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.
80s/90s: 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 Limited 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: The successful rail infrastructure engineering business, WA Developments, is
acquired by the Group.
2008: The acquisition of James Irlam Logistics further extends Stobart Group’s transport and warehouse offering.
2008: Innovate’s chilled business is acquired from administration, heralding a strategic move for the Group into fresh and chilled food transport.
2008: The Group acquires London Southend Airport.
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 service
2009: Stobart Rail launches its first international rail freight service operating between Valencia, Spain, and the UK.
2010: Stobart Group plc 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.