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Date: April 2009

DOWNTON APPOINTS LAWSONCLARKE TO CO-ORDINATE ITS COMMUNICATIONS

Downton - one of the UK’s leading independent transport and logistics companies, has appointed LawsonClarke PR to oversee and co-ordinate its communications.

The company has recently invested £10 million in a new import and distribution centre near Gloucester, while also announcing two new large contracts. The 120,000 sq ft purpose built facility sits on an 8-acre freehold site at Quedgeley, just a mile from the M5.

Said Richard Downton, finance director of Downton: “We are delighted to be working with LawsonClarke, who will coordinate our media and customer e-communications.  After many years of keeping rather a low profile, we decided it was time to tell people what we were up to!”

Managing director of LawsonClarke PR, Jeremy Clarke said: “Take a drive up any motorway and you’ll see Downton’s distinctive trucks - day or night. The company has a lot of positive news stories to communicate even in these difficult economic times, and we are really pleased to be working with such a successful family owned business.”

LawsonClarke PR is based in the Cotswolds, and offers expertise in automotive, home interest, property, lifestyle and leisure sectors, and both consumer and business-to-business (B2B) public relations. Its experience spans all areas of reputation management and communication, from media relations and events to internal communications, crisis and issues PR.

For further information on the services LawsonClarke can provide, call 01285 658844 or visit www.lawsonclarke.com

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Note to editors

Downton is one of the UK’s leading independent transport operators.  Established over 50 years ago in 1955, today the company employs 450 staff, operates 310 trucks and 820 trailers from six locations - Gloucester (Moreton Valence and Quedgeley), Dunstable, Leeds, Shoton on Deeside and Stoke on Trent - and has an annual turnover of around £45 million.  For further information, visit: www.downton.co.uk

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For further information, please contact:

Jeremy Clarke / Sue Hitchcock, LawsonClarke PR - Tel: 01285 658844

clarke@lawsonclarke.co.uk / sue.hitchcock@lawsonclarke.co.uk

Ref: LC02/2009