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Tibbett Logistics completes renewal of Romanian trailer fleet
Issued: 9 May 2017

Some of the 48 new double-chamber refers featured in Romania-based Tibbett Logistics' current fleet renewal programme (the company is also replacing its 35 curtain-siders) (click to open high-resolution image)
Some of the 48 new double-chamber refers featured in Romania-based Tibbett Logistics' current fleet renewal programme (the company is also replacing its 35 curtain-siders)

Over coming weeks Tibbett Logistics, the Romania-based transport, intermodal and contract logistics specialist within The Keswick Enterprises Group, will complete the renewal of its fleet of 35 curtain-sided trailers and 48 double-chamber reefers–the culmination of a process that began in 2016. All trailers are in Tibbett Logistics' blue and gold livery, and are a regular sight on roads across Romania.

Tibbett Logistics provides contract logistics and domestic FTL and LTL transport for a wide variety of retail, FMCG and other customers in Romania.

Leased from TIP Trailer Services, the trailers are the latest and most efficient models manufactured by Krone (curtain-sider) and Schmitz Cargobull (temperature-controlled). The reefers provide highly stable temperature control within discrete temperature bands in separate chambers.

All the new trailers are connected via the latest generation of GPS to Tibbett Logistics' transport 'control tower' in Bucharest. As well as live positional data, these systems monitor many of the vital functions of the trailers–from door opening to internal temperature. Temperature levels can also be set and controlled remotely.

Tibbett Logistics has a long-term partnership with TIP, which started a decade ago with the sale and leaseback of its original fleet of curtain-siders. TIP provides a full maintenance service for all the company's road-going trailers, keeping vehicles in optimum condition at all times.

David Goldsborough, CEO of Tibbett Logistics, said: "We renew our fleet regularly to ensure the highest standards of quality, security and reliability for our customers. I am delighted to announce that we have now nearly completed our latest trailer renewal programme." Bob Fast, CEO of TIP, added: "Tibbett Logistics was one of our first major customers in Romania. Our relationship goes from strength to strength, and we are delighted to support the company as its business continues to grow rapidly."

Tibbett Logistics runs an additional fleet of container chassis units–also leased from TIP–for intermodal operations at its Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal (BIRFT) at the P3 Park in Bucharest. The business has its own intermodal rail wagons, deployed on its block train movements between Bucharest and Constanta on the Black Sea.

Tibbett Logistics is one of the major providers of domestic distribution in Romania, having handled over 60 000 domestic FTL loads in 2016–including multiple deliveries daily to every major town in the country from its own distribution centres nationwide. In addition to this FTL traffic, it also managed over 16 000 container transports, plus a growing volume of LTL traffic. These volumes are carried on the company's leased trailers and through its network of long-term sub-contractors.

Tibbett Logistics specialises in providing intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, DIY, food & grocery, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. It operates a total of 111 250 sq metres (1,200,000 sq ft) of Class A warehousing at 14 locations, and employs over 1250 skilled personnel.

See also www.tibbettlogistics.com.

Tibbett Logistics is one of the leading providers of domestic distribution services in Romania, handling over 60,000 full loads last year–including deliveries daily to every major town (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics is one of the leading providers of domestic distribution services in Romania, handling over 60,000 full loads last year–including deliveries daily to every major town





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Tibbett Logistics expands multi-user warehousing capacity in Romania
Issued: 5 May 2017

Romania-based Tibbett Logistics has just signed a new long-term lease on this 7,500 square metre (81,000 square foot) warehouse at Bolintin Vale–to be known as Bucharest West (click to open high-resolution image)
Romania-based Tibbett Logistics has just signed a new long-term lease on this 7,500 square metre (81,000 square foot) warehouse at Bolintin Vale–to be known as Bucharest West

Tibbett Logistics, the Romania-based transport, intermodal and contract logistics specialist within The Keswick Enterprises Group, is again extending its warehousing operations in Romania with the signing this week of two new long-term leases with CTP–a leading Central European industrial property developer.

In the first development, Tibbett Logistics has agreed a multi-year extension to the lease at its existing 10 000 sq metre facility at Bolintin Vale–which is currently operated on behalf of multiple customers. It includes the possibility of extending the building further.

Tibbett Logistics has for some time provided storage, order-picking and distribution services from Bolintin Vale for customers in the retail, automotive and FMCG sectors. More recently the site has become the centre of its B2B and B2C e-commerce fulfilment operations. Going forwards the location will focus on the retail sector, and in particular the provision of storage, picking, store delivery and e-fulfilment operations for Auchan.

In the second development, Tibbett Logistics has signed a new long-term lease with CTP on a 7 500 sq metre warehouse 2 km from Bolintin Vale–which will be known as Bucharest West. Some of the company's beverage and food clients will be based here–including Coca Cola and ED&F Man–as well as further e-fulfilment activities.

This additional Bucharest site takes the number of Tibbett Logistics' warehousing locations in Romania to 14, and the company now operates a total of 111,250 sq metres (1,200,000 sq ft) of Class A multi-user and dedicated warehousing–including rail-connected and temperature-controlled.

Tibbett Logistics' CEO, David Goldsborough, commented: "In recent years we have opened at least two new warehousing locations a year in Romania, so I am delighted to report that already in 2017 we have extended our lease at one site and added a brand new facility. I am looking forward to announcing further site developments soon."

Tibbett Logistics specialises in providing intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, DIY, food & grocery, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. Employing over 1250 people, the company operates a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

See also www.tibbettlogistics.com.

The addition of Bucharest West takes the number of Tibbett logistics' warehousing locations in Romania to 14, covering a total of 111,250 square metres (1.2 million square feet) (click to open high-resolution image)
The addition of Bucharest West takes the number of Tibbett logistics' warehousing locations in Romania to 14, covering a total of 111,250 square metres (1.2 million square feet)





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Tibbett Logistics to invest further in Bucharest intermodal freight terminal as volumes rise by 36%
Issued: 28 March 2017

Green machine: This summer Tibbett Logistics will be making a six-figure euro further investment in enhancing its open-access Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal (click to open high-resolution image)
Green machine: This summer Tibbett Logistics will be making a six-figure euro further investment in enhancing its open-access Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal

After six years developing intermodal operations, Tibbett Logistics, the Romania-based transport and contract logistics specialist within The Keswick Enterprises Group, announces that this summer it will be making a substantial six-figure euro further investment in enhancing its open-access Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal (BIRFT).

The development follows a 36% increase in freight volumes handled through the terminal in 2016. Tibbett Logistics projects further volume growth of up to 30% this year among established key clients–with a major German multinational retailer already adding substantial increases in container volumes in the first quarter.

Tibbett Logistics' investments include the acquisition of a third Kalmar/Cargotec mobile container handler, plus satellite tracking for all mobile handling equipment in the terminal–yielding further efficiency improvements.

Tibbett Logistics, together with the owner of the P3 industrial park containing BIRFT, have advanced plans for the phase-three extension of the terminal platform later this year. This will add another 10000 sq metres of storage, mainly for empty containers, increasing BIRFT's capacity and handling efficiency.

The principal driver of BIRFT's recent growth has been imports of maritime containers through the Port of Constanta on Romania's Black Sea coast. These contain primarily general merchandise for the retail sector plus parts and raw materials for automotive Tier 13 companies producing components in Romania for global car and truck manufacturers.

Around 30% of the containers were shipped and unloaded for QC checking, repacking and storage in Tibbett Logistics' own warehouses serving the automotive, retail and FMCG sectors in Romania. Remaining volumes were delivered to end-users, other logistics service providers and factories.

The increasing volumes at BIRFT have led Tibbett Logistics to raise its block train frequency to five a week in the final quarter of 2016–a level that is being maintained in 2017.

Tibbett Logistics' CEO, David Goldsborough, said: "The addition of the third Kalmar reachstacker at BIRFT and the extension of the terminal platform–both coming online this summer–are further signs of our commitment to the Romanian marketplace, and specifically the development of intermodal road-rail transport services. We continue to grow at an impressive rate year-on-year through the addition of new customers and from the growth in volumes of existing customers–confirmation of the reliability and efficiency of our services."

Tibbett Logistics specialises in providing intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, DIY, food & grocery, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. In addition to operating a total of over 100000 sq metres (1,100,000 sq ft) of warehousing at 13 locations and employing 1250 FTEs, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

Tibbett Logistics' BIRFT is the only privately operated open-access rail container terminal in Bucharest, Romania (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics' BIRFT is the only privately operated open-access rail container terminal in Bucharest, Romania






Spatial's Rachel Morley joins BIFA Board of Directors
Issued: 30 January 2017

Rachel Morley, General Manager–Operations at Spatial Global, and now the first female director of BIFA (click to open high-resolution image)
Rachel Morley, General Manager–Operations at Spatial Global, and now the first female director of BIFA

Rachel Morley, General Manager–Operations at Keswick Enterprises' member company, Spatial Global, has become the first woman to be appointed to the Board of the British International Freight Association (BIFA). Rachel replaces Carson McMullan, who has stepped down after being a director since 2009 and who now becomes the Association's Regional Consultant for Northern Ireland.

The British International Freight Association is the primary United Kingdom trade association representing UK freight forwarders.

Rachel Morley's extensive trade experience started in the shipping department of Boots of Nottingham, before a move to HSBC where she was involved in arranging, advising, checking and paying letters of credit, and where she qualified as a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist. She moved into freight forwarding upon joining Spatial Global in 1998, and was promoted to General Manager–Operations in 2013.

Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association, said: "The main role of BIFA Non-executive directors is to check that I am taking the organisation in the right direction for its members. Which means when I'm planning policy, the Board are a vital sounding board. Rachel's unique experience provides us with a more extensive and valuable insight into the different facets of the industry.

"Members look to BIFA to give them a wider view of the sector and the potential key influencers on future business. This enables them to look beyond narrow company interests and plan their part within the logistics sector more constructively.

"With a growing number of women in logistics, especially within higher management and leadership roles, Rachel also helps reflect the changing membership demographics. However, it's important to point out that Rachel has achieved her success because we are a meritocracy, not because she is a woman–albeit in a male dominated industry. I look forward to working with her in the years to come."

Rachel added: "It's a real honour to be appointed to the BIFA board of directors, and being the first female is a monumental occasion and something that should be acknowledged and celebrated. The Association acts as an authoritative voice for the industry and is responsible for setting industry standards. I'm really looking forward to help make a difference in my new role."

The function of the British International Freight Association is to represent freight forwarders in discussions with the UK government and various international NGOs. It is responsible for providing advice and information on legislative issues that affect the industry sector. It also provides both educational courses and the required mandatory training programmes that enhance professionalism among freight forwarders and logistics service providers across the United Kingdom.

Spatial Global is a leading independent United Kingdom-based international freight forwarding, mail, e-commerce, fulfilment and logistics specialist. The business was formed in 1980 at Castle Donington, adjacent to East Midlands Airport, in the demographic centre of the UK.

See also www.spatialglobal.com

Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association
Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association





AEO status heralds simpler international deliveries for Spatial Global customers
Issued: 17 November 2016


Spatial Global Limited, the freight forwarding, mail, courier, e-commerce, fulfilment, logistics and warehousing specialist based at Castle Donington in the United Kingdom, announces that it has been awarded EU Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status by HM Revenue & Customs from 11 November.

