C M Downton Ltd was formed in 1955 when Conrad Michael Downton, the owner of a small Gloucestershire farm, invested in a gravel-carrying tipper lorry and began moving small loads around the county to supplement the modest income from the farm.
The business quickly became involved in a number of major projects across the region such as the building of the M5 and the construction of the approach roads to the Severn Bridge. By the end of the 1960s, Downton had built up a fleet of tipper vehicles and was heavily involved in the construction industry in Gloucestershire and along the M5 corridor.
In the early 1970s, Downton purchased its first articulated lorry and the business continued to flourish. Soon it had more than a dozen articulated vehicles. Downton diversified its operations and commenced working for the local brewing industry, winning major contracts with Bass Brewers and the Flowers Brewery in Cheltenham.
Although the company was growing quickly, the business’ philosophy was the same as when it had a single truck: whatever the request, Downton would do everything in its power to get it done.
In 1985, Conrad Downton died suddenly at the age of 52. His three sons – Andrew, Richard and John – and daughter Kate took over the running of the business, setting their sights on turning the small but flourishing haulage company into a major player in the logistics industry.
Under the stewardship of the next generation of the family, Downton continued to expand and diversify. The business grew rapidly across all sectors, but especially in the drinks and publishing industries, where it has established itself as one of the leading logistics providers.
Today, the company is considered to be one of the UK’s leading independent logistics firms. The long-term relationships that Downton enjoys with some of the UK’s leading business brands like Dyson, Magners Cider, AB InBev UK and Pets at Home is testament to the prominent role that the business has carved for itself in the industry.
Although Downton has grown dramatically over the past half century, the core principle of the business remains constant – Downton will always deliver, no matter what.