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Virtual training delivered to major freight forwarder


The Chamber has successfully carried out the first of a series of training for a major UK freight forwarder to help its staff cope with the new international trading regime that will be in place from the new year. This is when the UK will be


cutting ties with Europe, and will change the way that exporters deal with both the European Union and the rest of the world. The freight forwarder is


Lichfield-based Palletways (UK) Ltd, which has other major sites in Edinburgh, London, Leeds and Bristol. The company was founded in


1994 and, after 10 years of trading, opened facilities in Europe starting with Nijmegen in The Netherlands, quickly followed by Spain, Italy and Germany. Today, the business operates in


24 European countries, and has some 350 member companies. In 2016 Palletways became the express palletised freight arm of Imperial Logistics.


‘We have together worked on the content and have created a programme that covers the changes anticipated for the logistics industry due to leaving the EU’


Initial conversations between the


company and the Chamber about the post-Brexit training course began in March, with a view to giving the company’s employees everything they would need to know (and do) when the UK left the EU.


Originally it was planned to do


the course in person with the Palletways staff from around the country, but the Covid-19 crisis put paid to that. The answer was technology, and


the first part of the course was delivered online last month. Chamber international director


Mandy Haque said: “Just before the pandemic hit, I had been approached by Palletways’ European product manager Gary Owen to understand if we could deliver a bespoke training course for their members, who are based nationwide. “Since then we have together


worked on the content and have created a programme that covers


In brief


Organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are on the hunt for more West Midlands areas and facilities to host pre-games training camps, after abandoning plans for an athletes’ village in Perry Barr. Some of the 71 nations and


territories taking part in the Games are looking to set up camps to ensure they have a base from which to prepare, train and acclimatise ahead of the event – the biggest to be staged in the West Midlands region. Birmingham 2022 chairman


John Crabtree said: “We are expecting 6,500 athletes and officials to come to Birmingham and the region to compete in the Games and many of those teams, especially from the larger Commonwealth nations, will be looking to arrive early, acclimatise and fine tune their preparations, before moving into the official Games time accommodation.”


Business professionals are being asked to submit their views on qualifications and the regulation of professions as part of a government review. The Department for Business,


Mandy Haque: technology saves the day


the changes anticipated for the logistics industry due to leaving the EU and in addition, I have tailored the programme to cover some of the British Chambers accredited courses. “The fact that Covid-19 hit meant


that I had to quickly redevelop how we could deliver the course if it wasn’t physically delivered. “I saw it though as an opportunity to engage with many more of their members as we could deliver a truly national course through technology. “Palletways UK Ltd want to be


the world leaders in their network and this is part of their commitment to their staff and members to upskill them to be as prepared and ready as possible for the end of the transition.” Gary Owen said: “It was vitally important that Palletways, as Europe’s leading pan-European pallet network supported its members and clients with the


challenges that Brexit would bring. “With this in mind we felt that


collaborating with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce was the best option to enable us to deliver training support professionally and lead the way in this competitive market sector. “Our member network moves in


excess of 45,000 pallets per day throughout 24 countries, and therefore it was vitally important to support our members to get them ready for what Brexit would bring. “We simply could not afford to


sit back and risk our business and that of our members and clients by just hoping that everything would simply fall into place without this preparation and full support from the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. “With this, the network will be


better placed to meet the challenges that Brexit will bring and to ensure we can still meet the needs of our customers.”


Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking business views in order to ensure better access and progression in professions for more people in the country, supporting social mobility goals and to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period. In the UK, there are more


than 120 professions, which are regulated by a network of some 100 regulators. BEIS is looking to hear from the broad range of individuals, businesses and organisations that interact with all aspects of regulated professions.


Two enterprising undergraduates from Staffordshire have set up a new business supplying sanitising spray to help fight the spread of Covid-19. Entrepreneurs Ewan


McMullen and Ethan Wright launched Spray Safe UK mid- lockdown, after entering into a partnership with the business Chemique Adhesives. The pair explored the global


market for a product that would cause the least amount of disruption to businesses - and their product ‘SafeClean’ takes just one application to continually kill viruses and bacteria on treated surfaces for up to five hours.


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