The business is a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited, and was named 'Employer of the Year' for Derbyshire in this year's East Midlands Business Awards.

Spatial Global now joins its sister company Tibbett Logistics, which achieved AEO certification in 2014. The award means that Spatial will be able to offer customers simplified customs procedures, plus priority customs clearance and fewer physical checks on freight moved, among other benefits.

Mike Wallis, Executive Chairman of Spatial Global, said: "AEO status is a globally recognised quality mark that assures customers we are a secure international supply chain operator, with efficient and compliant customs controls and practices. It also enables us to fast-track many of their shipments worldwide."

In addition, Spatial's AEO status demonstrates that the business has a solid tax and customs compliance history, with good record-keeping standards, and that the business is financially secure.

Spatial Global specialises in providing international delivery and logistics services for publishers, marketers, e-commerce/e-retail companies, educational suppliers, healthcare/pharmaceutical specialists and construction/engineering businesses–among many others–from distribution centres in Castle Donington and Swadlincote. It has 60 full-time staff, and operates across 220 countries worldwide through a network of trusted partners and agents.


For more information please see www.spatialglobal.com.

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Spatial Global named 'Employer of the Year' for Derbyshire
Issued: 20 September 2016

Spatial Global's Rachel Morley (centre) receives the 'Employer of the Year' trophy in the Derbyshire Business Awards, accompanied by her colleague Quinten Evans (left) (click to open high-resolution image)
Spatial Global's Rachel Morley (centre) receives the 'Employer of the Year' trophy in the Derbyshire Business Awards, accompanied by her colleague Quinten Evans (left)

Keswick Enterprises Group company, Spatial Global, has been named 'Employer of the Year' for Derbyshire, in the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2016.

Castle Donington-based Spatial Global is a specialist provider of international freight forwarding, mail, courier, e-commerce, fulfilment, logistics, warehousing and related added-value services. Its ethos is to offer excellent customer service, and to be easy to do business with–by making its organisation and processes as user-friendly as possible.

Sponsored by Mazars, the East Midlands Chamber's Award is designed to recognise organisations that demonstrate a commitment to people development and the implementation and promotion of a learning and development culture. Entrants must demonstrate how this culture has contributed to the business's overall success.

Spatial Global was also a finalist in two additional categories in both the Derbyshire and Leicestershire Business Awards this year: 'Excellence in International Trade' and 'Business Improvement Through Technology'.

The 'Employer of the Year' Award was presented to Spatial Global's Rachel Morley, General Manager–Operations, and Quinten Evans, IT Manager, at a black-tie gala awards ceremony in Derby on 16 September. The event was hosted by regional TV weather presenter Emma Jesson.

Rachel commented: "We are very pleased indeed to be acknowledged as one of Derbyshire's leading companies. Our staff are our biggest asset, and–as a service company–we are only as good as the people who provide support every day and who liaise with our customers. So keeping our teams focused and driven, while creating a workplace and culture where individuals can thrive, is essential to our success–and contributes to the Spatial Global experience for colleagues and customers alike."

Chamber President, Jean Mountain, added: "The Chamber's congratulations go to all of this year's winners. We had some really good entries and the judging process was extremely tough, but all of the winning businesses thoroughly deserve their success."

Mike Wallis, Executive Chairman of Spatial Global and a main board director of parent company The Keswick Enterprises Group, summed-up: "We are delighted that our achievements have been recognised by East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. High quality customer service demands consistently high standards of professionalism and personal integrity. Internal development is important at Spatial Global, and all our current managers have progressed through the business. Our senior ambassadors therefore all have grass-roots knowledge of our operations, which–combined with their specialist management training–gives them unique abilities to identify opportunities for advancement and improvement.

"Spatial focuses on export business–helping UK firms to achieve success on a world stage. By avoiding mistakes, presenting themselves well, and getting timely payment for their efforts, our customers gain a head start in international trade over their competitors."

A full third of Spatial Global's staff joined the business over 10 years ago, while many have been with the company for two decades or more.

For more information please see www.emc-dnl.co.uk/site/9154/chamber-business-awards-2016-derbyshire and www.spatialglobal.com.

About Spatial Global
Formed in 1980 at East Midlands Airport, Spatial Global Limited is one of the UK's foremost independent international freight forwarders, and is also a leading provider of mailing, e-commerce, courier, mechanised and manual fulfilment, logistics, warehousing and added-value services. The business employs 60 full-time personnel at two East Midlands locations–Castle Donington and Swadlincote–and operates across 220 countries worldwide through a series of trusted partners and agents.

Spatial Global's ethos is to offer excellent customer service, and to make its organisation and processes as user-friendly as possible. The well-equipped business has ISO 9001: 2008 quality certification across all its services, and is a double winner of the British International Freight Association's Freight Service Awards. It has been a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited since 2006.

Back row (left to right): Spatial Global's John Irving, Andy Berry, Rachel Morley, Shelley Chapman and Quinten Evans; Front row: Ben Smedley, Emma Jessamine, Natalie Stafford and Su Robey at the Derbyshire Business Awards gala dinner (click to open high-resolution image)
Back row (left to right): Spatial Global's John Irving, Andy Berry, Rachel Morley, Shelley Chapman and Quinten Evans; Front row: Ben Smedley, Emma Jessamine, Natalie Stafford and Su Robey at the Derbyshire Business Awards gala dinner

Spatial Global was also a Finalist in two categories at this year's Leicestershire Business Awards: (left to right) Quinten Evans, Donna Ball, Rachel Morley, Ian Radcliffe, Janet Smith, Mike Peach, Chris Curtis, Mike Wallis (Executive Chairman) and Lesley Henderson–with the host, Olympics silver medallist Gail Emms MBE (right) (click to open high-resolution image)
Spatial Global was also a Finalist in two categories at this year's Leicestershire Business Awards: (left to right) Quinten Evans, Donna Ball, Rachel Morley, Ian Radcliffe, Janet Smith, Mike Peach, Chris Curtis, Mike Wallis (Executive Chairman) and Lesley Henderson–with the host, Olympics silver medallist Gail Emms MBE (right)





Mike Wallis is principal speaker at Love Business post-Brexit workshop
Issued: 6 September 2016


Mike Wallis, a main board director of The Keswick Enterprises Group and Executive Chairman of its Spatial Global international freight and mail management subsidiary, has agreed to be a principal speaker at the first Love Business 'post-Brexit' workshop in Derby on 15 September.

Created by the organisers of the East Midlands region's Love Business Expo, the breakfast workshop is entitled 'Evolving your sales strategy for a 'post-Brexit' economy', and will address the impact of the UK's exit from the European Union on UK trade.

An expert on global trade and import/export logistics, Mike Wallis will discuss the most likely consequences of Brexit and what businesses can do to take advantage of the opportunities it presents. His experience in the management of import and export supply chains and the 'real world' of businesses that depend on overseas trade, will provide valuable insights into how industry should be gearing up for the impact of the UK's departure. He will highlight the opportunities for businesses in the East Midlands in particular.

The impact of Brexit on UK export and import patterns is fast becoming one of the central economic issues in the run-up to the triggering of Article 50–the formal mechanism for leaving the EU. The task of negotiating and separating will be complex, and carried out under the pressure of a two-year deadline. New trade deals, the possibility of higher tariffs and changing quotas will have serious effects on UK business:
  • Will a post-Brexit UK need a new trade deal with the EU?

  • Will tariffs be imposed on UK goods and services?

  • Will the negotiations take place on a country-by-country basis?

  • Does the government have the skills to negotiate an EU trade deal?

  • How will it affect trade with the rest of the world?

  • What can businesses do to prepare now?


The Love Business post-Brexit breakfast workshop will take place at Riverside Chambers, Derby, from 7.30 to 11.30am on 15 September 2016, and entry is free to all. To book a place, please visit http://www.lovebusinesseastmidlands.com/workshops/?workshop=1.

About Mike Wallis
Mike Wallis is a main board director of The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited and Executive Chairman of Spatial Global Limited, its wholly owned international freight and mail management subsidiary.

A hands-on manager, Mike has a degree in Law, and immense experience of the worlds of international trade, freight and logistics. His clients have included some of the world's most interesting companies, including Walmart, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's, Unilever, Woolworth's South Africa, Coles Myers Australia, B&Q and Whitbread.

With board-level responsibility for Spatial Global since its acquisition in 2006, Mike stepped in as Executive Chairman in 2015. He is also a director of the Romania-based logistics service provider Tibbett Logistics–which employs over 1000 people in South-East Europe–where his responsibilities include the transfer of best practice and the personal coaching of local management. He is a partner at Graphene Partners–a pan-European logistics and supply chain advisory specialist–where he leads some of the transformation projects it handles in Central and Eastern Europe. And he is retained as a strategic advisor to three more European companies–a retailer in Poland, a logistics service provider in Serbia, and another retailer in Serbia.

For more information please see www.lovebusinesseastmidlands.com and www.spatialglobal.com.

Keswick Enterprises' Mike Wallis is principal speaker at the Love Business post-Brexit workshop in Derby on 15 September (click to open high-resolution image)
Keswick Enterprises' Mike Wallis is principal speaker at the Love Business post-Brexit workshop in Derby on 15 September






Spatial Global named as finalist in five categories in regional Chamber of Commerce business awards
Issued: 4 July 2016

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Spatial Global Limited, the Castle Donington-based freight forwarding, mail, courier, e-commerce, fulfilment, logistics and warehousing member company within The Keswick Enterprises Group, has been nominated in no fewer than five categories in the 2016 East Midlands Chamber Business Awards–more than any other business.

The Chamber's Awards are designed to celebrate and showcase the successes of the East Midlands business community over the past 12 months, and this year have attracted entries from more than 200 companies.

A finalist in both the Derbyshire and Leicestershire Chambers, Spatial has been short-listed in the 'Business Improvement Through Technology', 'Excellence in International Trade' and 'Employer of the Year' categories.

Rachel Morley, Spatial Global's Freight Manager, commented: "We are very pleased to be recognised as finalists by the East Midlands Chamber, and my congratulations go to every member of our team for their on-going hard work and dedication. International trade in particular is a hot topic at present, and having a reliable, regulation-compliant and principled partner is essential. Excellence in International Trade–that's Spatial Global personified!"

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Chamber, added: "Congratulations to all of the shortlisted finalists. As always, we had a bumper crop of entries, and our sponsors had a difficult task in whittling the entrants in each category down to a final three. We have a good cross-section of businesses represented this year and they all deserve their place on the list."

The Awards winners will be announced in September. For more information please see www.emc-dnl.co.uk/news/7007/east-midlands-chamber-business-awards-2016 and www.spatialglobal.com.






Spatial Global launches extensively updated and expanded website
Issued: 1 April 2016


Castle Donington-based international freight, mail and e-commerce specialist, Spatial Global Limited, has a smart new corporate website at www.spatialglobal.com.

Launched today, the fully responsive and user-friendly site replaces the previous version last updated in 2012. Completely rewritten and redesigned, it promotes the company's wide variety of award-winning UK and worldwide delivery services, and its 'easier to do business with' culture.

