Sector Focus

Tool for freight management

Lichfield-based digital agency Cocoonfxmedia Ltd have launched a new freight management system for the logistics sector. The new product,

CocoonFMS, has been developed for freight forwarders and logistics providers to provide an easy to use track and trace system that integrates with any existing operational system. CocoonFMS is an online

platform which can be accessed through any internet browser and allows clients to find important information about their shipments. The system allows users to

download reports instantly, view shipments, book deliveries, see how much CO2 each shipment has emitted and upload or download key documentation. James Blackman, managing

partner at Cocoonfxmedia, said: “The system stands out because it’s been truly designed for the user. Using my experience from working within logistics we were able to bridge the gap between business processes and the design/development team. “This has resulted in a

product that is now ahead of the pack and is built in such a way that we can remain agile to customer requirements. “We have already seen the

impact of the system with our clients, either winning new business or improving the quality of data to their clients as well as saving time. “I am really proud of what

our team has developed and what we have planned for the brand is going to make us a leading software provider in the logistics industry.”

Spades in the ground as rail project gets go ahead

The Government has given the green light for companies to start putting spades in the ground to build the new HS2 high speed London to Bimingham rail line, despite the coronavirus crisis. Ministers say that work can

proceed in line with coronavirus safety guidelines, despite the national lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in February that HS2 would go ahead, despite reservations over the ballooning cost of the project. The Government said that the

formal notification to the companies tasked with constructing the line would provide them and their suppliers with business at a time when the pandemic has caused the economy to grind to a halt. HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson

said: “While the Government’s top priority is rightly to combat the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives, we cannot delay work on our long-term plan to level up the country.

“HS2 will be the spine of the

country’s transport network, boosting capacity and connectivity while also rebalancing opportunity fairly across our towns and cities. “Following the decision earlier

this year to proceed with the project, this next step provides thousands of construction workers and businesses across the country with certainty at a time when they need it, and means that work can truly begin on delivering this transformational project.” The four joint venture

construction companies, originally awarded contracts by HS2 Ltd in July 2017, are: • SCS Railways (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG); • Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics SAS, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick, a subsidiary of VolkerWessels UK); • EKBF JV (Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman);

• BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement). As well as confirming the start of

work, the Department for Transport has also published in full the business case for High Speed 2 Phase One, setting out the strategic and economic case for the project and outlining how it will deliver a positive return on investment, and boost capacity and connectivity needed in towns and cities across the country. HS2 chief Mark Thurston said: “In

these difficult times, today’s announcement represents both an immediate boost to the construction industry – and the many millions of UK jobs that the industry supports – and an important investment in Britain’s future: levelling up the country, improving our transport network and changing the way we travel to help bring down carbon emissions and improve air quality for the next generation.”

Webinar to help firms bid for HS2 contracts

A webinar to provide information on how firms can bid for work on the HS2 project is being held this month. ‘Get Your Business on Board with HS2’ will

also provide clarity on how the project will proceed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. It is being hosted by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce on 5 May at 1.30pm. HS2 Ltd, the company delivering the high-

speed rail project, says it is committed to working with local businesses wherever it can. This webinar will provide specific details on

Station site: HS2 enabling works were taking place at Curzon Street in Birmingham prior to the Covid-19 outbreak


how Greater Birmingham businesses can make the most of supply chain opportunities. Raj Kandola, senior policy and patronage adviser at GBCC, said: “The HS2 project has

already created thousands of jobs across the country and it’s vital that local firms are fully aware of the supply chain opportunities the programme is going to create across the West Midlands and beyond. “In particular, HS2 will have a vital role to play

in levelling up the country and in order to achieve this, they will need to help from businesses of all types and sizes to help them during the construction phase. “Whether it’s large scale construction

companies, local shops and services, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, and I would urge interested parties to sign up to the webinar. Full details will be made available on our website.”

Business Travel

How it will look: The new HS2 terminal at Curzon Street, Birmingham

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