Palletline delivers aid for Sierra Leone Ebola crisis

We are extremely pleased to announce that three Palletline members have gone the extra mile and played a huge part in helping in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in Western Africa.Children recieving aid

Welch’s Transport, Masters Logistical Services and Immediate Transportation Company Ltd collected 13 pallets from Cambridgeshire and kindly delivered them free of charge to Heathrow Airport for their onward flight to Sierra Leone with children’s charity Scotia Aid.

More than 850 people have already died from the virus in Sierra Leone. There is currently no known cure or treatment and there are

currently 50 new cases being diagnosed each day. Scotia Aid launched an emergency appeal to raise funds for education and research into vaccinations and treatment.

Scotia Aid project manager Andrew Wood said: “We were extremely grateful that Palletline members have delivered five tonnes of aid which will be going directly to the Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone.”

“The people in Western Africa need all the aid they can possibly get. Not only are they living with the Ebola outbreak crisis in Sierra Leone but due to areas of the country being quarantined people are now at risk of starving due to a food shortage which has led to a 500% rise in food prices.”

To get in touch with Scotia Aid and make a donation, please contact via email at andrew@scotiaaid.org or call 01698 740041.

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Palletline clubs together for Corporate Golf Day

Staff, members, suppliers and customers of Palletline clubbed together and had a fantastic day of corporate hospitality at our Sixth Annual Golf Day, which was held at Moor Hall Golf Club.

The event was a lot of fun with competitions coming one after another. Participants had their eyes firmly fixed on an array of fantastic prizes including a BMW 1 series DM sport for a hole in one at the 11th hole.

List of winners by competition:

Nearest the Pin: Andy Fennemore – Gregory Distribution Ltd

Longest Drive:  Steve Gerrard – Still Materials Handling Ltd

Best Individual:  Gareth Hall – Alan R Jones & Sons Ltd

Yellow Ball Competition:  Alan R Jones & Sons Ltd

Best Team:  HMT (Groupage) Ltd

Wooden Spoon:  John Myers – Potter Logistics

As well as offering a fantastic day out, great team bonding and many a laugh – attendants chipped in to raise an impressive £1,500 for our partner charity Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK (NCCA UK).

NCCA UK works to help children access potentially life-saving treatment and support parents by sharing the latest information and providing access to other parents who want to share their knowledge and experiences. To donate to the charity please click here.

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Palletline zips up funding for NCCA

Palletline and member company staff rolled up their sleeves and put their nerves to the test when they completed a fun and challenging day at Zip World Snowdonia to raise funds for nominated charity, Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance (NCCA UK).
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In total 6 dedicated workers from Palletline, including day and night shift workers, and member companies Expect Distribution and CS Ellis completed Zip World Velocity which is the longest in Europe and the fastest he world.

NCCA UK helps children access potentially life-saving treatment, supports research and works to introduce existing internationally available treatments to the UK. It also supports parents by sharing the latest information and providing access to other parents who want to share their knowledge and experiences.

Palletline would like to thank Paddy Cahill, Gary Manders, Mark Ingram, Maria Holmes-Keeling, Mark Dunnefrom Expect Distribution and Viki Linnitt from CS Ellis on this fantastic team effort.

The team is aiming to raise £3,000 and is urging people to get donating so they can hit their target and help in the fight against childhood neuroblastoma.

Staff, network members and clients wishing to lend their support to the effort can do so by  clicking here where their donation will go straight to NCCA UK.
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Palletline Member Scoops Young Employee Award

 

Lily at work  3We are delighted to announce that Lily Arnold from Croydon-based Palletline member PF Whitehead Transport scooped ‘Young Employee of the Year’ at this year’s UKWA Awards.

Lily first joined the firm as an apprentice at the age of 16. Now three years on, she works as client liaison and junior account manager for warehouse clients and assists with the running of PF Whitehead’s Palletline desk.

Palletline sales and marketing director Martin Rantle said: “This award acknowledges Lily’s hard work and conveys how much of an asset she is to PF Whitehead. I would like to congratulate Lily on her success on behalf of the network and wish her all the best for the future.”

Peter Whitehead, managing director, PF Whitehead said: “I am delighted to see Lily win this award. It has been a real pleasure to see her flourish within the industry and she is a great asset. I look forward to seeing her further develop within the company.”

