A HUDDERSFIELD haulage firm in Huddersfield has renewed a major distribution deal with one of the UK’s leading greetings card retailers.
Netherton-based The Pink Link has sealed the deal with Wakefield-based company Card Factory, which is chaired by Huddersfield Town chairman-elect Dean Hoyle.
The new three-year deal will see four new trailers on the road in Card Factory’s navy blue and yellow livery together with The Pink Link Ltd’s trademark branding on the pink tractor units.
The move comes after Card Factory expanded its business with the takeover of 76 Card Warehouse outlets.
Card Factory has 480 stores nationwide, including a Card Factory shop at the Pack Horse Centre and a Card Warehouse site at the Piazza in Huddersfield.
Mr Hoyle said the takeover had safeguarded 500 jobs with the potential to create a further 400 posts – making Card Factory the fastest-growing card retailer.
The Spen Valley-based businessman said: “When we first joined forces with The Pink Link Ltd back in 2004, we had 80 stores. This figure has now risen to 480 nationwide.
“The Pink Link Ltd continues to manage the increase in demand from us in a very professional manner. 2009 is going to be a very exciting year for us and we are delighted to be working with a local, like-minded business.”
Pink Link managing director Richard Allen said: “This move publicises our partnership with Card Factory on a national scale.”
He said renewal of the contract showed the benefits of The Pink Link’s membership of the Palletways (UK) Ltd national distribution network of hauliers.
The award-winning Pink Link Ltd, formed in 1981, employs about 50 people.