Reed Boardall reaches employment milestone

Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, UK: Reed Boardall Reed Boardall is celebrating an employment milestone: 200 people employed for ten years, and an overall workforce of 745.

Marcus Boardall (front left), deputy chief executive of Reed Boardall, and Andrew Baldwin (front right), managing director of its cold storage division, with some of the team at its Boroughbridge site

Marcus Boardall (front left), deputy chief executive of Reed Boardall, and Andrew Baldwin (front right), managing director of its cold storage division, with some of the team at its Boroughbridge site

The family run business that provides cold storage and food transport opened its single site in Boroughbridge and now reports a turnover of £66m, reports BQ Business.

Andrew Baldwin, managing director of Reed Boardall’s cold storage division, said: “There’s no doubt that our high staff retention levels play a key role in the continued success of the business and our ability to consistently deliver on our promises to our customers.

“We don’t use any agency workers, instead all of our team are long term employees, many of whom have built up valuable understanding and knowledge about what we do and this gives continuity to the business, enabling us to be the reliable, responsive partner that our customers need.”

Over a quarter of staff have completed more than ten years of service, 31 have chosen to stay with Reed Boardall for two decades or longer.

“This constancy of approach is reinforced by the high numbers of family members all working here across the generations- we have numerous husbands and wives, a mother and daughter and several dads and sons as well as a husband, wife and father in law.”

Fowler Welch charity bike ride success

Charity bike riders, Nigel Carter from Fullers Logistics pictured right, and Matt Downes, IT director, Fowler Welch

Charity bike riders, Nigel Carter from Fullers Logistics pictured right, and Matt Downes, IT director, Fowler Welch

Spalding, UK: Fowler Welch staff have raised over £10,000 for the company’s 2015 charity of the year, When you wish upon a Star.

Fundraising events included the Big Bike Challenge – held in September.  Nick Hay, managing director, Fowler Welch, said: “It was fantastic to see staff from all seven of our UK depots getting involved in the fundraising,”

“Our biggest event of the year, the Big Bike Challenge, was a huge success which saw 40 colleagues, customers and suppliers, cycle a total of 726 miles.”

“Our Big Bike Challenge involved the entire Fowler Welch team,” Nick added, “and the route was designed to stop at all seven of our UK depots – from Newton Abbot in Devon, through to our Washington depot in Northumberland, via our other depots in Hilsea, Paddock Wood, Teynham, Spalding and Heywood.

“It took us a whole week, but the event from start to finish was great fun and a real team effort I am extremely proud of everyone who took part.”

Thermo King V-200s Series for small trucks and vans

Brussels, Belgium: Thermo King has launched its V-200s series fridges for small delivery vans and trucks.

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Thermo King’s V-200s series for small delivery vans and trucks

The V-200s series provides refrigeration capacity for vehicles up to 10m³ for frozen and up to 19m³ for fresh products deliveries.

“Delivery companies need to transport an ever widening range of fresh products to meet the evolving needs and habits of their consumers. And they need to do this while looking after the environmental concerns and challenges as well as their profitability,” said Eneko Fernandez, vehicle-powered truck product manager at Thermo King in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“With the new V-200s units, they can simultaneously reduce the environmental impact of their deliveries, maintain cost effective operations and stay ahead of regulatory and industry standards.”

The same small size of the condenser as in the Thermo King V-100 units contributes to lower refrigerant charge, lower weight of the unit and increased payload. No requirement for a separate engine results in further significant reductions in emissions and noise pollution. The design of these units makes them ideal for city distribution where access can be height-limited, giving delivery companies and their drivers additional operational flexibility.

The V-200s series vehicle-powered units come as standard with the next generation R-452A refrigerant that was co-developed by Thermo King and Chemours and has approximately half the global warming potential (GWP) of the incumbent R-404A.

Thermo King was the first to offer units with R-452A and the first to make this standard across its entire range of trailer, truck and small vehicle-powered units sold throughout Europe. This allows transport companies to be aligned with the European Union F-Gas Regulation designed to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases.

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