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Here at Logistics Manager we were delighted to sponsor a yacht at the Kuehne + Nagel Cup in the Solent in June, especially as we won the regatta with our head of sponsorship Rhiannon Spurgeon at the helm. The crew included Claire Hall and Paul Perry of K+N, Kelvin Phipps of Rolls Royce, and Tony Lee of Chiltern Resources. We may have had some help from skipper Peter Newlands, former Olympic and World Champion!

Congratulations to Andrew Malcolm, chief executive of The Malcolm Group, on winning the UKWA Chairman’s Award which is sponsored by Bibby Distribution. The Malcolm Group was founded in the 1940s and now has sales of some £219m. Andrew Malcolm started from school in the repair workshops and progressed to driving general haulage vehicles, became road foreman and then depot manager. In 1989 he took over the running of the Logistics Services Division and was the driving force behind its transformation into a major countrywide player in the logistics sector. In 1994 he became chief executive of both divisions.

Best New Member, sponsored by Dexion Comino, was Michael Brannigan & Son of Ireland. The award for Technology and Innovation, sponsored by Redirack, was Ceva Logistics. The Bibby Academy won the Training Award, sponsored by The Burton Agency, while Warehouse Person of the Year, sponsored by Linde Materials Handling, was John Tombs of iForce. Simarco International took the Team of the Year award, sponsored by Translift Bendi.

Pall-Ex chief executive Hilary Devey has presented The Princess Royal with a cheque for £6,335, for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers at a gathering of carers and those they care for, at a holiday camp. Hilary devised a ‘penny-a-pallet’ scheme many years ago. For each pallet delivered by Pall-Ex, one penny is donated to charity, allowing giving to grow in tandem with business success. This latest donation is one in a series, with The Trust benefiting by almost £29,000 in the past 12 months. Last year, Hilary was named a patron for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Staff at TNT have been fasting to help raise £30,000 for the United Nations’ World Food Programme. The fast, which included foregoing lunch for a day, was part of a week-long fund raising effort by TNT teams across the country that helped raise the cash. The money will go into the WFP’s School Feeding Programme where children in developing countries are encouraged to attend school and receive a free meal. More than 50 TNT Express Services depots and offices combined their efforts as part of the week with a range of fund raising activities from fancy dress days, chest waxings, depot beauty salons, health checks, running and rowing challenges, cake baking, noodle eating, managers in stocks, auctions, raffles and car valeting, to name but a few. Divisional managing director Stuart Stobie said: “It was fantastic to see so many members of the team forgo their lunch for the WFP.”

Masternaut Three X has been tracking cyclists across Europe by satellite in support of Bike to the Future’s ‘Ride Around the World’, to raise money for research into pancreatic cancer. Masternaut will be tracking the progress of the Bike to Future riders as they attempt to cycle from London to Krakow, a distance of 950 miles in two weeks. Bike to the Future ‘Ride Around the World’ is a series of linked events taking place across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world this summer. Led by pancreatic cancer survivor Les Niewiara the central event is a bike ride that started on 24th July from Hammersmith Hospital in London, Les’s treatment centre, and is due to finish on 7th August at the Cloth Hall in Krakow, Poland, close to Les’s father’s birthplace.

FedEx is promising some six million American ex-pats that it will ensure that their votes are counted in the forthcoming presidential election. It is working with the Overseas Vote Foundation to enable Americans in 89 countries to access express delivery of their absentee ballots between 15th September and 29th October. Apparently, one of the most common reasons for ballots being rejected is that they were returned after the deadline.

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