IoC News - September 2013

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Institute of Couriers, diary date for Logistics Link North, check your diary to join Sir Peter Hendy taking an IOC gown on Dec 16 th and latest roads issues at TFL freight Forum.  

Sir Peter Hendy boss of TFL takes the gown of Fellow at the 2013 Dec 16 th IOC fellows ceremony on the evening December 16 th in the presence of President Viscount Falkland at the House of Lords. All fellows and their guests are welcomed to the event that promises to be a gathering not to be missed. Early booking essential call: Tracey Worth 07976 263745

TfL Freight forum Oct 4th 2013

DHL boss Graham Inglis introduced TFL Sir Peter Hendy to a full house of London hauliers and logisticians for the freight forum.  Bacon sandwich breakfast was straight into serious issues. Cycle fatality incidents with HGV was a key focus, Sir Peter welcomed freight, �I have never seen another industry put so much in.' Ian Wainwright launched �delivering a road freight policy' document as a legacy of the Olympic games road planning and Michele Dix reviewed the ultra low emission zone. Full details on the IOC web,

Logistics Link North 16 / 17 October

Institute of Couriers returns to The Logistics Link North exhibition at Doncaster Racecourse on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October 2013 and this year sees the exciting addition of the Port to Shelf event. Uncover Innovative Logistics Solutions at the FREE Exhibition for Logistics Decision Makers. Logistics Link North has always been the go-to place for middle England Logistics, Warehouse and Distribution Managers to find out the latest innovations in warehouse management and automation, packaging, materials handling and RFID and mobile technology. IOC will be collecting data on home delivery shift into business address drops for  the retail supply chain of home shopping sent to the office.

National Courier Awards Sept 18th, London

The 2013 National Courier awards panel of judges headed by Justin Moore, held the C shaped Courier silver one last time before it was handed out to a packed house, standing room only at the Institute of Directors, London SW1.

A duo of transport ministers, Norman Baker MP (now Minister of State, Home Office) and IOC Vice President, former transport minister David Jamieson celebrated safety in presenting five times ROSPA gold medal winners, City Link for workplace safety in the courier and logistics industry. Skills council boss Mick Jackson handed a technology award to DX for a starting a step change in delivery times. David Stringer-Lamarre IOD spoke logistics as life blood of the City before presenting some of the strongest contract nominations in the history of the awards.
Guests of the gala evening were deafened by drums of the Clatteratti. band in a crescendo finish to the awards sponsored by Ears communications, TNT and Briggs Equipment, the awards were sold out, companies large & small, network & independent, all at one with each other for what was clearly the best networking event of courier, mail & logistics

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Norman Baker MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport speaking at the 2013 National Courier Awards

Transport and Training -  AELP Logistics Sector Forum, 25 September 2013

West Thames College, Isleworth, in the hot spot of the Heathrow logistics fraternity  was host to an AELP event that saw Job Centre, P rincess Trust, S4L, employers and training providers discuss apprenticeships, traineeships and skills need in logistics. 'funding for licence acquisition outside training' was a message from JCP.

James Billingham chaired the event, hosted by Marjorie Semple, chief of the college, air craft above, road logistics, traineeships and apprentices were the focus below.

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Centre front row: Marjorie Semple, West Thames College, James Billingham (right) System Training and Carl Lomas (Left) IoC. Standing, Brian Szukkala S4L, Paul Tucker JCP, Stephen ram Kissum AELP.

Paul Tucker, jobcentreplus JCP partnerships manager began

two hundred thousand unemployed in the London geographic, We will build data on apprenticeships and traineeships, then we will match it to individuals. How can we link sector based academies?' making work pay' we want a seamless and affordable step for claimants into work

JCP can pay for licence acquisition separate to training if there is a job offer.

Ben Marson, Princess Trust , dealing with sixty thousand individuals a year,

DHL are one of our logistics jobs routes, it's a growing sector for us, we have individuals looking for work in logistics, we want more courier companies to engage.

Other partners for us are Norbert, K&N, M&S, Waitrose & ASDA, we are working with System training on a Leeds pilot with DHL and other courier companies to place individuals into job roles. This year 300 people have gone into logistics job roles with Princess Trust.

Change at the top of Skills for Logistics announced today 24th Sept 2013

Paul Brooks  Chairman, Skills for Logistics. Chief Executive Mick Jackson is stepping down from Skills for Logistics as the organisation looks to implement a new strategic plan that creates a greater emphasis on deeper commercial activities over the next 5 years. Mick will be replaced on by his deputy Ross Moloney, whilst the board review the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Commenting on the change, Paul Brooks Chairman of Skills for Logistics stated

Mick has been an outstanding servant for Skills for Logistics and a passionate champion for skills development in the Logistics and wholesaling sectors of the UK. Mick has led our organisation through a period of substantive change in UK skills funding and over his five years in post has turned SfL into one of the top funded SSCs in the UK.  We wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for the personal sacrifices he has made to keep our sector uppermost in the governments mind for skills investment. All of the team wish him well for his next career move


2013 news sep 3

The 2013 awards are shaping up to something very special for an evening at the IOD Pall Mall London, transport minister Norman Baker will be taking the stage, key Vips include TFL Sir Peter Hendy, former transport minister David Jamieson, IOC President Viscount Falkland, Carmen Cmdr Robin Bawtree, IOD City VC David Stringer-Lamarre, Skills for Logistics boss Mick Jackson, MAG president Ian Mutch. Judges sit on Monday to choose the winners of four categories from road to office that will remain secret until the night. Companies in the short list include CitySprint, City Link, DHL, DX , GLH, Hermes, Rico, Rush, TNT, UK Mail, UPS, further individuals have been nominated for individual awards and there is a strong position for the army postal service.



2013 news sep 4

The CX500 courier bike will be on display clothed in Delta, Pony Express, SD Security Despatch and Mercury colours of the eighties. It will be a night not to be missed, almost sold out but some tickets are still left for the Sept 18 gala celebration that will see 200 whos who of the courier industry at the event, call urgently to secure the last few places, Tracey Worth 07976 263745