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Chamberlain Transport celebrates sixty years in business
Palletforce member Chamberlain Transport is celebrating 60 years in business – marking three generations of success for the family run firm.
The business was founded in 1954 in Haslington, Crewe by Gerald and Rachel Chamberlain who began with just two vehicles.
Sixty years on it has grown to a fleet of 40 trucks, employing more than 60 people across two sites with an annual turnover of more than £6m.
The business remains a family run firm with Gerald and Rachel's son Ted as the Chairman and his wife Mary currently the Company Secretary. Their sons Simon and Mark are also joint Managing Directors.
Simon Chamberlain said: "2014 has been a special year for us and I'm extremely proud that, 60 years on from when my grandparents founded the firm, we remain a successful family business dedicated to the same values of high quality service.
Lockwood to handle homecoming of iconic Tower poppies
A Derbyshire transport firm is playing a vital role in the final phase of the iconic Tower of London Poppies.
Palletforce member Lockwood Group is taking delivery of all 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the tower's moat, representing every British Military death in the First World War.
Once returned to Derbyshire, where the poppies were original manufactured, they will be stored at Lockwood's warehousing site in Ambergate, before being delivered to the company handling the cleaning and packaging. The poppies will then be sent out to the 600,000 people who purchased one.
"Due to the huge number of poppies this will be a 24/7 operation right up until Christmas and into the New Year," said Wayne Evans, Operations Director at Lockwood Haulage.
"This has been a great and extremely worthwhile project and something we are all very proud to have played a part in."
Palletforce staff to deliver festive cheer to children in Burton
Employees at Palletforce will be doing their bit to help put a smile on a child's face this Christmas by supporting long running children's charity, Derek's Tree.
Now in its twentieth year, Derek's Tree collects presents for disadvantaged children in and around Burton upon Trent.
The appeal, which was founded by Burton businessman Derek Liddle, is centred on a tree inside Coopers Square Shopping Centre, where people remove tags from the tree with a child's name and details of what they would like for Christmas, before buying the presents and handing them back to Derek's helpers.
L-R: Derek Liddle, Claire Jones & Trevor Mudd
All the presents are then delivered to the children in time for Christmas.
UK’s first tandem axle, twin steering urban trailer goes into operation
PALLETFORCE member S&J European Haulage is leading the way with an innovative new trailer that makes city centre deliveries safer and more efficient.
The highly-respected Melton Mowbray transport company, which is part of the Palletforce network, has taken delivery of a tandem axle urban trailer with the unique feature of two steering axles.
It also comes complete with special remote control cameras to help drivers steer the axles from within the cab – improving safety for other motorists and cyclists in city centres.
The new trailer was designed and built by Cartwright Solutions after consultation with S&J European Haulage's Managing Director Steve Haines and Fleet Engineer Trevor Atkins.
Trevor Atkins said: "As part of the Palletforce network we have a lot of deliveries into the city centre and need a vehicle that can carry multiple consignments – but can still be manoeuvrable in restricted, built up areas where turning and driving are more challenging.
Palletforce members drive for victory at annual Golf Day
Palletforce members got into the swing of things when they took to the fairways for their UK annual Golf Day.
Members from the UK and Europe's leading palletised distribution network gathered at Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa in Cheshire.
Players enjoyed playing 18 holes on the prestigious Nicklaus golf course with fellow members and their customers.
The event was followed by a golf trick show from Tricky Rob (Rob Brown), a fully qualified PGA professional and concluded with a three course meal and presentation to award all the day's winners.
Transaction invests in new Palletforce fleet
One of Palletforce's founder shareholder members – Transaction International – has added to its haulage fleet with the acquisition of three new trucks.
The Buckinghamshire-based warehousing, distribution and freight operator invested in the three DAF trucks in May, to add to its already substantial fleet of trucks and articulated lorries ranging in size from 7.5tonnes to 28tonnes which operate from its 31,000 sq ft warehouse in Long Crendon close to the M40.
Transaction International was set up in 1985 by Adrian Johnstone, and has twice been awarded the BIFA Freight Service 'Logistics Distribution' award which is given solely on the basis of customer endorsement.
"As our business continues to go from strength to strength, we have invested in three new trucks to help us keep up with demand from our customers. The haulage industry is still growing and businesses continue to use the road network to move goods around the country and beyond," said Adrian.
Beattie Brothers bags Bronze FORS accreditation
Palletforce Member, Beattie Brothers Transport has been awarded with a Bronze accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) meaning it can tender for work with local councils and operate in the London area.
The FORS scheme was developed to improve fleet activity throughout the UK, particularly in London and provides a performance benchmark for fleet operators by them becoming safer, tackling green issues and promoting greater efficiency.
To qualify for the accreditation, the Stevenage firm had to put a number of changes into place, including improving its company structure and making its processes more efficient. It will now also be audited every year and the business must be able to produce a manual of its procedures when required and all drivers also have to carry a copy in their cabs.
In addition, better complaints and accident procedures have been established along with data recording capabilities.