Our Business Partners

We are proud to thank all our sponsors who have collectively made Business on the Move a reality. Our 50 sponsors, grouped here according to their level of support for our game, reflect the wide diversity of organisations that make up the UK supply chain. Click on each to learn more about who they are and what they do.

PLATINUM SPONSORS

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is the global professional membership organisation which welcomes everyone in logistics, supply chains and all transport. We promote excellence in all professional sectors including Supply Chain, Rail, Bus and Coach, Ports Maritime and Waterways, Aviation, Freight Forwarding, Transport Planning, Active Travel and Travel Planning. One of our roles is to promote the many and varied career pathways that exist in the exciting world of logistics and transport.

Getting people and products to the right place at the right time in good condition and at an acceptable cost is the challenge for all logistics and transport professionals.

To find out more please visit: www.ciltuk.org.uk

CHEP

At CHEP we have one goal: Building better supply chains together, by helping our customers to store, protect and move their products in a cost effective, safe and environmentally sound way. Our solutions are based on returnable and reusable pooled equipment.

We offer concrete ways to help our customers make their supply chain operations leaner, greener and safer. This means that our customers can grow their income, become more competitive and focus on what they do best, systematically reducing their supply chain costs.

To find out more please visit: www.chep.com

Marks & Spencer

M&S was founded 129 years ago and has 776 UK stores and 420 international stores and nine dedicated international websites in over 50 territories in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Marks & Spencer is an international, multi-channel retailer selling high quality, great value clothing and home products and outstanding quality food.

30 million customers visit M&S stores and M&S.com every week and the company employs 81,000 people across the globe. For more information please visit www.marksandspencer.com/corporate.

Norbert Dentressangle

Norbert Dentressangle started his company in 1979 transporting French golden delicious apples to London, and since then the company has grown to become one of Europe’s leading supply chain companies, focusing on the three disciplines of Transport, Logistics, and Freight Forwarding.

With a 2012 annual turnover of €3.9 billion, the company employs 32,500 people in 26 countries across Europe, America and Asia, and places sustainable development at the heart of all its activities.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

The RBS group is a large international banking and financial services company. From its headquarters in Edinburgh, the Group serves over 30 million customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia.

In the UK, RBS Inspiring Enterprise aims to encourage a more entrepreneurial culture among young people and women. From the classroom to the boardroom, RBS is inspiring and enabling enterprise at every stage of the journey. Inspiring Enterprise draws together the work that RBS do, including the work with partners and charities, to help people explore and develop their enterprise potential."

The Logistics Guild

Logistics means getting the right thing to the right place at the right time.

The Logistics Guild is a shared network of resource that enables anyone that works in logistics to share ideas, whilst gaining support, guidance and access to training opportunities, career development and jobs.

Membership of the Logistics Guild is open to anyone that works in any aspect of the handling, movement or storage of goods or materials, or if they provide logistics services, are members of professional logistics organisations or are studying at schools, colleges or universities that offer a logistics qualification.

TIR Training

TIR is a training company helping people whose work revolves around all aspects of transporting goods. TIR’s services range from teaching people how to drive trucks right up to senior managers who need to pass written transport exams, assisting them all to improve their career prospects.

The company also has a high tech simulator where drivers can improve their skills in conditions such as snow and ice that would be difficult to do in “real life.”

People trained by TIR have gone on to work in many industries and are responsible for delivering goods all over the country.

UK Warehousing Association (UKWA)

UKWA represents the third party logistics (3PL) sector. A 3PL company provides many types of logistics services for use by its customers in the supply chain. They include warehousing, storage, pick and pack and transport.

UKWA has over 650 member companies, who operate 10 million square metres of warehousing from over 2000 depots across the country. In addition to representing the views of it members, UKWA promotes best practice, develops training qualifications, and supports member companies in the development of their businesses.

GOLD SPONSORS

Calor Gas

Calor Gas is a subsidiary of the Dutch multinational company SHV. It is the UK market leader in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which is used as a fuel in heating appliances and vehicles.

We have more than 1300 permanent employees and over 77 years of experience of not only serving a wide variety of markets such as heating, catering, agriculture and transport, but also supporting the local areas and the rural communities we serve.

In 2011 the company was awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard for reducing our carbon footprint and for our commitment to on-going reductions.

Century Logistics

Century Logistics was launched in 1997 by Stephen and Ann Basey-Fisher to provide cost effective contract warehousing services for all types of businesses including new and dynamic E-commerce retailers.

Providing a complete warehousing and distribution service allows our customers to concentrate on their business.

