Harbour Freight Joins the Play It Green Community

New Partnership

Harbour Freight the UK arm of the largest Irish-owned transport company has joined the Play It Green community to engage its team on sustainability and to enhance its journey to Net Zero.

The company now has a climate-positive workforce and access to free Net Zero support including our framework, policies and access to footprint reporting.

We caught up with their Managing Director, Steve Swinburn to find out more about his company and what the future holds for them.

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Please, tell us a little about Harbour Freight

We are the UK business of the largest Irish-owned transport company operating services across the Irish Sea and a shareholder member of the Pall-Ex pallet delivery network.

We are the people that move and deliver goods to factories, shops and hospitals.

We cover the whole of the UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland from our home in the heart of the northwest’s industrial hub in Trafford Park.

Why is sustainability important to you?

As a transport and logistics company we need to show our commitment to change, we are an industry by its definition unlikely for sustainability historically but that is no longer acceptable, we need to lead by example and show that it is possible to play our part. 

We have already made good strides in our UK warehouses with solar panels, staff electric charging points, electric FLT and installation of motion-detected office and warehousing lights.

This is the next step on that journey for Harbour.

Why did you decide to collaborate with Play It Green?

Play it Green with its refreshing open honest approach to what it does along with its vision and values towards sustainability, carbon offset and empowerment to the local communities here and abroad.

This meant it really aligned with what we strive to be as a forward-thinking involving and different type of transport company, we already support charities through each pallet we delivery so to extend our social and environmental responsibilities with Play it Green made perfect sense.

Meeting Richard and listening to how passionate he was, and his own positivity was one of the easiest decisions I’ve had to make.

What does the future hold for Harbour Freight?

We have expanded greatly in recent times both here in Manchester and in Dublin in terms of new modern facilities and vehicles as our business has grown, there are challenging times ahead, but we are ready and able to guide the business and our customers through whatever we face.

We will continue to drive change and efficiencies throughout all our locations.


Richard Dickson, Play It Green’s Co-Founder said:

“Having met Steve only last week, it’s exciting to welcome his company to our community. Change happens through collaboration and I love how his business sees the need for change and took action right away.

Steve Swinburn, Managing Director of Harbour Freight said:  

“The entire supply chain needs to transform to greener logistics, now is the time to look forward”

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