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Bibby Distribution has teamed up with Fairbridge, a national charity supporting disadvantaged young people, to offer a group in north Manchester a hand up the career ladder. Volunteers from Bibby Distribution hosted a learning day for the group of youngsters to give an insight into the wider career options available within the distribution industry.

Nightfreight got bums on seats at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo when it delivered 2,200 deck chairs from Blackpool Promenade to RAF Fairfield in Gloucestershire, just in time for the event.

Tradeteam employees have raised more than £6,000 for Tuzla Ozel, a deaf school in Turkey, after completing a 100-mile charity bike ride. The team of 36 riders, a combination of drivers, warehouse and head office staff, cycled for just under ten hours. The challenge’s organiser, Tradeteam customer services director Ed Coppinger, said: “The money raised will make a massive difference to the education of deaf children at Tuzla Ozel now and for years to come.”

Fraikin has entered into a partnership with automotive industry BEN, which will see it donate £1 for every new rental agreement it opens, which equates to some 12,000 per year. Fraikin chief John Ball said: “We wanted to develop a close relationship with a charity that the whole company could support.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has presented Unipart with a commendation for the way it operates an import centre for Homebase at its main distribution centre in Cowley, Oxford. The RoSPA Awards scheme celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2006, making it one of the longest running and most highly respected occupational award programmes. Set up with the aim of celebrating best practice in health and safety, the scheme is open to organisations of all sizes, from the full spectrum of work activities and from all over the world.

DSV Road has delivered 90 trailer loads of turf, in temperature-controlled conditions, into Croke Park in Dublin. The four-day operation saw turf harvested in the Scunthorpe area, loaded into the 90 temperature-controlled trailers, and then shipped across the Irish Sea. The turf was being laid following three concerts by U2 whose final performance was in Croke Park. Andrew Fowler, director full load of DSV Road, said: “The loading began at 5am on Sunday and every 30 minutes thereafter as it was vital that each trailer was in Dublin within 23 hours. To achieve this exacting requirement, we used a number of shipping routes into Dublin and, once there, we had a strict timetable for making deliveries to the park.”

Branding a truck with a red hot iron might seem a bit excessive, but the cart marking ceremony at the Guildhall in London is a time-honoured tradition, maintained by The Worshipful Company of Carmen. This 12-tonne Isuzu Forward crew-cab in the livery of Automania featured at this year’s Cart Marking Day.

DSV has come to the aid of two adventurers attempting to trek across Greenland by helping them transport their sledges, skis and other equipment from the Channel Islands. Simon Elmont and Steve Wright are doing the trek to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change and money for charity.

It’s coming up to a year since the BBC Box first set sail, but despite getting off to a flourishing start, it has been sitting in a Japanese port since April, maybe reflecting the current climate. However, it is expected to be on the move again shortly, possibly heading for Thailand. Keep up with its progress at

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