JMC Ireland goes to ‘Hell & Back’

JMC Ireland has fielded a thirteen strong team in the ‘To Hell & Back 2013 Challenge’.

Rated as Ireland’s toughest physical and mental endurance challenge, ‘To Hell & Back’ is 14km of extreme terrain and obstacles requiring teamwork to complete.

The JMC Ireland team took part in the ‘Trojan’ event in Killruddery Estate, Bray, Co Wicklow on 6th November.  Scaling 10ft walls, crawling under barbed wire and running through electric shocks are just some of the trials and tribulations in an event “specifically designed and created by outdoor specialists to test your physical and mental boundaries to THE LIMIT!”

Garrett Thornton,  Director of JMC Ireland, said: “The team spent months training prior to the event and we are all very proud of their achievement.”

Well done JMC!



Golf Day Goes With A Swing

Palletline’s annual golf day has raised £1520 for our chosen charity, the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance (NCCA).


Seventy two players teed off  in glorious sunshine on Thursday 5th September at Puckrup Hall in Tewkesbury and fought a tough team competition, which was eventually awarded to Immediate Transportation with an impressive 100 points for the day. The individual prize went to Ben Handley from Alan R Jones, who also managed to win the ‘Beat the Pro’ competition against club pro, Ady Wheatcroft.

With a BMW 1 Series M Sport up for grabs for a hole in one, concentration at the tee was at a peak, with David Mearns from Potter Group almost taking home a drive of a different kind with a tee shot that landed two inches from the pin.

Followed by a three course meal and an awards ceremony in the impressive ballroom at Puckrup Hall, the event was a resounding success. It’s always great to spend time with our members and customers on a social level, and even better when we can add in a little healthy competition and use the opportunity to raise money for a fantastic cause.

We’d like to thank our sponsors and attendees and hope they enjoyed the day as much as we did. Here’s to next time!

One Very Proud Grandad!

Cliff Mewse who works for Palletline member Framptons Transport Services is one very proud grandad. His grandson, Conrad, has just won the title of Junior Motocross World Champion in the 85cc group, which is not bad considering that he is only 14 years old. Conrad is almost a veteran though as he has been racing since he was six years old.

Success is nothing new to Conrad who has already been British Champion four times, third in Europe and now the World Champion. This has only been achieved by lots of hard work, training and dedication.

His next challenge is the British Motocross Grand Prix which is being held on the 22-25th August at the legendary Matterley Basin Track in Winchester, you can find more information at:

Everyone here at Palletline wishes you Good Luck Conrad!


Palletline To The Rescue!

Mark Newton travelling round coastal Britain for charity

Mark Newton is on one of the longest journeys of his life – the injured ex-soldier is travelling round coastal Britain on a mobility scooter for charity. When disaster struck, Mark found help from an unexpected source – Palletline!

Mark has collected more than £10,000 so far in support of his old regiment, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, as well as the Royal British Legion, The Royal National Lifeboat Institute, SSAFA, and Help for Heroes. However, Mark’s 10,000 mile journey was put on indefinite hold around the 2,500 mile mark when his scooter broke down on one of the UK’s highest coastal roads, in Applecross in The Scottish Highlands.

The vehicle was beyond Mark’s repair and had to shipped back to Beamer, the manufacturers in Salisbury. After phoning around, Mark was unable to find anyone that could transport the scooter from Salisbury. It had already taken three weeks to get there!

The Royal British Legion Riders Branch asked its members if they knew anyone who could help – setting in motion a chain of events that would eventually include no less than four companies across the UK.

Truck driver Phil Mulholland answered the call, putting Mark in touch with Palletline member HMT Shipping, which in turn notified the network. Two Palletline members, Hampshire based Lambert Brothers and Inverness based HH Distribution, were only happy to help and handle the delivery.

Within just a few days Mark’s scooter was delivered free of charge, by HH Distribution’s delivery partner Skye Express – which made a special trip outside of normal rounds.

Mark said: “I’d broken down up a 2,500ft high road, surrounded by some beautiful scenery but not a lot else. I was prepared to be hanging around for some time, to say the least!

I’m extremely grateful to Palletline and everyone involved for helping me get moving again – I can’t think of any way I’d have done it otherwise.”

For more information on Mark’s worthy cause, visit

Palletline Members Going the Extra Mile

Some people go to extraordinary lengths to raise money for charity and Palletline members Expect Distribution and Balin Distribution are no exception.

Both are taking part in Charity fundraising events on Saturday 20th July 2013.

Owen Evans from Balin Distribution and his son William will be taking part in The Great European Rally.

giraffe car

They plan on driving through 9 European countries including Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and The Netherlands, covering 2,453 miles. They are going to do this in just 7 days! This is not going to be in any old car – the team have a safari theme, so what else would they drive other than a giraffe print car (William will also be wearing a giraffe onesie)!