Following responsive web design principles, Spatial Global's new website has been designed for viewing on all modern browsers and platforms–from smartphones and tablets to laptops, desktops and TVs. It has been built around the company's refocused and simplified commercial structure–based on its principal services of freight, mail and e-commerce support.

Comprising 65 pages, it features over 200 images and 22,000 words of text, and was built by Norfolk-based web design company, Webmaker Limited.

Created to make it easy for users to find the information they need, particular attention has been paid to navigation of the new website. As well as a cascading main menu, it features sub-menus, a breadcrumb trail, sitemap and a sophisticated site search facility. The website also has a punchy slideshow on the homepage, plus company news, customer testimonials, case studies, frequently asked questions, careers and contact forms, a secure administrative area, and a portal where customers can track their orders, manage stock, etc.

Spatial Global's Executive Chairman, Mike Wallis, commented: "We are very enthusiastic about our new website, and delighted with the patience, diligence and expertise of our web designers, Webmaker Ltd. The content, structure, design and navigation are all excellent, and the site accurately portrays the business's professionalism and the benefits of working with us. It has been built from the ground up with search engine optimisation in mind, and answers the types of questions that prospective customers will ask before deciding whether to make further contact with us."

Spatial Global is a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group–the UK-based logistics and supply chain services group.

For more information please see www.spatialglobal.com.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

About Spatial Global


Formed in 1980 at East Midlands Airport, Spatial Global Limited is one of the UK's foremost independent international freight forwarders, and is also a leading provider of mailing, e-commerce, courier, mechanised and manual fulfilment, logistics, warehousing and added-value services. The business employs 60 full-time personnel at two East Midlands locations–Castle Donington and Swadlincote–and operates across 220 countries worldwide through a series of trusted partners and agents.

Spatial Global's ethos is to offer excellent customer service, and to make its organisation and processes as user-friendly as possible. The well-equipped business has ISO 9001: 2008 quality certification across all its services, and is a double winner of the British International Freight Association's Freight Service Awards. It has been a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group since 2006.


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Tibbett Logistics enlarges automotive footprint in Romania
Issued: 26 January 2016

Signage goes up on Tibbett Logistics' new 10,000 sq metre dedicated automotive warehouse in Deva, Romania, on 25 January 2016   (click to open high-resolution image)
Signage goes up on Tibbett Logistics' new 10,000 sq metre dedicated automotive warehouse in Deva, Romania, on 25 January 2016

Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–a member of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group–has continued its rapid expansion within the automotive sector by leasing 10,000 sq metres of warehousing in Deva in Hunedoara County in the mid-West of Romania. The new space will be dedicated to automotive operations for OEMs, plus Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers of components to the industry.

Tibbett Logistics commenced automotive operations for Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (SEWS-R) in nearby Bacia on 1,000 sq metres of warehousing in 2011. This site was extended in 2013 with the addition of other clients–the largest of which was Draexlmaier, which has production in nearby Hunedoara. Given Tibbett Logistics' sustained growth in services to OEMs and Tier 1/Tier 2 suppliers, the decision was taken to relocate from Bacia to the larger new facility in Deva–and this move has just been completed.

The increase in automotive sector activity in the Romanian heartland mirrors the success of Tibbett Logistics in the Bucharest area, where the company now occupies over 11,000 sq metres dedicated to automotive logistics operations.

With more than 300 FTE employees dedicated to the sector, Tibbett's automotive services now include both international and intra-European inbound transport of components via its own intermodal operations, plus VMI operations for suppliers, inbound QC and decanting, factory support services, re-packing, post-production quality control, equipment management and trans-European FTL transport to vehicle production plants across Western Europe. In addition, Tibbett Logistics provides outbound domestic consolidation of components from more than 35 automotive suppliers. As well as Bucharest and Deva, the company also provides automotive warehousing and cross-docking of automotive collections for international transport out of its facility in Arad in the far West of the country.

Tibbett Logistics' CEO, David Goldsborough, said: "Back in 2011 we identified the automotive sector as a strategic priority for potential growth–as it was one where the high quality of processes, management and customer service was a pre-requisite, and where we could offer commercial advantage. Now, in partnership with our key customers, we have developed to become one of the largest suppliers of services to automotive OEMs and Tier 1/Tier 2 suppliers in Romania. Our automotive sector operations have grown to the point where they account for some 24% of total revenues–and this at a time when the rest of our business has also been developing strongly."

Tibbett Logistics specialises in providing intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, DIY, food & grocery, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. In addition to operating a total of 95,000 sq metres (1,000,000 sq ft) of warehousing at 13 locations and employing over 1,000 FTEs, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

Tibbett Logistics will be exhibiting on stand I/24 at the Forum Automobillogistik 2016 at the Kap Europa Congress Centre, Frankfurt a.M., Germany on 3–4 February 2016.

See also www.tibbettlogistics.com.

Automotive logistics services now account for 24% of revenues at Romania-based Tibbett Logistics, part of The Keswick Enterprises Group (click to open high-resolution image)
Automotive logistics services now account for 24% of revenues at Romania-based Tibbett Logistics, part of The Keswick Enterprises Group






Keswick Enterprises engages with Europe
Issued: 25 January 2016


This morning COBCOE, the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe, published its inaugural 'Evolving Europe' report on the findings of its pan-European business survey.

The Keswick Enterprises Group has sponsored COBCOE's 'Make Europe Work' publications since May 2014, and Mike Wallis, a main board director of Keswick and Executive Chairman of its Spatial Global subsidiary, is one of eight members of the Evolving Europe project steering committee.

Launched last summer, the Evolving Europe project aims to give business a voice in identifying how Europe needs to change to achieve greater competitiveness. The report summarises responses from almost 1000 surveyed companies from 40 European countries, including all 28 EU member states.

Download a free copy from http://bit.ly/1ZOm0za


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Mike Wallis to speak on CEE markets at 3PL Conference
Issued: 19 January 2016


Keswick Enterprises' Mike Wallis will be one of the principal speakers at this year's two-day 3PL Conference organised by Akabo Media and sponsored by its magazines, Logistics Manager and Logistics & Supply Chain. Last year he officiated as Conference Chairman at the same event.

A main board director of The Keswick Enterprises Group, Mike will speak on the Conference's first day about fast-growing logistics markets in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Analysing these markets, he will identify how international best practice can be transferred to them–skipping a generation–and will discuss lean approaches to 3PL operations and the ways 3PLs can measure their success in the region. Mike is also Executive Chairman of UK-based global freight forwarding and mail specialist Spatial Global, Director of Romania-based logistics service provider Tibbett Logistics, and Partner of the consulting business Graphene Partners–all Keswick Enterprises Group companies.

A hands-on manager, Mike has a degree in Law and immense experience in the worlds of freight and logistics. Starting in 1980 as a graduate trainee with Tibbett & Britten, he has worked in freight forwarding, contract logistics, warehousing and transport–mostly as the head of business units in the UK and elsewhere. Clients have included some of the world's most interesting companies, including Walmart, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's, Unilever, Woolworth's South Africa, Coles Myers Australia, B&Q and Whitbread.

With Board-level responsibility for Spatial Global since its acquisition in 2006, Mike stepped in as Executive Chairman in 2015. At Tibbett Logistics, which employs around 1000 people in Romania, his responsibilities include the transfer of best practice and the personal coaching of local management. At Graphene Partners he leads some of the transformation projects that the business handles in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also retained as strategic advisor to three European companies–a retailer in Poland, a logistics service provider in Serbia and another retailer in Serbia.

The 3PL Conference takes place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Meriden, UK on 29–30 June 2016 under the theme of 'Better collaboration for the challenges ahead'. Designed for end-user practitioner logisticians and operational 3PL professionals, the Conference is intended to promote executive learning and high-level networking.

See also www.3plconference.co.uk/, plus www.spatialglobal.com/, www.tibbettlogistics.com/, www.graphenepartners.com/.

Keswick Enterprises' Mike Wallis, who has a degree in Law and immense experience in the worlds of freight and logistics, is one of the keynote speakers at this year's 3PL Conference (click to open high-resolution image)
Keswick Enterprises' Mike Wallis, who has a degree in Law and immense experience in the worlds of freight and logistics, is one of the keynote speakers at this year's 3PL Conference






Spatial demonstrates a love for business
Issued: 13 January 2016


Spatial Global, a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group, will be exhibiting at this year's Love Business show at the International Exhibition Centre, Donington Park, Derby on 11 February 2016.

The Castle Donington-based UK and international freight forwarding and mailing services business will be promoting its skills and award-winning customer support on stand D39, between the Innovation, Technology & Sustainability and the Manufacturing & Engineering zones–which are both sponsored by East Midlands Chamber.

Now in its fifth year, Love Business is billed as the biggest free business event in the Midlands region. From small beginnings in 2012, the show has grown into a movement that engages people who love business and pulls together organisations that can help SMEs.

Rachel Morley, General Operations Manager at Spatial Global, commented: "This will be the second time Spatial Global has exhibited at Love Business, which has been gaining a strong reputation in recent years. We are looking forward to welcoming many existing and prospective customers to our stand from across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. We are also delighted to continue to support the East Midlands Chamber, where we have been a proud member since 1982."

For more information please see: www.spatialglobal.com and www.lovebusinessexpo.co.uk








Spatial Global to exhibit at Multimodal 2016
Issued: 25 November 2015




Spatial Global, the Castle Donington, UK-based international delivery specialist, part of The Keswick Enterprises Group, will exhibit at Multimodal for the second time in 2016. The show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 10–12 May.

A one-stop shop for worldwide deliveries, Spatial Global will be promoting its award-winning, high quality international freight forwarding, mailing house, e-commerce, fulfilment, warehousing and other logistics services on stand 461–to which existing and prospective customers are assured of a warm welcome.

Designed for supply chain, logistics and shipping directors, Multimodal 2016 will also feature three days of masterclasses, panel discussions and networking events in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

For more information please see http://multimodal.org.uk/organisation/spatial-global-limited and www.spatialglobal.com.






Keswick director contributes to future-shaping logistics summit
Issued: 15 October 2015


Mike Wallis LLB, FCILT–a main board Director of UK-based supply chain specialist The Keswick Enterprises Group, and Partner of its logistics advisory joint venture Graphene Partners–made a significant contribution to the recent 13th Annual European 3PL Summit in Venlo, The Netherlands, by acting as host and moderator for one of its dual streams.

Organised by Eye for Transport/eft, the Summit is among Europe's biggest meetings of 3PL providers and their customers, and took place in mid-October 2015. Featuring supply chain thought-leaders from companies such as Bridgestone, Carlsberg, CEVA, CH Robinson, DHL, Diageo, Gefco, Heinz, Pfizer, Philips Lighting, Spar, UPS and Vodafone, the main Conference theme was to explore new opportunities, technologies and markets in logistics.

Mike commented: "With over 300 senior decision-makers from across the supply chain, this 3PL Summit was a really important European logistics learning and networking event. A number of ideas were discussed in parallel workstreams, and I was fortunate to moderate the sessions on future trends and disruptive technologies. These are always popular with delegates, and the discussions on drones, driverless vehicles, augmented reality and more, were well received. I enjoyed helping to make this future landscape relevant to today."

