Wigan Athletic Ladies Football Club nets sponsorship with logistics firm

Wigan Athletic Ladies FC are celebrating a new sponsorship deal for this season.

Ningbo sponsor Wigan Athletic Ladies

Ningbo Palletised Distribution, which sponsored the club last year, has committed to a further 12 months, with the firm’s logo appearing on the kit’s sleeves and shorts.

Wigan Athletic Ladies, the official women’s team and formally linked to the men’s Championship side, will put the £750 sponsorship towards new kit.

The team, which plays at Abraham Guest Academy, currently sits fourth in the league after making a strong start to the season.

Wigan Athletic Ladies first team manager Andy Ainscow, who played for Wigan Athletic, said: “Support from individuals and businesses play a crucial role in the running of the club.

“Not only does it provide a financial boost, it allows the fantastic people who work behind the scenes to concentrate on other tasks, including increasing attendance at games, sourcing new players, and organising events.

“To have Ningbo on board for another 12 months is brilliant and the money will help us buy kits for the players.

“We have made a solid start to the year and hopefully the Ningbo logo will be prominent as we lift silverware at the end of the season.”

Award-winning Ningbo Palletised Distribution, which offers a next day pallet delivery and collection service throughout the UK, also recently launched a dedicated nightly service to Dublin.

Ningbo sponsor Wigan Athletic Ladies

Ningbo’s managing director, Chris Stockton, said: “We’ve enjoyed our short partnership with Wigan Athletic Ladies FC, and look forward to this developing over the coming years.

“It was an easy decision for us to continue our sponsorship and we are always keen to support worthwhile projects.

“Everyone at Ningbo wishes the team well for the remainder of the campaign.”

Wigan Athletic Ladies’ most experienced current player Michelle Hunt said: “We are fortunate to have amazing support throughout the club, as well as from external partners including Ningbo.

“This allows the players to focus on match days without unnecessary distractions.”

Ningbo, which was formed in 1993, is part of the UPN and Palletline networks and employs 38 members of

For further information visit www.ningbodistribution.co.uk or www.walfc.co.uk.

Photo captions: Wigan Athletic Ladies FC player Michelle Hunt is pictured with coach Derek Booth (blue top) and Chris Stockton of Ningbo

Logistics firm launches dedicated Irish service

An award-winning logistics firm has launched a dedicated next-day service to Ireland, allowing businesses to export quickly and cost-effectively to Ireland.


Wrexham-based NingboPalletised Distribution has invested £35,000 in launching Ireland Express, which will also see the company recruit at least two additional drivers.

The move comes after recent studies show Ireland is Europe’s fastest growing economy, as well as an increase in exports between the UK and Ireland since Brexit.

Ningbo’s managing director, Chris Stockton, said: “Businesses seeking to ship products across the Irish Sea have to use a multitude of partners.

“This often comes with numerous bits of paperwork and documents, increasing time spent.

“By launching a dedicated nightly service to Ireland using our existing structure and adding to our fleet, we are able to save companies time and money, as well as offering a stronger option.

“Ningbo has 25 lorries collecting customer freight daily. The Irish consignments from these collections are then grouped at Ningbo’s Wrexham depot and trunked on the Ireland Express double decker trailer for delivery throughout Ireland.

“This is a tried and tested reliable and cost-effective solution.

“Ireland is the UK’s fifth biggest trade partner, and the Irish economy continues to grow and improve at a fantastic pace.

“We’ve noticed an increase in goods being exported to Ireland and Northern Ireland and predict this rise to carry on.”

Ningbo collects freight from North Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire, Powys, and most of Liverpool, Warrington and Runcorn

Ningbo covers those areas from its sites in Overton, Wrexham, and Malpas. Its Wrexham Industrial Estate premises recently underwent a £100,000 infrastructure upgrade to enable it to handle hazardous materials.

Chris added: “Joining the HazChem network was a key objective for us this year, and being able to deliver hazardous consignments to Ireland helps set us apart.

“It’s an example of our innovative approach to logistics and putting the customer first to not only understand their needs, but to be able to offer a high-quality, cost-effective solution.”

Ningbo, which was formed in 1993, also offers a next day pallet delivery and collection service throughout the UK for normal goods, and is part of the UPN and Palletline networks.

It employs 42 members of staff and has a fleet of 25 lorries, 18 additional trailers and four vans. In addition to the UK and Ireland, it delivers to all of Europe.

It also offers businesses the option of pallet storage, pick and pack, and container unloading with a bespoke fully tracked and traced warehouse system.

Ningbo Palletised Distribution is part of the Ningbo Group. Chris’ other businesses include Ningbo Furniture, a supplier of contract furniture.

For further information visit www.ningbodistribution.co.uk.