done deal - Bird's and Ballyvesey

Ballyvesey in for Bird's Groupage Services

February 11, 2013 Chris Druce

Ballyvesey Holdings has bought Birmingham operator Bird’s Groupage Services for an undisclosed sum. In a statement, the County Atrim-based business, which also owns Montgomery Transport, said: “[We] are pleased to announce that we have completed the purchase of the trade and assets of Bird’s Groupage Services.

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The Hub

I told you I was ill…

February 7, 2013 Chris Druce

You don’t have to look further than our website to see how tough life is for those in road transport at the moment. Elite Transport appears to be heading for a CVA and is far from unique in its predicament.

Wincanton is hoping to get back into the black
The Hub

Keep calm and carry on

February 7, 2013 Chris Druce

It’s a big (financial) year for Wincanton. Chief executive Eric Born has predicted that it will return to the black after retrenchment from Europe and extensive restructuring. Therefore today’s interim management statement announcement that “Wincanton continues to trade in line with market expectations”, is actually far more interesting than the “softy, softly, don’t nod off at the back” language of the actual release.

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Industry News

Fuel duty battle is industry’s must win

February 4, 2013 Chris Druce

The decision by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) not to investigate the £47bn UK oil sector is simply a side-show, and the need to tackle the punishingly high rate of fuel duty remains paramount, campaigners have said.

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Contract Wins

Viridor secures Peterborough council deal

February 2, 2013 Chris Druce

Waste and recycling firm Viridor has signed a public private partnership with Peterborough City Council to treat the authority’s residual waste. The 30-year deal will see the development of an energy-from-waste facility at the council’s existing recycling site at the Fengate industrial area. The project will require capital investment of approximately £75m and the plant will be built by a joint venture between Babcock & Wilcox Vølund and Interserve Construction. Viridor expects to make money from the deal within the […]

Industry News

Privatise road network, says CBI

January 31, 2013 Chris Druce

The only way to ensure the long-term health of the UK’s ailing roads network and plug a £10bn funding shortfall is to wrest control away from the government, a new CBI report has claimed. With the economy already losing up to £8bn a year in congestion related costs, the report, titled: ‘Bold thinking: a model to fund our future roads’, makes the case for something along the lines of what has taken place in the UK’s utility sector. This would […]

Industry News

Disappointment as OFT says there will be no fuel market investigation

January 30, 2013 Chris Druce

The founder of campaign group PetrolPromise has expressed his disappointment after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) decided against launching an investigation into the UK petrol and diesel market. Campaign founder Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, said: “I am grateful to the OFT for their work. But it is disappointing that they will not hold a full inquiry. For example, they admit that there is a problem with poor competition in many towns but they are not taking action.” “Government […]

Industry News

Alarm after sudden change to Driver CPC approval rules

January 24, 2013 Chris Druce

Both the RHA and the FTA have slammed JAUPT’s unilateral decision to change the procedure governing Driver CPC course approval, stating its new diktat will not improve standards but could cause further reputational damage. The associations have gone on the offensive after course approvals body JAUPT wrote to training providers this month, stating copies of all presentations and documents used to deliver Driver CPC courses would, effective immediately, now need to be sent to it at the course approval stage. […]


Norbert Dentressangle puts hybrid to work at Mitsubishi Electric Europe

January 23, 2013 Chris Druce

Norbert Dentressangle and the UK arm of customer Mitsubishi Electric Europe have jointly purchased a Daf LF Hybrid. The 12-tonne diesel/electric hybrid has joined the operator’s dedicated distribution fleet, which moves large industrial air conditioning units, Ecodan heating systems, spare parts and instruction manuals, for Mitsubishi Electric Europe. Norbert Dentressangle has handled UK distribution for the manufacturer since 2008, and typically handles 300 orders per day with a mix of vehicles from 7.5-tonne to 18-tonne delivering the palletised goods. The […]