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UK’s largest privately-owned container transport operator chooses modular buildings


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he UK’s largest privately-owned container transport operator, Maritime Transport, has chosen high quality refurbished modular building solutions from


Foremans Relocatable Building Systems to meet its requirements for new depot facilities. Foremans has provided two modular buildings at Maritime’s transport hubs in Leeds and Southampton, and a third project to relocate and extend an existing building is in progress at Trafford Park in Manchester. Maritime Transport specialises in delivering road-based container transport services to global shipping lines, freight forwarders and logistics companies in the UK. It operates a fleet of nearly 1,000 trucks and has over 1,000 staff across a network of port and inland offices throughout the UK. Foremans has developed a standardised building solution with Maritime for its depot facilities, which can be replicated quickly and easily on different sites. The building comprises air conditioned open plan office work space, a meeting room, high specification toilets and larger showers with enclosures for privacy, and a dedicated rest room where drivers can relax and eat – key requirements for Maritime. Commenting on Foremans’ building solutions, Derek


Daly, Fleet Director at Maritime Transport, said, “The structure of Foremans’ buildings is the Portakabin


modular system – a market leading building design. This combined with Foremans’ capabilities for refurbishment and re-fitting means we can benefit from accommodation which is genuinely as good as new, is cost-effective, fast to install and tailored to our specific business requirements. “Providing a high quality working environment for our


staff, and particularly for our drivers who work long hours, is very important to us and for the ongoing development and expansion of the business. We are very pleased with the level of service the Foremans team has provided to Maritime and both buildings are performing well and have been well received by our office staff and our drivers.” Foremans’ buildings have a wide range of applications in the transport and logistics sectors, including reception areas, open plan offices, meeting suites, depot buildings, staff welfare facilities, and security. For further information about recycled and refurbished modular buildings for transport and logistics businesses, visit www.foremansbuildings.info Tel: 01964 544344 Email: info@foremansbuildings.co.uk


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BUSINESSES UNAWARE OF


IMPENDING COSTS OF UP TO £715 MILLION As the first Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) league table is published, nearly half (40%) of financial directors do not know what the cost of the CRC will be to their business. While over half of energy managers are also in the dark over costs.


These are the findings of research from Siemens, which canvassed those responsible for implementing the CRC in 600 UK businesses ahead of the publication of the first league table. Transport and logistics was found to be the least clued up on the cost of the CRC, with 85% unaware of their business’ forthcoming bill, while manufacturers had the highest awareness of costs,


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professional services and the public sector. Interestingly, transport and logistics is also the sector with the highest proportion of respondents who admit they have not started taking energy management seriously yet. The CRC league table ranks businesses included in the scheme in terms of their energy efficiency. The research revealed that nearly half (48%) of board members and financial directors (43%) are worried about their business’ performance in the league table. Yet, nearly half (40%) of participants said they had struggled with the timetable for the regulations and had not met every deadline in the CRC. Steve Barker, head of energy efficiency and environmental care for Siemens Industry UK, said:


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implementation in April 2010, the scheme’s cost to businesses has increased by up to 10 times and in April 2012, when the first allowances must be


purchased, many businesses will be facing a significant bill. Considering this potential cost, it is worrying that so many businesses are still in the dark over what they will have to spend. If businesses are unaware of what they will spend at this stage, it is doubtful they have measures in place to reduce emissions and save costs for the next CRC year. “What’s particularly


interesting is that the research tells us that reputation is important to businesses, as nearly half are concerned about a low league table position. Yet, the lack of awareness of cost suggests


there is unlikely to be much focus on measures decreasing emissions, therefore increasing league table position and lowering the tax bill businesses face.” In addition, the research showed that more than a quarter (26.5%) of businesses do not know what their annual energy bill is and one in five (21%) do not know how much they have invested in energy efficiency over the last three years.


Steve Barker continues: “To reduce operating costs, businesses need to have a clear strategy in place to better manage energy use, particularly as energy bills are set to continue rising and energy represents around 40% of a building’s operating cost.” www.siemens.co.uk


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