It all started with a small ship chandlers store on Salthouse Lane in Hull. Now, 180 years later the John Good Group employs over 250 people and operates from 14 different sites in the UK including all main ports. The Group encompasses one of the UK’s largest independent shipping agency businesses, John Good Shipping, together with its own overseas offices in Turkey.
The business was started by John Good in 1833 when he returned to England following a stint on sailing ships trading in the Baltic, Mediterranean and the White Sea. Using the vast experience he had gained during his time at sea, he set up John Good & Co. as ship chandlers, agents and brokers and a business empire was born.
Fast forward 180 years and the John Good Group of Companies still retains its headquarters in the city, but has now grown to include subsidiaries such as corporate travel company Good Travel Management, Felixstowe Warehousing, DAN Shipping & Chartering and warehousing and distribution specialists Trans-European Port Services (TEPS).
Group managing director Alan Platt is looking forward to celebrating the milestone with his colleagues.
He said: “To reach such a significant anniversary is testament to the hard work and commitment not just of the Good family, but also the many generations of family and staff who have gone before, and who have worked tirelessly to make the business what it is today.
“Rather than succumb to external pressures and market forces, we’re really proud to have tackled the challenges head-on and have become a much stronger and robust organisation as a result.”