Posted on 13th January 2016
Grant Ashley, the man who started International Logistics Group and has run it as CEO for the last 25 years, has retired from the company through a management buyout. Mike Stephenson, MD, and four members of the management team have acquired the business. Grant was also a founder member and Chairman of the BHBPA in its early days, and has been associated with business in Burgess Hill and Gatwick for many years.
ILG has grown to become a market leader in fulfilment and international delivery services with a growing specialism in the fashion and beauty sector. Commenting on the buyout, Mike Stephenson said, “we are committed to growing the business in Sussex and neighbouring counties and to continuing to provide first class services to local businesses”
Grant told me this week that he is well, and trying to adjust to not having a business to run after 25 years. He is “looking at some new opportunities so with that in mind if you have any members who need some support, advice, a project, a Non Exec role or anything else broadly interesting or exciting please feel free to promote me!” Now there’s a useful man to consult for advice about running a business!
We wish Grant good luck with his new ventures and of course we hope to retain ILG as valued members of the BHBPA.
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
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Peter Liddell does a first class job in ensuring that members’ interests are aired and addressed.
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