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Palletforce Hits 25 Million Landmark
Palletforce is celebrating another major milestone at its central distribution hub in Burton-upon-Trent.
The UK and Europe's leading freight distribution network handled its 25 millionth pallet - a record that coincides with the company's 15th anniversary.
In 2001, Palletforce launched from an aircraft hangar in Lichfield. The 560 pallets processed on its first night.
The state-of-the-art hub, built in 2008, is now used by almost 100 Palletforce members from across the UK. A second 240,000 sq ft unit is due to open in 2017, raising daily capacity to 25,000 pallets.
Palletforce CEO Michael Conroy said: "This is an amazing achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and members.
"Palletforce was founded on the principles of quality and service and over the last 15 years we have continued to build our reputation through investment in technology and infrastructure.
"With our new 'superhub' due to come online next year we are looking forward to more record-breaking achievements in the future."
Beverley Joins Palletforce Team as Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Manager
Palletforce has appointed a new quality, health, safety and environment manager.
Beverley Knight joins the UK's leading palletised distribution network after more than 35 years with The Boots Company.
During that time she worked her way up from warehouse operative to the position of health and safety manager at the company's Nottingham plant, including a five years as operations manager where she was responsible for despatching 500,000 medical items a day.
In her new role, Beverley will oversee all aspects of health and safety at Pallerforce's hub in Burton upon Trent.
She said: "The workplace environment has changed considerably since I first began as a school leaver in 1980, none more so than attitudes to health and safety.
"Palletforce has a deserved reputation for excellence in this field, and with exciting expansion plans already underway here at the hub I am looking forward to playing my part in maintaining these high standards in the future."
Palletforce CEO Michael Conroy said: "Beverley brings a wealth of experience to this key role within the company, and we are delighted to welcome her as part of the team.
"Major expansion and investment brings major challenges, and we are determined to have the best people in place to meet those demands head-on."
Palletforce to attend Industry Showcase Event
Palletforce, the UK's leading palletised freight distributor, will be among the exhibitors at this year's Commercial Vehicle Show.
Since its inception in 2000, the Show has become the best attended, largest and the most comprehensive road transport and logistics event held in Britain.
This year's event, which runs from April 26-28 at the NEC in Birmingham, will feature 450 exhibitors from all sectors of the road transport industry, and is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors during the three open days.
Palletforce sales and marketing director Dave Holland said: "The CV Show is a major showcase for our industry and we are delighted to be taking part once again this year.
"It's a great opportunity to develop new business relationships, and as many of our existing member companies and suppliers will also be there."
Palletforce is made up of 88 independent haulage firms, which together provide an unrivalled UK and Europe-wide network centred on the company's distribution hub in Burton upon Trent.
Charities Benefit from Palletforce Generosity
Generous Palletforce members and staff dug deep to make this year's inaugural Members' General Meeting a triumph for two UK charities.
An amazing £20,000 was raised during a gala dinner that included a raffle and auction, compered by comedian Andrew Ryan.
Among the items up for grabs were seats at this year's Capital One Cup Final at Wembley, signed photographs of David Bowie, Lewis Hamilton and David Beckham, and VIP tickets to see the Brit Awards, Adele, Andrea Bocelli and Lionel Richie at the O2 Arena in London.
The proceeds from the evening will be split between Midlands Air Ambulance and The Brain Tumour Charity, organisations that Palletforce has supported for the last six years.
Jen Boilestad, community fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity, said the money raised will be put towards an early diagnosis campaign, a vital new research project aimed at identifying the disease in adults.
"Palletforce has raised over £33,000 for our charity since 2012, which is a phenomenal amount and indicative of the exceptional generosity of its members," she said.
Last year the Midlands Air Ambulance was called out over 2,000 times, and its three helicopters attend an average of three incidents every day.
"Every year we have to raise over £7 million to keep our fleet of three helicopters operational," said corporate partnerships manager Sofia Voutianitis. "This would simply not be possible without the assistance of long-term donors like Palletforce."
Over 200 delegates representing Palletforce members from across the UK attended the Members' General Meeting.
Held at the Hilton St George's Park in Burton upon Trent, the day-long event was the first since the Palletforce network was acquired by global private equity firm EmergeVest in 2015.
Palletforce chief executive officer Michael Conroy said: "Palletforce remains committed to supporting these charities and to have raised £20,000 was the icing on the cake of what was a hugely successful event. The generosity of our staff and members has done us proud."
Five New Recruits for the Palletforce FLT Academy
Leading UK logistics network Palletforce has welcomed five apprentice fork lift truck drivers to its Burton distribution hub.
Ryan Hughes, Jordon Smith, Sean Hay, Harry de Reus and Damon Allen will each spend 18 months at the Palletforce FLT Driver Academy, being schooled in all aspects of fork lift truck operation as part of a Level 2 NVQ in warehousing and storage.
The course is run by internal RTITB instructors, and at the end of it the five – who are aged between 17 and 19 – will have reached a level of competence to become D-Grade FLT operators working full time on night shifts.
The appointments coincided with National Apprenticeship Week, which is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Palletforce HR manager Clare Plant said: "Having a skilled and reliable team at the heart of our operation here in Burton-on-Trent is key to the success of the Palletforce network across the UK and Europe.
Palletforce Turns Operator after Strategic Purchase of London Member
Express palletised distribution expert Palletforce is set to create its first-ever own-brand depot with the strategic acquisition of one of its member companies. The firm has purchased the UK Freight Masters business, based in Belvedere, South-East London, in a move which will help strengthen Palletforce's position and service offering in the capital.
The acquisition is the first of its kind for the company and is the first major move since the sale of Palletforce to Emergvest.
Founded 25 years ago by David Bland, UK Freight Masters has been a family-run business. The company joined the award-winning Palletforce network 11 years ago and was crowned Members Depot of the Year at the annual Palletforce Gala Awards ceremony.
"I've seen many changes in the logistics industry after running a successful business for 25 years, but now it's time for me to stand down," explained David.
"In doing so, I'm leaving the business in safe hands with a secure future for my dedicated employees and ensuring my customers will continue to benefit from outstanding service and the long term investment Palletforce has made in the business."
New Yorkshire Depot for Lockwood Haulage
Palletforce member Lockwood Haulage has opened a new depot in West Yorkshire.
The Pontefract site is some 60 miles north of the firm's headquarters in Derbyshire and will enable Lockwood to cover five DN postcode areas in and around Doncaster for the leading pallet network.
"We already do a lot of business in the area, so it made sense to establish a base of operations there," explained Lockwood's key account manager Keith Allsop.
"Obviously it has the added advantage for the Palletforce network of enabling us to cover these five postcodes."