CSB was established by Clive S. Barker in October 1989, originally providing specialist export packing and shipping services to engineering industries. In 1991 we opened our Charlton depot – a 35,000 sqft specialist storage and handling facility with four DEMAG gantry cranes providing an impressive undercover lifting capacity of 30 tonnes.
CSB quickly gained a reputation and developed strong relationships with leading engineering companies. But with UK manufacturing in steady decline, and therefore the need for export packing, we began to focus on developing other core services.
Project Logistics, transit storage, and freight consolidation had all been aspects of our export services, and we recognised that overseas manufacturers supplying London construction projects were in need of similar solutions to help control Just-In-Time supply to site – particularly local storage solutions with specialist handling facilities.
While maintaining a smaller level of export packing and shipping, by 1997 the revenue and client base from construction logistics services was growing rapidly.
In answer to the ever evolving needs of the industry, innovative new services continued to be developed, such as FAIRCLAD® – Using export packing expertise the Fire And Impact Resistant Cladding system was designed to protect plant room equipment from ongoing construction works.
CSB recognises that our reputation is reliant on innovation and a process of continuous improvement, to enhance the value throughout all of our services. We believe that future success lies in partnering with like-minded companies. By working in partnership at all levels of a supply chain we can extend the scope of project logistics, and ultimately achieve the best possible supply coordination.
CEO AND BOARD MEMBER
Following studies in Music and Drama at West Kent College in Tonbridge, Matt began work in 1991 as an apprentice sound engineer in Falconer Studios, Camden, but soon joined friends in forming a band (Elcka) which went on to attain major deals with Island Records and Sony Publishing.
Following the band’s amicable split in 1998, Matt joined the family business in ‘99, as a warehouse operative.
Becoming quickly obsessed with the business, Matt steadily progressed through all operational, sales and management roles. Driven by a pursuit of business excellence and firmly focussed on developing a culture of continuous improvement, Matt was appointed Director in 2006.
With father Clive taking the role of Chairman and remaining in firm support as ambassador and mentor, Matt was appointed Managing Director in July 2009.
Dom is a qualified Chartered Account with over 13 years’ experience in lower mid-market Corporate Finance.
He has worked with many entrepreneurs and private companies in a variety of sectors helping them to achieve their strategic goals, including acquisitions, disposals and fund raising.
Having been a Non-Exec Director of CSB for a number of years he was appointed Finance Director in January 2013. Dom oversees the finance function and works closely with Matt on strategic matters and business planning.
Clive Barker gained his initial business experience from working his way up with one company. Starting as an office assistant in London at the age of 19, a series of promotions led him to the position of Works Manager of the Manchester operations at 26, and eventually Managing Director at the age of 38 having helped to increase the turnover from £1m to £12m.
Meanwhile the company had been taken over by a large group and he was moved back to London in 1986 to combine 4 other group companies managing a total turnover of £18m.
In 1989 following an unsuccessful management buy-out, Clive started CSB Logistics. Providing strong leadership and astute financial management for 20 years as Managing Director, Clive has now passed on the reigns to his son Matt Barker and continues to act as an ambassador and mentor in his role as Chairman.
During 2004-2007, Clive was temporarily seconded as an Enterprise Advisor helping schools meet the new Government requirements for Work Related Learning and Enterprise. He still helps selected schools with these activities and gives students and teachers presentations on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Mitch Horner began his life after leaving school as a full time musician playing bass guitar and went on to become a successful session player in the music industry. It was while he was working on a TV commercial that he met someone who introduced him to office removals and furniture. He really enjoyed the business and went to look for a job in the industry, as music was very time consuming.
He started his office furniture career 25 years ago working with a big company called Wagstaff Office Equipment as a porter on a van, and learnt the grass roots of how to deliver and install office furniture. After some time he became a salesman for the group and learnt all the skills of sales in the industry, learning it all very quickly.
After 4 years Mitch decided to go it alone, and within a very short time established his own business; growing it to a very large concern and starting dealing with large blue chip companies, such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, BBC, P&O Shipping, Discovery TV, National Army Museum,and recently Eurostar train's new headquarters in Old Broad St; which was a complete refurbishment from shell and core to finished work environment.