WLN – What do you love most about your job?

Being able to meet customers, look them in the eye, speak to them, and give them a bespoke service which others can’t. We provide quite a niche offering, and that helps us get to know our clients.


WLN –Who’s your biggest influence?

I’ve been inspired by great managers and clients throughout my career, but my father is my single biggest influence. He taught me to be the first Neil Powell, not the second Mike Powell; to be my own man.

WLN –What advice would you give your younger self?

To make sure you enjoy the work you do, because otherwise what’s the point? Also, to keep your business and personal life separate where possible, and try not to cross that line.

WLN – If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?

I think I’d be a scanner, because I’d want to know everything about what comes in and out of the building. I like to be informed!

WLN –What’s the secret of your success?

Being brought up in the right way, with a strong sense of right and wrong – and good manners. It seems to me that they’re getting rarer these days.

WLN –What achievement are you most proud of?

Setting up a business from scratch and seeing it grow into a stable, long-lasting company with great potential. We’ve not spread ourselves too thinly and are now in a great position to expand further.

WLN –What’s the most important thing in your life?

I’m part of a very close family, which is the most important thing to me. I set up this business with my father, and run it with my brother Russell, who is Finance Director, and we try to keep that family ethos throughout the company.

WLN – What’s your biggest luxury?

I do like a nice holiday every now and again.

WLN –What’s your dream holiday destination?

Australia, without a doubt. I lived there for a couple of years in my 20s, before coming back to the UK and settling down, but I’ve been back four times since and always look forward to returning.

WLN –What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I play golf and squash regularly, and I’m also a true blue Leicester City fan who remembers the Filbert Street days. It’s been a good few years for the Foxes obviously, although I think we could have done better in the FA Cup against Chelsea the other week; they were there for the taking!

WLN –What’s your favourite book?

The most recent book I read was The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – another Leicester lad – but I’m not really a big reader.

WLN – And your favourite film?

Probably Point Break, starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. Even though it’s set in LA, it reminds me of Australia. The film has a feeling of freedom and thrill seeking, and there’s a lot of surfing, which I enjoyed while I was down-under. I didn’t rob any banks though!

WLN – What would you do if you won the Lottery?

Besides jetting off for a few months?! I’d obviously want to enjoy myself and celebrate the win, but I’d also use the money to help build and strengthen the business further.


Founded in 2010, the NX Group offers distribution, warehousing and courier services across the UK.

The company continues to expand, offering customers more warehousing options to meet their requirements, and UK distribution including timed deliveries into major UK supermarkets and Amazon Fulfilment Centres.

The NX Group is a comprehensive suite of supply chain solutions for businesses that require an extra level of quality and care for their products. Based in the golden triangle of logistics in Northamptonshire, its distribution, warehousing and courier divisions have grown year on year, thanks to its emphasis on quality, security and safety.

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