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Palletforce opens second world class facility
PALLETFORCE - the UK and Europe's leading palletised network opened their second world class facility on 15th August 2014 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.
Palletforce have seen a 25% growth since the start of 2014, therefore the new Hub gives extra capacity for now and the future.
Palletforce celebrates its 20 millionth pallet passing through its hub
PALLETFORCE - the UK and Europe's leading palletised network - has celebrated another milestone after seeing its 20 millionth pallet being handled at its 400,000 sq ft Burton-upon-Trent hub.
The magical milestone was reached in June, two months shy of the 13th anniversary of the network welcoming its first pallet in August 2001, and is the latest in a series of achievements for the company, including being awarded five consecutive RoSPA gold awards.
In addition, it also shared a record £5m dividend between its members earlier this year, and continued its ongoing investment in technology and recruitment of both members and staff.
"The fact we have now handled 20 million pallets is absolutely amazing, and is a testament to the hard work of our members and staff. We pride ourselves on the quality of the service we provide and we are well equipped to handle another 20 million pallets over the next few years," said Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce
"We are committed to remaining at the forefront of the pallet industry and will continue to expand our network into Europe and develop our use of technology to improve our services even further."
Network growth sees AKW Group invest in new Palletforce fleet
LOGISTICS company AKW Group has invested in new Palletforce-liveried trucks thanks to the network's growth in the last 12-months. The Manchester headquartered business already has a substantial fleet of over 100 vehicles in its transport division – known as AK Worthington Ltd - and joined the Palletforce network in 2004.
AKW Group, which now employs over 300-people from its Trafford Park premises, was formed in 1981 as a traditional haulier dealing in the movement of freight to and from Manchester's docks before starting a warehousing operation in 1986. In recent years, it has branched out into the world of TV and film and has seen its 500,000 sq ft warehouse feature in a series of popular programmes such as Coronation St, and well-known dramas including Prey and Prime Suspect.
"We're really pleased to invest in our fleet with smart new Palletforce trucks. The business has gone from strength to strength over the past year, so we are confident our investment will be a successful one," said Jason Bradley, Operations Manager for AKW Group.
"In addition, we have a young driver scheme, where less-experienced drivers can learn their trade in 7.5 tonne trucks before moving up to Class 2 and Class 1 HGVs. It means we have a steady stream of professionally-trained drivers who understand AKW Group and are ready to take the business forward and help us invest in more vehicles in the future."
Palletforce 48-hour Scandinavian service goes live
Palletforce has launched the latest of its European delivery and import services with the addition of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland to its portfolio of European countries.
In addition to its continental services to Germany, Italy, Benelux, France, Spain and Portugal, Palletforce will offer customers an express palletised freight service between its 400,000sq ft hub in Burton-upon-Trent hub and individual countries in Scandinavia. Palletforce member Aeroship, part of the LEMAN Nordic Group, will operate the service.
"Our expansion into the Scandinavian countries represents the next stage of our European development strategy. It helps us strengthen our position as the leading palletised network in Europe, and allows our members to offer additional services to their customers," said Michael Conroy, Chief Executive Officer of Palletforce.
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.