We collect their stock from the docks, unload it onto pallets and store it in our racked warehouses for as long as they want. When our customer sells the stock we then pick and pack it before delivering the products to the retailer. All the goods must be handled carefully by our hard working forklift drivers.

Clarion Events (Multimodal 2014)

Established in 2008, Multimodal is firmly established as the UK and Ireland's leading freight transport and logistics exhibition. Multimodal has become the annual one-stop-shop for shippers looking for ways of optimising their supply chain and transportation flows.

Multimodal attracts high calibre cargo owners, retailers and manufacturers specifically there to do business and sign contracts with suppliers who can increase their supply chain efficiencies, reduce their costs and protect their margins. Multimodal seminars focus on Supply Chain Best Practice: navigating the logistics legislation and compliance landscape, building a slick supply chain, and embracing new trends.

Collect+

Collect+ makes it really easy to buy, return or sell goods online. We work with over 210 retail brands as well as marketplace sites like eBay and Amazon and deliver over 10 million parcels a year.

With a UK network of over 5,250 local parcel stores, we’ve made it simple for customers to collect online purchases, return unwanted goods or send items to customers or friends. You can find Collect+ in supermarkets, newsagents, convenience stores and even petrol stations and shopping centres. Our stores have long opening hours, handy locations and secure storage and are open 7 days a week.

Customs Clearance Ltd

Maybe you’re importing fashion from United States, or furniture from China, or textiles from India, or gadgets from Singapore, or you are bringing home a treasure from your holiday in Thailand.

Whatever the shipment, Customs Clearance Ltd makes it easy for you.

We clear imports destined for the UK and Europe through Customs. We help you produce the right paperwork and pay the correct taxes, so your goods reach their destination – fast.

Whether you ship by air or sea, on pallets or in bags, cartons or containers, Customs Clearance Ltd processes them through Customs and moves them efficiently to destinations around the UK and Europe.

DHL

DHL Supply Chain stores and delivers just about everything you use every day, from the bed you sleep in, to the clothes you wear, the toys and computers you play with and the food you eat. We even deliver the fuel for the cars and buses you travel in!

We use over 7,000 vehicles of all shapes and sizes, with 10,000 drivers who make deliveries day and night to ensure all these products get to our customers on time. And with over 40,000 people work for DHL Supply Chain in the UK, we’re the biggest logistics company - not only in the UK, but the whole world!

DP World London Gateway

London Gateway is the UK’s new deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park.

Situated on the north bank of the River Thames it provides the closest access for the world’s biggest ships to the largest consumer markets in the UK.

The location of the port ensures goods will travel the shortest distance in the UK, which means fewer road miles, lower costs and less vehicle emissions.

Using latest technology and a high level of automation, London Gateway ensures ships load and unload quickly and efficiently, making the new port a world class asset for the UK.

The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF)

The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) represents and supports the interests of the entire food and drink logistics industry, a sector vital to the UK economy and to the population as a whole.

The Federation represents our industry’s interests at the highest levels with Government, higher education and other allied trade bodies to secure, for instance, improvements in the support for quality training for temperature-controlled distribution.

We pride ourselves on knowing our members on an individual basis so we can better provide individual support and advice to member companies whatever their needs may be.

GB Railfreight

GB Railfreight is a Rail Freight operator but mainly moves freight by rail in bulk such as, Containers, coal, steel, building materials, petrochemicals and metals. Our company has earned praise for its innovative approach, flexibility, reliability and competitiveness as well as its customer service.

GBRf takes pride in delivering a top class service for its customers. We are the fastest Growing Rail Freight operator in the UK and have won the praise of customers and competitors alike, winning many rail industry awards since being founded in 1999.

Home Bargains

Home Bargains, is one of the UK’s fastest growing discount retailers. The company has over 300 stores throughout the UK and employs more than 10,000 staff. Home Bargains is widely regarded as one of the largest businesses in Merseyside.

We aim to offer the lowest prices in the UK on top quality, branded goods.

A wide range of products and brands is on offer in our stores, including health & beauty, food, toys and games, household, clothing, seasonal, sweets, snacks, drinks and alcohol as well as our own range of affordable home style.

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest automotive manufacturing business, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover is a world-renowned premium 4x4 brand while Jaguar is one of the world's premier luxury sports saloon and sports car brands.

We employ 25,000 people globally and support more than 190,000 UK jobs through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy.

All of our cars are engineered and designed in Britain. More than 80 per cent of the cars produced at our three advanced manufacturing plants in Merseyside and the West Midlands are exported to more than 170 markets worldwide.