Mike Wallis (right - at lectern) addresses delegates at the 3PL Summit (click image to enlarge in new window) (click to open high-resolution image)
Mike Wallis (right - at lectern) addresses delegates at the 3PL Summit (click image to enlarge in new window)






Allport Cargo Services and Keswick Enterprises form new freight forwarding joint venture in Romania–ACS Romania
Issued: 6 August 2015

Through its established and substantial subsidiary, Tibbett Logistics SRL, the Keswick Enterprises Group has a long standing presence in Romania, which is now extended following the formation of the ACS Romania freight forwarding joint venture (click to open high-resolution image)
Through its established and substantial subsidiary, Tibbett Logistics SRL, the Keswick Enterprises Group has a long standing presence in Romania, which is now extended following the formation of the ACS Romania freight forwarding joint venture

Two United Kingdom-based businesses–Allport Cargo Services and The Keswick Enterprises Group–have joined forces to create a new freight forwarding joint venture in Romania.

Named ACS Romania, the company is operational with immediate effect, and has been created to increase choice, raise efficiency and improve value for money for customers with domestic transport and international freight forwarding requirements in and out of Romania. It will see the partners combine their expertise and resources to enhance road, sea and airfreight services across the South East Europe region.

Allport Cargo Services is one of the largest independent freight forwarders in the UK, and has an established presence worldwide. Keswick Enterprises is a UK-based investor in supply chain related businesses, and already has substantial interests in Romania through its Tibbett Logistics subsidiary.

Customers will benefit from the Balkan knowledge and experience of Tibbett Logistics, the largest independent third-party logistics service provider in Romania, coupled with the multi-national freight forwarding expertise of Allport Cargo, which has operations in 30 countries and already has an established presence in the Romanian marketplace.

Charles McGurin, Chief Executive Officer at Allport Cargo Services, commented: "ACS has operated to and from Romania for many years and the move to formalise an official presence there forms part of a strategic growth directive. The partnership with Keswick Enterprises means that we are in a position to further improve the level of service offered in the region and demonstrates our commitment to our customers."

John Harvey CBE, Executive Chairman of Keswick Enterprises Group, added: "Through Tibbett Logistics and its predecessor companies, Keswick management have operated domestically in Romania for twenty years and we believe the time is right to extend our customer support levels in the region by adding freight forwarding to our Romanian portfolio.

"We are undertaking an increasing volume of intra-European haulage on behalf of our clients. Six years ago, we established a domestic intermodal operation with our own rail wagons and a private rail freight terminal to move containers from Constanta to Bucharest. This has now been extended into a wider European intermodal operation, and reinforces our interest in working with Allport's international network. ACS Romania will enhance both companies' capabilities and commitment to the Romanian market."

ACS Romania is based in Bucharest and is headed-up by Alex Avram, Country Manager. Alex and his team can be contacted at alex.avram@ro.allportcargoservices.com or +40 737 027 825.

For more information see www.keswickenterprises.com and www.allportcargoservices.com.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Allport Cargo Services


Founded in 1963, Allport Cargo Services operates in 30 counties, with representation in a further 100. The company's network extends to 450 offices with 21,000 colleagues and a global turnover exceeding £600m.

In the UK, over 800 personnel operate out of 20 hi-tech logistics hubs, packing factories and freight centres. Headquartered in Cowley, Middlesex, the company packages, handles and transports cargo globally for more than 3,000 customers across a range of sectors.

Since late 2010, Allport Cargo Services has been part of the Cargo Services Group.

Keswick Enterprises

The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited is a UK-based logistics and supply chain-related services support specialist. Formed in 2004, the Group makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.

Keswick's principal investments are in contract logistics, freight forwarding, global mail, e-commerce fulfilment, intermodal transport, railport operation, co-packing, international procurement and supply chain consultancy. The Group's Tibbett Logistics subsidiary already employs 1,000 people in logistics across Romania.






SGL Co-packing invests to meet customer demand
Issued: 11 June 2015

The new Novus 350 packing machine in situ at SGL Co-packing's clean room at one of its factories in Nelson, Lancashire, UK (click to open high-resolution image)
The new Novus 350 packing machine in situ at SGL Co-packing's clean room at one of its factories in Nelson, Lancashire, UK

SGL Co-packing Limited, the Nelson, Lancashire-based contract packer and contract manufacturer, reports that it has invested £300,000 in new packaging equipment so far this year in response to customer demand–extending its ability to provide flexible, high-speed packing solutions. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Keswick Enterprises Group–the UK-based supply chain services specialist.

The investment includes a new Novus 350 continuous motion vertical form fill and seal packing machine. This robust, reliable and flexible unit may be adapted to create various pack styles–including quad pack, Doy and block bottom, as well as the standard pillow pack.

Andrew Palmer, Chairman of SGL Co-packing, commented: "We are looking to build on our success as a leading UK co-packer by investing further in systems and equipment to support the development of customers' products. The new Novus machine meets our requirements for high quality, flexibility and cost-effective operation, and has already generated considerable interest from existing and prospective customers."

For more information please see www.SGLco-packing.co.uk.

The new Novus 350 will extend SGL Co-packing's ability to provide flexible, high-speed packing solutions (click to open high-resolution image)
The new Novus 350 will extend SGL Co-packing's ability to provide flexible, high-speed packing solutions






It's quality grade 'A' again for SGL Co-packing!
Issued: 11 June 2015


SGL Co-packing Limited, the Nelson, Lancashire-based contract packer and contract manufacturer, has been awarded grade 'A' in the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) Global Standard in Food Safety (version 6) for 2015. SGL Co-packing is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Keswick Enterprises Group–the UK-based supply chain services specialist.

The Standard specifies the safety, quality and operational criteria required from food manufacturers, and SGL Co-packing has achieved grade 'A' consistently in both version 5 and version 6 since 2010. Version 6 places greater emphasis on good manufacturing practice and auditing excellence over earlier versions.

Margaret Bell, General Manager of SGL Co-packing, commented: "Achieving consistent success in meeting BRC Global Standards is a key part of measuring and validating our quality performance. It supports our numerous other quality awards, as well as feedback from blue-chip customers.

"We welcome the introduction of version 7 of the Standard in 2016, and are already working towards meeting its new challenges."

For more information please see www.SGLco-packing.co.uk.






Logistics Manager's first 3PL Conference a success
Issued: 13 May 2015

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Logistics Manager magazine's inaugural 3PL Conference on 6-7 May has been declared a success–with every delegate indicating that they would attend the event again.

The two-day Conference took place in Forest of Arden in the United Kingdom and was chaired by Keswick Enterprises Group main board director, Mike Wallis (see also separate announcement below). Mike is a rare beast–a logistician with a degree in law, who has over 30 years' operational experience in the sector. Within Keswick he is Chairman of Spatial Global, Partner at Graphene Partners and a Director of Tibbett Logistics.

Conference organiser, Justin Hamilton, Head of Content at Akabo Media, said: "Mike Wallis did an absolutely fantastic job as Chairman of our inaugural 3PL Conference. His contributions demonstrated a wealth of experience in the sector and an ability to read between the lines–and brought valuable insight to the proceedings. The feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive, and I look forward to working with Mike again on future events."

Mike added: "It was a great pleasure being able to support Justin, Malory (Davies–Editor of Logistics Manager) and Akabo Media by officiating at this high-end learning and networking conference. I hope every delegate got as much out of the event as I did by chairing it."

Mike Wallis - main board director of The Keswick Enterprises Group, and Chairman of Spatial Global, Partner at Graphene Partners and a Director of Tibbett Logistics.                                                                                                               (click to open high-resolution image)
Mike Wallis - main board director of The Keswick Enterprises Group, and Chairman of Spatial Global, Partner at Graphene Partners and a Director of Tibbett Logistics.






COBCOE announces first Make Europe Work!® business awards winners
Issued: 12 May 2015

Jurga Zilinskeine, CEO of Today Translations, receives the Breakthrough Trade Award from Andrew Austin (centre) of sponsor, The Keswick Enterprises Group.  On the right is David Crackett, COBCOE Vice Chair. (click to open high-resolution image)
Jurga Zilinskeine, CEO of Today Translations, receives the Breakthrough Trade Award from Andrew Austin (centre) of sponsor, The Keswick Enterprises Group. On the right is David Crackett, COBCOE Vice Chair.

COBCOE, the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe, has announced the winners of its two new Make Europe Work!® business awards. 'Trade Development in European Markets' has been won by LG Harris & Co Ltd and 'Breakthrough Trade' went to Today Translations. Congratulating the winners, David Thomas MBE, COBCOE Executive Chairman, said, "The Make Europe Work!® Awards are an important extension of our initiative to support increased trade between countries across Europe."

COBCOE represents 42 British bilateral chambers of commerce across Europe whose combined membership comprises around 8,000 businesses.
The awards were presented at COBCOE's Gala Dinner, where Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL spoke about the need to help entrepreneurs expand their businesses in Europe. The event was held at Chartered Accountants' Hall, London.

Martin Manuzi, ICAEW Regional Director, Europe, said, "As a COBCOE Strategic Partner, ICAEW is pleased to have hosted this event. There is a natural alliance between ICAEW chartered accountants, who are the biggest source of business advice in the UK, and COBCOE member chambers, which play a key role in supporting the development of the international trade vital to our economy. We congratulate all the winners."

The event was also supported by Jaguar Land Rover, The Keswick Enterprises Group, Croatian Fine Wines and Youth Business International.

"We are extremely proud to have sponsored the spectacular gala evening celebrating innovation, design, sales performance and entrepreneurial success" commented Simon Dransfield, Jaguar Land Rover General Manager of Fleet & Business Europe. "These principles are core to our growth, which has now created the UK's largest automotive manufacturing business, employing over 30,000 people across the UK and Europe.'

John Harvey CBE, Chairman of The Keswick Enterprises Group, sponsor of the new awards, said, "As a UK business with a substantial logistics presence in Romania, Poland and, more recently, Hungary, we are very glad to support the COBCOE awards in raising British interest in these markets."

Awards were also presented to COBCOE members–British bilateral chambers of commerce–for excellence in specific areas such as member services and CSR. This year, these awards were made on the basis of the newly introduced COBCOE Quality Standard scheme.

For more information, visit www.cobcoe.eu.

This press release was first published by COBCOE on 12 May 2015.

Nigel Gardiner-Harvey (right), Lynwood Divisional Manager UK & Export for  LG Harris & Co. Ltd, receives the 'Make Europe Work!' Trade Development in European Markets award from Andrew Austin of The Keswick Enterprises Group.  Today Translations was nominated by COBCOE, and LG Harris by the British Polish Chamber of Commerce. (click to open high-resolution image)
Nigel Gardiner-Harvey (right), Lynwood Divisional Manager UK & Export for LG Harris & Co. Ltd, receives the 'Make Europe Work!' Trade Development in European Markets award from Andrew Austin of The Keswick Enterprises Group. Today Translations was nominated by COBCOE, and LG Harris by the British Polish Chamber of Commerce.