Palletline thanks long serving team members

Here at Palletline we recognise that a strong business is built on quality and consistency – so staff that stay for the duration are genuinely the reason for Palletline’s continued success.

We would therefore like to publicly thank (slash embarrass) the following employees for their long-standing service and invaluable contribution to Palletline and the network:

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Ruth Moor –                                                   Victoria Smith –
Finance Director,                                         Management Accountant
10 years, July 2014                                      10 years, July 2014

 

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Dennis Litherland –                                      David Caulfield –
FLT Operativenight shift,                           Network Services Area Manager,
15 years, August 2014                                10 years, August 2014

Alan Painter – General Manager ICT, 10 years, July 2014

Thanks must also be extended to all of our employees for their continued commitment to making Palletline the best network!

 

 

Investing in People

People are at the very heart of our success and we view them as our greatest asset. Our vision is to develop a sustainable and equitable business model, underpinned by employee excellence.

In June 2013, Plc invested in the recruitment of an on-site HR team to support day to day people related issues and focus on developing our team.. By drawing on the expertise under the roof and working cooperatively with training partners we aim to develop a core training and development program to grow the skills of our team.

As a people-centered business we have significant measures in place in order strengthen our ability to attract and recruit, retain and develop the best possible people and support them to reach their full potential.

 

Palletline’s Sharon Crosby gets “Pretty Muddy” for Cancer Research

Palletline ICT systems support administrator Sharon Crosby has completed the gruelling Pretty Muddy challenge for Cancer Research UK, with her team raising nearly £700 for the charity.

Sharon, who has raised roughly £200 personally to-date, completed the 5km muddy obstacle course at Cofton Park, Birmingham along with around 2,000 other extremely determined ladies.

Having known a number of people over the years who have been affected by, battled and even lost their fight to cancer, Sharon was determined to take part in the event and raise money to combat the disease.

Despite the mud, damp, distance and inevitable pain, Sharon said she enjoyed taking part: “Not only was the challenge exciting, I loved the positivity and fighting attitude behind it which really made it feel like we were actually part of the battle against cancer. I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the event and would recommend it to anyone.”

Charitable initiatives are an important focus for Palletline which donated £50 towards Sharon’s effort, so we would like to say well done to her and the team for completing the challenge.

Staff, network members and clients wishing to lend their support to the effort can do so by clicking here where their donation will go straight to Cancer Research UK.

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Palletline Recognises Long Service

We were delighted to recently recognise the following employees for their long-standing service to Palletline.

Although the majority of our awarded individuals technically reached their landmarks last year, we’ve decided there’s no reason to not shout about it!

So in the first of an ongoing series we’d like to publicly acknowledge the following employees for their invaluable contribution to Palletline and the network:

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Alan Waite – FLT Operative,                        Geoff Lees Snr – Section Leader,
Day shift, 10 yrs Nov 2013                           Night shift, 15 yrs Aug 2013

Lee Morton – QC Supervisor                     Peter Austin – Assistant Night Manager

Lee Morton – QC Supervisor,                   Peter Austin – Assistant Night Manager,
Night shift, 10yrs Oct 2013                      Southern hub, 10 yrs Sept 2013

Robert Swann – FLT Operative                     Malcolm Southall – FLT Operative

Robert Swann – FLT Operative,                Malcolm Southall – FLT Operative,
Day shift, 10 yrs Oct 2013                       Night shift, 10 yrs Sept 2013

Chad Casey – FLT Operative

Chad Casey – FLT Operative,
Day shift, 10yrs March 2014

We look forward to welcoming more people into this prestigious club – and thank all of our employees for their continued commitment to making Palletline the best network!

 

Investing in PeoplePeople are at the very heart of our success and we view them as our greatest asset. Our vision is to develop a sustainable and equitable business model, underpinned by employee excellence.

In June 2013, Plc invested in the recruitment of an on-site HR team to support day to day people related issues and focus on developing our team.. By drawing on the expertise under the roof and working cooperatively with training partners we aim to develop a core training and development  program to grow the skills of our team.

As a people-centred business we have significant measures in place in order strengthen our ability to attract and recruit, retain and develop the best possible people and support them to reach their full potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palletline daredevils live to fly another day

Palletline’s charity fundraisers were dealt a blow recently when their dizzying zip line challenge had to be rescheduled because of bad weather. The team was due to visit Zip World in Snowdonia to take on Europe’s fastest and longest zip line, flying 500ft above a mountain lake and reaching speeds of up to 100mph.