MAN Trucks

Based in Munich, MAN Truck & Bus AG is a leading international supplier of commercial vehicles. In 2012 the company with approximately 34,400 employees achieved sales of more than 8.8 billion Euros and sold more than 74,600 trucks. With a share of 17% the company retained its position of second place in the European market for trucks over six tonnes in 2012. In the UK MAN has been meeting the needs of the transport industry for over 35 years and is committed to growing the business to the benefit of its customers investing heavily over recent years in the development of the dealer network.

http://www.mantruckandbus.co.uk

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

Founded in 1970 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC is one of the leading global shipping lines in the world. Privately-owned, the company employs 40,000 staff in 165 countries, working from 475 offices, four of which are in the UK.

MSC has access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport resources which stretches across the globe. This means they can provide a complete door-to-door import and export service to and from almost anywhere in the world.

Every week MSC provides more than 200 shipping services through over 300 ports across the 6 continents around the world.

Morrison’s

Morrisons is one of the UK’s biggest food retailers and the only British supermarket to have our own food processing sites, abattoirs and even a farm. We employ expert livestock buyers to pick animals straight from the farmer and we are unique in making almost a quarter of the food we sell in store ourselves. We’re committed to supporting British farming, that’s why all Morrisons-branded fresh meat and everything on our butchers’ counters is 100% British. Our aim is to give our customers more of what matters to them, offering great quality food at low prices.

Network Rail

Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure – including the tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations. Network Rail took over the running of the infrastructure in 2002 with the aims of improving safety, reliability and efficiency of the railway. Network Rail employs around 35,000 people and currently spends around £8 billion a year on running, maintaining and developing the infrastructure. Between 2009 and 2014 it has invested around £12 billion in enhancing the infrastructure to provide for the growth of passenger and freight traffic.

Pall-Ex

Pall-Ex Group is one of the UK’s leading pallet networks in the UK and Europe. Founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and TV presenter, Hilary Devey, Pall-Ex has grown phenomenally, providing customers with an unparalleled level of cost-effective service, through a nationwide membership network of around 100 of the UK’s leading hauliers.

Pall-Ex Group currently comprises of five domestic freight networks - Pall-Ex UK, Pall-Ex Italia, Pall-Ex Iberia, Pall-Ex Romania and Pall-Ex France. Pall-Ex Group is currently underway in establishing networks in Germany, Poland, Turkey and the Benelux countries.

PGS Global Logistics

PGS delivers more than one million items a year, safely and on time. Small parcels or large pallets are transported by road, air and sea.

Our own fleet of vehicles means that if we have to deal with an unusual freight item we are able to cope with this easily.

We have a warehouse conveniently located in Birmingham, giving excellent access to all major roads, ports and airports.

PGS have regular daily departures to every corner of the globe! North America, Australia, Argentina, China, Japan, Korea, South Africa and Brazil are to name just a few.

Potter Logistics

Potter Logistics is one of the UK’s leading independent rail freight terminal operators. We provide road and rail transport services moving freight all over the country. We are able to handle goods at every stage from loading to final delivery.

The increasing use of our rail freight services reflects growing awareness of its commercial and eco-friendly rewards helping to reduce road congestion and lowering pollution levels.

We have three rail connected freight distribution centres in Yorkshire, Merseyside and Cambridgeshire. Each is conveniently located close to motorway routes, with links to major ports and the Channel Tunnel.

Prologis

Prologis is the leading provider of distribution property in the UK. Working with retailers, manufacturers and 3PL operators, the company owns and manages around 20 million square feet of industrial space in prime locations across the country.

Prologis provides customers and investors with modern accommodation that is designed and built to high standards of sustainability and it has the expertise needed to build facilities to suit customers' precise requirements.

Prologis is a large global company with modern facilities of approximately 559 million square feet leased to more than 4,500 customers in 21 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Shop Direct Group

Shop Direct is the UK’s leading multi-brand on-line retailer, delivering more than 50 million products every year to five million customers. Our household name digital department stores include Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com and isme.com. Altogether, our brands receive more than 770,000 website visits every day.

We sell more than 800 big name brands alongside a selection of exclusive own label fashion brands, including Definitions, Savoir and Ladybird. We also offer highly desirable collections from a number of celebrity designers, including Fearne Cotton, Myleene Klass and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

We pride ourselves on making good things more accessible to more people.

Tesco

Tesco is the third largest retailer in the world (measured by revenue) with stores across UK, Europe and Asia. Tesco was founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen from a market stall in London’s East End and the name came from when he combined the three initials of a supplier of tea (T E Stockwell) with the first two letters of his surname!

Over the years our business has grown from 500 stores in the 1990s to more than 7,000 stores across 12 countries worldwide today. We now employ over 530,000 people and serve millions of customers every week.