They are raising money for two charities: Great Ormond Street Hospital and CLIC Sargent – the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families.

You can donate by going to:

Expect Distribution as a company support ‘The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’ which is a charity that assists children with life limiting conditions and their aim is simply to raise as much money as possible for this worthwhile cause.

Four of the six skydivers – is it me or do they look a little bit nervous?

Six very brave members of “Team Expect” will be taking part in a skydive at Hibalstow, North Lincolnshire – Neil Rushworth, Ben Orchard, Wendy Wade, Calvin Lee, John Kelly and Chris Hoffman. Equally brave are the amazing Joanne Pearson and Steph Gibson who are shaving their heads to raise the money for the charity.

If you would like to support “Team Expect” you can donate by going to:

(Photo: Four of the six skydivers – is it me or are they looking a little nervous?)

Good Luck from everyone at Palletline – hopefully there will be some interesting photos to look  forward to!

Fast Forward Distribution Expands to New Premises

Fast Forward Distribution Ltd has relocated its base of operations to Llangennech, in Carmarthenshire. The family-owned distribution company has invested £80,000 in the new premises, including hiring three additional staff to manage the increased workload.

The move has tripled the size of Fast Forward’s headquarters from 7,000ft² to 21,000ft², supporting a significant recent expansion and expected business development.

Located within a secure unit on the Stradey Business Park, the new premises have improved transport links compared to the previous Capel Hendre site. An increased proximity to the M4 motorway in particular will help Fast Forward to meet busy schedules and deliver an enhanced service to customers. Neighbouring units are also available to facilitate future growth.
Mark Henness, Sales Director, commented: “We’ve achieved impressive growth through tough times for the UK haulage industry – testament to the resilience and professionalism of all our staff, both on the road and in the back office. We’re delighted to have welcomed more employees on board and will continue to support local and national businesses with our distribution services.”

Fast Forward is a member of palletised distribution company Palletline, a co-operative of the UK’s leading hauliers which form a country wide network of efficient, cost-effective distribution.

Kevin Buchanan, Managing Director of Palletline, added: “Congratulations to Fast Forward on the recent expansion – this is good news for our member and the local economy, and proves that a commitment to quality service remains the best route to distribution success.”

Palletline is Motor Transport Multi-Award Winner

Palletline has won big at the commercial transport industry’s most prestigious awards. Together with our members and stakeholders, we took home more awards than any other organisation!

Palletline collected the ‘Safety in Operation Award’ and ‘Team of the Year’ accolades, while Miniclipper Logistics took the ‘Partnership Award’ for its work with Nexans Logistics. Special mention goes to ARR Craib, who achieved a well-deserved nomination in the same category for their excellent work launching and managing our Scottish Hub. Treasure Transport’s eye-catching ‘beer can’ trailer design made the them an easy decision for ‘Livery of the Year’.

Peter Carroll, leader of FairFuelUK was given the special ‘Service to Industry Award’ – nominated by staunch supporter Palletline. The panel were unanimous in their decision, recognising Peter’s tireless campaigning to lower Fuel Duty for British motorists.

Thanks to the people that make Palletline
We put our trust in our people and they never let us down.

We are absolutely delighted with the result. ‘Team of the Year’ is a real testament to our whole way of working – and everyone across the organisation that makes Palletline what it is today. We pride ourselves on always being there for our members, enabling them to prosper in challenging times and supporting them with whatever they need. Nothing is more important to us.

Well done to Ken Bell, our inveterate Health & Safety Manager for leading the charge on the ‘The Safety in Operation Award’ (and not forgetting our RoSPA win earlier this year) – and huge respect of course to our colleagues and members who put Health & Safety at the heart of what we do. The Palletline network has continually been at the forefront in this most crucial area of responsibility – and I’m pleased to say that we have consistently demonstrated exemplary procedures and an organisation wide culture of continuous improvement, which no doubt secured the award.

What’s the significance of the Motor Transport Awards?
As you will know, the Motor Transport Awards are THE road transport industry event of the year. The Awards celebrate the achievements of the industry and recognise ‘innovation, outstanding service, efficiency and quality’. They are judged by an independent panel of experts drawn from the industry.

Make no mistake – after customer satisfaction the Awards are amongst the highest level of recognition we can receive as an organisation and as a collective.

Here’s to more successes in the future!
There were more than 1,600 guests at Grosvenor House in London last night – celebrating the transport industry version of the ‘Oscars’. It was a fun evening, thanks to host Dara O’Briain and a fair share of banter between the tables, and multiple awards didn’t hurt either!

But the night itself is nothing compared to the lasting legacy of the Awards themselves.

We’ll be adding our trophies alongside last year’s ‘Network of the Year’ award, which had special significance as it was won during the network’s 20th anniversary year.

We are all exceptionally proud of our team and our members, and couldn’t have wished for a better start to the next 20 years!

Kevin Buchanan
Managing DIrector

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