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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."
Tanak Takes To Mexican Rally Challenge
Palletforce-backed world rally driver Ott Tanak is set to embark on one of the toughest events of the season when Rally Mexico gets underway tonight. The third round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is the first gravel event of the season and Tanak rose to fame last year after a spectacular accident on the opening day sparked huge global coverage.
The 28-year-old Estonian and co-driver Raigo Molder slid off the road and plunged their Ford Fiesta RS WRC into a lake in 2015. After being fully submerged for 10 hours, the M-Sport team revived the car and Tanak went on to complete the event.
However, this year high altitudes, high ambient temperatures and high stage distances will all contribute to what's expected to be one of the toughest editions of this event. The challenge is set to peak on the final day when Tanak tackles a huge 80km stage – the longest test in WRC for over 30 years.
After the asphalt of Monte Carlo and snow of Sweden, Mexico hosts the third different surface in as many events. The stages around Leon are literally the pinnacle of the championship – reaching the highest point of the season at 2737m.
Palletforce Continues Investment in People with New Network General Manager
Palletforce has appointed a new general manager for its award-winning express network operations.
Simon Gibbard will play a key role in the continuing growth of the UK's leading pallet distribution company, ensuring operational compliance and spearheading creative development across the network.
The 37-year-old is no stranger to Palletforce, however, having previously worked for seven years as its network operations manager.
And he admits the challenge of keeping pace with the rapidly evolving pallet sector was a major factor in his decision to return.
"This area of the industry has seen phenomenal growth over the last few decades, and Palletforce has been at the vanguard of industry change, leading the way with technology, investment in infrastructure and a strong network of members and people," he said.