Our History

  • Nellie 1941

    1941

    Nellie Grocott sets up her livestock haulage company, N. Grocott, in Prees, Shropshire

  • 1951

    1951

    Current Grocontinental Chairman, Ray Grocott, joins the business

  • 1964

    1964

    N. Grocott is incorporated and becomes N. Grocott & Son Limited.

  • 1966

    1966

    First continental trip to Mannheim, Germany to transport poultry cages.

  • 1967

    1967

    Following outbreak of foot and mouth, company diversifies into carrying salt, coal and eggs

  • 1969

    1969

    Nellie Grocott dies.  Ray Grocott takes charge of running the company

  • 1970s

    1972

    N Grocott & Son joins forces with North Western Farmers, an agricultural co-operative. Ray Grocott becomes Managing Director of The Grocott Group, incorporating N, Grocott & Son, Bougheys, Plants of Gnosall and Howley Transport, with a base at Higher Heath, Shropshire

  • 1970s 2

    1970s

    Grocott Group transport flourishes – large contract with Kronospan, Chirk to transport chipboard

  • 1970s 3

    1974

    Grocott Group purchases first MAN truck – liveried in the company’s now trademark purple

  • 1974 Pic 2

    1974

    First trip to Middle East – transporting earth movers from engineering giant Rubery Owen.  Contract comprised 76 trips, each taking five weeks and covering 8,000 miles

  • 1977

    1977

    Rose Grocott, Ray’s wife, takes over the cattle haulage business from North Western Farmers under the name of J. R. Grocott

  • 1978

    1978

    Current Managing Director, David Grocott, joins the business to drive for his mother’s cattle haulage business

  • 1980s 3

    1981

    Ray splits from North Western Farmers and establishes Grocontinental

  • First computer 1980s

    1982

    First computer system installed

  • 1987

    1987

    Ray’s daughter and now Managing Director, Linda Grocott, joins Grocontinental

  • 1980s

    1980s

    Company develops chilled warehousing and commences cheese collections from local farms.

    Refrigerated transportation commences with yoghurt from Germany.

    Abnormal loads were the currency of the day.

  • 1993

    1993

    New distribution centre opens at Higher Heath for Muller

  • 1996 Muller

    1996

    Mϋller occupies over 75% of Higher Heath site

  • 1996 Pic 2

    1996

    First frozen storage warehouse containing 12,000 pallet spaces opens at new headquarters site located in Whitchurch, Shropshire

  • 2001

    2001

    Two new multi-temperature warehouses constructed.

    Range of specialist services developed including blast freezing, re-packing, labelling, ingredient sorting.

  • 2002

    2002

    New warehouse added

  • 2003

    2003

    Two new warehouses constructed

  • Shropshire Business Awards

    2004

    Grocontinental wins Motor Transport Haulier of the Year and Shropshire Business of the Year

  • Opening of four new warehouses

    2005

    Opening of four new warehouses

  • 2009

    2009

    Company invests £6 million in new fleet and expansion of warehouse capacity by 17,000 pallets, with the construction of a new 80,000 sq ft temperature-controlled warehouse

  • 2011 Pic 1

    2011

    Turf cut for new 8,000 pallet dry goods store

    Grocontinental celebrates 70th Anniversary.

  • 2011 Pic 2

    2011

    Company crowned Motor Transport Haulier of the Year

  • 2012

    2012

    New 8,000 pallet warehouse opens

    Construction begins on a new 13,000 frozen store

  • 2013 Pic 1

    2013

    Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and MP for North Shropshire officially opens new 8,000 pallet frozen warehouse.

    Grocontinental named Company of the Year Award at the 2013 Shropshire Business Awards - the only company to take home the top prize for a second time.

  • 2013 Pic 2

    2013

    Driver Brian Evans celebrates 40 years with the company

  • 2014

    2014

    Plans unveiled for £11m investment in 22,000 pallet chilled warehouse, 50 new vehicles and 20 refrigerated trailers.

    Shortlisted for two major awards at the annual Oscars of the road transport industry, The Motor Transport Awards: Business Excellence and Temperature Controlled Operator of the Year. 

  • 2015 Pic 1

    2015

    The Grocott Family Charitable Trust builds new £1m medical practice for the Shropshire village of Prees after the surgery is threatened with closure

  • 2015 Pic 2

    2015

    Chairman, Ray Grocott, receives a special award from Shropshire Chamber of Commerce to honour his services to the Shropshire community

  • 2016

    2016

    Company celebrates 75th Anniversary.

    Largest warehouse to-date opens - 32,000 pallet spaces of chilled storage.

    Driver Eric Edwards honoured for 40 years’ service with the company.