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Tibbett Logistics reports rapid growth in logistics operations in Q1 2015
Issued: 30 April 2015

Tibbett Logistics will exhibit this year at Transport Logistic, Munich, for the third consecutive time. (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics will exhibit this year at Transport Logistic, Munich, for the third consecutive time.

Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–a member of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group–has underlined its leading market position by reporting strong growth across all its business sectors in the first quarter of 2015.

The business has also announced that it will be exhibiting again at this year's biennial Transport Logistic exhibition in Munich from 5–8 May–where it will be promoting its wide range of supply chain management support services from stand number 148 in Hall B4.

Tibbett Logistics increased its total revenues in Q1 2015 by 38% over the same period in 2014–well ahead of expectations–with similar improvements in gross and net margins.

Growth has arisen from across the business:

•  Intermodal logistics. Revenues in the company's intermodal (road-rail) logistics operations were 42% ahead in the first quarter compared with the same period in 2014. Import volumes through the Port of Constanta increased significantly, while export volumes were up by 49% over the previous year. Regular weekly conventional rail wagon traffic from Western Europe also contributed to growth.

March saw the commencement of the first trans-European block trains linking Bucharest with Curtici on the Romania-Hungary border–and these are expected to expand into multiple connections each week over coming months. The company continues to invest in its intermodal operations, with plans in place for the acquisition of additional terminal space and new container handling equipment.

•  Retail logistics, e-commerce fulfilment and multi-user warehousing. Revenues in this sector are up 50% year-on-year in Q1 2015, resulting from new business added during 2014 and the opening of a major new warehouse in Prologis Park, Bucharest, at the start of this year. There are plans for further expansion of warehousing later in 2015.

•  Automotive logistics. Tibbett Logistics' automotive supply chain and related service operations grew by 23% year-on-year in Q1 2015–continuing the trend from 2014 and highlighting the company's position as market leader for complex logistics solutions among automotive OEMs and their worldwide suppliers in Romania. This growth is set to continue with the addition of at least one additional factory support warehouse during 2015.

•  Domestic distribution. Tibbett Logistics registered a 35% increase in revenues in its domestic transport and distribution operations in Q1 2015 compared with the same period last year. This strong performance resulted partially from the success of its daily full truck-load (FTL) delivery service for retail customers–which covers every major town across Romania–and partially from significant growth in its multi-user less-than-truck-load (LTL) business.

Tibbett Logistics CEO, David Goldsborough, said: "The year-on-year growth across all our strategically significant sectors is particularly satisfying, and overshadows the performance of many of our global mega-LSP competitors. It is evidence that a clearly defined strategy and solid customer base will generate rewards–especially when combined with a strong management team, a loyal and motivated workforce, and a determined focus on quality, innovation and service."

Tibbett Logistics provides intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, DIY, food & grocery, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. In addition to operating some 95,000 sq metres (1,000,000 sq ft) of warehousing at 13 locations, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com.

From its head office at P3 Logistics Park, Bucharest, Romania, Tibbett Logistics has overseen a 38% increase in its total revenues in the first quarter of this year.  As well as offices, the building also features a modern 22,500 sq metre ambient warehouse with 30,000 pallet locations for supermarket dry food and imported merchandise. (click to open high-resolution image)
From its head office at P3 Logistics Park, Bucharest, Romania, Tibbett Logistics has overseen a 38% increase in its total revenues in the first quarter of this year. As well as offices, the building also features a modern 22,500 sq metre ambient warehouse with 30,000 pallet locations for supermarket dry food and imported merchandise.






Keswick Director to chair Logistics Manager 3PL Conference
Issued: 26 March 2015


Mike Wallis LLB, FCILT–a main board Director of UK-based supply chain specialist The Keswick Enterprises Group, and a Partner at its pan-European Anglo-Polish logistics consultancy and advisory joint venture, Graphene Partners–has agreed to chair this year's two-day Logistics Manager 3PL Conference 2015.

Taking place at the Forest of Arden Hotel, between Birmingham and Coventry in the United Kingdom on 6–7 May, the theme of the conference is collaboration between 3PLs and their clients. The event is designed exclusively for end-user logistics practitioners and operational 3PL professionals.

One of the UK's most experienced industry figures, Mike Wallis is, unusually, a logistician with a degree in law. He has over 30 years' operational logistics experience, and has worked in freight forwarding, contract logistics, warehousing and account management on behalf of clients including Wal-Mart, Woolworths (South Africa), B&Q, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Unilever.

He is a former CEO of Tibbett & Britten Group plc in Germany, Operations Director of Tibbett & Britten Europe, Retail Sector Director UK for Tibbett & Britten in 2002–4, and was responsible for Operations & Strategy for Exel plc in South Africa and Australia from 2004–5. He joined The Keswick Enterprises Group in 2006, and is now Chairman of Spatial Global–its UK-based freight forwarding, mail, logistics and courier member company–plus Joint Managing Partner of Graphene Partners.

Mike Wallis commented: "After my Graphene colleague Adam Chazanow's successful chairmanship of the Logistics Manager 3PL Summit last year, I had no hesitation in accepting Akabo Media's invitation to officiate at this forthcoming 3PL event in Birmingham. The conference is designed only for operational logistics practitioners, and offers high-level learning and networking opportunities. It has attracted excellent speakers, and we are inviting attendees to submit their questions before the event if they wish. Although 7 May is the date of the General Election in the United Kingdom, the organiser anticipates that there will be plenty of time for delegates to return home and reach their polling stations afterwards, and I look forward to seeing you there!"

The list of speakers includes:
Kevin Appleton, Managing Director, Yusen Logistics
John Burkinshaw, Commercial and Strategy Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
Mark Catley, Head of E-Commerce, Norbert Dentressangle
Andrew Gain, Head of Supply Systems, Martin Brower
Brian Gaunt, CEO, iForce
Sean Hallows, Operations Director, Clipper Logistics
Gerald Heaton, General Manager, Kuehne + Nagel
Eoin Kenneally, Head of E-Commerce, Hermes
Mike Landmann, Head of Product Development, DHL
Catherine Lindsay, Contact Centre Manager, Hermes
Ben Marriott, Operations Manager, Liberty Wines
Nicky McGroarty, Head of Supply Chain & Commercial Partners, Telefonica
Siamac Rezaiezadeh, Account Director, OpenMarket
Ian Shellard, Director, Aqos Ltd
Gillian Townsend-McGlade, Operations Director, DHL
Mike Wallis, Director, Keswick Enterprises
Darrel Williams, Regional Director, Honeywell

More information: http://www.3plconference.co.uk/

Mike Wallis - who is chairing this year's Logistics Manager 3PL Conference on 6-7 May (click to open high-resolution image)
Mike Wallis - who is chairing this year's Logistics Manager 3PL Conference on 6-7 May






Food Search Worldwide Limited–a growing Derbyshire enterprise
Issued: 18 March 2015


On 18 March 2015 international food sourcing specialist, Food Search Worldwide Limited (FSW), officially opened a new central warehouse at Woodville in Derbyshire, UK. The process of integrating the company's four former UK warehouses plus offices into a larger, national facility has been successful, with no service dislocation, and has already generated favourable customer reaction.

FSW was formed in 2008 by Barry Croft–owner of Elbar Worldwide Group, also based in Derbyshire–and Gary Haslam. The business focuses on sourcing food, food packaging and allied products from around the world for UK multiple retailers, fast food chains and other leading food businesses. It has grown to offer a complete purchasing, storage, picking, ambient co-packing and delivery service. More recently it has also moved into supporting the educational and care home sectors.

In 2014 The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited acquired Gary Haslam's 50% interest in FSW. Keswick Enterprises is a UK-based specialist investor concentrating on supply chain related operations. Together, Barry Croft and Keswick Enterprises will support the continued growth and development of FSW.

Barry Croft commented: "We are delighted that Keswick has joined us as a partner to bring additional resources and experience to enhance FSW's capabilities. Our new location at Woodville not only adds capacity, but relocation has provided easier access to the UK trunk road network as our nationwide delivery business expands."

John Harvey, Chairman of The Keswick Enterprises Group, added: "The move to Woodville was our first joint initiative and went gratifyingly well. We will support Barry and the team in the growth of their business and hope that adding some of our experience and synergies in logistics, co-packing and freight forwarding will create value for our FSW customers, and our own business capabilities."









New head of sales and business development at SGL Co-packing
Issued: 16 February 2015

Neil Scott is the new head of sales and business development at SGL Co-packing of Nelson, Lancashire (click to open high-resolution image)
Neil Scott is the new head of sales and business development at SGL Co-packing of Nelson, Lancashire

SGL Co-packing Limited, the Nelson, Lancashire-based contract packing and contract manufacturing specialist within the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group, has appointed Neil Scott as Sales Manager.

Neil is an experienced national accounts manager with a strong FMCG sales background and a wealth of experience of selling products into the major multiple retailers. With an honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Lancaster University, he was previously National Account Manager at Trans-Continental Marketing Limited, the UK-based manufacturer of disposable and packaging products. Before that he was National Account Manager, Health & Beauty at Ultimate Products; National Account Manager at Enterprise, part of AAH Pharmaceuticals; and Business Development Manager at b3 International (now Royal Sanders). His career started in 2003 as a Production Manager with Findel Education.

At SGL Co-packing, Neil will lead sales and business development for the company's high quality, cost-effective contract packing services. He will also be responsible for account and relationship management, NPD, tenders and developing new packing solutions. SGL Co-packing currently serves suppliers of confectionery, cereals, other dry food, cosmetics/personal care, and pet care/veterinary products, along with major retailers requiring own label goods.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Palmer, Divisional Chairman of SGL Co-packing, said: "On behalf of the SGL team, I warmly welcome Neil to SGL. We look forward to him leading the growth of our customer base for contract packing/contract manufacturing services."

SGL Co-packing is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited, a supply chain focused business with European transport capabilities, plus substantial warehousing and distribution services throughout the UK, mainland Europe and across the world.

For more information please see www.SGLco-packing.co.uk/news.php.






Leading co-packer launches new website
Issued: 16 February 2015

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Following its rebranding last year as SGL Co-packing Limited, the leading UK-based co-packer formerly known as Strategy Group Limited has launched a new website on a new domain to promote its contract packing/contract manufacturing services.

The site can be found at www.SGLco-packing.co.uk.

SGL Co-packing offers high quality, flexible and cost-effective contract packing and contract manufacturing services, and specialises in the confectionery, cereals, other dry food, cosmetics/personal care, and pet care sectors. The business is based in Nelson, Lancashire, UK, and was formed in 1986.

The new website homepage incorporates a short slideshow outlining the major features of SGL Co-packing's services. The site is designed to be viewed easily on a variety of platforms–from PCs to iPads and smartphones.

As well as introducing the company's new-style branding, the site strengthens visual links with SGL Co-packing's parent company, the UK-based supply chain specialist The Keswick Enterprises Group. Legacy domains–including copackinguk.com and co-packing-uk.com–are being automatically re-directed to the master web address.

Divisional Chairman, Andrew Palmer, commented: "SGL Co-packing will be 30 years old next year, and this new website reflects the huge changes that have taken place in the business over the past three decades. With the support of our parent company, The Keswick Enterprises Group, we have invested over £2 million in equipment and systems since 2011 alone. Our new website outlines what makes SGL the gold standard for service, performance and value in the UK co-packing and co-manufacturing markets today."

