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Palletforce are showcasing their award winning network for a fourth consecutive year at this year's Commercial Vehicle Show
Palletforce are showcasing their award winning network for a fourth consecutive year at this year's Commercial Vehicle Show, being held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from Tuesday 29th April to Thursday 1st May.
During the show Palletforce will be presenting their new European services which are being offered as part of its collaboration with ALLNET (Alliance of Networks).
ALLNET is a partnership of the continent's leading networks who are specialists in delivering express palletised freight across Europe.
The founding partners of ALLNET are Astre Palet System, France, One Express, Italy, ONLINE Systemlogistik, Germany and Palletforce, UK.
Under the ALLNET banner, 9 million pallet loads of freight are delivered each year and the European network has 18 hubs, as well as 314 strategically-placed delivery centres covering 42 countries. To find out more about Allnet, please visit the multi lingual website – www.allneteurope.com.
Dave Holland, Sales and Marketing Director, said: "The Commercial Vehicle Show is the primary showcase for the entire UK road freight transport and logistics industry, unrivalled in size, product range and visitor attendance, so we are delighted to be highlighting our new European services at such a prestigious event."
This year the Commercial Vehicle Show and Multimodal will take place simultaneously at the NEC Birmingham. Visitors will be able to find Palletforce in Hall 4, stand number 4F100.
BC Transport celebrates 50th anniversary
PALLETFORCE founder member BC Transport has started its 50th anniversary year as it means to go on – with an increase in volumes and new business wins.
The Bollington-based firm celebrates five decades in business this year and is looking forward to another prosperous year following months of growing volumes.
In the run up to Christmas, BC Transport saw an increase of almost 50 per cent of volumes going through the Palletforce network – and the upward trend has continued into the new year.
"The upturn in volumes that we saw at the end of 2013 was almost unheard of, it was a fantastic note to finish the year on," said Chris Goodwin, Managing Director.
"Volumes are continuing to rise, so our milestone 50th year is looking very positive so far."
BC Transport was set up 50 years ago by current Managing Director Chris Goodwin's mother-in-law and father-in-law.
Chris began working at the firm aged 16 as a 'Saturday boy' after meeting his future wife.
Palletforce member Fagan and Whalley invests in new Coventry depot
PALLETFORCE member Fagan and Whalley has opened a new depot in Coventry as it continues to go from strength to strength.
The new depot opened on March 24, enabling Fagan & Whalley to offer a wider range of services to its customers.
"Our new depot means we can now offer a greater range of delivery services and options to our customers. It also means we can help new customers and develop our business further," said Stephen Fagan, director of Fagan and Whalley.
"Our latest site is in addition to our other sites in Padiham and St Helen's and is testament to the ongoing investment in quality services we offer to our customers."
Charities to receive £17,000 from Palletforce members
PALLETFORCE members have raised more than £17,000 for charities at the network's AGM.
Members from the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network gathered at the St George's Park Hilton hotel for the Palletforce Annual General Meeting.
Following the AGM, a glittering evening event was held and hosted by Roy Walker, former presenter of Catchphrase.
The money – the most ever raised at a Palletforce AGM – was raised by an auction, with prizes including VIP tickets to watch IL Divo and the Eagles, a signed Andy Murray montage and a signed Sebastian Vettel cap, and a raffle with prizes including a mini iPads and cases of champagne.
The money will be split between Palletforce's chosen charities The Midlands Air Ambulance and The Brain Tumour Charity.
"I was honoured to attend Palletforce's AGM," said Sofia Voutianitis, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
Palletforce supports Scotland’s food and drink ‘Oscars’
PALLETFORCE is supporting Scotland's premier food and drink awards celebrating the best of the industry.
The UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network is sponsoring the Brand Success of the Year award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2014.
Known as the industry's 'Oscars', the glittering awards ceremony, held in May at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, is already sold out and will be attended by more than 700 guests.
"We are thrilled to be supporting this event and helping to celebrate excellence and innovation across Scotland's food and drink business – which is a major part of the Scottish economy," said Dave Holland, Sales and Marketing Director at Palletforce.
"The ceremony promises to be the biggest and best yet and we are proud to be associated with this prestigious event."
The awards is organised by Scotland Food and Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.
"The Excellence Awards recognise the very best that Scotland's food and drink industry has to offer," said James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food and Drink.
"From the big players to small artisan producers, the awards recognise our best products and businesses.
"2014 brings with it the opportunity for Scotland to shout about the phenomenal food and drink our country produces on an international stage and with this being a landmark year for Scotland, the awards are bigger than ever before."
Palletforce delivers a multi-million pound dividend for its members
THE sum of nearly £5million is to be shared out among Palletforce shareholder members as part of the biggest pay out in the Network's 13 year history.
The dividend was agreed at Palletforce's AGM last month, following a record year of success, in both increased volumes and profits.
Michael Conroy, Palletforce Chief Executive, said: "Our membership is the best in the sector and our ethos of working together and working for each other is what differentiates us from our competitors and makes us so successful. Plus as we don't have professional equity investors to satisfy or debt to finance, we are in a great position to reward our stakeholders in this way.
"The Palletforce success over the past year has been underpinned by our constant commitment to quality, backed by continual investment both centrally and within the Network businesses."
The last 12 months has seen nearly £3million invested in a raft of new technology. New developments include a full Network roll out of 'ePOD' (Electronic Proof of Delivery), the 'Alliance IT System' which supports the Network's operations and the introduction of 'Backloader' – a brokering service for our members to maximise backloads and shared deliveries.
Palletforce has also been instrumental in creating "ALLNET", the alliance of Europe's leading pallet networks. This is recognised as a key strategic development for the business, delivering member access to a high quality pan-European network using common systems, guaranteed departure schedules and agreed tariff pricing.
Conroy ends by saying: "Palletforce is a very strong and fantastic business with continuing investment key to our strategy moving forward. Several major projects are already underway to ensure our members have universal access to the widest range of quality logistics and technology solutions."
Driver Don clocks up 50 years behind the wheel
A GREAT-GRANDFATHER of six is putting the brakes on his lorry driving career after 50 years with the same logistics company.
Don Fisher, 79, joined Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd, in Witton, Birmingham, on February 17, 1964.
Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd was set up in 1925 and has grown to become a worldwide distribution service and member of Palletforce, the UK and European's palletised distribution network.
Don, of Bordesley Green, is their oldest and longest-serving employee, but he will retire after he reaches his 50th anniversary.
"This is the best company I've ever worked for and I've been really happy here which is why I never moved on," said Don.
"It has grown a lot since I first started and the vehicles have got better and better as the fleet is updated regularly.
"I've got no plans for my retirement apart from to have a bit of a rest."
Don, whose two sons are Artic drivers at Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd, originally drove HGVs for the company but now works part-time mainly delivering around Leicestershire and Worcestershire in a three-tonne vehicle.
"We are very proud of Don's remarkable achievement of 50 years' service," said Chris Blackburn, Operations Director at Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd.
"As a family owned and run business Don feels like part of the family along with his two sons who also are long term employees. We wish Don a long and happy retirement."
Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd is holding a special celebratory evening in February for all staff to mark the milestone.
Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce, said: "Don's long service demonstrates his commitment and loyalty to Chambers and Cook Freight Ltd and I'm sure he will be greatly missed by his colleagues and customers.
"After so many years at the wheel he deserves a well-earned rest and we wish him all the best for the future."