Bensons for Beds has opened a new distribution hub in Tursdale, County Durham, to provide last-mile delivery to customers in the North East. 

The new outbase location, just south of Durham, close to the A1(M), has 24 staff and a fleet of 11 vehicles to provide deliveries from North Yorkshire to Northumberland and Cumbria.  

It follows Bensons’ decision to bring its delivery service in the region in-house, to increase its profile and give it control over last-mile delivery, to improve customers’ experience.  

As part of the move, six members of staff transferred from its previous delivery provider, alongside 18 new recruits.  

Spokesman Chris McMillan says: “We’re delighted to welcome new colleagues and those who chose to transfer and join the Bensons team. The new service has got off to a great start and we look forward to developing the service over the coming months and years.”  

Bensons has major distribution centres in Huncoat in Lancashire, Ayr in Scotland and Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, as well as its manufacturing site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.