SJ Bargh Ltd. began in 1935
The journey began in 1935 when Samuel James Bargh began a small business from his home near Lancaster transporting milk in churns from farms to a local dairy. Sam and his wife Jessie ran the business in the early years and as the business grew more people were employed.
In the 1960s, the business moved to a larger site nearby with office and garage facilities and in 1971, Managing Director, Mr John Gott, was appointed. It was around this time that the company branched out in to General Transport and Warehousing. During this period and up to his death in 2001, Sam’s son Ronnie was the Chairman.
1975 brought a significant change for SJ Bargh when milk churns were replaced with tankers; these were then managed and maintained in house.
In 1994 the milk industry experienced a major change when the Milk Marketing Board ceased operation and the milk business became privatised. This meant that the battle was on for transport operators to compete for the work of transporting milk for a variety of customers.
John Gott passed his knowledge on to a young Stuart Cornthwaite who joined the company as a trainee fitter in 1970 and Stuart became Managing Director in 1995. Through reputation, reliability and competitive pricing the company built an excellent relationship with its customers, ensuring a successful future.
In 2009 the business expanded when SJ Bargh purchased a similar business based in the Midlands. This brought new staff, customers and opportunities. Our once spacious offices were no longer suitable for the expanding business and this has required relocation to a new larger site on Caton road, Lancaster. The small business Sam started in 1935 now employs over 300 people and runs approx 150 vehicles collecting milk from the North West, the Midlands and Wales.
Managing Director Stuart Cornthwaite retired after 20 years in this post and 45 years within the business overall.
Anthony Finlayson-Green FCILT was appointed as Managing Director in November 2014 and contributes a wealth of experience in 24 / 7 365 fast moving businesses requiring time critical delivery.
In June 2016 Anthony led the exciting acquisition of RG Bassetts in Stoke On Trent which complemented the Company’s existing operations and added new capabilities including a strategic location 11-acre site with 100 employees increasing the Group’s Logistics and Warehousing operations and a new driver training service.