Collett & Sons Company History

Established in 1928, Collett & Sons is a successful family owned company. Originally a transport company, over the years Collett has evolved to become the UK's leading specialist multimodal logistics operator, however, we still remember how it all began...


1928: From his farm in Sutton near Keighley, Richard Collett (1) begins transporting his and other farmers' milk to the dairy by horse and cart.

1933: Richard Collett (1) buys his first wagon and is employed by the MMB to collect milk, then in cans, from farms to be delivered to the dairies.

1939: Richard is now running seven wagons.

1962: Richard Collett (2) moves to a farm near Wainstalls, Halifax.

1964: The partnership between Richard Collett (1) and his son Richard (2) is formed, creating the firm R. Collett & Son.  Over the following years the milk transport fleet increases to 14 wagons and, in the early 70s, expands into general haulage and heavy transport of abnormal loads.

1974: With the increasing introduction of tankers, Collett abandon the milk transportation business to focus on the heavier loads.

1975: R. Collett & Sons (Transport) Ltd is formed as a limited company.  Over the coming years the five sons of Richard (2) join the company to fill various roles (Richard (3), David, Lincoln, Mark and Michael).

1985: Due to growth, the company obtains a two-acre site in Keighley, meaning the company now operates from two sites and allowing the expansion of the heavy transport side of the business.

1998: Both depots are consolidated on a five-acre site at Victoria Terminal, Albert Road in Halifax, which also enables the company to provide heavy lift and warehousing facilities.  Business in the transportation of wind turbines increases, while the consultancy aspect of the business is launched.

2000: Fourth generation Richard Collett joins the company.

2001: Our Companies Management Systems are accredited against the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Standard.

2008: Another strategically placed ten-acre depot is obtained at Goole, which becomes the birthplace of the Marine Department.  The Projects Department also expands, including a mobile 110TE lift facility and extensive external storage.

2012: Our purpose built DVSA testing station is opened at our Halifax head office allowing us to maintain our fleet to the highest of standards whilst also offering a testing facility for others within the Yorkshire area.

2013: Halifax becomes home to our Centre of Excellence Training Facility, an approved centre for JAUPT Driver CPC Periodical Training, FORS Safe Urban Driving, City & Guilds and HABC Health and Safety Management allowing us to provide training both for Collett staff and others within the industry.  Our Companies Management Systems are accredited against ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Standard and the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard.

2014: Our Grangemouth Depot is opened, providing a strategic dockside location equipped with a 110TE mobile lifting facility whilst our Goole depot becomes home to our newly acquired 550T capacity Girder Bridge.  We also get a new addition to our awards cabinet after collecting the ESTA Award for Transport Job of the Year, loads under 120T.

2015:  We continue to expand our fleet of vehicles introducing the Effer 205 Tonne/Meter Crane as a flexible solution for heavier loads, our SPMT Power Boost and a 3 axle Doll Bogie Trailer for lengthy cargoes, the first to enter the UK in over 10 years.  Our commitment to excellence and our expertise in the field are rewarded at the inaugural Heavies Awards as we're presented with the Operator of the Year, Job of the Year, Most Significant Safety Initiative and Judges Special Awards.

2016:  Collett & Sons join the Route To Space Alliance, a collaboration of hauliers across Europe providing specialist transport solutions for the Aerospace and Astrospace industries.

2017: Our management systems across all three depots become UKAS Accredited for ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 for the provision of transportation and lifting services to all industry sectors.  Two new trailers join the fleet, one 2 axle MegaMAX and one 3 axle MultiMAX, Collett & Sons are once again presented with the Operator of the Year Award at the 2017 Heavies and we announce the launch of our new subsidiary company Collett (Ireland) Ltd.

Present Day: The company now employs over 145 people across three depots and runs a fleet of over 65 trucks and 120 diverse trailers.  We provide all the expertise and equipment associated with heavy transport, heavy lift, marine services and transport consulting on a worldwide basis for the Renewables, Aerospace, Power Generation, Heavy Engineering, Oil & Gas and Civil & Infrastructure markets.

British International Freight AssociationConstruction Plant-Hire AssociationESTAInternational Federation of Freight Forwarders AssociationFleet Operators Recognition SchemeSilver Accreditation Fleet Operator Recognition SchemeHeavy Transport AssociationISO 9001 UKASISO 14001 UKASOHSAS 18001 UKASAchilles Power & Tech RegisteredRoad Haulage AssociationThe Route To Space AllianceSafe Contractor ApprovedSpecialized Carriers & Rigging AssociationAchilles UVDB Registered

Collett & Sons Ltd

Victoria Terminal, Albert Road, Halifax, HX2 0DF
Mistral Point, AW Nielsen Road, Goole, DN14 6UE
Baltic House, Central Dock Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8TY
6 Northbrook Road, Dublin 6, Ireland