away on Tuesday morning (16th April).

Road Transport Media acquires Campbell Automotive

Road Transport Media, the owner of Commercial Motor, Motor Transport, Truck & Driver, TruckNet UK and Tip-ex, has added data marketing to its portfolio with the acquisition of the brands and assets of Campbell Automotive, a business focused on the provision of data services for the truck and van sector.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, will give Road Transport Media clients access to an unrivalled database of UK commercial vehicle operators, along with a team of specialist data analysts to manage the data on their behalf.

“This is a very significant acquisition for our business,” said Andy Salter, managing director of Road Transport Media. “Since we set the business up through the acquisition of Commercial Motor, Motor Transport and Truck & Driver from Reed Business Information in 2011, we have had data services very much in our plan, and thus the Campbell acquisition is an important step forward for us.”

Campbell Automotive employs 10 members of staff at its Leyland, Lancashire, headquarters and all will be transferring to Road Transport Media as part of the acquisition. “We are delighted to welcome the Campbell team into the fold,” added Salter. “The staff at Leyland are specialists in data marketing and we will be working together with Tim Campbell, the former owner, to continue the development of the business in the coming years.”

Campbell Automotive, a division of Road Transport Media, offers a wide range of data marketing services covering list rental, data cleansing, data management, lead generation and telemarketing.

For more information, please contact Andy Salter: 07767495301 or