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At a seminar on 3 February, held by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport at the offices of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP in London, Jamie Frater, Senior Asset Manager London Container Terminal, Tilbury confirmed that LCT will not be turning customers’ containers away, even if they do not have a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) after the deadline on 1 July, 2016. 

EDITOR'S PICKS

So, what’s your best deal then?

A man walks into a shop and asks, “Do you have any Mars Bars mate?” The shop keeper hands him one and asks for 65p. The man says, “Is that the best you can do, ‘cos I’ve got a few more to look at?” – It’s an old joke, and a ridiculous scenario –or is it? By Stephen Whitton.

From pig farming to B flat. A tribute to Colin Gordon


At age 75, Colin Gordon has decided to retire from the moving business. Steve Jordan caught up with him in his company’s meeting room at the IAM convention, to chat about old times, and what the future holds for this beacon of the international moving industry.

Material Damage and Business Interruption Insurance … do you have the right cover?


How can you be sure your business would survive in the event of a catastrophe? Dan Reynolds from specialist insurance broker Reason Global explains how he makes sure customers have the right level of cover in place.

How to get the best results from telesales leads


Every company has sales leads that need to be followed up. But what’s the best way to develop a systematic approach to turning those leads into paying customers

EU encourages the development of Platooning


The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has recently joined more 10,000 experts to explore the potential of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technology. From the perspective of Europe’s heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, developments in the field of truck platooning are among the most promising ITS innovations.
It’s been over 30 years since Dale Armstrong bought a moving company in Toronto, changed its name to Armstrong Moving, and started building it into one of the country’s most successful moving organisations. Steve Jordan spoke to him to find out how.

Striking out in Dubai


Albert Lopez, known the world over as the group vice president for Interem in Dubai, has taken a leap of faith: he’s started his own business in the vibrant city, Innovation Mobility. As with any new business, he’s looking for support from his friends and partners around the world.

CHAPS change makes movers work longer

The Bank of England has announced an extension to the working day for the Clearing House Automated Payment System (CHAPS), the UK’s high-value payment system used by the major banks to transfer funds including money for property sales. The new longer hours will be introduced in summer 2016.

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Well fancy nobody spotting the beautiful David Clark, then of Robinsons in Oxford, in last month’s picture. Maybe the picture was a little old. This one is much newer, no more than ten years. But who is lining up the putt? If you know you could be the winner of a White and Company Red and Black watch. Answers please to editor@themover.co.uk.

LATEST NEWS

Arpin Group receives awards from Paragon Relocation

Arpin Group has earned two prestigious awards from industry partner, Paragon Relocation, due to its continued focus on delivering world-class customer service. 

Don’t be swayed by cheaper diesel


For a few months last year the price of diesel at the pumps dropped below that of petrol. That might have encouraged some operators to look towards diesel for small vans rather than petrol

France cancels plans for a truck vignette


French Secretary of State for Transport, Alain Vidal has announced that the government has abandoned the idea of a heavyweight vignette for trucks over 7.5 tonnes.

EUROMOVERS chooses QSS for quality certifications


EUROMOVERS International, the global international moving network, has announced the completion of its first quality certifications performed by QSS (Quality Service Standards Ltd) outside the United Kingdom.


Calais becoming a war zone - RHA


That's the stark warning from the Road Haulage Association Chief Executive Richard Burnett after the RHA received a picture taken on 31 January by a driver on the approach road to Calais.

Doctors to inform DVLA if drivers unfit


The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued guidance for doctors advising them to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) if patients are unfit to drive.

Harrow Green helps conquer Climate Change

Harrow Green has cut its carbon footprint per employee by 12 per cent in the last year, according to The Planet Mark, the certification programme provided by Planet First in partnership with the Eden Project.

My round I think!

Tony Allen's topical monthly column.

74% of road accidents caused by driver error


Analysis of official data by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has shown that human factors continue to significantly outweigh other reasons for crashes on British roads.

John Mason introduces: The Moving Gang

John Mason International has extended its happy team with a collection of characters designed to help make moving a fun and positive experience for the whole family.

Richard Fisher becomes general manager at Britannia Leatherbarrows

Britannia Leatherbarrows Removals has announced the appointment of Richard Fisher as general manager. Richard will be responsible for sales, operations and HR while continuing to control the company’s European operations. 

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EDITOR'S BLOG

Come on CHAPS!


Last month the most important stories, in my opinion, were from the international sector, this month it’s decidedly British. The UK government has changed the regulations relating to CHAPS, the system that allows money from house sales to be transferred. It probably means porters are going to be working longer hours from this summer. The new regulations will, no doubt, be popular with customers, but not so within the trade I suspect. Take a look at page 30 for all the details. I will be interested to hear your comments about how you think it will affect your business.

 


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