A BLACKBURN haulage company has launched a new delivery service across the north, unveiled by Olympic gold medal winning boxer Nicola Adams.

Established in 1933, Kenyon Road Haulage occupies a 6.5 acre site, just a minute from junction six of the M65.

It has 90 staff and an annual turnover upwards of £9m.

It owns and operates 70 vehicles and 120 trailers.

The enhanced distribution service is centred on a new £500,000 hub operation based in Leeds.

The firm, a member of Palletways, which distributes small consignments of palletised freight, is offering businesses shorter order lead times for deliveries across the north, as well as a more environmentally friendly service.

Previously Kenyon would deliver goods in the north via hub operations in Lichfield, West Midlands and Livingston, Scotland.

As part of an 18 depot-strong northern network, the firm will distribute its customer goods, collected earlier in the day, into the hub for onward delivery by another Palletways member to their final destination in the north.

Boxer Adams, who was the first British woman boxer to win an Olympic title, brought her historic medal to show staff at the official opening.

Wayne Kenyon, from Kenyon Road Haulage, said: “The development of the new hub operation enables us to enhance our delivery service and open up new business opportunities.

“In addition, due to the location of the hub in the north, we will drastically reduce the mileage our vehicles travel and associated carbon emissions, which will boost our green credentials and those of our clients.”