Do you have the right recipe for a BIFA Freight Service Award?

The British International Freight Association has added a culinary touch to its annual Freight Service Awards event as this year's competition opens for entries.

BIFA's Director General, Robert Keen has revealed that the celebrity host for the awards ceremony, which takes place on January 18 2018, will be entrepreneur and musician Levi Roots.

FTA launches 2017 Driver of the Year contest

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched its annual Driver of the Year contest with two new additions. This year the competition is open to all drivers, not just FTA members, and there is a new category to recognise the Young Driver of the Year.

FTA rises to Earned Recognition data challenge

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched a new solution to help operators achieve the required standard to comply with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) long-awaited Earned Recognition pilot scheme.

Under the scheme, where HGV operators can earn the right to be checked less frequentlly, operators must have their compliance systems audited by a DVSA-approved auditor, sharing data on vehicle roadworthiness, other work undertaken by drivers and drivers’ hours. 

FIT FOR THE FUTURE

Freight Industry Times has launched FIT FOR THE FUTURE - a new campaign to help attract more young people to the sector.

SMEs up for £20k funding in Open to Export’s hat trick of competitions

Open to Export - the government funded digital route to boost the UK’s SME exports - is spearheading three competitions to boost the international trade aspirations of SMEs.   

A total of 26 businesses have been shortlisted in the trio of high-profile Action Plan Showcase Competitions. 

Former trade minister appointed President of the Institute of Export & International Trade

Former Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint has been appointed as President of the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT). 

As trade minister from 2011 to 2013, Lord Green’s remit encompassed promoting UK industry overseas as government spokesman in the Lords for both the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Lord Green was Chairman of HSBC Holdings from 2006 until 2010.

Heathrow: Government must act to build public confidence on air quality

Heathrow has renewed its calls on the Government to ensure independent regulation of the airport’s expansion air quality plans to guarantee Heathrow meets its commitments to the public.

It follows the publication of the Government’s draft National Policy Statement last week which outlines the legal requirements the airport will need to meet to gain development consent.

Air cargo markets end 2016 on a high

The air cargo market almost doubled in 2016, according to the latest data for global air freight markets released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The data showed that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) grew by 3.8% in 2016 compared to 2015, almost double the industry’s average growth rate of 2% over the last five years.

All regions, with the exception of Latin America, experienced positive freight growth in 2016, the IATA data suggests, and carriers in Europe accounted for almost half of the total annual increase in demand.

Q&A with Hilary Devey, Managing Director of Pall-Ex

Pall-Ex, the palletised freight network founded by acclaimed entrepreneur Hilary Devey CBE, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Since shifting 117 pallets in one night in November 1996, Pall-Ex has grown to a network that distributes more than 10,000 pallets every night, with partnerships established across Europe in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania, France and the Benelux region. 

GBRf secures biomass haulage contract

GB Railfreight (GBRf), the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, has signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Ltd (LPL) to build 50 new purpose-built high-capacity biomass hopper wagons.

The contract is part of a 10-year investment project for Lynemouth Power Station, which is currently in the process of converting from coal burn generation to biomass.

GBRf plans to run 27 trains per week between Port of Tyne and Lynemouth Power Station, delivering more than 37,000 tonnes of biomass fuel per week.