Better Breaks, Safer Stops welcomes Ashford International Truckstop

Better Breaks, Safer Stops welcomes Ashford International Truckstop

15.12.2021 | Logistics

Better Breaks, Safer Stops welcomes Ashford International Truckstop

Reaction to UK & Europe’s largest lorry park. 

With the logistics industry’s ‘Better Breaks, Safer Stops’ campaign gaining momentum, the man behind the initiative, Steve Jones of Goldstar Transport, Felixstowe, says: “There’s a lot of support across the sector for this campaign, and we’re delighted that the Ashford International Truckstop, which opened for business earlier this month, offers drivers the much-needed and modern facilities required for them to keep the UK’s logistics sector moving.”

The new truck stop, which is the largest in the UK and Europe, offers the latest facilities for drivers. Transformational services include 24/7 restaurant opening, wi-fi access, a laundry, male and female toilet and shower facilities, and electric hook-ups for refrigerated lorries.

Steve Jones continues: “This is a positive step in the right direction and demonstrates what can be achieved in support of our drivers.”

Matthew Deer, group managing director of The Swain Group, says: “The new amenities in Ashford, Kent, preparing for Brexit customs clearance, are an excellent example of facilities that are secure, modern, clean and built quickly to a high standard. In my view, we need more like this standard to attract and keep drivers.”

RHA east of England area manager Tom Cornwell adds: “The UK economy relies on logistics for the majority of the products and services that we use, and the drivers of vehicles are some of the workers on the frontline of this vital industry. Driver must have fit and proper facilities and overnight parking to enable them to do their job safely, efficiently and sustainably. At the RHA, we support initiatives that put this issue at the forefront of public conversation and raise awareness of the importance of the need to have a standardised approach to parking and facilities and improve the provisions that are currently available.”

Renault Truck Commercials Felixstowe moves to purpose-built site

Renault Truck Commercials Felixstowe moves to purpose-built site

12.12.2021 | Logistics

Renault Truck Commercials Felixstowe moves to purpose-built site

New depot for French truck manufacturer. 

Renault Truck Commercials Felixstowe has moved to its new purpose-built dealer premises located at Hodgkinson Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3QT.

The ultra-modern facility, constructed to the highest environmental standards, reflects the growing demand for the Renault Trucks brand and Renault Truck Commercials’ aftersales service and support in the important Felixstowe area.

Situated in close proximity to the Port of Felixstowe, the UK’s biggest and busiest container port, the prime 1.5-acre site has excellent access to the A14, the primary route out of the docks, and to routes across the UK. Eco-friendly design and build are to Renault Trucks’ exacting dealer and sustainability standards and the building offers first-class facilities for customers and staff whilst minimising its impact on the environment.

Located just over a mile from RTC Felixstowe’s previous premises at Sub-Station Road, the new site is run by the same team, headed up by Service Manager Marc Chetty, to ensure a seamless continuation of support to operators of Renault trucks and LCVs, and all-makes fleets across the region.

Con Rooney, Managing Director, Renault Trucks Commercials says: “We are delighted to open the doors to our new Felixstowe site today, which offers a superb, eco-friendly retail experience for our customers and a comfortable working environment with a particular focus on wellbeing for our employees. Marking a significant investment, our newest depot has been designed from the ground up to deliver maximum vehicle uptime. It is an important part of our growth strategy for the Felixstowe area that will help support our customers and colleagues for many years to come.”

The new site, with plenty of secure parking, provides the full range of Renault Trucks services. Its fully equipped workshops are a welcoming working environment for the experienced team of trained technicians, with a three-bay workshop, body shop, tacho lane and latest diagnostic equipment, providing all-makes servicing, repairs and maintenance, and Renault Trucks’ 24/7 roadside assistance. For waiting drivers, there is a comfortable, well-equipped restroom with refreshments, shower, free WiFi and large screen TV.

Investment in enhanced parts stock ensures excellent first-time pick, with a dedicated daily parts delivery service for Renault Trucks and all makes parts to operators in the area. Offering new vehicle sales from 3.1 – 44 tonnes, RTC Felixstowe also sells and supports vehicles from the Used Trucks by Renault Trucks range.

RTC Felixstowe’s energy-efficient, sustainable office and workshop buildings are constructed to the highest environmental principles to meet Renault Trucks’ commitment to net-zero status across its dealer network and operations in the UK and Ireland by 2030. Achieving the top EPC rating of ‘A’, sustainable solutions on-site include an array of photovoltaic panels, top specification insulated doors and envelope cladding, LED lighting with sensors, mechanical heat recovery and efficient plant throughout to keep emissions to a minimum. Water-based wall paints are also used throughout the building.

Freeport East passes major Milestone

Freeport East passes major Milestone

15.12.2021 | Logistics

Freeport East passes major Milestone

The new low tax, low regulation zone is due to start operating at the end of the month.

Freeport East has moved a significant step closer to fulfilling its vision. The government has formally approved the outline business case; the three tax sites in Felixstowe, Harwich and Gateway 14 near Stowmarket have been agreed, published on GOV.UK and Statutory Instruments laid to enshrine them in legislation.

George Kieffer, Acting Chairman of Freeport East, said:

“This is a major achievement. Freeport East represents a unique opportunity to deliver economic growth and will create many high skilled jobs in the local communities. It will work closely together with the private sector as well as educational institutions to create these opportunities through innovation and investment. Following designation, businesses investing in the Freeport’s tax sites will be able to benefit from a number of tax reliefs.

