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[asset_ref id=”1124″]DHL has become a sponsor of Manchester United in a deal reputedly worth a seven figure sum. As logistics partner it will provide a range of services over the next three years.

Red Devils chief David Gill said: “DHL are a globally recognised organisation and their commitment to excellence and high standards makes them an ideal partner for Manchester United.” Back Row: David Gill, David Wilson (DHL), Phil Couchman (DHL), Richard Arnold (MU). Front Row: Javier Hernandez, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Owen, Anderson, Patrice Evra, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Benn names coal loco
[asset_ref id=”1125″]Freightliner has named one of its new PowerHaul locomotives “The Coal Industry Society”. The official unveiling ceremony took place at The National Railway Museum in York to celebrate The Coal Industry Society’s 500th meeting. The locomotive was named by former Secretary of State for Energy Tony Benn.

GAC sponsors rookie
GAC has sponsored English golfer Chris Wood, winner of the PGA 2009 Rookie of the Year award, in a one year deal.
As brand ambassador, Chris Wood will attend and support GAC corporate golf events as well as appear in international tournaments under the GAC banner.

FedEx in cricket deal
FedEx is supporting ESPNcricinfo’s Cricket World Cup coverage on a global level through sponsorship of the web sites, which will include coverage, ball-by-ball updates, scores and text commentary as well as recaps, interviews and player profiles from every match.
FedEx is a global commercial partner for all social media through the global launch of the FedEx Fan Network in preparation for the start of the Cricket World Cup. The network will allow cricket fans to interact both with ESPNcricinfo’s team of experts, and, other cricket fans around the world.

Palletforce auction
Palletforce has raised £9,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance and Cancer Research through a charity auction annual meeting. Prizes on offer at the auction included signed framed photos of Eric Cantona and Michael Schumacher, a television, vintage champagne and a signed photo of Geoff Hurst.
Stef Langford-Brown of Midlands Air Ambulance, said: “As a charity we rely on donations from local businesses to raise the £6 million needed to remain operational. This donation will fund several life-saving missions of which we perform 3,000 each year.

In for the count
Leeds has more HGV drivers than anywhere else the country – and Slough has the highest density of van drivers. At least that’s what the last national census told us. But later this month, forms for the 2011 census will be dropping though letter boxes and the results may well show some big changes. The census is a once-a-decade event, run by the Office for National Statistics, that affects everyone in England and Wales. The 2001 Census showed that 239,519 people aged 16-74 were employed as heavy goods vehicle drivers in England and Wales. The area with the most heavy goods vehicle drivers was Leeds with 3,032. The highest density was in Eden, where one in every 46 people was a heavy goods vehicle driver. Birmingham was home to the most van drivers, – 4,289. The highest density was in Slough – one in every 98. The census statisticians point out that there have been big changes since the last census. SMMT figures show the number of commercial vehicles registered in 2009 was down to 225,455 from 392,481 in 2007. The 2011 census could highlight some significant trends.

[asset_ref id=”1126″]Paragon backs trek
Paragon support director Phil Ingham, Caroline Ingham, Mary Braddock, and Paragon chief William Salter mark Paragon’s sponsorship of “The Saddle Sore Sisters”. The “Sisters” are a novice horse riding duo from Sussex who are preparing to take part in the Tri Jordan challenge, a cross country trek from Amman to Petra that will take place in April. The riders will cross more than 90 miles of tracks, sand and hills, spending up to six hours a day in the saddle, in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. The riders have already beaten their target of £6,000 and have set their sights on raising a total of £10,000.

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