1960s

Founder, Eddie Stobart, goes into business as an agricultural contractor in the isolated Lake District village of Hesket Newmarket/Caldbeck. 

1970

The business incorporates, becoming Eddie Stobart Limited, on 23 November.

1970s

Eddie Stobart’s son, Edward, drives the Company’s transition from an agricultural contracting business into road transport and warehousing, building a solid reputation across north west England.

1979

Eddie’s youngest son, William, leaves school to join the growing family business.

1980s/1990s

The business expands significantly, opening depots across the UK. This consistent, rapid growth helped make Eddie Stobart one of the UK’s best known brands.

2001

William leaves Eddie Stobart Limited to become a shareholding Director in Andrew Tinkler’s rail-based infrastructure engineering business, WA Developments.

2004

WA Developments International, a holding company that is jointly owned by Andrew Tinkler and William Stobart, acquires Eddie Stobart Limited. William and Andrew implement significant changes that re-focus the business on core values and profitability, improving environmental awareness and introducing a revolutionary new costing model.

2005

Large investment is made in IT infrastructure in conjunction with the development of a key management team and the introduction of a striking new livery for the fleet.

2006

The first Stobart Rail freight service is launched.

2007

The LSE-listed Stobart Group is formed through a reverse merger with Westbury Property Fund Limited.

2007

Stobart Group acquires the O’Connor Ports business, including its Widnes railhead and container handling facility.

2008

Stobart Group acquires London Southend Airport.

2008

The acquisition of James Irlam Logistics further extends Eddie Stobart’s transport and warehouse offering.

2008

Innovate’s chilled business is acquired from administration, heralding a strategic move for the business into fresh and chilled food transport.

2009

Stobart Group enters the FTSE 250 category of leading businesses.

2009

Carlisle Lake District Airport is acquired, with the aim of providing a new northern base for the business and extending Group interests in airport services.

2009

Stobart Rail launches its first international rail freight service operating between Valencia, Spain, and the UK.

2010

Stobart Group takes a controlling interest in a major new joint venture with AW Jenkinson Forest Products, ‘Stobart Biomass Products Limited’, which will source and process sustainable Biomass Fuels for the modern low-carbon power generation industry.

2010

Eddie Stobart celebrates its 40th Anniversary on 23 November 2010.

2011

Stobart Group takes full control of Stobart Biomass.

2011

Edward Stobart, driving force behind the early expansion of the company and key player in the development of the UK transport industry passes away, aged 56 on 31 March.

2011

Stobart’s Envirotrailer proposal gets the go ahead by the Government on October 11, heralding substantial potential reductions in traffic, pollution through increased LGV load volumes.

2012

Acquisition of vehicle logistics company Autologic Holdings plc.

2014

As part of a strategic partial realisation, Stobart Group sells its Transport and Distribution Division. Stobart Group retains 49% share with DBay controlling 51% of the Eddie Stobart business which will operate privately with William Stobart as Chief Executive.