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But it’s not all bad news – the delay gives the Palletline team more time to reach their fundraising target of £3,000. “It’s a real shame we’ve had to reschedule, as we were all fired up and really looking forward to it,” said Maria Holmes-Keeling, Marketing Manager for Palletline. “So far, we’ve managed to raise £1500, but the delay has given us a great opportunity to raise even more money for a charity that’s very important to us.”

Palletline is raising money for NCCA UK (Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance). The charity helps families affected by the childhood cancer, neuroblastoma, supporting research, parent education and access to treatment.

The challenge will now take place on the 31st August – giving any nervous participants plenty of time to find their head for heights.

If you’d like to make a donation to NCCA UK and change the life of a family or child affected by Neuroblastoma cancer, visit Palletline’s JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Holmes-Keeling.

Green fingered flood relief from Palletline

The Palletline network has teamed up with amateur gardeners across the UK to lend support to Somerset residents whose plants have been destroyed in the recent floods.

Alongside devastated houses, thousands of gardens and green spaces have also been ruined by water or bulldozed for flood defences.  It would cost a fortune to restock them from scratch. 


When news of the flooding hit the headlines, members of the Gardeners World message board rallied round and encouraged friends and family to sow extra seeds, take cuttings, and pot up much needed plants for those affected.


Transport was the only problem.  Hundreds of plants were ready for donation from as far afield as Scotland, East Anglia, and Kent – but the logistics of moving them all were too challenging.


Fortunately, Framptons Transport Services pledged its support. The Somerset Palletline member volunteered to collect and deliver the plants between local gardeners. So far, two additional Palletline members, Norwich based Foulger Transport and Llanelli based Fast Forward Transport have also joined in the effort!


The Gardeners World forum is delighted:


“That’s brilliant news about Framptons & Palletline – what a wonderful offer of help and just what we needed.   Now it’s up to us to get the plants to them.”


“It is fantastic that these national companies are helping out in this way.  We can do the growing, but its all for nowt if we can’t get the plants to where they are needed.  So a big thank you for helping us make it all come together  who said big companies were faceless?  They need to read this to find out how wrong they are !


“I think it’s great that these companies, are helping out with a project like this one.  I don’t know if anyone at Palletline or Framptons will visit the forum but if they do, a big thank you from me.  Plant growing is easy (for me).  Transport less so.


And there is also heartfelt thanks from the people in Somerset who will be receiving the donations:


“We can only do so much, without help from large companies the little things wouldn’t evolve into greater things, and so it is with plant donations. 


It is all very well to donate plants, but without the means to transport them to where they are needed these donations wouldn’t be able to do what they are meant to.


These plants really will make a difference. Imagine a garden bereft of plant life… now imagine being able to plant some established plants into that space. Gardens won’t return to what they were overnight, it will be a long process, however, your donations, and the offers of help from larger companies, WILL make a difference, and will be welcomed by those who need our help.”

 

 

PALLETLINE’S VERY OWN ‘CHICKEN RUN’

When floods wreaked havoc across Britain, it wasn’t just people that were affected. Palletline was there to help some feathered friends escape the devastation.

The Poultry Club of Great Britain had organised a helpline to assist poultry owners who needed assistance to rehome their livestock. One of the first to ask for help was Bryony Sadler, who, along with husband Gavin and two young children have been forced to evacuate their home on the Somerset Levels for at least six months.

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Bryony urgently needed a new home for the birds before she moved into rented accommodation. Fortunately, Michaela Thurland in North Wales happily volunteered her poultry housing provided Bryony could transport it – at which point Palletline came to the rescue.

Edge Transport collected the housing and Framptons Transport Services Ltd delivered it to its destination in Somerset. The two Palletline members were happy to waive their fees to help.

Janice Houghton-Wallace, who runs the helpline added: “At times like this people can feel very much alone and we didn’t want poultry keepers to feel we were ignoring them. Quite often it is the little things that keep you going and give you strength to cope in an emergency.

“It is mainly thanks to Edge Transport, Framptons Transport Services Ltd and the Palletline system that enabled us to help Bryony & Gavin in a small way. We are all very grateful for the understanding and assistance.”

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