About us

Who We Are

Serving the haulage trade for over 45 years

S & MC Transport Ltd was formed in 1972 by Septimus & Mary Cook. Prior to 1972 Sep had traded as Septimus Cook of Consett, Co.Durham and was very active in the formative years of road haulage development in the UK with the family business Thomas Cook & Sons, Consett.

The company was purchased in 1982 by Paul Taylor and Nick Lyons when Sep wanted to retire and operations were relocated from Darlington to the present address in Stockton-on-Tees. Paul Taylor has been involved in road haulage operations both national and international since 1972, is twice a former Northern Chairman of the Institute of Transport Administration and has served two terms on the Institute's national finance committee. S & MC Transport daily operations are complimented with Steve Griffiths who has over three decades of experience in shipping and transport for several major North East companies. The team is further complimented by Transport Manager, Edward Taylor.

S & MC Transport Ltd provide top quality road haulage services throughout the UK and Europe and for many years have specialised in all types of forest products. We have developed our services for the packaging industry as well as maintaining a traditional base of all types of goods including plastics, insulation & building products, steelwork, machinery, castings and all types of general haulage.

Our operations are not only confined to North East England, we provide a full general haulage service with daily collections and deliveries throughout the UK and for all sectors of industry, including a significant quantity of forest products for importers, shipping lines and agencies from major ports such as Felixstowe, Tilbury and Teesport.

All the vehicles we use are either owner-drivers or from large and small (mostly private) haulage companies most of which we have known for many years and with whom we have a very close working relationship. Performance of approved hauliers is constantly monitored and appraised weekly to maintain the care and attention to detail we expect and provide to our customers. This proven structure enables us to have at our disposal and at short notice an enormous pool of vehicles from over 1300 hauliers. This enables us to easily compete with the biggest fleets, but keeping our costs low to offer our customers a top quality service at a very competitive price.

In the words of the distribution manager of a major drinks manufacturer:

In short, what you see is what you get. A dynamic, forward thinking company, who take the strain out of the delivery operations

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Our Staff

A team of dedicated professionals

Paul Taylor


Involved in road haulage operations both national and international since 1972.

Steve Griffiths

Transport Manager

Over three decades of experience in shipping and transport for several major North East companies.

Edward Taylor

Transport Manager

Ed is an award winning designer, plus holds full European CPC and fully qualified transport manager.


Accounts Administrator

Foreign language graduate and accounts administrator.