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1987

Then, C&D Express Transport was founded by Charles and Darren Hammond in Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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1999

C&D South West was born when Darren took the decision to relocate the business to Somerset for New Opportunities and took over the former Chard and Axminster Transport (CATS) Depot

October - C&D’s First Involvement in West Country Carnivals by providing a collection float in Chard Carnival 

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2001

C&D South West took the decision to join a Pallet Network and became founding shareholder members of Palletforce.

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2005

Became member of the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

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2011

Joined the Eco Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme

October - Celebrated the 10th Birthday of Palletforce at Alton Towers Resort

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2012

Launch of the Department for Transport (DfT) GB Longer Semi Trailer Trial with 6 new trailers taken on fleet as part of the trial and an investment of £400,000

June - Launch of the Palletforce iPhone App for Delivery Tracking 

December - Launch of New C&D Branding and Vehicle Livery

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2013

March - Customer Service Charter Launched

July - Purchased additional yard space in Chard for Expansion

December - All vehicles fitted with full tracking technology and additional safety cameras 

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2014

February - Opening of Dorset Depot to Support Palletforce Operations.  First time accreditation of Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) Bronze Award

June - Presented with Networker of the Year at the Palletforce Annual Gala Dinner Awards

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2015

June - Presented with Sales & Marketing Award at the Palletforce Annual Gala Dinner

October - Finalists at the Somerset Business Awards for the Environmental Award

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2016

February - Surpassed the 25 million pallet mark
through the Palletforce Network

March - Driver Academy Scheme Launched

June - Presented with Networker & Brand Ambassador
Award at the Palletforce Annual Gala Dinner

September - 15 Year Founder Member Dinner
at the Palletforce Hub

October - Extended local Carnival support to 6 other Somerset Carnival Circuits to include Chard, Wellington, Taunton, Ilminster, Bridgwater, Glastonbury

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2017

January - £750,000 investment in new fleet additions

July - Presented with European Export Award at the Palletforce Annual Gala Dinner

August - Palletforce Superhub Opened

October - Finalists at the Somerset Business Awards for the Family Business of The Year

November - Joined Somerset Chamber of Commerce 

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2018

March - First Electrical Vehicle on Company Fleet, Nissan Leaf Company Car

October - Winners at the Somerset Business Awards for the Family Business of The Year

December - Closure of Dorset Depot to Consolidate Operations at Chard Site

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2019

July - Lorna Hammond takes on Managing Director Role, 3rd Generation of the Family Business. 

August - £2,000,000 investment from Palletforce in Epod tracking technology

December - £425,000 Investment in Mercedes Mirrorcam Technology and Improved Safety Technology on Fleet

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2020

March - Continued to support the UK economy as Key Workers throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

May - Featured in the Guardian with ‘Life on the Road
during Lockdown’ Photo Essay & Featured
in RHA Film for Drivers by Drivers.

June - Launch of Industry Leading Technology – “Pallet Selfies” to clients through our Palletforce Alliance Portal

July - Record Volumes through the Palletforce Network & Silver Medals Awarded to C&D Staff for Lockdown Efforts.

September - Partnered with Ecologi and officially a Carbon Positive Workforce by offsetting our Carbon Footprint

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2021

Celebrating 20 years of partnership with the Palletforce Network

January - Shortlisted as a Finalist for the Somerset Business Awards 2021 in the Environmental Achievement Category

February - Nominated for 4 categories in the South West Business Awards 

June - Shortlisted for Business Excellence Award at the Prestigious 2021 Motor Transport Awards.

Onwards - Continuing to Deliver Loads of Quality for Years to Come…

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1987

Then, C&D Express Transport was founded by Charles and Darren Hammond in Sheffield, South Yorkshire

pallet-icon
1999

C&D South West was born when Darren took the decision to relocate the business to Somerset for New Opportunities and took over the former Chard and Axminster Transport (CATS) Depot

October – C&D’s First Involvement in West Country Carnivals by providing a collection float in Chard Carnival

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2001

C&D South West took the decision to join a Pallet Network and became founding shareholder members of Palletforce.

pallet-icon
2005

Became member of the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

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2011

Joined the Eco Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme

October – Celebrated the 10th Birthday of Palletforce at Alton Towers Resort

pallet-icon
2012

Launch of the Department for Transport (DfT) GB Longer Semi Trailer Trial with 6 new trailers taken on fleet as part of the trial and an investment of £400,000

June – Launch of the Palletforce iPhone App for Delivery Tracking

December – Launch of New C&D Branding and Vehicle Livery

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2013

March – Customer Service Charter Launched

July – Purchased additional yard space in Chard for Expansion

December – All vehicles fitted with full tracking technology and additional safety cameras

pallet-icon
2014

February – Opening of Dorset Depot to Support Palletforce Operations. First time accreditation of Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) Bronze Award

June – Presented with Networker of the Year at the Palletforce Annual Gala Dinner Awards

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2015

June – Presented with Sales & Marketing Award at the Palletforce Annual Gala Dinner

October – Finalists at the Somerset Business Awards for the Environmental Award

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2016

February – Surpassed the 25 million pallet mark through the Palletforce Network

March – Driver Academy Scheme Launched

June – Presented with Networker & Brand Ambassador Award
at the Palletforce Annual Gala Dinner

September – 15 Year Founder Member Dinner at the Palletforce Hub

October – Extended local Carnival support to 6 other Somerset Carnival Circuits to include Chard, Wellington, Taunton, Ilminster, Bridgwater, Glastonbury

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2017

January – £750,000 investment in new fleet additions

July – Presented with European Export Award at the Palletforce Annual Gala Dinner

August – Palletforce Superhub Opened

October – Finalists at the Somerset Business Awards for the Family Business of The Year

November – Joined Somerset Chamber of Commerce

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2018

March – First Electrical Vehicle on Company Fleet, Nissan Leaf Company Car

October – Winners at the Somerset Business Awards for the Family Business of The Year

December – Closure of Dorset Depot to Consolidate Operations at Chard Site

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2019

July – Lorna Hammond takes on Managing Director Role, 3rd Generation of the Family Business.

August – £2,000,000 investment from Palletforce in Epod tracking technology

December – £425,000 Investment in Mercedes Mirrorcam Technology and Improved Safety Technology on Fleet

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2020

May – Featured in the Guardian with ‘Life on the Road during Lockdown’ Photo Essay & Featured in RHA Film for Drivers by Drivers.

June – Launch of Industry Leading Technology – “Pallet Selfies” to clients through our Palletforce Alliance Portal

July – Record Volumes through the Palletforce Network & Silver Medals Awarded to C&D Staff for Lockdown Efforts.

September – Partnered with Ecologi and officially a Carbon Positive Workforce by offsetting our Carbon Footprint

Onwards – Continuing to Deliver Loads of Quality for Years to Come…

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