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    Why apprenticeship levy won't automatically solve road transport's skills crisis


    Trailblazer apprenticeships have long been mooted as a remedy for road transport’s skills crisis. However a Commons Select Committee has warned they have a worrying lack of focus and will not fill skills gaps unless they concentrate on sectors and regions where training is most needed.The committee report said while ...

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    Fortec value not volume strategy pays off


    Since July last year, the UK pallet networks have been facing the prospect of a new network entering the market. Principle Pallets is the brainchild of former Fortec directors Neil Hodgson and Marcus Fischer but Fortec network director Dave Spong and general manager operations Chris Dennigan (pictured above) tell MT ...

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    Exclusive Podcast: MT interviews Paul Dyer, chief executive, DHL Supply Chain, UK


    In the first of an new series of podcasts, sits down with Paul Dyer, chief executive, DHL Supply Chain, UK and Ireland and talks about his career, his approach to the job and the future of the largest 3PL in the country.In this candid interview Dyer looks back at ...

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    Keeping it in the family pays off for Suttons


    John Sutton is the grandson of Suttons Group founder Alf Sutton, who started trading in 1926 with a horse and cart.Sutton (pictured right, with Suttons Road Tankers MD Michael Cundy) took over the reins of the family firm four years ago, being appointed group chief executive in 2013 as a ...

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    Insurance companies fight back against fraudulent claims


    Fraudulent claims are costing transport operators millions of pounds in inflated insurance premiums, so what are the insurance companies doing to combat the problem?The problem of fraud and its impact on motor insurance premiums was highlighted recently by Robert Flello MP, chair of Parliament’s Freight Transport Group, who has called ...

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    Terror on the streets: what the road transport industry can do to minimise risk


    Scenes of a devestation at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market after a heavy goods vehicle ploughed into crowds of people during a terror attack in Berlin, Germany, 20 December 2016. The attack was masterminded by the Tunisian national Anis Amri and resulted in the deaths of twelve people and many more ...

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    Michael Conroy, CEO of Palletforce, on why 2017 will be super year for the network


    Michael Conroy has a bounce in his step as he shows MT a series of wall-mounted photos of the network’s development in Fradley before its move to Callister Way, its current home, in 2009.And why shouldn’t he? Palletforce is a year and a half on from its £30m sale to ...

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    What happened at AM Widdowson & Son


    With Widdowson Logistics in administration once more, revisits the events that lead to the operator’s pre-pack in July 2016.Although incorporated in 1975, business conducted by former coal merchant AM Widdowson & Son can be traced back more than 100 years.Like any haulage firm with a few years on the ...

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    Driver First Assist - saving lives on the roads


    Driver First Assist (DFA) was recognised at a parliamentary reception last week (18 January) and has received warm words and £70,000 of funding from the DfT. Motor Transport technical editor Colin Barnett takes a look back at the development of the first aider scheme.I first met David Higginbottom back in ...


    Motor Transport's Power Players - the 10 most influential people in transport


    Welcome to Power Players, the list of the most influential people in road transport. It is entirely subjective and based on the opinions of the editorial team rather than any objective criteria so feel free to let us know what you think @Motor_Transport.This year’s Power Players has a different ...

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    Wincanton on its half year results, Brexit and falling container volumes


    Despite walking away from contracts and uncertain container volumes, Wincanton’s half year results recorded a 52% jump in pre-tax profit. talks to CEO Adrian Colman. The figures for the six months ended 30 September this year showed pre-tax profit of £19.6m, compared to £12.9m for the same period in ...

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    Driving ahead in logistics recruitment


    Driving Plus is one of the fastest growing driver recruitment agencies in the UK, having acquired the Milestone business in September last year and being part of the Staffline Group that is on course for a £1bn turnover in the next two years.MD Mark Underwood gives MT a brief lesson ...

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    Menzies Distribution looks to parcels growth as traditional market declines


    Menzies Distribution is looking increasingly towards the parcels market as it looks to diversify the business to offset falling revenues from its core newspaper distribution business.Paul McCourt, Menzies Distribution MD, told that the parcel division, dubbed Menzies Parcels, had grown rapidly after the operator introduced its diversification strategy 15 ...

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    Force to be reckoned with in growing returns business


    iForce is one of the leading efulfilment specialists in the UK, working for blue chip clients including John Lewis,, Sainsbury’s and Fortnum & Mason.The boom in online retailing has seen the company grow fast, not least because it has developed a highly effective returns operation to maximise the value ...

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    Road transport on right track to improve safety


    A confidential reporting system where transport employees can flag up safety concerns is being introduced into the road haulage industry.Ciras, which has been used for 20 years by railway operators, is a not-for-profit, independent member organisation governed by a committee of industry representatives.It was launched in 1996 to provide confidential ...

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    The road to 2020: what the haulage industry will look like in four years


    Watch what happened at the Microlise Transport Conference last month, when chaired a debate between seven of the eight major truck manufacturers, who were looking ahead to what the market holds for all in road transport in 2020. Over a wide-ranging session hot topics such as autonomous trucks; alternative ...

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    All things green: Tuffnells Parcel Express


    Now part of the Connect Group, Tuffnells is packaged better than ever. We spoke to MD Chris Ward to find out why.Everyone knows Tuffnells. Its big, green parcel machines have been on UK roads since 1914 and the company has a fleet and balance sheet to make its competitors – ...

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    Arrow XL's Ian Howell talks parcels, profit and the VIP treatment


    Arrow XL split from Yodel in 2013, and in the last two years chief executive Ian Howell has built a two-man delivery firm that prides itself on giving all of its customers the VIP treatment.You could be forgiven for thinking of two-man delivery as the awkward cousin of the more ...

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    CM Downton's trailblazing apprenticeship


    Last year industry players won their long-waged battle for a government-funded driver training apprenticeship. The Trailblazer pitch had been denied twice previously when the government said it didn’t think training a driver would stretch over the 12-month period needed to meet funding requirements.While the Trailblazer scheme was eventually approved, CM ...

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    Gulliver's growing its high end contract hire business


    Bristol-based contract hire rental firm Gulliver’s Truck Hire is growing rapidly, and made the Top 20 in the 2015 CV Informer league table of top rental companies with almost 6,000 assets, up from number 27 in 2013.Sales director Neil Jeremiah, pictured, says the company has grown from its south west ...