For more information please see www.SGLco-packing.co.uk/news.php.






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<br />The world's largest cargo ship, the colossal 19,100 TEU<sup>1</sup> CSCL Globe, is shown here docking at the Port of Felixstowe earlier this week after its 34-day maiden voyage from Qingdao in China.  For Castle Donington-based Spatial Global, the record-breaking arrival was of particular interest–as the international freight forwarder had merchandise for two of its customers on board.<br /><br />Spatial placed cargo on the ship in China for ultimate delivery to customers A N Wallis in Nottingham and Electrosteel in Chesterfield.  A N Wallis is a supplier of earthing and lightning protection and other products, and has worked with Spatial Global on exports since 1999 and imports since May 2012.  Electrosteel is a leading manufacturer and supplier of ductile iron pipes and fittings, and became a customer of Spatial only in April last year.<br /><br />Both deliveries were completed on schedule.  Stew Bailie, Managing Director of Electrosteel–who has worked with Spatial for many years in a previous role–commented: ''All our departments are very happy with Spatial's service, and importantly you are delivering the projected cost savings.  The relationship has gone exactly as I expected–thanks to your team's professionalism and attitude to customer service. ''<br /><br />The brand new CSCL Globe is the largest cargo ship ever seen in the UK.  Covering an area equivalent to four football pitches, it is some 400m (1,312 ft) long and 73m (240 ft) tall.  At 184,000 tonnes fully laden, it weighs the same as 14,500 London buses, and its cargo of containers would stretch for 116 km (72 miles) if laid end-to-end.<br /><br />The ship was built by China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd and South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries.<br /><br /><sup>1</sup> Twenty-foot equivalent container units.<br /><br />
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The world's largest cargo ship, the colossal 19,100 TEU1 CSCL Globe, is shown here docking at the Port of Felixstowe earlier this week after its 34-day maiden voyage from Qingdao in China. For Castle Donington-based Spatial Global, the record-breaking arrival was of particular interest–as the international freight forwarder had merchandise for two of its customers on board.

Spatial placed cargo on the ship in China for ultimate delivery to customers A N Wallis in Nottingham and Electrosteel in Chesterfield. A N Wallis is a supplier of earthing and lightning protection and other products, and has worked with Spatial Global on exports since 1999 and imports since May 2012. Electrosteel is a leading manufacturer and supplier of ductile iron pipes and fittings, and became a customer of Spatial only in April last year.

Both deliveries were completed on schedule. Stew Bailie, Managing Director of Electrosteel–who has worked with Spatial for many years in a previous role–commented: ''All our departments are very happy with Spatial's service, and importantly you are delivering the projected cost savings. The relationship has gone exactly as I expected–thanks to your team's professionalism and attitude to customer service. ''

The brand new CSCL Globe is the largest cargo ship ever seen in the UK. Covering an area equivalent to four football pitches, it is some 400m (1,312 ft) long and 73m (240 ft) tall. At 184,000 tonnes fully laden, it weighs the same as 14,500 London buses, and its cargo of containers would stretch for 116 km (72 miles) if laid end-to-end.

The ship was built by China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd and South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries.

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Tibbett Logistics awarded multi-year intermodal logistics contract by Metro Group in Romania
Issued: 25 November 2014


Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–part of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group–has won a new multi-year logistics contract with one of its original intermodal customers in Romania, Metro Group Buying HK Ltd. The intermodal logistics contract commences in February 2015.

Based in Hong Kong, Metro Group Buying (MGB) is the non-food purchasing organisation within the Metro Group, and is responsible for the international procurement of direct imports for the multiple retailer. This merchandise includes sporting goods, footwear, clothing, kitchenware, office equipment, toys, electronics and more. In total, the business serves more than 2,200 Metro Group stores in 32 countries.

Tibbett Logistics' new contract will see the logistics specialist extend its activities as receiving agent for MGB in Romania, handling the documentation and planning of imports. It will also undertake inland haulage, by both road and rail, of inbound containers destined for Metro Cash & Carry outlets across the country.

Marco van der Schans, Head of Transport Management at Metro Group Buying HK Ltd, commented: "Our intermodal operations with Tibbett Logistics began with block train services into Bucharest in 2008. Up to that time, all inbound haulage in Romania had been managed through other suppliers by road. The move to intermodal proved not only cost-effective for us in a period of rising fuel prices, but also more reliable in terms of the flow of goods and information via EDI. An additional knock-on benefit has been the increased security of the operations by train–with missing goods being practically eliminated. For these reasons it was an easy decision to extend our logistics contract, and we look forward to another successful period of cooperation with Tibbett Logistics."

Tibbett Logistics CEO, David Goldsborough, added: "The award of this high-profile new logistics contract is particularly pleasing for the entire team because MGB was one of our very first customers when we launched our intermodal logistics service in Romania in 2008. It suggests that Metro has been satisfied with the quality of our services over a lengthy period of time, and should take us to the point where we will be able to celebrate 10 years of service with Metro Group in the intermodal division."

Tibbett Logistics provides intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. As well as operating over 80,000 sq metres (860,000 sq ft) of warehousing at 11 locations, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com.

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Tibbett Logistics reports substantial increase in uptake of intermodal logistics solutions in CEE
Issued: 10 November 2014

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Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–part of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group–reports that it has seen a significant uplift in intermodal freight movements across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) so far in 2014.

As the operator of BIRFT (Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal) since its inauguration in 2011, Tibbett Logistics is in an excellent position to monitor intermodal and other freight trends across the region.

BIRFT handles block train services between Constanta Port on the Black Sea and Bucharest for maritime containers, plus conventional railway wagon traffic from Western Europe through the company's rail-linked warehousing, and European intermodal traffic in pallet-wide 45' containers. Earlier this year the Terminal also started operating car-transporter wagons–carrying imported cars from Turkey.

In the first nine months of 2014, Tibbett Logistics experienced a substantial 50% increase in maritime container TEUs handled at BIRFT, compared with the same period in 2013–with both import and export volumes increasing from forwarders, shipping lines and direct customers. This continues the trend of growing volumes experienced between 2012 and 2013.

Tibbett Logistics now operates three block train services in each direction weekly between Bucharest and Constanta Port, with a fourth set to be added shortly.

While the volume of maritime containers being transported continues to rise, Tibbett Logistics also registered a ten-fold increase in 2014 in traffic arriving from Western Europe in conventional wagons for cross-docking through BIRFT's rail-linked warehousing–and onward distribution primarily to the Romanian retail sector.

"We are always looking for new and innovative logistics solutions", explains Tibbett Logistics' CEO, David Goldsborough, "and we are currently deeply involved in a number of projects to provide regular scheduled links between the Bucharest/Ploiesti area and Romania's western border–to provide onward links to and from Western Europe. Given the strategic location of BIRFT relative to the rail infrastructure, the Terminal is perfectly positioned as a transit point to the Black Sea and Turkey–an area that has been identified for substantial growth."

Tibbett Logistics provides intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. As well as operating over 80,000 sq metres (860,000 sq ft) of warehousing at 11 locations, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com.

Intermodal operations undertaken by Tibbett Logistics at BIRFT, Romania–where the logistics specialist has seen a 50% increase in maritime container TEUs handled, plus a ten-fold increase in traffic arriving from Western Europe in conventional rail wagons in 2014 (click to open high-resolution image)
Intermodal operations undertaken by Tibbett Logistics at BIRFT, Romania–where the logistics specialist has seen a 50% increase in maritime container TEUs handled, plus a ten-fold increase in traffic arriving from Western Europe in conventional rail wagons in 2014





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Tibbett Logistics quadruples scale of automotive logistics operations in Bucharest in five years
Issued: 16 September 2014

Tibbett Logistics, Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, has quadrupled the scale of its automotive logistics operations in Bucharest over five years, to 11,500 sq metres of warehousing (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics, Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, has quadrupled the scale of its automotive logistics operations in Bucharest over five years, to 11,500 sq metres of warehousing

Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–part of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group–reports that it has nearly quadrupled the scale of its automotive logistics operations in Bucharest over the past five years. Automotive operations now cover some 11,500 sq metres (124,000 sq ft) of warehousing in the city alone.

Since relocating its nascent automotive logistics operations to a 3,000 sq metre (32,000 sq ft) distribution centre at Equest Park, Bucharest in 2009, Tibbett Logistics has been steadily growing these activities, and they now employ a total of 350 people.

This month sees the addition of a further 2,000 sq metres (21,500 sq ft) of warehousing to accommodate new VMI (vendor managed inventory) operations for its world-renowned automotive component manufacturing customer. These include managing the inbound flow of components from Asian suppliers, receiving and sorting product, quality inspection and the scheduling of deliveries into the client's Bucharest factory. A number of overseas suppliers are also establishing their offices within the Tibbett facility. The company already provides other added-value services, such as finished product inspection and supplier- and customer-specific packing/containerisation.

Tibbett Logistics' customer is one of the world's largest producers of turbochargers and turbo technologies for commercial, passenger and private vehicles. As well as managing its external warehouse, the logistics specialist also operates the factory warehouse inside its Bucharest plant. Here it controls the flow of components on to the assembly line, as well as the retrieval of finished goods for transport to the external warehouse and ultimate delivery to vehicle production plants across Europe and worldwide.

Tibbett Logistics is also responsible for scheduling the delivery of components to a manufacturing plant in Slovakia for the same customer.

As well as these automotive logistics operations in Bucharest, Tibbett Logistics also operates automotive warehousing for other major customers in Hunedoara County in the centre of Romania, and in Arad in the west of the country. In addition it handles the collection of merchandise from automotive factories across Romania and their consolidation in Arad before onward shipment by FTL (full truckload) services to Slovakia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

David Goldsborough, CEO of Tibbett Logistics, commented: "We have quietly and consistently built on our success, so that–with further projects in the pipeline–the automotive sector is now rapidly catching up with retail/FMCG in terms of scale within our portfolio of contract logistics operations in South East Europe."

Tibbett Logistics provides intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. As well as operating over 80,000 sq metres (860,000 sq ft) of warehousing, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com.

Post-production inspection of finished turbo chargers carried out by Tibbett Logistics employees in Bucharest, who then pack them for dispatch to car production plants across Europe (click to open high-resolution image)
Post-production inspection of finished turbo chargers carried out by Tibbett Logistics employees in Bucharest, who then pack them for dispatch to car production plants across Europe





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Tibbett Logistics achieves AEO certification
Issued: 14 August 2014


Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–part of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group–is proud to announce that it has been awarded full AEO certification. The highest AEOF ('Authorised Economic Operator–Full') status has been granted following a detailed audit across all the company's locations.

The award means that Tibbett Logistics will now be able to offer its clients simplified customs procedures, plus priority customs clearance and fewer physical checks on freight moved, among other benefits.

