A SCOTTISH logistics company with around 150 vehicles and more than 200 staff has been acquired by an English player.

The Pollock business has been bought by Gregory Distribution, based at Exeter in Devon. The price has not been disclosed.

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The takeover covers Pollock (Holding) and subsidiaries Pollock (Scotrans) and Pollock Express. The buyer said Bathgate-based Pollock will, under its new ownership, operate alongside Gregory Distribution, ARR Craib and the Devon firm’s joint venture with Hayton Coulthard. ARR Craib was acquired by family-owned Gregory in 2018.

Gregory Distribution said: “This acquisition will considerably enhance Gregory’s already significant presence in the Scottish transport and logistics market particularly as it includes over 55,000 sq ft of warehousing located at the Bathgate headquarters.”

Scott Pollock, whose family has owned Pollock for around 80 years, said: “We feel that the time is right for Pollock to become part of a bigger group and I look forward to realising the opportunities which this brings. As a family-owned company, Gregory’s shares the same values as ourselves.”

John Gregory, chief executive of Gregory Distribution and a member of the family which owns the Devon-based business, noted Pollock had “more than 80 years of serving many fantastic companies, both within Scotland and to and from England”.

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He added: “We will be maintaining the strong Pollock brand and we are delighted that Scott Pollock will continue to lead the Pollock business within the group. It will be very much business as usual for all of the Pollock team and its customers”.