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Palletforce members rewarded at annual Gala Awards Dinner
AROUND 400 guests of Palletforce travelled to central London for the network's annual Gala Awards Dinner, a glittering ceremony celebrating the success of its members.
The star studded event took place at the prestigious Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel and was hosted by comedian and TV presenter Julian Clary. While entertainment was provided by X-Factor star and Queen of the Jungle Stacey Solomon.
A number of prestigious awards were on the star studded agenda. BM Stafford won the New Member Award and Redhead International were recipients of the Sales and Marketing Award for the fantastic effort they have shown driving their business forward and promoting the Palletforce brand.
UK Freightmasters won the Members' Service Committee Award, which is given to the member who has demonstrated significant improvement year on year in pursuit of quality service.
Online Roadways, were awarded the coveted Members Depot of the Year - the Alan O'Leary Award for the ninth consecutive year. The award is voted for by other members who grade each other on quality of service, communication, speed of response to enquiries and flexibility.
The prestigious Palletforce Depot of the Year – the Robert Bedford award was won jointly by Baynes and Son Haulage and Evans Transport Ltd.
Finally, we awarded the 'Networkers of the Year', recognising those members who have gone the extra mile over the last 12 months, they are WM Armstrong, Reive & Grossart, C&D Southwest, Fagan & Whalley, Edwin C Farrall and Lockwood Haulage.
"To have so many outstanding members being nominated and winning awards at our Gala Awards Dinner shows the network is continuing to go from strength to strength. Every single member has made a valuable contribution," said Michael Conroy, Chief Executive Officer of Palletforce.
"It was a fantastic evening and a perfect way to say thank you to all our hard-working members as they continue to make a real difference to our business."
Palletforce sponsor local schools swimming gala
BURTON Amateur Swimming Club organise the swimming gala to offer local school pupils a chance to swim competitively.
The club, based at the Meadowside Leisure Centre on High St, Burton-upon-Trent, holds the gala every year to give school children who wouldn't normally get the opportunity to go swimming an introduction to the health benefits of the activity in a fun but competitive environment. It is the only gala in the area that allows pupils to take part in swimming whatever their competency levels in the pool are and, thanks to the club's all inclusive philosophy, many children who have previously been involved in the schools' gala have gone on to join the swimming club having enjoyed the experience so much.
The gala took place on the 13th June at the Meadowside pool, and was sponsored by local business Palletforce. The rising costs have made it increasingly difficult for the club, which is run entirely by volunteers, to find the funds needed, so local support is vital to the future of the event.
New Palletforce vehicles for Palletforce member, EDS Couriers
CANNOCK-based EDS Couriers has increased its fleet size with the addition of four new cab units as it continues to grow its business. The new additions have been decked out in the distinctive Palletforce livery like the rest of their fleet.
The trucks have been added to the haulage company's collection of heavy goods vehicles stationed at its Staffordshire headquarters, from where it delivers parcels and pallets throughout the UK and mainland Europe.
"The latest vehicles in our large fleet shows we are expanding considerably to meet the increased demand from our customers. Our new trucks mean we can continue to meet the high standards expected of us, and serve our customers in the way they have come to expect," said Andy Evans, Managing Director of EDS.
Palletforce workers take afternoon tea for children’s charity
WORKERS at Palletforce's distribution hub in Burton-upon-Trent had their taste buds tantalised with a mouth-watering cream tea to raise funds for a leading children's charity.
Action Medical Research for Children – a charity dedicated to funding vital medical research into childhood conditions such as epilepsy, meningitis and cerebral palsy – ran its annual cream tea in a box campaign to help raise much-needed funds.
The cream teas were delivered to Palletforce's workers in individual boxes which contained the best of British produce including two freshly-baked scones, Rodda's Cornish clotted cream, two small jars of quality strawberry jam, a wrapped Yorkshire tea bag, and an individual knife and serviette.
"It's really important that we get behind worthy causes like the Action Direct Cream Tea initiative. Buying our 132-workers a cream tea is such a simple way of supporting a very worthwhile charity whilst enjoying the best in British produce," said Carol Gamble, HR Officer of Palletforce.
"We are very proud of every single member of staff at Palletforce and hoped they enjoyed their delicious cream tea treat on the 19th June."
Palletforce awarded fifth consecutive gold award by RoSPA
Palletforce has kept its recording-breaking run of RoSPA awards alive by gaining a gold medal award thanks to its excellent commitment to health and safety.
The palletised distribution network, based in Burton-upon-Trent, received the prestigious award from the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) making it the only pallet network to win for five years consecutively having previously won gold awards from the organisation.
"To win the gold award with RoSPA for the fifth consecutive year is testament to our commitment to be the best and is a tremendous achievement for everyone at Palletforce. It really helps us consolidate our position as the number one quality express pallet network," said Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce.
"Health and safety is vital in our industry, particularly as we handle 9 million pallets per annum throughout our UK and European operations. Having excellent health and safety procedures in place means we can keep ourselves at the forefront of the industry."
Alan Firmin Ltd invests in long trailers in company first
Sittingbourne-based Alan Firmin Ltd has invested in three new longer-length trailers as part of a Government 10-year trial into the feasibility of operating such trailers in the UK.
The three trailers measure 15.65m, which is two-metres longer than standard, and will be used on the company's overnight Palletforce service. Firmin's current fleet consists of 70 tractor units and over 150 trailers.
The company was established in 1937 by Alan Firmin to transport livestock to and from market for local farmers, and has gradually grown to one of the region's major privately-owned haulage firms, becoming a shareholder-member of Palletforce - the UK and Europe's largest palletised network - in 2006.
"Our new investment in longer-length trailers means we can increase the capacity of our loads and save on fuel in the long run. Fewer loads on the roads means reduced congestion on our motorways and we're delighted to be part of the Government's study into the effects of these lorries on the road," said Paul Denyer, Director of Alan Firmin Ltd.
New depot for Palletforce member, as Palletforce and C&D South West invests
PALLETFORCE member C&D South West has opened a new 25,000sq ft depot in Blandford to service customers in the Dorset and surrounding area.
The new office, storage facility and logistics centre forms part of the company's network development strategy and, thanks to its close location to sea ports and London, means it can offer clients a wider range of storage and delivery options than ever before.
Managing Director Darren Hammond of C&D South West, said: "The new C&D South West depot in Dorset will enable our customers to manage their complete pallet delivery and logistics process; collecting, storing and distributing goods and materials anywhere in the world, allowing them to concentrate on their core business. Being a member of Palletforce enables us to accomplish our customers' needs.
"We've also created 10 new jobs for the area and continue to expand our fleet of trucks."