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Customer Experience & Loyalty Award goes to DPD UK at the 2019 National Business Awards.

DPD UK has been honoured at the 2019 National Business Awards, winning the Customer Experience & Loyalty Award.

Astronaut Tim Peake was the keynote speaker at the November ceremony in front of 1,200 business leaders, investors and representatives from Government and the press, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane.


Launch of EAV P1 cargo bike.

DPD UK has taken delivery of the first 10 EAV P1 Electric assist cargo bikes - the result of a partnership with Oxford-based manufacturer EAV.

IOC fellow, Dwain McDonald, DPD UK's CEO commented,

The P1 is an absolutely amazing vehicle and we are immensely proud to be technical partners alongside EAV on this unique project. This is an entirely new type of vehicle and is designed specifically to meet the current challenges for delivery firms in the urban environment.


Five of the unique bio-mechanical hybrid electric-assisted pedal bikes are currently being tested on the streets of London, York and Newbury, while the other five are being shipped to DPD UK business units in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France to help support British manufacturing and exporting abroad.

Framing the key issues, Leeds needs to be bold.

Clean air Cargo cycle solution for final mile

Where can we park them?

Leeds City Council voted to pass a motion declaring a climate emergency in March 2019 and committed to become carbon neutral by 2030.

IOC were in the Northern Powerhouse ‘Join the Big Leeds climate conversation’ Leeds, ‘ready to be ambitious and bold for clean air final mile, a city already holding a reputation for delivering home based charging for their council electric vehicle drivers.

IOC big on the internet for Brexit but it's been round table too.

Brexit round table for express logistics, final mile, last mile. At the Crowne Plaza, 55 Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PQ.

Oct 30 for the IOC Middle England Brexit last mile masterclass

Logistics heartland Middle England for the IOC Last Mile Manchester masterclass on all things BREXIT, it was a must-attend in the Express hot-spot of middle England on Oct 30 for a free-to-attend round table with the experts speaking to clarify where we are on borders, licence compliance , reality of dates and more.


White Paper: Electric Vehicles - 8 key points

DPD CEO launches eight-point action plan for a joined-up policy approach.

Operators, manufacturers, energy providers and Government urged to act now.

DPD upgrades own EV investment plan for 500 vehicles by end of 2020; "We cannot kick this problem any further down the road."

Trebling the charging points in Greater Manchester.

The government has instructed Greater Manchester and many other areas to develop Clean Air Plans to bring levels of NO2 on local roads within legal limits as soon as possible.

So Greater Manchester is now working together to produce a single approach for the whole region.

TfGM have considered a wide range of measures that could help reduce roadside NO2 levels and carried out extensive work to help develop a proposed package of measures.

These measures include:

· A Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone which the most polluting buses, coaches, HGVs, vans, taxis and private hire vehicles would pay a daily penalty to drive in.

· A multi-million pound funding package to support local businesses and sole traders to upgrade to cleaner vehicles.

· Trebling the number of electric vehicle public charging points.

National Courier Awards 2019 at the IOD

Life services, seven gongs and nineteen courier silver Cs for 2019

Step-change award to DPD for electric vehicle micro-hub

Hermes take team award

Diamond win diversity

Clipper take fresh start recruitment.

Life Services win to Alistair Cochrane Whistl


Three winners further nominated for fellow by awards chair Adrian Smith

Will Friar Rush Couriers, Monica Pound CitySprint & Monika Haromszeki Hermes.

Progression in our sector

Mandy Freedman, former road National Courier awards winner comes back to win an office category.

Clean air for final mile double-take with two winners

GLA Gnewt & City of London CitySprint cargo bike parking


Your next generation have a stairway to manager

Three years. No student loan – it's paid by levy

Three years in the making, DfE Institute for Apprenticeships have approved the level six standard at degree level for Express Delivery Manager.

A three-year course, no student loan, on-the-job learning with a degree in Express management, paid for by levy apprenticeship funding while the candidate earns a living in the express workplace.

Hot off the bubble – Operation Brock for KENT roads to the ports

IOC beat Parliament Super Saturday Oct 19th to bring the Express Brexit Bubble to the Institute of Couriers website a week ahead. A dedicated top-line bubble for Brexit that’s already had a refresh and all the news you need for Express courier, final mile last mile Brexit.

Britain’s anticipated withdrawal from the EU on 31 October means that businesses across the UK need to prepare. Throughout the rest of this month, IOC will be bringing you all the expertise and information resources you need, as we help express final mile get Brexit Ready. Focusing on issues including driving licences, employment and immigration and getting ready for any changes in the tax and customs landscape. Hot off the Brexit Bubble news is Operation Brock.


IOC set to sign the DWP Race at Work Charter for the express sector.

Institute Of Couriers Carl Lomas was at HSBC Docklands E14 with DWP for an overview of the Race Disparity Audit at HSBC in docklands.

It was time to commit to the Race at Work Charter.


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