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Palletforce Announced as Double Finalist in Lloyds Bank National Business Awards
Nationwide express distribution network Palletforce has been shortlisted for two awards in the prestigious 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. The company is a finalist in both the Market Gravity Innovation and Vonage Business Enabler of The Year awards – recognising its sector-leading distribution services which help keep the wheels of British industry turning.
Palletforce, which operates a network of 90 individual transport companies from a world-class central hub in Burton upon Trent, will go up against a host of other well-known finalists. The winner will be revealed at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards gala dinner held on 10 November at Park Lane's Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Michael Conroy, Palletforce chief executive officer, said: "Palletforce is delighted to be nominated as a double finalist in the prestigious National Business Awards 2015. Being announced as a contender in both the Market Gravity Innovation and the Vonage Business Enabler of the Year Awards acknowledges the class-leading service we deliver.
New European Development Manager for Palletforce
UK-based express freight distribution network Palletforce has appointed Renate Ziegler as its European Development Manager.
Renate was previously International Sales Manager for a pallet network in Germany and has over 15 years' experience of sales and business development in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
In her new role she will be responsible for driving Palletforce's European sales development programme, working directly with Palletforce members, identifying and advising on commercial opportunities within the UK express freight sector.
Originally from Berlin, Renate lived and worked in London from 2006 to 2012, enrolling in night classes for three years in order to perfect her English.
Knowles Transport Selects Palletforce To Boost Business
Cambridgeshire-based haulage company Knowles Transport has become the latest shareholder member of the award-winning Palletforce distribution network – the first time the firm has joined a pallet network.
The family-run business, which has its headquarters in Wimblington, near Peterborough, will cover selected PE postcodes in Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. The move will allow Palletforce, which was recently voted logistics supplier of the year at the Grocer Gold awards, to further enhance its service across the region.
Founded in 1932, Knowles Transport operated initially with a single Model T Ford bought for just £10. Today it runs a fleet of 80 vehicles and oversees more than 2 million sq ft of warehousing across five sites.
Business development manager Alex Knowles is the third generation of his family to be involved with the company, and believes the decision to join the Palletforce network marks the next logical step in their development.
"We have been looking to diversify the business, and Palletforce opens us up to a new customer base that we never had before," he said.
Tanak Aiming For Pole Position With Palletforce
Palletforce rally driver Ott Tanak is aiming for pole position this weekend as he tackles Rally Poland – round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship. With a renewed sense of confidence at the wheel of his recently-upgraded Ford Fiesta RS WRC, the Estonian rally star has promised a push on the high-speed gravel roads in the north of the country near Mikolajki.
After setting a string of quick times on the last event in Sardinia, Tanak is poised to capitalise on his experience of the Polish stages – after taking overall victory in WRC2 last season. The soft, sandy stages are ultra fast, similar to the roads in Estonia and demand high levels of commitment and confidence.
But it’s a tough event and the first day of action on Friday is tackled without an opportunity for mid-day service – putting even more pressure on Tanak to deliver a flawless performance.
Gala Awards Celebrate Palletforce Stars
It was another glittering night to remember as freight distribution network Palletforce held its annual Gala Awards night in London.
The event, which celebrates the achievements of Palletforce members across the UK, was attended by more than 450 guests, with awards being presented in six different categories.
This year's host at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel Park was TV celebrity Stephen Mulhern, with entertainment provided by soprano Carrie-Ann Williams, and Britain's Got Talent violinist Lettice Rowbotham.
There were three winners in the New Member Award from a seven-strong shortlist: Lockwood Haulage and Nelson Distribution, both from Derbyshire, and Reive & Grossart, who are based in Abington, Lanarkshire.
C & D Southwest, from Chard, Somerset, were recipients of the Sales and Marketing Award for their tremendous efforts in boosting sales through promotion of their own business as well as the Palletforce brand.
Barnsley-based Truswell Haulage won the Members' Service Committee Award, which is given to the member who has demonstrated significant improvement year on year in pursuit of boosting network volumes and delivering quality service.
Palletforce Wins “Gold Oscar” at National Industry Awards
Nationwide distribution network Palletforce has been crowned "Logistics Supplier of the Year" at the prestigious Grocer Gold Awards.
The annual event, organised by industry bible The Grocer and held on June 9 at London's Guildhall, celebrates excellence in all aspects of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).
Palletforce, which operates a network of 87 independent haulage firms from its central Hub in Burton upon Trent, was one of six category finalists, including Bibby Distribution, Coca Cola Enterprises, Fowler Welch, Gist and Samworth Brothers.
In order to be nominated for the Gold award, the company had to demonstrate "tangible and meaningful" improvements across their entire logistics operation in the last 12 months, such as improving efficiency, extending shelf life, delivering better availability or simply saving money.
The award was judged by a panel of FMCG experts and presented on the night by comedian and actor Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Palletforce's chief executive officer Michael Conroy said: "On the back of significant investment in technology and infrastructure to ensure our success story continues, I am delighted that our innovation and quality services have been acknowledged.
"Palletforce is renowned for its pioneering approach to express distribution and this award recognises that we've successfully applied our principles to the FMCG and grocery sector.
"Our express network offers a unique solution for many companies and we've proved already how we can cut costs and make the final stage delivery process much more efficient."
Palletforce nominated for “Gold” standard at industry awards
Nationwide distribution network Palletforce has been named a finalist in the prestigious Grocer Gold Awards.
The annual event, organised by industry bible The Grocer, celebrates excellence in all aspects of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) – and Palletforce is one of six major firms in the running to be crowned "Logistics Supplier of the Year".
From its central hub in Burton upon Trent, Palletforce operates a network of 87 member companies, all of whom are highly-respected independent transport operators in their own right.
Collectively they provide unrivalled service quality, fast deliveries and complete flexibility to distribute small consignments, as well as larger loads, across a network of over 100 depots in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
The FMCG and Grocery sector is a key and growing area of Palletforce's business and 2014 was a record year for the company in terms of growth, quality of service and efficiency in this area.
In order to be nominated for the Grocer Gold award, Palletforce had to demonstrate "tangible and meaningful" improvements across its entire logistics operation in the last 12 months, such as improving efficiency, delivering better value and reducing mileage.
Other finalists in the category include Bibby Distribution, Coca Cola Enterprises, Fowler Welch, Gist and Samworth Brothers.