Freight firm in Thetford marks 50 years on the road

Some of the UFS team in Thetford
Some of the UFS team in Thetford
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A freight services company which collects and delivers across Europe, working out of Thetford, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The company which was originally set up in Great Yarmouth to offer freight services between the UK and Switzerland has expanded its operations over the years to included Holland, Belgium, Germany and France.

And for the last two years it has been named as a finalist in the British International Freight Association awards, in the logistics category.

“For a family owned company of our size to be one of the last four finalists in the BIFA awards is quite an achievement,” said Graham Leopard, a director at the company.

He joined UFS back in 1985, a year after it had opened offices in Felixstowe.

“I started out as an office junior and have worked my way up to director,” he said.

In 1992, the firm moved to bring all its operations under one roof in Fison Way, Thetford, partly due to the increased amount of work it was getting from the area.

Now, having grown from a couple of lorry movements a week to more than 200, UFS is working on expanding to include a fowarding service, so for example, it could deliver to Germany, collect a pallet and take it onto Portugual.

“It is an extra service and it is a project we are working on quite heavily on at the moment,” said Mr Leopard.

UFS was set up by Swiss businessman Herman Anderwart 50 years ago.

It employs about 20 people in Thetford, as well as two at Dover and two in Manchester.

Its name has evolved over the years from Uniex Transport, to Uniex Felixstowe, Uniex Freight Services, and finally to UFS Ltd in 2004.