Going places: Northants logistics and recruitment companies work together to achieve growth ambitions

Route Logistics of Corby, a family business that provides palletised distribution services to blue chip companies across Europe, has teamed up with NN1 Personnel of Northampton – a partnership that has resulted in growth for both companies.

It all started in 2016 when Justyna Sodel, Director of NN1 Personnel, approached Chris Robinson, Transport Operations Director at Route Logistics, and asked if her company could help them to source temporary drivers.

Chris says: “Justyna was persistent, but in a good way. I was impressed with her attitude and aptitude and, as a business which regularly utilises temporary HGV Class 1 drivers to cover night shifts, weekends and peak periods such as Christmas, we are always looking for support in this area.

“NN1 Personnel listened to our requirements and initially supplied drivers on an ad-hoc basis in line with our demands. In fact, over the Christmas period, NN1 Personnel was able to supply us with 20 drivers over a one-day period which enabled us to stay on track with our deliveries at an extremely busy time.”

During the two years Route Logistics has been working with NN1 Personnel, both companies have experienced growth, supporting one another along the way.

Chris says: “As we have grown, so has NN1 Personnel but that has not affected the service levels we have received. Our relationship has continued to be about supply and demand. In my opinion, NN1 Personnel started off small and got its business model right. It is now scaling that up. I can categorically say, that working with NN1 Personnel has been a big part of Route Logistics’ success over the past two years.

“NN1 Personnel has strong ethics and values as a business, believing in honesty, trust and integrity. This is then supported by fantastic communications, stringent back-up systems and driver checks – often without being asked or prompted – and regular visits.

“It is now our number one driver supplier and, not only do we have a good working relationship, I now consider Justyna and Damian Sodel friends. Long may it continue!”

Justyna Sodel added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Chris and his team at Route Logistics as they share the same core values as we do, always being completely honest with us and treating our drivers well. It has been great to watch Route Logistics grow and to know that their business has developed, in part, because of the reliable and good quality drivers we have provided means a lot.”