The short answer to that question is most definitely ‘yes’. As with all towns and cities in the United Kingdom, there is not only a need for delivery and distribution services for the consumer and for all types and sizes of businesses. The latter of course needs quality courier services that can offer dispatch from Stoke and delivery to anywhere in the UK and the globe. Indeed, business managers need to know that the courier services they contract offer reputable, flexible and dependable services in which to keep the supply chain flowing.
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An Introduction to Stoke…
Located in Staffordshire in the Midlands, the town is situated between Manchester, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Interestingly, Stoke on Trent is the only polycentric town or city in the UK. Polycentric means it is one large administrative area comprising of smaller towns. In this case we have Stoke itself, Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Fenton and Longton. These six towns make up the city of Stoke on Trent.
The river Trent is the third longest river in the United Kingdom. As well as passing through Stoke it also passes Stone, Rugeley, Burton and Nottingham. This city may have taken on the longer name which refers to the river in earlier centuries because the word Stoke in old English just means “place”. In other words, the river made its presence more significant.
Early Industry in Stoke on Trent
The area of Stoke on Trent is often referred to as “the potteries”. This is due to the fact that since the 17th century the city has been renowned for its pottery manufacture and industry. Well-known creative companies such as Royal Doulton, Dudson, Spode, Wedgewood and Minton had their headquarters here. The main reason why this industry developed here is mainly because of the easy access to clay and coal.
As this industry became more centralised in Stoke on Trent, Josiah Wedgewood looked to streamlining distribution systems and played a part in the construction of the first canal in 1766.
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Stoke on Trent remains famous for its fine ceramics. Indeed, the six towns which make up the city are dotted with museums outlining the history of various commercial enterprises where the industry has foundations and subsequently developed.
However, it was in the 1980s and 1990s that there was a general decline in British manufacturing and many steelworks, collieries and potteries were closed. There are still manufacturing firms left in the city but now in the modern commercial world, Stoke is also home to other notable companies such as Bet365, Phones4U and the Michelin tyre company. In the 21st century, the home football club continues to be a draw to the city. In 2016, Stoke on Trent was ranked the second best city to start a business by Quality Formations.
Getting Around in Stoke on Trent
One of the reasons why new businesses thrive in this Midland area of the UK is the transport system is good for distribution and dispatch. The A50 provides a link between the two major motorways – M1 and M6. It has a superior rail system in the way of the Stafford-Manchester line and railway stations (Longport and Longton) on the Crewe Derby line. There is an excellent bus service and the Trent and Mersey Canal sees traffic approaching 10,000 boats a year.
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