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Culina Group - A truly unique business with a real focus on its people

Culina Group - A truly unique business with a real focus on its people

As we know only too well, 2020 has fast become a truly unique year of challenges and adaptation, both in terms of our personal and professional lives. Not least in the transport and logistics sector where employees are recognised as key workers alongside our hardworking NHS and other essential services. A positive aspect of the current situation is that it has brought to the attention of the general public just how important logistics is to the smooth running of the country. The logistics sector literally keeps the UK moving by delivering the goods to keep our stores stocked and our fridges full. Without the fantastic and committed people throughout the industry who are going the extra mile this simply wouldn’t be possible.

A large cog in this massively important sector is chilled and ambient food & drink logistics provider Culina Group, an established and highly reputable business that puts its success down to its teams of knowledgeable, passionate and committed people. As a business Culina Group explores every avenue available to ensure that its employees feel valued and nurtured, whilst being provided with vast opportunities to develop their talents and achieve their career goals within the growing organisation.

The Culina Group success story over the past 25 plus years has been impressive. However, the company’s overriding focus has always been on supporting its highly valued people. The aim, building a genuine family feel within its business that engenders a real sense of belonging and purpose for all colleagues.

“Without our fantastic highly experienced teams of people Culina Group would certainly not be the business that it is today. It’s all about people, treat people how you would want to be treated yourself and the rest will follow,” said Culina Group CEO Thomas van Mourik, commenting in 2019 when Culina Group picked up the Motor Transport ‘Haulier of the Year’ Award at the Grosvenor Hotel Park Lane - an accolade aspired to by every transport and logistics organisation in the UK.

Culina Group is unique, it continues to build a strong family of specialist logistics businesses each operating within its own marketplace. The key is that all of these businesses complement each other perfectly. Colleagues across the group are consistently working together towards a common goal of growth through service excellence and innovation.

With a comprehensively diverse and passionate workforce, Culina Group are constantly striving to raise the bar when it comes to great places to work. The company recognises the importance and value of its people and is continually investing in them by providing high quality work environments, exceptional training and development programmes, and for its drivers the best fleet available including top of the range tractor units replaced on a regular rolling schedule. Culina Group is always looking to build and strengthen its family approach to business.

A major focus for Culina Group is the company’s ‘Professional Development Programme’ or as it’s known internally the ‘RISE Programme’ (RECOGNISE – INSPIRE – SUPPORT – EMPOWER) which is open to all colleagues. The RISE programme is a comprehensive prospectus of recognised training solutions catering for all levels. There is something for everyone in this programme from courses aimed at colleagues who are new to a role or have some experience but want to develop them further to courses for Senior and Executive Management with qualifications equivalent to degree level. It’s a repertoire of qualifications that will increase as Culina Group continues to develop the programme. It’s something that Culina Group is very proud of indeed.

“We deliver high-quality learning tailored to the needs of individuals and our organisation. Each programme aims to support new and existing employees and help individuals to achieve personal and professional goals. We want to help our colleagues to develop new knowledge, skills, and behaviours that will support their progress within their chosen career.” commented Mike Roberts - Head of Learning and Development for Culina Group.

“I started with the business through an agency as a case picker. Culina Group is great at promoting from within and I was offered a permanent position. I have done numerous courses all provided by Culina Group to help me progress my career.” said John McManniman, Operations Manager.

“I think that Culina Group is really good at nurturing and bringing in new talent. I have come a long way as a person since I joined the business.” said Amy Thomas, HR Team Leader

Another area that Culina Group is passionate about is the recruitment and development of its drivers. The business offers a complete driver training programme offering individuals the opportunity to embark on an exciting new career and achieve their HGV licence. Culina Group drivers are the face of the business and because of this are provided with top of the range, well-maintained vehicles and a full uniform along with on-going training opportunities.

Culina Group have also recently established Unity Resourcing Solutions, a specialist recruitment organisation geared to providing high quality flexible employment opportunities within the logistics and warehousing industry. Unity offers roles across the country including driving, warehouse and administrative positions. You can find out more at

Despite the challenges that the UK and indeed the world are currently facing with the Covid-19 Pandemic, Culina Group is working hard to help keep the UK operating as normally as possible at this difficult time. As a market leading food and drink 3PL Culina Group are at the forefront of the daily logistics flows that are keeping our supermarkets stocked and our families fed. It’s a real responsibility to fulfil and it’s a credit to every member of the company’s 11,000 strong team across the UK and Ireland that Culina Group are performing so efficiently.

With over 70 sites across the UK and Ireland, Culina Group is a major 3PL. As recently as 2015 Culina Group stood as a £250 million logistics provider. Turnover has quadrupled over the last five years meaning today Culina Group stands as a £1 billion plus organisation.

“Our momentum is continuing throughout 2020 and beyond. We continue to identify new opportunities for acquisition, joint venture, and investment. Most importantly, we are consistently providing excellent levels of service to all our clients and this is contributing to our growth and in turn strengthening continuity of relationships and business confidence.” said Thomas van Mourik, Culina group CEO.

With no sign of things slowing down and, in fact, signs of continued acceleration the future is going to be very exciting for this forward thinking food and drink logistics specialist.

As an organisation with such a spectacular growth trajectory Culina Group is continually looking for high calibre people to join its family, indeed it operates a dedicated website promoting a wide variety of job opportunities for talented people looking to commit to its ethos and direction. You can find out more at