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Nightline celebrates 20 years in business

May 15, 2012 Hayley Pink

Irish parcels firm Nightline celebrated its 20th year in business with a visit from Ireland’s deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore. Speaking at the firm’s Dublin headquarters, Gilmore said Nightline’s success during a period of economic uncertainty was due to the company’s “solid foundation” of innovation, commitment and hard work. He added:  “Businesses like Nightline are important to not only the national economy but also local communities through employment and local expenditure.” Nightline began trading in May 1992 from a back […]

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DPD reacts to Money Saving Expert’s consumer campaign

May 15, 2012 Hayley Pink

DPD is urging the parcels sector to focus on helping retailers avoid unhappy customers through failed deliveries following a new consumer campaign launched this morning on ITV’s Daybreak programme, Stand and Deliver. Speaking in reaction to Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’s campaign to help shoppers stand up for their rights after a failed parcel delivery, DPD CEO Dwain McDonald says the spotlight is now on both the delivery sector and online retailers. He adds: “Both parties have to work together […]

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Deben Transport offer lifeline to Catalyst subbies

May 15, 2012 Chris Tindall

Subcontractors for failed intermodal container haulier Catalyst Road and Rail Services have been handed a lifeline after Deben Transport stepped in to take on some of the work. Catalyst Rail Services, which holds two O-licences for a total of 25 vehicles and 29 trailers entered voluntary liquidation on 24 April. In a statement of affairs the liquidator estimates that trade and expense creditors are owed £982,000. It also said that the company’s books and records revealed that its bank account […]

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Research seeks answer to what makes a great leader

May 15, 2012 Motor Transport

The Work Foundation is looking for SME bosses to take part in a research programme that will try to identify the keys to great leadership in SMEs. The charity, which is part of Lancaster University, hopes to discover how investment in leaders can help SMEs continue their development. The research will focus on companies with between 80 and 250 employees. Dr Wilson Wong, senior researcher in the centre for work effectiveness at the Work Foundation, says: “We hope to build […]

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Operators face fines if drivers don’t hold Driver Qualification Cards

May 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Logistics employers will face a £1,000 fine if their drivers are caught working professionally without having a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) with them. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) warns that not only will drivers themselves be fined up to £1,000 if they can’t produce a DQC when stopped by Vosa, but operators will also be liable and hit too. Vosa has begun handling out DSA-sanctioned leaflets at enforcement checks clarifying the legal position around Driver CPC, and the requirement for […]

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Autologic acquires Spirit Motortransport assets

May 14, 2012 Christopher Walton

Autologic has made its third asset acquisition from failed car transporter hauliers in as many years. Through its subsidiary Walon it has acquired certain assets of Spirit Motortransport, which entered administration on Friday 11 May. Autologic says the assets acquired comprise car transporters, IT and office equipment and the goodwill attached to the Spirit name. Avril Palmer-Baunack, chief executive of Autologic, says: “We have taken the opportunity to acquire further key assets that strengthen our operational transporter fleet, which is […]

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UPS secures TNT Express takeover funding

May 14, 2012 Hayley Pink

UPS has announced it has the funding in place for the acquisition of TNT Express, which was announced on 19 March. The US parcels giant will finance the deal by using €3.7bn of cash from its balance sheet and around €1.46bn via existing credit facilities. Totalling €5.16bn, the original deal reached between UPS and TNT Express was for an all-cash offer of €9.50 per ordinary share for the takeover of the Dutch business. In line with Dutch regulatory requirements, UPS […]

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CVA at Circle Express

May 14, 2012 Hayley Pink

Creditors at airfreight haulier Circle Express unanimously voted to approve a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). The Slough-based logistics firm appointed turnaround firm KSA Group to devise a CVA to enable the business to carry on trading while it repays its debts over five years at a rate of 38.3p/per pound owed for unsecured creditors. In its CVA submission, seen by MT.co.uk, Circle explains how rising fuel prices in 2008 led to diesel costs outstripping the company’s fuel surcharge, set at […]

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BVRLA calls on DfT to provide more lorry road user charge details

May 11, 2012 Hayley Pink

Industry associations are urging the government to provide finer details on its proposed lorry road user charge (LRUC) following the end of the scheme’s consultation period. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has questioned how a new grant, set to replace the Reduced Pollution Certificate (RPC) as part of the proposed lorry charging scheme, will affect UK-based operators, particularly those running fleets of 50-plus vehicles. It calculates that its members could lose out on £3.7m in benefits from […]

Contract Wins

Seafield Logistics wins screed distribution contract

May 10, 2012 Christopher Walton

Notts-haulier Seafield Logistics has won a two and a half year contract with floor screed manufacturer Lafarge Gyvlon. The win adds to Seafield’s contract with Gyvlon to distribute its products to Ireland, which it has held since July 2011. The new contract will also see Seafield add five vehicles and trailers to its bulk tanker fleet. Under the terms of the contract Seafield will be required to complete timed deliveries out of Gyvlon’s Runcorn, Cheshire site using a dedicated fleet […]