TT Club

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and risk management services. Our customers range from some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals to companies operating a handful of vehicles.

It is estimated that we insure:

  • over 80% of all maritime containers
  • nearly 45% of the top 100 container liners
  • have an insurable interest in nearly half of the top 100 ports in the world

Unilever

No matter who you are, or where you are in the world, there’s a good chance that our products are already a familiar part of your daily routine.

Our brands are trusted everywhere and, by listening to the people who buy them, we've grown into one of the world's most successful consumer goods companies. In fact, 150 million times a day, someone somewhere chooses a Unilever product.

Look in the kitchen or the bathroom and you’re bound to see one of our well-known brands. We create, market and distribute the products that people choose to feed their families and keep themselves and their homes clean and fresh.

Unipart Logistics

Unipart Logistics is one of Europe’s leading independent logistics companies. We build supply chains that maximise efficiency and minimise waste. What makes us different is the way we work, what we call the ‘Unipart way’, unlocking the ideas of people at all levels to tackle problems and deliver innovative solutions.

We get involved in sourcing materials, buying, warehousing, ordering systems, engineering support, reverse logistics and managing supply chains from start to finish. We attract customers from a diverse range of business sectors ~ from retail, consumer products, technology, automotive, aerospace and defence, doing it ‘the Unipart way’.

To find out more please visit: www.unipart.com

SILVER SPONSORS

Allport Cargo Services

Allport Cargo Services pack and transport cargo all over the world, by air, sea, road and rail. Our global network has more than 21,000 people in 450 offices in 130 countries. In the UK we operate out of 20 hi-tech facilities, importing and exporting cargo via all the major international trade routes.

For example, we designed specialised freighting solutions to support the international launch of the Range Rover Evoque, and helped the supermarket Morrisons manage the import of their new Nutmeg clothes from Asia and beyond, ensuring that they arrive in store at the right time and in the right quantities.

To find out more please visit: www.allportcargoservices.com/retailnews/

Autotech Services Ltd

Love the super-classy Range Rover and über-cool Mini? These iconic cars are built on automated production lines by robots that are programmed by Autotech. Order stuff online from your favourite store?

Your parcel may be transported at some point – in the warehouse or the distribution network – by equipment controlled by Autotech. Fancy a holiday? When you check in at the airport, it’s often technology from Autotech that ensures your case makes its way to the right plane at the right time. We’re Autotech and we’re in control.

Bisham Consulting

For 20 years Bisham Consulting has been helping businesses to improve their supply chains.

We assist businesses to plan the strategic re-design of their supply chains, and with our operational experience: forecast and set inventory, design their warehouses better, improve productivity, help outsource their operations and plan their local, national and international multimodal road, rail, sea and air transport. With collaboration help reduce their carbon footprint. With other clients we work on skills provision in Supply Chains and Logistics.

If your business is involved in the management, procurement and movement of goods and services Bisham Consulting have Solutions that Work.

British Industrial Truck Association

BITA is the UK’s leading trade association for forklift truck manufacturers and suppliers, companies supplying associated components and services, and the materials handling media.

BITA plays a pivotal role in the industry, partnering with key international organisations to help set and maintain the highest technical standards, while also working continually to improve forklift operational safety.

Owing to the shortage of new recruits coming into the materials handling industry, particularly in the crucial area of industrial truck maintenance, BITA is encouraging all its members to raise awareness of the wide range of career opportunities available to school and college leavers.

CEVA Logistics

We employ around 50,000 people who manage the movement and storage of different products all around the world. We transport products by air, sea and road, ensuring that our customers receive the right goods in the right place at the right time, safely and securely.

We handle a wide range of products including car parts, tyres, electrical products, food, newspapers, and even aircraft parts and medical equipment. There are different factors to consider for every product type that we handle and so our teams use their knowledge and experience to provide tailored services to meet the needs of our customers.

EDGE Creative

EDGE Creative Solutions Limited is a friendly, independent design and marketing agency based in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Our aim is to provide creative ideas and imaginative solutions that will enhance businesses across the UK. We do lots at EDGE!

We design and produce thoughtful bespoke solutions for one-off marketing projects or complex communication strategies for our clients who range across variety of business fields.

John Lewis

John Lewis began trading in 1864 with the opening of its flagship store on London's Oxford Street.

It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all of its staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis currently operates 39 shops across the UK (30 department stores and nine John Lewis at home), alongside a growing online business johnlewis.com

LCP Consulting

LCP provides advice through consultants with lots of experience of transport and how supply chains work. Our job is to help our customers bring about improvements in their supply chains. We can create new teams and develop existing teams through knowledge transfer and training.

Over the past 20 years we’ve successfully helped over 300 organisations around the world improve their global supply chains.