With the number of companies in Romania with AEOF status still only in double figures, the auditors commented that the inspection of Tibbett Logistics' operations was one of their most diverse and complex to date. In total, 10 locations across the country were assessed for customs and security procedures and practices. These covered automotive warehousing and transport operations, retail and FMCG logistics activities, multi-user and e-commerce fulfilment sites, port operations, other distribution and forwarding locations, container block train operations and the company's intermodal terminal in Bucharest–which handles imports and exports by rail from/to Turkey and Asia, etc.

Tibbett Logistics CEO, David Goldsborough, commented: "Given the quantity of our operations audited, it is a credit to our entire management team that we achieved this certification–which will bring significant benefits to our clients in Romania–within just six months.

"Having commenced our intermodal operations to provide a smoother inbound supply chain for clients, we set up a customs office in 2010 simply to help eliminate waste, and minimise delays and unnecessary costs in import/export processes. The AEO certification, which is recognised worldwide, is a significant step forward in this objective–while also confirming the robustness of our management, procedures and security processes."

Tibbett Logistics provides intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. As well as operating over 80,000 sq metres (860,000 sq ft) of warehousing, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com.


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A 'Practical' solution to e-commerce fulfilment
Issued: 15 July 2014


Spatial Global Limited, the United Kingdom-based international delivery specialist, announces that it has entered into an agreement to provide e-commerce fulfilment and freight services to Practical Publishing International Limited–the leading British publisher of craft magazines and books. Practical's publications are available in most UK multiple retailers, along with newsagents and craft stores, across the country and worldwide.

Spatial is providing Practical Publishing with all its warehousing, import freight and e-commerce fulfilment services–including pick and pack, mail delivery, express freight and courier.

Specifically, the logistics specialist is managing imports from China of Practical Publishing's merchandise, including readers' free gifts. It is taking delivery of magazines and books from printers in the UK and storing them at its hub near Derby in the East Midlands. The company is even responsible for mounting gift items on the front of magazines.

In addition, Spatial Global is fulfilling orders from customers received directly via the publisher's retail websites. It picks and packs these orders and despatches them by post all over the world. Bulk orders received from Practical Publishing's sales team are also delivered to exhibitions as required.

Chris Dunbar, Finance Director at Practical Publishing International, commented: "Our move to a web order fulfilment warehouse was absolutely key for us, and is already paying dividends. In the few weeks we have been using Spatial's service, we have doubled our magazine back-issue sales, while allowing our e-commerce team to concentrate on getting our offer right without having to worry about managing stock. Over coming months we will be focusing on the sale of merchandise to readers and other customers through our new websites, and on streamlining imports from the Far East. We are confident that Spatial will help us achieve our objectives."

Bryan Hindle, Managing Director of Spatial Global, added: "Spatial Mail is providing a one-stop shop for all the e-commerce and freight services required by Practical Publishing International. Prior to this the business managed these activities itself, but growth necessitated that it find an experienced logistics partner to provide outsourced support. We are delighted that it selected Spatial for this activity."

Spatial Global is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited, a supply chain focused business with pan-European transport capabilities plus substantial warehousing and distribution services throughout the UK, mainland Europe and across the world.

For more information please see www.spatialglobal.com.

From its Castle Donington hub, near Derby, Spatial Global is providing Practical Publishing International with all its warehousing, import freight and e-commerce fulfilment services (click to open high-resolution image)
From its Castle Donington hub, near Derby, Spatial Global is providing Practical Publishing International with all its warehousing, import freight and e-commerce fulfilment services





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Tibbett Logistics extends retail logistics operations in Romania and opens its tenth warehouse
Issued: 4 July 2014

Tibbett Logistics' new retail imports warehouse at Europolis Park receives its first stock (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics' new retail imports warehouse at Europolis Park receives its first stock

Keswick Enterprises Group member company, Tibbett Logistics, announces that it has extended its logistics business in Romania with an unnamed leading European multi-national retailer to include the storage and distribution of non-food imports from Asia Pacific and European suppliers. As a result the company has opened a dedicated 8,500 sq metre (91,500 sq ft) warehouse in Europolis Park on the western edge of Bucharest–its tenth distribution centre in the country.

Tibbett Logistics already handles storage and domestic distribution of the retailer's imported dry food products, plus merchandise from Romanian suppliers, at a neighbouring 22,000 sq metre (237,000 sq ft) dedicated distribution centre in Europolis Park.

The company's warehousing portfolio in Romania now exceeds 80,000 sq m (860,000 sq ft)–making it the country's largest third-party provider of warehousing solutions.

The location of the new site was chosen with transport efficiencies in mind. Imported container freight from the Asia Pacific region is transported from the Port of Constanta to Bucharest by Tibbett Logistics' regular block train service into its own intermodal (road-rail) terminal–located just 50 metres from the new import warehouse.

By the fourth quarter of this year the company expects to be transporting intra-European imports via intermodal services as well–which will shift some 2,500 truckloads from road to rail–a saving of over 55 million tonne-kilometres a year.

This is the first new facility to be opened by Tibbett Logistics in 2014 and follows the inauguration of an automotive warehouse in Arad at the end of 2013. In 2012 the company opened a combined FMCG and automotive warehouse of 8,500 sq metres in Deva, plus a new platform for the handling of fresh fish in Bucharest. Further openings are expected to be announced later this year.

Tibbett Logistics is Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist. It provides intermodal logistics and extensive supply chain management services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors across Romania and elsewhere in South East Europe. As well as operating 80,000 sq metres of warehousing, the company has a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

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About Keswick Enterprises


Tibbett Logistics is wholly owned by The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited–the UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services. Formed in 2004, the Group makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.

Keswick Enterprises is headed by John Harvey CBE, a highly respected logistics expert and a widely known personality in the outsourced supply chain management sector.

Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com.






Gruppo Media achieves fulfilment with Spatial Global
Issued: 12 June 2014

Spatial Global has invested in automated folding and enclosing equipment for publishers, and also offers pick & pack services and manual fulfilment when required (click to open high-resolution image)
Spatial Global has invested in automated folding and enclosing equipment for publishers, and also offers pick & pack services and manual fulfilment when required

Spatial Global Limited, the United Kingdom-based international delivery specialist, announces that it has extended its support to Gruppo Media Limited to cover all the publisher's warehousing, pick and pack, mail delivery, express courier and freight services.

Formed in a management buyout led by Bruce Sandell from Rouleur Limited in April 2013, Gruppo Media publishes the acclaimed international road racing journal Rouleur, plus a range of cycling books. It also sells branded cycling merchandise via its own online retail emporium.

Spatial Global collects the magazines from Gruppo's printers on a monthly basis and processes subscriber data received from the publisher's sales team. At its automated mailing house in Castle Donington, near Derby, it then encloses the magazines before labelling and despatching them worldwide.

Excess stock goes into storage in Spatial's warehouse, where orders for back-numbers placed on the publisher's retail websites are received directly for picking, enclosing and despatch.

In the latest extension to this business, Spatial is now also receiving Gruppo's merchandise from suppliers–mainly cycling collectables, art, clothing and books–and placing them into stock. It picks and packs orders for these items, and dispatches them by mail and courier.

In addition, it is also providing new automated stock control services. Stock levels are transmitted to both Gruppo's web servers and its sales team on a daily basis–allowing reserves of books, etc., to be topped-up from the printers/suppliers when required, and ensuring that no web sale is missed through avoidable lack of stock.

Finally, the supply chain management specialist is receiving magazine and book orders from Gruppo's own sales team, and is picking and packing bulk orders destined for retailers. These are shipped via Spatial's own express parcels service (SPEX), as well as by worldwide freight and UK transport.

Bruce Sandell, Managing Director of Gruppo Media, said: "Spatial has proved to be an excellent partner for our business. They are flexible and customer-focused–and are constantly adapting to our needs. They have an excellent team–from the senior management to the person responsible for the account on a daily basis. Quality of service is key for our high-end customer base and the positioning of our brand. Importantly, Spatial is also always working with us to make our business more efficient and to bring costs down–consequently contributing to improving our margins. I am delighted to have extended our long-term partnership with them."

Andrew Austin, Deputy Chairman of Spatial Global and Senior Executive Officer at parent company, The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited, added: "We have been working with Rouleur since 2009 and it is rewarding to have maintained this relationship with Gruppo. The work now covers most aspects of our specialist fulfilment services for publishers in the UK, and we are delighted to be an integral part of the young company's push for growth in 2014 and beyond."

Spatial Global is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited, a supply chain focused business with pan-European transport capabilities plus substantial warehousing and distribution services throughout the UK, mainland Europe and across the world.

For more information please see www.spatialglobal.com.






Adrian Driffill to head-up Spatial Global's Logistics division
Issued: 23 May 2014


Spatial Global Limited, the Castle Donington, UK-based worldwide delivery specialist, has promoted 53-year-old Adrian Driffill to the position of Logistics Manager of its Spatial Logistics division. The appointment is effective today. The previous incumbent, Quinten Evans, has returned to his full-time role as IT Manager for Spatial Global.

Adrian Driffill has been a logistics professional for some 30 years and originally worked for Spatial from 2001 to 2008 as a logistics supervisor. He rejoined the business in 2011 as Warehouse Supervisor, after gaining further experience at freight specialist HEA Group (Heavyweight Air Express), also in Castle Donington.

Adrian's career began in 1976 in the Grenadier Guards, where he became a physical training instructor. He has also run his own packing and distribution business between 1995 and 2001.

Bryan Hindle, Managing Director of Spatial Global, commented: "Adrian's appointment is an essential part of the continuing development and growth of our four principal products: Spatial Freight, Spatial Mail, Spatial Courier and Spatial Logistics. I am sure that his experience of managing multiple warehouse facilities and pick and pack operations will prove invaluable to the successful development of the logistics business."

Adrian Driffill added: "I am really pleased to be back at Spatial Global, and have enjoyed the past three years with the company. However, I am now looking forward to the added responsibilities and daily challenges that managing the logistics team will bring."

Adrian is a passionate football player and is a former semi-professional footballer. Describing himself as a competitive sports fanatic, he also enjoys golf, badminton, tennis, cycling and running.

Adrian Driffill is the new Logistics Manager at Spatial Global, a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group (click to open high-resolution image)
Adrian Driffill is the new Logistics Manager at Spatial Global, a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group






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<br />The Keswick Enterprises Group and its member company, Spatial Global, participated successfully in this year's Multimodal exhibition and conference, which took place at the NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom, from the end of April 2014.  This was the first time that either company had exhibited at the show–which is growing rapidly in importance in the logistics sector.<br /><br />Among visitors to the Spatial/Keswick stand over the three days of the event was Steve Grossmith, Project Manager with ITM, from Kent–who wins Spatial's prize draw.  Congratulations to Steve, whose prize is a fabulous hotel and theatre break for two in London.<br /><br />Our photo shows Ian Radcliffe, Commercial Services Manager at Spatial Global, preparing to welcome visitors to the stand at the beginning of day two.  John Harvey CBE, Executive Chairman of Keswick Enterprises, can be seen in the background.<br /> (click to open high-resolution image)

The Keswick Enterprises Group and its member company, Spatial Global, participated successfully in this year's Multimodal exhibition and conference, which took place at the NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom, from the end of April 2014. This was the first time that either company had exhibited at the show–which is growing rapidly in importance in the logistics sector.

