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Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading mail and logistics group, has completed the acquisition of UK Mail, one of the UK’s leading Parcels, Mail and Logistics services companies.

Peter Kane, the founder and Chairman of UK Mail, adds:

We are delighted to become part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading and one of the most respected logistics groups. We, and our customers, will benefit from their global reach and expertise and we will be able to offer their global customers a seamless and highly sophisticated service within the UK market.

Further to the resolutions passed by UK Mail shareholders at the General Meeting and the Court Meeting on November 18, 2016, the acquisition was granted unconditional clearance by the European Commission on December 16, 2016 and UK Mail’s Scheme of Arrangement effecting the acquisition was sanctioned by the High Court of Justice in England and Wales on December 20, 2016. With this, the companies will cancel the listing of UK Mail Group plc shares, amend the company’s Articles of Association and will add UK Mail’s operations to the European parcel network of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Carl Lomas, Chairman of the Institute of Couriers, on this week's tribunal case

The first of four tribunals begin Tuesday Nov 22. These throw the spotlight on employment in the express logistics sector which already operates on all three platforms of employment. PAYE, self-employment or a mixture of the two. Explosion in e-retail will form a far greater challenge in the business model, at the heart of e-retail challenge is the perception of free delivery. The sector is likely to double in the next five years as e-retail numbers explode.

Value of delivery is often perceived as free and here lies the greatest challenge whether the sector is PAYE or self-employed.

Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA)  AGM at the NEC Bike Show

FORS, TfL and electric all featured at the top brass bike show briefing by MCIA with Highways England launch for next generation framework on two wheelers.

IOC were in Birmingham for halls full of bargains at the MCIA NEC Motorcycle Live motorbike show, check the full story from electric zero bikes to TRON cycles

MCIA used the show to host their AGM and report on all things two wheels. MCIA boss Steve Kenward launched the very latest ‘Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework’ third edition, 160 pages in alliance with Highways England and the National Police Chiefs Council.

Steve commented,

Don’t go to bed before you have read it! 25 years in the making, a long term solution and two key themes, education and awareness.


Meet the Zero Motorcycles Zero SR, a zero-emission electric bike -  £9k to buy with grant - the power of a thousand ccs !


Erik Huisinga  UK Head of Zero Motorcycles quotes "running costs near zero" Carl Lomas LoCity Chair says Zero is cool alternative and ready now.


Millennium of  transport in Saturday morning Lord Mayor's Show


Life-blood of commerce in the City of London for Lord Mayor's Show.


Institute of Couriers chair Carl Lomas,

Rain lashing down, but no dampening of the spirit for transport showcase of logistics for new Lord Mayor. Pimlico plumbers steal show with Santa's sleigh. A thousand years of transport combine at  head of parade for Royal Mail and the Carmen transport livery - take a live look with the BBC this morning. Full story and updates of the next generation of express logistics workforce that will set a future development of express, home retail and final mile e-retail delivery through apprenticeship education to serve the next millennium of transport.

Institute of Couriers fellows cheered from under their IOC brollies at Guildhall and Carmen apprentice Caitland caught you the very first photos as the procession of transport proceeded down Gresham Street to Mansion House.


Four wheel drive and racy at the London Lancaster Hotel logistics excellence dinner, TC Beverley Bell and express represented from TNT, UPS to DHL took to tables at the London dinner hosted by CILT. BBC news presenter Naga Munchetty talked tango from Strictly.

IOC chairman Carl Lomas was in Guildhall Yard for Logistics celebrations. Installation of the 500 year Master Carmen, Marsha Rae Ratcliffe. The new Master chose  Royal Mail to celebrate the 500th year at the Guildhall, London. The same 500 year party for the Royal mail in their 500th year. A traditional fee of five shillings was paid for the hire of the cart, old and new as a young Carmen apprentice then lined up for a photo. 1516 – 2016 for Five hundred years of logistics at the installation ceremony of the Carmen, Guildhall City of London. Carl Lomas was with the Royal mail Stagecoach, congratulate Royal mail director David Gould on the London Holyhead post run from Guildhall Yard.

Carl Lomas IOC chair was proud to be at one of the most interactive and sincere exchanges of freight issues in the history of the TfL forum. A key note by Mike Brown, the very last word from Ian Wainwright and strong interaction at the round tables for the mayor’s strategy on London for transport. TfL Ben Plouden summarised into six key themes.


IOC Heads of Industry – Oct 18th IOD, Pall Mall London SW1    

TfL, DWP and DfE(BIS) at the IOC Heads of industry fellows round table event despite ultra congestion as Trafalgar Square closed for the Olympic celebration medal party. It was a full house to share best practice and put issues to the table. Opening with a transport style bacon butty lunch for a network opportunity of like-minded teams to focus on key express issues. IOC Chair Carl Lomas MBE opened with introductions, ‘City Sprint, Hermes, DPD,GLH, Diamond, Gnewt, DHL, GSG, Rush, Swift, UK Mail and more introduced themselves as Lomas urged  talk about key and imminent issues.


Innovation win for logistics training at Heathrow

Unique collaboration between college, employers and sector institute for win in logistics hot-spot of workforce need.

The skills & logistics centre trains young people and adults to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the logistics industry, the project is a collaboration between West Thames College, System Training, the Institute of Couriers, business leaders and the local authority.

Tracy Aust, principal West Thames College quotes,

We are delighted to have received the highly commended accolade for innovation with our new skills and logistics centre. This has been the result of a strong partnership between West Thames, the Institute of Couriers, national employers and the local authority. We are confident that what we have created in West London will become  a hub of excellence in the logistics sector.

David Cormack, System Training commented,

I am very pleased to see the logistics facility at Feltham being recognised for the contribution it makes to logistics sector not only at Heathrow but in the wider community in the capital. System are proud of their involvement with the facility and our part in delivering the next generation workforce for Heathrow. It offers a breadth of qualifications from foundation learning through to apprenticeship and  degree level providing a valuable resource to the logistics, Express couriers and Air freight sector.

Hounslow council leader Steve Curran talked expansion of logistics around Heathrow. 'This is a success story of local people.’ Tracy Aust college principal, IOC chair Carl Lomas, ‘ Express logistics numbers are exploding, Heathrow is a hot spot location for this sector.’ Adam Sage,  ‘West Thames college is committed to the next generation of logistics workforce.’

Carl Lomas, Inst of Couriers Chairman,

This is one of the UK hotspots for express logistics, there is a clear need for next generation workforce, the Logistics skills centre is a great success for local need and a sector match for Express delivery. The next step is levy and the new express trailblazer apprenticeship that should re-inforce excellence for local people and supply local courier and express companies with the workforce they need.