IOC News - 2005

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November 2005

    November 29th Institute of Couriers Briefing. Leon Manning, immediate past chair of the BMF  briefed IOC members on a year of statistics and politics in transport on November 29th in the lecture room of London based Camelot Training. Leon holding a recent doctorate with a thesis on transport policy delivered a very interesting view of congestion, road space and journey times in London that directly effected the same day delivery industry in mileage and time related costs. Journey times, congestion zones, bus use and diesel pollution thoughts lead to the reality of extended timescales for cross city travell. The afternoon rounded up with seasonal mince pies and a hearty session of networking that was well received by all those in attendance

October 2005

    CitySprint win the Top Award. Andrew Barnard, founing fellow of the IOC announced The Institute of Transport Management awarded CitySprint with the UK's Best Courier Network Award 2005. In awarding this acholade to CitySprint ITM said "ITM have an objective to find a company that offered unequivocal standards of customer service and overall professionalism and reliability. It was found that Citysprint distinguished itself in these areas"

    MAG and BMF fight for motorcycling licensing proposals. IOC As a member of MAG and BMF they go to Brussels on our behalf to bring political pressure and attention to the new proposed but draconian laws regarding licensing. 'The regulations appear to be designed simply to discourtage people from taking to motorcycles' It is a crude means of reducing the gross number of motorcycle accidents. Trevor Baird MAG's director of public affairs said "If governments or non-democratic institutions wish to introduce these regulations they should produce evidence that ustify these proposals and not bring about unnecessary regulation"

September 2005

    Logistics Links. Exhibition of all things Express! IOC fellows got a full briefing news sheet from IOC secretary Tracey Worth. Doncaster proudly presented the largest gathering of all things logistic on the 21st & 22nd September, over 120 suppliers of products, services and systems covering all facets of the logistics and express service will be there.

    This unique one-stop shop by meeting face to face those who can improve and keep you updated with the latest in technology, cost analysis and innovative solutions to your problems. Register online at

July 2005

    National Courier Awards Announce 2006 Date - Tuesday 20th June 2006
    The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD
    Tracey Worth is pleased to announce that the venue for next year's awards has been secured. The NCAwards have enjoyed many different venues over the years and the Brewery will once again be a show stopper. Within the Porter Tun Room Formula One BSB Motorbikes will be the centre piece of the hall around which the evenings dinner and award ceremony will be held. Don't delay tables can be booked now! Contact Us

    Institute of Couriers event - First day cover of Royal Mail’s Motorcycle Stamp collection - Tuesday 19 th July, at the Arts Club, Mayfair, London W1S - Under the watchful eye of some of the industry’s finest, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen unveiled Royal Mail’s Motorcycle stamp collection to signify the opening of the Institute of Couriers’ first event. Featuring classic bikes such as a Norton, Triumph and BSA, the fine stamps are gloriously illustrated in detail. The Master then gave a short and generous speech, declaring his support for the Institute in its aim to recognise the skills and standards of the individual’s in the courier industry.

    A drinks reception followed, which gave the IOC Fellows and their guests the opportunity to discuss the issues of the day within the courier industry. This and future events offer the opportunity for IOC members to discuss and pursue further the development of the industry and its needs. The IOC members’ individual experience and wealth of industry knowledge gave way for strong debate and positive discussion, enjoyed by all.

    Charles Esdale, from Royal Mail, gave a fascinating speech centred on the stamps. He gave insight into the links between art and the motorcycle industry, stating why now was the right time to celebrate the motorcycle, with the growth of spirit surrounding the motorcycle and the industries that associate with it. He also talked about the bikes featured specifically, with Trevor Magner, BMF, offering technical detail. Charles himself was a real motorcycle lover, riding to the event on his BSA, and as Ian Mutch, MAG, said “they don’t make them like they used to”.

    The early 1900's saw amazing growth in motorcycle development and manufacture in Britain. Hundreds of companies produced their own versions of these nippy machines, but only a few brands are now nationally recognised. The Motorcycles stamps picture the evolution of the motorbike in British history. From the 1914 Royal Enfield to the 1991 Norton F.1 each of the six bikes has been carefully illustrated by celebrated British artist Michael English.

    The IOC and its members are delighted to have our iconic industry vehicles featured in such an honoured way. Use them with pride. The presentation packs of the stamps were given out to all on the day, kindly supported by Triumph motorcycles. The pack included information about all of the bikes written by M ick Duckworth, former editor of Motorcycle News.

    Founding Fellows of the Institute attend annual Cartmarking event - The Corporation of the City of London has exercised its rights over carts and carriers since its inception, for transport is the lifeblood of commerce. Once a year, usually in later summer, Carmen bring their vehicles to be branded, or marked with a red hot iron on a wooden plate. This year, John Scott, Founding Fellow of the Institute of Couriers, entered a battery hire car to be marked in the ceremony. Also attending was the Institutes Chairman, Carl Lomas, and many others representing the courier industry.

    Institute of Couriers joins BMF as a Gold Corporate Member - Members of the Institute of Couriers will now benefit from the Institute being a corporate member of the BMF. As well as political representation and lobbying on all motorcycle issues, the Institute will be able to provide VIP tickets to lucky competition winners to BMF events around the country, and build a stronger future for the Courier industry.

    Master of the Worshipful company of Carmen to attend first IOC event - The Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen has announced his intention to attend the first IOC event, held on 19th July in the West End of London. This first afternoon event is to commemorate the release of Royal Mail's Motorcycle stamp collection, and will serve as an introduction to the Institute and the Founding Fellows. For more information on this event, please see the members section.

    IOC begins development of assessment and certification scheme- The Institute of Couriers is building the foundations of an exciting new scheme to offer different levels of courses, assessments and certificates to individuals in the Courier Industry to allow entry to the Institute. These courses will be offered in conjunction with Skills for Logistics in London or via a distance learning e-package to suit your needs. Courses will be designed for individuals, with the option of custom built packages for corporate members.

2005 June

    Founding Fellows of the IOC - The names of the Founding Fellows of the IOC will be announced in February 2006 at the House of Lords opening gala for the institute. More news will follow shortly about this fantastic night.

    Become a member of the IOC at the 2005 National Courier Awards - we are excited to announce that the IOC will accepting its first members at this years National Courier Awards. Membership will provide you with recognition for your industry qualifications, skills and experience, and will allow you to keep ahead of the competition with up-to-date industry insight and news.