Within the past twelve months we have been working in four continents around the globe, and over a dozen capital cities. Surviving the economic downturn has clearly become a hot-topic this year.

Objets d'Amour

Objets d'Amour is an online boutique supplying thoughtful, unusual gifts, wherever possible hand made and/or designed in the UK. Where products are manufactured overseas, they are either hand made, or they were designed in the UK. Examples include hand blown friendship baubles from Poland and innovative cotton ‘Bowlovers’, which are designed in the UK and made in the Far East. Visit our website at www.objetsdamour.co.uk

Rail Freight Group

Rail Freight Group is the leading representative body for rail freight in the UK, with a membership which includes some of the biggest names in logistics along with many smaller companies, all of whom contribute to the success of rail freight. Our members include freight train operators, ports, terminal operators, property developers, equipment suppliers and support services.
 
 

Road Haulage Association

The Road Haulage Association has been in business for over fifty years, has several thousand members and operates in three main areas.

We are a trade association that provides members with a wide range of information advice and guidance to its members in return for a modest annual subscription.

Secondly, we also operate a number of services such as training, a hauliers’ shop, tachograph analysis, insurance and legal representation.

Finally we are a representative body, lobbying and campaigning on behalf of our members and the road haulage industry in general, in discussions with government, regulators, enforcement bodies and the media.

Stobart Group

Stobart Group is one of the most recognised brands in Britain, best known for its iconic Eddie Stobart trucks. Today, Eddie Stobart is the name behind a road haulage fleet of some 2,500 trucks and over six million square feet of top quality warehousing. As a multimodal operator we employ over 6,000 people at 50 sites across the UK. Stobart Group is a national leader in multimodal logistics, warehousing and biomass fuel sectors, as well as working in the property development, ports, airports and civil engineering sectors.

StobartGroup is driving forward many environmentally friendly changes such as moving more freight from road to rail and testing a number of environmentally friendly dual-fuel trucks. To find out more please visit: http://www.stobartgroup.co.uk/.

The University of Chester

The University of Chester has over 16,000 students from the United Kingdom, Europe and overseas.

It is one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham. Its original buildings in the ancient city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers.

The University website www.chester.ac.uk lists some 500 courses both at post- and under-graduate levels delivered at 5 campuses within Chester, at Warrington and at our new Engineering Faculty at Ellesmere Port.

Waitrose

Waitrose has 300 shops in the UK and Channel Islands and employs 55,000 partners, as all employees are known.

Instead of being owned by shareholders and the City, the company is owned by its partners, who have a say in how the business is run.

Waitrose provides a wide range of imaginative and nutritious food to inspire its customers.

The business has a reputation for the quality, variety and freshness of its food.

We champion British produce, supporting UK farmers and suppliers. We reduce packaging, waste and CO2 emissions and responsibly source our food to look after environment.

Yantian International Container
Terminals (YICT)

YICT is a natural deep-water port in China and one of the largest port operators in the world. With a total of 16 berths and a yard area of 373 hectares, it has built up an extensive cargo base which attracts 40 major shipping lines bringing the world’s largest container ships and providing about 100 weekly services to major ports worldwide.

YICT is a member of HPH Trust, the world’s first container port business trust listed in Singapore. YICT is also a part of HPH’s global network of port and logistics operations, and continues to have access to services and resources enjoyed by companies within the HPH Group.

OTHER

The Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Banking Group is the name for the group of businesses that includes Co-operative Insurance, Co-operative Investments and The Co-operative Bank including smile and Britannia. As the UK’s largest consumer co-operative with some 6.5 million customers, our Group offers a range of financial products, with The Co-operative Bank providing high street and Internet banking, current accounts, mortgages, credit cards and loans while The Co-operative Insurance provides pensions, unit trusts and insurance as well as financial advice.

We are also committed to leading the way on ethical, environmental and community matters.

UnLtd

Business on the Move is proud to have been supported by The UnLtd Millennium Award Scheme as one of their 2012 winners.

UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people they judge to have the vision, drive, commitment and passion to change the world for the better. They do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.

UnLtd provided a crucial award in 2012 to support us through the vital transition from prototype to a marketable idea that could attract business sponsorship. Find out more at www.unltd.org.uk

EY

EY is a global professional services firm committed to building a better working world — with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration.

We want to build a better working world through our own actions and by engaging with like-minded organisations and individuals.

EY develops sustainable partnerships with schools across the UK. Each office-school partnership is unique, taking a ‘whole school’ approach designed to meet local needs. EY also offers many opportunities for young people to have a career with us from year 12 onwards.

Learn more at www.ey.com