BOSSES say a fledgling warehousing firm in Blackburn - built on a 100-year legacy - is making steady progress.

Management at Iron Street based Gilbraith Logistics say they have taken on seven new recruits since being established last December.

The company came into being following the carve-up of the Gilbraith transport firm, which had traded in one form or another in Blackburn for more than a century.

Back in 2014, what was then Gilbraith (TS) was sold to the Scottish outfit Pollock Scotrans. But towards the back end of last year these holdings were in turn placed up for sale.

This saw rivals Kenyon Road Haulage step in to acquire the transport side of the operation in December.

But Henry Gilbraith, who with Peter Cheesbrough had been directors at Gilbraith (TS) until the 2014 sale, felt there was still a demand for warehousing services.

He said: "At this point it became clear that a number of long-standing and loyal warehouse customers were going to be left without any service in the week before Christmas.

"In order to ensure a continuing warehousing service (we) took back control of the warehousing operation in mid-December and revived a transport operation early in the New Year.

"This ensured the continuing employment of a number of staff and an uninterrupted service to the remaining customer base."

The new entity became officially known as Gilbraith Logistics in March, they say to better reflect their current operations.