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Business can be a roller coaster ride, but this time it was the roller coaster that got the ride. P&O Ferrymasters was chosen by Vekoma Rides to transport the Motorbike Launch Coaster and a Suspended Looping Coaster from two manufacturing sites in Holland and one in the Czech Republic to the Flamingo Land theme park in Yorkshire. The safety-critical deal involved the bolt-by-bolt dismantling and shipment of more than 40 trailer loads from Schiedam and Kessel in Holland and Siadnov in the Czech Republic.

Staff from the Port of Felixstowe, have shown their support for ‘Spring Clean Suffolk’ by donning their gloves and collecting litter at the Port’s Trinity Terminal. ‘Spring Clean Suffolk’, a week long initiative spearheaded by the Suffolk Agricultural Association and the High Sheriff of Suffolk, Phillip Hope-Cobbold, aims to clean up the county. Last year, around Suffolk, over 1,400 volunteers collected 2,300 black sacks full of rubbish.

Haulier Austin Wilkinson & Sons has teamed up with Rugby League club Leigh Centurions community department and Sportsmatch to support a new innovative educational programme called “Learning through Sport”. The programme will welcome more than 1,500 local primary school children to the Centurions’ home at the Coliseum over the next year to discover a new way of learning numeracy and health issues through sporting activities centred around rugby league. Hannah Forbes, community development manager for the Centurions, said: “We’re really grateful to Austin Wilkinson for their support – through this partnership and working closely with the Wigan Education Business Partnership we can all help local children to increase their numeracy attainment and physical education in a fun innovative way.”

RH Freight has joined up with Corgi to produce a miniature version of its award winning truck. The Nottingham based company, which has branches, hubs and logistics facilities across the UK and Finland, owns and manages a fleet of 300 trucks and 600 trailers, many of which are identical to the new Corgi model of the Renault Premium truck with its curtainsided trailer. RH delivers 350,000 shipments to and from Europe each year, making 30,000 sea crossings in the process. Their trucks are a very common sight from Manchester to Milan and from Helsinki to Hanover. RH is presenting the miniature trucks to its staff and customers.

Genesis Forwarding Services, an independent freight forwarder, has celebrated its 20th anniversary by sponsoring a Brighton Bears game at the Brighton Centre. Over 1,200 guests were invited to the game including schools from the local area. There was plenty of fun and games on the evening, with Genesis’ mascot Freddie Fr8 on hand to entertain the younger members of the audience. All fans had the chance to win the Genesis Big Cash Basket, which on Friday stood at £14,000. Also, one lucky fan went home with four flights to Orlando.

Chief executive Doug Currie, said: “It was an excellent evening, what a novel way of celebrating our twentieth birthday!

“The best part of coming to the games is seeing so many young people enjoying themselves.” One youngster even managed to sneak into the corporate area, to challenge Currie to a game of one-on-one. It’s a good bet that Currie lost as Ken Howell, managing director said: “I think the young chap was a bit too quick for Doug!”

Modern manufacturing demands military efficiency and this is a philosophy shared by Games Workshop, the manufacturers of tabletop war games. They have made a major investment in a new moulding workshop, allowing the company to respond more quickly to orders and minimise the need for stock and working capital to be tied-up in their supply chain.

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