Some Exciting News for Good Logistics! Two Multi-Generational Family Businesses Bring Together Their Logistics Businesses

Some Exciting News for Good Logistics! Two Multi-Generational Family Businesses Bring Together Their Logistics Businesses


4 minute read | By Hollie Starr

Last updated: January 17, 2024 | Published: September 2, 2021


Family-owned diversified business, J. & J. Denholm Limited (the Denholm Group), is pleased to announce the acquisition of freight forwarding and logistics company, John Good Logistics Limited.  The acquisition will bring the stakeholders of both businesses the benefits of the enhanced size and scale whilst retaining the core values of delivering solutions and great service for their customers, values that have served both businesses so well through the years.

Trading as Good Logistics and operating from strategic locations around the UK, the multi-award winning business provides global logistics, warehousing and distribution services.  Prior to the acquisition by J. & J. Denholm, Good Logistics was part of sixth generation family business, John Good Group.  Similarly, fifth generation family business, J. & J. Denholm, operates subsidiary companies across the logistics supply chain via the Denholm Logistics division.  The Denholm Logistics businesses utilise a complementary port-centric model around the UK and Ireland.  Looking to the immediate future, Good Logistics will trade alongside Denholm Logistics as a complementary sister business, utilising the combined expertise and experience of their people to provide market leading services for their customers.

Some Exciting News for Good Logistics

Ben MacLehose, CEO of J. & J. Denholm, said, “The acquisition of Good Logistics is an exciting move for our employees and customers in both businesses.  Together, the size and scale of our combined logistics operations are amplified, strengthening our skills, resource network and purchasing power and enhancing the opportunities to efficiently manage the movement of freight on behalf of our customers We have great people within our logistics businesses, now further strengthened by the addition of the Good Logistics team.  We see a bright future and many further opportunities within the logistics sector as we move forward together.”

Alan Platt of Good Logistics commented, “The acquisition by J. & J. Denholm now cements the next long-term phase of Good Logistics.  The synergies of the two family businesses, with similar maritime roots, complementary logistics services and strong values, make the formal connection between Good Logistics and J. & J. Denholm a unique and exciting opportunity to grow the combined businesses together, benefitting both our customers and employees.  As we move from one family to another, we are very much looking forward to many exciting times ahead.”

The acquisition of John Good Logistics Limited was completed by J. & J. Denholm Limited on 31st August 2021.

Contact details:

Suzanne Houston: Group Marketing & Communications Manager, The Denholm Group
T: 0141 354 4410
M: 07741 145443

Ben MacLehose: CEO, The Denholm Group
T: 0207 337 7060

Alan Platt: Good Logistics
T: 01482 307103

About Good Logistics

Good Logistics is an award-winning freight forwarder and logistics provider trusted by hundreds of small, medium and large growing companies.  Prior to the acquisition by the Denholm Group, it had been part of family-owned business, John Good Group, since 1833.  Its deeply engrained culture is based on a real desire to deliver a brighter future for employees, its community, and its customers.

About J. & J. Denholm (the Denholm Group)

The Denholm Group operates four divisions: Shipping, Logistics, Seafoods and Industrial Services.  The Group was originally founded as a ship agent and factor by James Denholm in 1866, who was joined in the business by his brother John in 1869.  Today, the fifth generation family business is still owned by John’s descendants.  With their roots in shipping and maritime services, the Denholm Group companies have evolved into businesses that work collaboratively with their customers and stakeholders.  The Group employs over 1,200 people, who work to the principles of the ‘Denholm Standard’: upholding the law, integrity, fairness and respect.

About Denholm Logistics Group

Denholm Logistics Group is one of the four divisions of the Denholm Group and provided logistics solutions and maritime services.  Headquartered in Liverpool, Denholm Logistics Group operates seven established businesses from 26 locations across the UK and Ireland.  Each business focusses on its core expertise:  freight forwarding, transportation, warehousing, port agency, stevedoring and short-sea shipping.  Services are contracted separately or combined for a consistent and efficient outsourced solution.  By continually investing in equipment, processes, technology and its people, Denholm Logistics Group helps its customers meet their commitments, which are evolving at an accelerating pace in today’s world.  To achieve an instinctive safety culture, Denholm Logistics Group operates under ‘Total Safety 24/7’, a proactive health and safety initiative that encourages a positive mindset to protect all parties.


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