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1919



William Henry Bowker establishes the business in Blackburn using his Army gratuity




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1925



The business continues to grow through the twenties




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1926



The business continues to grow through the twenties




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1949



Bowker continues to prosper until 1949 when all UK transport assets were nationalised. Bowker continue to operate as warehouse keepers




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1954



A change of government heralds de-nationalisation. William Bowker buys back a number of vehicles and rebuilds his transport business




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1955



The business is once again at the forefront of the UK haulage industry




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1961



Bowker takes first steps into Europe moving carpet machinery to Holland. The new service proves popular and experiences major growth




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1973



Hull office opens to handle increasing European volumes




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1976



A base is established in Zeebrugge to manage movements to and from Europe




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1978



Our first dedicated contract hire, working in partnership with packaging and chemical company Huntsman




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1984



The company diversifies with the acquisition of Clock Garage in Accrington – the authorised BMW dealership for East Lancashire




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1989



New head office and operations centre opens in Bamber Bridge, Preston




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2009



CBA WINNERS




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2012



CBA WINNERS




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2014



CBA WINNERS




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2015



Voted one of the top 20 Greatest British hauliers of all time




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2016



In November 2016, Bowker completes the purchase of Potter Logistics warehousing and distribution operations who were crowned 2015 Motor Transport Haulier of the Year.




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Today



Today, Bowker is a major UK and International transport and warehousing operator with 160 vehicles, 300 trailers and over 1 million square feet of warehousing.




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100th Year Anniversary



2019 marks Bowker's 100th Year Anniversary, making #Bowker one of the oldest road transport companies still operating in the UK today. A new livery has been launched which replicates the vintage blue, red and gold colour scheme historically used by the company. #BOWKER100




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100th Year Anniversary



2019 marks Bowker's 100th Year Anniversary, making #Bowker one of the oldest road transport companies still operating in the UK today. A new livery has been launched which replicates the vintage blue, red and gold colour scheme historically used by the company. #BOWKER100




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100th Year Anniversary



2019 marks Bowker's 100th Year Anniversary, making #Bowker one of the oldest road transport companies still operating in the UK today. A new livery has been launched which replicates the vintage blue, red and gold colour scheme historically used by the company. #BOWKER100




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100th Year Anniversary



2019 marks Bowker's 100th Year Anniversary, making #Bowker one of the oldest road transport companies still operating in the UK today. A new livery has been launched which replicates the vintage blue, red and gold colour scheme historically used by the company. #BOWKER100




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2019



In July we attended the Road Haulage Association’s 75th Anniversary Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, London we were awarded the Diamond Haulier Award. This unique award, to mark the RHA’s 75th Anniversary, was given to an operator that has demonstrated professionalism, brand distinction and excellence as an employer.

We are one of the association’s founding members. The RHA is the trade association of choice for road transport and freight logistics operators. The RHA has over 7,000 members who operate over 100,000 commercial vehicles and is the voice of our industry. It is a great honour and privilege to have received such a prestigious award during our Company’s Centenary year.




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