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The story of Framptons: from eggs to artics

4th August 2011, Page 14
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Founded in 1898, Framptons started life collecting and grading eggs from local farms. More than 70 years later the operation relocated to its present home and the transport side of the business was born. Collectively, Framptons is the largest employer in Shepton Mallet today.

However, although family-run, there was a tension between the transport and processing parts of the group, each headed up by a Frampton brother, who fought for their interests when it came to reinvesting the money generated by the business. Just before 2000, the businesses were demerged and – with then MD Paul Frampton aware that the writing was on the wall for the division’s European haulage operation – Framptons International was renamed Transport Services, in recognition of its UK focus.

Today, the transport business has a mainly MAN fleet of 65 trucks, employs 175 people and has 160,000ft2 of warehousing.

Annual turnover is £14m with as much as 30% attributable to work generated via its Palletline membership.

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