“The UK Freeports policy is designed to encourage businesses from around the world to create new hubs of global trade that will transform economic prospects and job opportunities for local communities. The location of Freeport East, with the country’s main unitised trade hub at its core and 50% of planned offshore wind capacity on its doorstep, could not be better placed to deliver on these objectives and to help the UK achieve its ambitious energy transition objectives.”

The tax reliefs that will be available in the designated tax sites are; Stamp Duty Land Tax Relief, Enhanced Capital Allowances, Enhanced Structures and Buildings Allowance, National Insurance Contributions rate relief and business rates relief.

Freeport East will create a global trade hub, resulting in economic growth, bringing more jobs and prosperity to the region. The project will accelerate green energy opportunities and help level up the national economy.

In addition to the three tax sites, Freeport East will have customs sites at Felixstowe, Harwich, Gateway 14, Port One Logistics Park, Horsely Cross, Uniserve and PD Ports.

Multimodal Logistics progresses fleet investment programme

Multimodal Logistics progresses fleet investment programme

1.12.2021 | Logistics

Multimodal Logistics progresses fleet investment programme

Vehicle purchase based on impressive fuel efficiency, driver comfort and reliability. 

International logistics solutions service provider, Multimodal Logistics, has purchased 25 Volvo trucks over the last eighteen months and added four Volvo FH 500 tractor units to its fleet this week.

Tim Wray, general manager at the Felixstowe-based haulier, says: “A significantly larger operation than most people imagine, we have almost doubled our Volvo fleet since the start of the pandemic, bringing our total fleet to 53.

“Priding ourselves on our professionalism across all aspects of our business, this latest investment forms part of our ongoing commitment to operate the cleanest trucks in the industry and ensures our commitment to the environment.”

Having purchased the new vehicles through Volvo Truck and Bus, in Ipswich, on a four-year replacement plan, Tim continues: “We are committed to running an all-Volvo fleet and our procurement decisions are based on their impressive fuel efficiency and their reliability.

“I am constantly impressed by the full package and customer service Volvo Ipswich provides, and the drivers are as equally enthusiastic about the brand’s quality and comfort standards which is a key consideration for us.”

For more information about Multimodal Logistics visit Multimodal Logistics 

Most British bosses expect growth in 2022 but voice post-Brexit concerns over trade

Most British bosses expect growth in 2022 but voice post-Brexit concerns over trade

17.1.2021 | Logistics

Most British bosses expect growth in 2022 but voice post-Brexit concerns over trade

New Survey reports 80% of British bosses believe both the economy and their own businesses will improve in the next 12 months.

Ipsos Mori’s annual ‘Captains of Industry’ survey, reported in the FT, found levels of optimism not seen since the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Most of the UK’s top executives are increasingly confident about growth despite worries over recruitment, Brexit and the pandemic.

More than 100 top executives were interviewed for the report.

Economic uncertainty and the effects of the pandemic remain the biggest concerns, although less so than last year.

However, many respondents were negative about the impact of the UK leaving the EU. Three-quarters fear the loss of trade with the EU will outweigh gains from new trade deals.

Less than a fifth thought that the government was doing enough to help their businesses compete internationally.

A fifth of bosses strongly disagreed that the government stood a good chance of improving the economy if given another term, and a quarter had no confidence in its post-pandemic economic recovery strategy.

Can’t get the staff
Ongoing labour shortages are reflected in the latest survey as more than a third said maintaining staff levels was one of their biggest concerns, rising from a quarter last year.

Two-thirds of respondents think the UK’s post-Brexit immigration policy will hamper the country’s economic recovery from Covid.

The executives also raised concerns over the impact of the pandemic on future working practices. More than two-thirds predict the majority of their UK staff will split their time between the office and home.

Slowing recovery
The latest economic growth figures from the ONS show Britain’s recovery slowed over the summer due to the ‘pingdemic’ and global supply shortages, reports the Guardian
National output expanded by 1.3% in the three months to September, leaving it 2.1% below its pre-crisis level in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Source: Institute of Export and International Trade.

Source: Institute of Export & International Trade

Winners of Multimodal Awards 2021 Announced

Winners of Multimodal Awards 2021 Announced

20.10.2021 | Logistics

Winners of Multimodal Awards 2021 Announced

Maersk, Maritime and Fargo Systems triumph as the industry’s victors revealed.

The industry’s good and the great came together last night at the VOX Conference Centre as the winners of the Multimodal 2021 Awards were revealed.

Hosted by legendary footballer and England international Kevin Keegan, the gala dinner once again recognised industry innovators from across the modes and ports, pallet networks, and technology companies.

Excitement mounted as the winners were announced from a mixture of eight voted for categories, three independently judged categories, and two selected by the Multimodal team.

The full list of winners:

Voted for category winners:
Air Cargo Operator of the Year – Air Menzies International
Road Freight Operator of the Year – Speedy Freight
Rail Freight Operator of the Year – Freightliner
Sea Freight Operator of the Year – Maersk
Port Operator of the Year – DP World UK
3PL of the Year – Kuehne+Nagel
Pallet Network of the Year – The Pallet Network (TPN)
Technology Company of the Year – Fargo Systems Ltd

Independently judged winners:
The Shipper/Partner of the Year Award -Eurotunnel
The Sustainability Company of the Year – CMA CGM
The Young Logistics Professional of the Year – Sophie Berry (Howard Tenens)

Winners selected by the Multimodal Team:
The Multimodal Exhibitor of the Year – Maritime Transport
The Multimodal Personality of the Year – Aart Hille Ris Lambers (DP World)

The 2021 Multimodal Awards recognise excellence in air, road, rail, maritime, freight forwarding services and technology. They are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal newsletter and exhibitors and visitors to Multimodal.

Congratulations to all the award finalists and winners.