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Issue 5 2014 - Freight Business Journal High tech HQ for Europa in Nottingham

Europa Worldwide Logistics has become one of the first tenants in the Rushcliffe Technology and Enterprise Centre in Nottingham, overlooking Trent Bridge Cricket ground and Nottingham Forest Football Club. The new office will cover

collection and distribution requirements across the East Midlands, connecting to the northern hub in Birmingham. It will be headed by branch manager Sam Boot, who has ten years’ experience at a number of leading national logistics providers,

supported by two

recently appointed senior account managers and a specialist

operator. Europa is looking to recruit a

further three members of staff in the next 12 months. Recent figures from RBS’s

regional growth tracker showed the East Midlands’ economy has expanded faster than any other region. Managing director Andrew

Baxter, commented: “As a national operator is it vital that we have a sales and distribution presence in all of the key areas of the country and particularly those showing growth. The East Midlands is an area I know very well and I am clear that there is a demand for our service here as the country and this region move out of difficult economic times. Nottingham is the heart of this region which is why it is the perfect location to expand our offer.”

Sound Moves draws up the curtain on its new-look HQ



PD Ports has opened a project and commercial office at Aycliffe Business Park in Newton Aycliffe, about five miles north of Darlington, to complement its head office in Teesside. The port says it will make it easier to work with the large number of local businesses which currently use Teesport and help other businesses benefit from its expertise.

Dover has submitted a Harbour Revision Order to Government for its port development and regeneration plan. Harbour Board chief executive Tim Waggott said he hoped that it would be quickly granted “so that the momentum to transform the port and town will allow us all to experience the great future in which we all wish to share just as soon as possible.”

Creative industries logistics specialist,

Sound Moves has

unveiled its refurbished facility at Ashford near London Heathrow airport, having acquired its long- term home, Abbeygate House. The refurbished building

includes a crew break room, state-of-the-art boardroom with video-training facilities - and a 1950s theatre-themed reception area. The artwork for the reception area by Jonathan Minshull was

specially commissioned by Sound Moves. The more businesslike end of

the premises include an 18,000sq ſt warehouse for transit cargo and long-term storage, two cargo docks capable of handling hi- cube trailers, overnight parking for trucks and tour buses and an X-ray with dual view screening for airfreight. Managing director Martin

Corr said: “Since our founding in 1995, we have grown significantly as a company both in terms of our client base and our team of operations specialists. The new facilities will allow that development to continue. Not only does the office have more square footage, the space has also been rebranded and refurbished to our specifications. This will allow us to bring the organisation to the next level of high-touch customer service.” Sound Moves client list is a

little different from the average freight forwarder’s – it includes The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, P!nk, Kasabian and Sadlers Wells Theatre as well as providers to the creative industries such as VER and XL Video. Simon Jackson, business

development manager, states: We are the ‘last minute life-savers’ with an operational team who will do everything possible to ensure the show goes on as planned. Because of this we have clients who work with us year aſter year, trusting us with their most important and toughest freight moves.” The investment in Abbeygate

House is part of a larger development plan

for Sound

Moves, says Jackson: “We have also invested in the commercial side of the business with new members joining the sales team to specialise in additional creative industry sectors including sporting events and corporate live events.”

Forth Ports and Fife-based Scott Group have gained full planning permission for a multimillion pound scheme to regenerate the eastern end of the Port of Burntisland. Supported by a Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise, the partners will initially invest around £2.5m in the development of the six- acre site including upgrades to the electricity supply serving the port, refurbishment of the existing building and surrounding hard standing areas, the relocation and installation of new equipment and upgrading local roads. Scott Group will relocate its main timber pallet manufacturing operation in Scotland from the Port of Rosyth.

Rolf Habben Jansen has assumed the position of CEO at German shipping line, Hapag Lloyd. He succeeds Michael Behrendt, who leſt the executive board as scheduled on 30 June, along with COO Ulrich Kranich. The new COO is Anthony Firmin.

Jens Nielsen has joined ABP as commercial director. Prior to joining ABP, he worked for Blue Water Shipping for 12 years before joining DFDS where he was variously UK and Ireland managing director of DFDS Transport; managing director of DFDS Seaways; and, latterly, vice president of freight sales solutions.

ABP has appointed James Leeson as head of commercial, Humber. He comes from Inchcape Shipping Services, where he was global key account manager and his new role will involve working closely with customers to ensure their requirements are met and generating new business for the four Humber ports of Hull, Goole, Grimsby, and Immingham.

The Port of Tyne has appointed Paul Foster to the new post of director of projects. He takes responsibility for strategic infrastructure projects planned for the port estate, including delivery of the potential £180m expansion of wood pellet operations.

Danica Pension has acquired a minority shareholding of DKK 400 million in short-sea shipping line Unifeeder from Nordic Capital. The Danish company said its strategy was to invest in “well-managed companies with a clear strategy, and with managers and owners we trust in.” Unifeeder is now the largest independent pan-European feeder and short sea operator, following its earlier acquisition of United Feeder Services.

Thanet District Council has denied claims by a local councillor that Ramsgate port is teetering on bankruptcy. Thanet Green party councillor Ian Driver obtained figures through a Freedom of Information request to the council-owned port, which showed that annual income fell by £1.73m aſter ferry operator ceased trading last year. The port generated £2.3m in 2012-13 but only £571,000 in 2013- 14. Mr Driver added that a specialist maritime industry consultant hired by the council had failed to attract a new ferry operator or other significant business for the port. Councillor Mike Harrison, Labour cabinet member for operational services, said the port had lost significant income aſter the end of the Transeuropa service but had taken steps to reduce running costs.

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