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About Baxter Freight

Baxter Freight is led by one of the most experienced and successful management teams in the UK freight industry.

Our story

Baxter Freight was formed in 2014 by Ian Baxter, Peter Isler and Steve Rafferty. Employing more than 60 staff from our headquarters in Nottingham, we’re an ambitious company which is achieving significant growth every year.

When our business was formed we had nothing other than a clear ambition to provide logistics with a difference. We started out by listening to the needs of our customers, offering creative solutions to them, building personal relationships with both customers and suppliers.

Our mission was simple: to add value to each customer’s business by improving their logistics.

Now, we have daily services running from our consolidation centres in Yorkshire and Northamptonshire covering 70 depots in continental Europe and the Nordic region, a strong presence in the full and part load market in the UK and in Europe as well as fast growing air, ocean and courier divisions.

Working with our extensive network of long-term partners, preferred suppliers and the wider freight market allows us to always provide customers with the most suitable products at a competitive price.

January 2014

Baxter Freight was founded by Ian Baxter, Steve Rafferty and Peter Isler


The first invoices issued in April 2014 and Baxter Freight turns over £2.5m between then and the end of December.


Baxter Freight records turnover of £7m after handling 18,000 shipments


Baxter Freight exceeds the £10m turnover mark with 26,000 shipments managed


Baxter Freight hits £13m turnover, employing 60 people and moving 33,000 shipments.


Baxter Freight secures new exclusive partnership with DHL Freight, between the UK and the Nordic region

January 2018

Baxter Freight named fastest growing company in Nottinghamshire for 2017 according to international accounting firm BDO’s Growth Barometer. Read about it here.

May 2018

Baxter Freight delivers its 100,000th shipment. Read about it here.

A single point of contact for all your logistics needs

We are a relationships-driven business which recognises the importance of listening to customers and gaining a proper, detailed understanding of their business needs. Through our dedicated account managers, each customer has a single point of contact for all their logistics requirements. We know that customers want reliability and if something starts to go wrong, where possible, you will always hear from your account manager first on how we will overcome any challenges.

Meet the team

A logistics solutions provider

We work with businesses of every size and across all sectors. Our customers include sole traders and small businesses through to mid-sized companies, multinational corporations and government agencies.

Our services