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Local businessman hits milestone birthday

A local businessman, whose family has a long association with the Worksop community and has a presentation plaque commemorating the family’s involvement in the restoration of the historic Lady Chapel in Worksop Priory, has recently reached a milestone birthday.

John Pepper, co-founder of renowned local warehousing, distribution and property business, Carlton Forest Group, celebrates his 80th year and his seventh decade in business, having diversified from pig and arable farming to the third-party logistics sector during his career.

“John has an amazing history of entrepreneurial spirit and fell into working in the warehouse and distribution sector a little by accident, but with a whole heap of determination,” said Diane Ward, Chief Operating Officer, Carlton Forest Group. “Over the years he stored and distributed a whole host of products from agricultural fertiliser to steel bars and now he is proud to see how the business is evolving in the twenty first century to be a third party logistics specialist partner to so many diverse businesses.”

John ventured into the 3PL industry in the md 1970’s, deciding to put his orange Bedford van, (that had been used for delivering pigs to market) to good use. Coupled with the storage he had on site, he began delivering and storing product for Smiths Flour Mill in Worksop (which is now Whitworth Brothers) and within a few years had established the largest inland storage depot for fertiliser servicing the farming industry.
In the early 1990’s Mark Pepper, joined the business and began to focus on more diverse products to establish itself as a well-respected storage and distribution centre.
“Mark commented; “It has been very rewarding to see the business evolve over the decades and establish a successful business on the back of what Dad started all those years ago. As he begins to take a little bit more time for himself, we look forward to sharing our continued successes with him.”
John still has an extremely keen interest in all aspects of the business and pops in for a coffee most days. He has been very proud to see the business develop internationally in recent years and the installation of the company’s pyrolysis plant just over a year ago saw John on site, watching the installation process with great interest. That part of the site had come a long way from the pigsties of the 70’s!
In his spare time John enjoys joinery and gardening. He has a partner, Anita, and two adult children, Mark and Maryanne.
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