Our History

Our History

Our customers know they are being looked after by a trusted business with over 90 years experience.

1933 - Cecil Stanley Ellis started C S Ellis Haulage from his home in Duddington. After a couple of years Cecil bought 2 farms near ketton and Bridge Pitt Farm became the new HQ for C S Ellis. The essence of the C S Ellis family business begun at this point with Nelly (Cecil’s wife) running C S Ellis, while Cecil took over the running of the two farms.

1954 - One of the first customers we started hauling for was Ketton Cement from 1933. Photographed is one of our early contracts from 1954 and this relationship has continued to the present day.

1965 - Derek Ellis joins the business as Managing Director soon to take over the management from Cecil. Derek was a mechanic and owner driver, and he renewed vigour to the business, often working 7 days a week.

1965 - C S Ellis became a ltd company

1966 - The company moved from Cecil Ellis’s Bridge Pitt Farm in Ketton when the redundant MOD property at Wireless Hill, South Luffenham was purchased by the Company.

1969 - Our first articulated vehicle was added to the C S Ellis fleet in 1969 which enabled larger and heavier loads to be transported which opened up new areas of business.

1971 - We built our first warehouse at Wireless Hill moving the Company into new business opportunities, also providing work for the Transport Fleet. This was the start of our ability to become a “one stop shop” for customers logistics needs.

1976 - Trevor Ellis started his own business - “Trevor Ellis (Road Transport) Ltd.” with on 7.5 tonne lorry on express light haulage.

1981 - C S Ellis begin relationship with Bayer Chemicals and build a purpose built chemical warehouse

1982 - “Trevor Ellis (Road Transport) Ltd” Company shares are bought by C S Ellis and merged into C S Ellis. At this time the C S Ellis livery was updated and included some of the colours and styles from Trevor’s business. The small start up blue chip companies which Trevor’s business had been working for became ever larger allow C S Ellis a new customer base. These fast growing customers replaced some of the dying industries which we traditionally worked for.

1983- The Rutland & Stamford Mercury capture four generations celebrating 50 years in business

1983 - C S Ellis put their first vehicle into the Stamford Carnival - a tradition continued to this day!

1989 - The picture here shows C S Ellis delivering one of the first loads of cement for the build of the new Severn Bridge.

1991 - Trevor Ellis becomes Managing Director taking the business into its third Generation.

1993 - We were invited to join the Transport Association - an honour for CS Ellis allowing us to connect with similar family owned businesses’ sharing knowledge and help and assistance across the country. We are still proud to be a part of the TA today, this unique friendship amongst hauliers across the UK enables us to offer services nationally and internationally at a level unrivalled by any competition. Trevor was Chairman of the TA between 2009 -2010.

1994 - In 1994 we became one of founding members of the Palletline member depots enabling our customers to send pallets around the UK overnight. Palletline is still owned by the members and therefore shares the same values as us. Palletline would go on to become a major part of our business. Trevor was Chairman of Palletline for 11 years.

1999 - C S Ellis open Edith Weston “Camp” depot and it was soon holding in excess of 15,000 pallets initially for Reed Plastic Containers of Oakham.

2004 - C S Ellis become the UK partner of European Network (ILN) giving the company a daily service to Europe.

2005 - C S Ellis open a depot in Whetstone, Leicester offering 5,000 pallet spaces of storage plus 30,000sqft of bulk storage area.

2006 - C S Ellis win UKWA Warehouse Company of the Year for its 24 hour pick pack operation for Corgi Toys.

2007 - Charles Ellis joins the business as a financial controller having qualified as a chartered accountant at Grant Thornton.

2008 - C S Ellis Woolfox Depot opens on the side of the A1 and the Company commences an Export packing operation for Cummins Generator Technologies.

2010 - Hayley Cook nee Ellis joins the family business heading up our HR department.

2013 - Pacwolf Fulfilment is launched as the C S Ellis warehousing brand and specialise in e-commerce and fulfilment.

2013 - Trevor Ellis becomes Chairman and Charles Ellis Managing Director of C S Ellis.

2014 - C S Ellis commence operating a regional night Hub operation for Palletline PLC for all eastern members from Darlington down to Southend.

2016 - Pacwolf move into purpose built fulfilment centre at Wireless Hill and are soon utilising the 8000+ pallet locations

2018 - The number of employees across CS Ellis companies surpasses 200.

CS Ellis Group Limited are awarded with the Palletline accolade ‘Top Liner’ for their achievements within the Network. 

Then General Manager & Principal, Troy Bailey commented:- “Having worked tirelessly in achieving the necessary KPI standards each month between January to June, Palletline PLC have awarded C S Ellis Group with the ultimate performance award for excellence.”

2022 - Diana Morgan (formerly FD) Celebrates 50 years of service and becomes the longest serving employee of the Company. She is one of seven employees to have worked for CS Ellis for over 50 years. 

CS Ellis Logistics unveils its new brand. The revitalized brand identity draws inspiration from our heritage. It embraces our profound affection for the Rutland colour “Green”, while incorporating a captivating touch of acid yellow. This dynamic combination symbolises our unwavering commitment to innovation and our drive to provide exceptional value-led solutions that surpass expectations.

CS Ellis Logistics celebrates 90 years as a family owned and operated business. 

As part of our 90th anniversary celebrations, CS Ellis Logistics had the privilege of hosting HRH The Duke of Gloucester at our main site in South Luffenham. The Duke, who has a special connection to Rutland and its community, has visited the county on multiple occasions. We were delighted to showcase our newly branded livery, featuring our 90th anniversary livery on the DAF tractor unit and trailer. Alongside, we presented vintage vehicles from our esteemed heritage fleet, including the iconic “Prince of Rutland” flatbed from 1960, the regal “Her Majesty” Foden R Type from 1934, and the historic award winning FP4, an 1899 Decauville French vintage car and Rutland’s first registered vehicle.




We've had CS Ellis Logistics as a logistics partner for a number of years now and have always found them professional and willing to go the extra mile.

Matthew Dalton

Dalton Seeds

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