Among visitors to the Spatial/Keswick stand over the three days of the event was Steve Grossmith, Project Manager with ITM, from Kent–who wins Spatial's prize draw. Congratulations to Steve, whose prize is a fabulous hotel and theatre break for two in London.

Our photo shows Ian Radcliffe, Commercial Services Manager at Spatial Global, preparing to welcome visitors to the stand at the beginning of day two. John Harvey CBE, Executive Chairman of Keswick Enterprises, can be seen in the background.







Spatial Global to show its mettle at Multimodal 2014
Issued: 11 April 2014

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Castle Donington based freight forwarder Spatial Global, a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group, will be exhibiting for the first time at this year's Multimodal exhibition and conference at the NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom, from 29 April to 1 May.

Multimodal 2014 is one of the UK and Ireland's leading freight transport and logistics shows, and has become an annual one-stop shop for shippers wishing to optimise their supply chain and transportation flows worldwide. Now in its seventh year, the three-day event is expected to attract over 6,000 specialist visitors, and will occupy Halls 6, 7 and 8 at the NEC.

Spatial Global can be found on stand 517 in Hall 7, where the company will be dispensing free advice to shippers, logisticians and transport managers on international freight forwarding, global project cargo, mail and e-commerce fulfilment, pick and pack, logistics, warehousing, courier services and book distribution.

Andrew Austin, Deputy Chairman of Spatial Global (and Senior Executive Officer at parent company The Keswick Enterprises Group), commented: "Spatial is growing, and developing from a regionally based forwarder into a national and international multimodal logistics specialist. We have decided to exhibit at this leading trade show for the first time to enhance our supplier base and expose our incomparable global freight and logistics services to a range of new customers."

Among those due to attend the show are Kevin Keegan on day one and Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, on day two. Visitors to the Spatial Global stand will be invited to enter a free prize draw to win a trip to a West End show plus an overnight stay in a three-star London hotel for two people.

Founded 34 years ago in Castle Donington, close to East Midlands Airport, Spatial Global has become one of the UK's foremost independent international freight forwarders and logistics specialists. The business operates across a broad spectrum of market sectors, but focuses on publishing and direct mail, e-retail/e-commerce fulfilment, education, healthcare, construction/engineering and project cargo.

Spatial has ISO 9001: 2008 quality certification across all its products/services, and is a double winner of the British International Freight Association's (BIFA's) Freight Service Awards (in 2010 and 2013). It has been a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group since 2006.

Please see also www.spatialglobal.com for more information.

Multimodal 2014 is organised by Clarion Events Ltd. For further information please contact the Show Director, Robert Jervis on +44 (0)20 7384 7760, email robert.jervis@clarionevents.com or visit www.multimodal.org.uk. Spatial Global customers requiring complimentary tickets should contact andrew.austin@kesent.com.






SGL Co-packing targets growth and potential wider European development with senior management appointments (and a new look!)
Issued: 3 February 2014

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Contract packing specialist SGL Co-packing (formerly Strategy Group Limited) has made two new senior management appointments and has taken a strategic decision to focus–along with its parent company The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited– on widening and extending its current UK co-packing and co-manufacturing activities.

The business is seeking to translate its established skills, reputation and customer base into the wider European market, and particularly to achieve synergies in Central and Eastern Europe. At the same time, it has introduced a new brand and visual identity (see logo).

Andrew Palmer has joined parent company Keswick Enterprises as Chairman of SGL Co-packing. Andrew has led the leading logistics services provider Suttons Group since 2005, and has extensive domestic and international business experience–especially in managing change and expansion. David Hogg becomes Head of the subsidiary company's Business Support function. The pair will support the existing divisional management team led by Margaret Bell, divisional General Manager.

Currently a Non-Executive Director of Thomas Cradley Holdings Ltd–the holding company for all subsidiaries of the £155 million Suttons logistics group–Andrew was previously Group Managing Director of Suttons from 2005 to 2013. Before that he was Managing Director of DTS Logistics from 2001 to 2005. He has also held senior management positions at Suttons International, Bibby Line Group, Transport Development Group and Procter & Gamble. Andrew is an honours graduate of the University of Liverpool, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (and winner of its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012). He is married with one son, and lives in the Chester area.

David Hogg brings a wealth of experience in the areas of food manufacture and packaging. He started his career in 1975 as a General Manager at Dalgety PLC. Following experience with William Jacksons and St Ivel, he has held senior management positions at Northern Foods, Premier Foods and Dairy Crest. Since 2009 he has worked as a food industry consultant, advising companies on strategy, structure and performance. David has a record of developing organisations to deliver enhanced performance, and is accustomed to meeting the service requirements of the major retailers. He is married with two children and lives in Chester.

John Harvey CBE, Executive Chairman of The Keswick Enterprises Group, said: "I warmly welcome Andrew and David into The Keswick Enterprises Group. Their appointments signify our strategic decision to expand our contract packing and manufacturing activities–not just in the UK, but into other parts of Europe as well. We intend to introduce contract packing into the portfolio of logistics support services provided by our Tibbett Logistics subsidiary in Romania, for example, and thereafter into our operations in Poland.

"I am also pleased to announce that we have now brought the visual identity of SGL Co-packing into line with other Group subsidiary companies."

For more information please see www.SGLco-packing.co.uk.

NOTE FOR EDITORS

SGL Co-packing was formed as Strategy Group Limited in Nelson, Lancashire, UK, in 1986. Today the business provides a wide range of innovative contract packing and contract manufacturing services from two well-equipped facilities in Nelson. These incorporate purpose-built, air-conditioned clean rooms, as well as nut-free and nut-trace packing facilities. Services include cartoning, assortment packing, pot filling, bagging, flow-wrapping and other support. The company specialises in handling new products and promotions, and offers high service standards, competitive pricing and excellent customer support. SGL Co-packing has been a member of The Keswick Enterprises Group since 2008.

Andrew Palmer (left), Chairman of SGL Co-packing, and David Hogg, Head of Business Support (click to open high-resolution image)
Andrew Palmer (left), Chairman of SGL Co-packing, and David Hogg, Head of Business Support






Graphene partner to Chair Logistics Manager Summit
Issued: 30 January 2014


Adam Chazanow (below), Joint Managing Partner of Graphene Partners–a Poland and UK-based pan-European joint venture with The Keswick Enterprises Group, specialising in supply chain advisory services–will Chair the first Logistics Manager Summit in 2014. This takes place at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, in the United Kingdom, on 12 February.

One of Central and Eastern Europe's most senior logistics industry figures, Adam has over 12 years' experience of working at country MD/regional CEO level for leading 3PLs and courier firms–including Exel, DHL, CEVA and GeoPost/DPD. He has a Masters degree from Cambridge University, and founded Graphene Partners in 2011.

Launched in 2013, the one-day Logistics Manager Summits have already proved a great success in helping logistics and distribution managers to get up to speed with the latest developments in technology, warehousing, fulfilment and reverse logistics. The first 2014 conference forms part of the two-day Logistics Link South exhibition, organised by Akabo Media and Logistics Manager magazine.

Adam commented: "The Sandown Park Summit will be covering the pros and cons of outsourced logistics and how to extract value from the 3PL relationship, and will provide valuable insight on best commercial practice in logistics contracts. This is vital knowledge for every logistics and distribution manager, and I look forward to seeing you there!"

Graphene Partners' areas of focus include 3PL contract negotiation, M&A support, tender and project management, and supply chain optimisation. Adam is also a supervisory board member at Siódemka, one of Poland's largest courier firms, and regularly advises the management boards of leading retailers and manufacturers across Central and Eastern Europe.

For more information please see http://www.akabomedia.co.uk/en/lmsummit2013birm.aspx, http://south.logisticslink.co.uk/ and http://www.graphenepartners.com/








Andrew Austin appointed to senior management roles at Keswick Enterprises and Spatial Global
Issued: 23 January 2014


The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited, the UK-based logistics and co-packing group founded in 2004 by John Harvey CBE, has appointed 50-year-old Andrew Austin to the newly created position of Senior Executive Officer. At the same time Andrew becomes Deputy Chairman of the Group's Spatial Global Limited subsidiary, where he will support Chairman Mike Wallis and Managing Director Bryan Hindle with the development of its freight, mail, logistics and courier products.

Andrew has spent his entire career in logistics, and brings to the business over 30 years of domestic and international senior management experience of the freight and express parcels sectors. His previous roles include Chief Executive Officer for Priority Freight from 2010 to 2013, Vice President Europe for Schneider Logistics from 2006 to 2010, Managing Director Northern Europe for FedEx from 1999 to 2001, and General Manager Network Logistics for LYNX Express from 1987 to 1996. He has lived and worked in the UK and The Netherlands.

Commenting on his decision to join the Keswick Enterprises Group, Andrew said: "I have known Keswick's John Harvey for many years and have great admiration for him and the business. My role now is to support the growth and development of the company's freight and logistics activities–both within Spatial Global and the wider group–initially by focusing on improvements in marketing, sector development and partner relationship management. My goal is to build on Spatial Global's 34 years of successful freight and logistics operations, while retaining its unrivalled reputation for high quality services and exceptional customer support."

John Harvey, Chairman of The Keswick Enterprises Group, added: "I am delighted to welcome Andrew into the business. As well as his impact on accelerating the development of Spatial Global, there are a number of forthcoming Group initiatives in the UK and overseas that I am certain will benefit from his valuable experience."

Andrew has a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. He is married with two children, and will be based at Spatial's headquarters in Castle Donington, near Derby.


Andrew Austin is the new Senior Executive Officer of The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited and Deputy Chairman of its Spatial Global Limited subsidiary (click to open high-resolution image)
Andrew Austin is the new Senior Executive Officer of The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited and Deputy Chairman of its Spatial Global Limited subsidiary






Spatial Global wins top freight industry award
Issued: 19 January 2014

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Spatial Global Limited, the freight forwarding and logistics subsidiary within The Keswick Enterprises Group Limited, has won the prestigious Project Forwarding Award in the British International Freight Association's (BIFA's) Freight Service Awards 2013.

Now in their 25th year, the Awards are among the highest profile and most respected in the freight industry. The competition is designed to encourage and reward high standards and professionalism.

The prize was presented to Rachel Morley, General Manager Operations for Spatial's Freight division, by television celebrity Julia Bradbury at a luncheon ceremony held in London on 16 January 2014.

Spatial Global was selected for the manner in which it tackled a high-profile project to transport bespoke 45-metre tall lighting masts from the manufacturers in the UK and mainland Europe to the Manuka Oval on the other side of the world in Canberra, Australia, on a tight deadline.

The BIFA judges commented: "Spatial impressed by undertaking a major project that demonstrated project forwarding at its best. It involved co-ordinating the arrival of cargo from multiple destinations to meet a fixed installation sequence with excellent planning."

Bryan Hindle, Managing Director of Spatial Global, said: "We may not be the biggest logistics provider in the world, but I believe we work harder than our larger competitors. This Award shows that we can compete successfully on a global stage, by having a well motivated and experienced team, and providing high quality services at low cost. Our aim is to offer clients great communication, detailed planning, high creativity, attention to detail, excellent customer care and superb value."

This is the second major BIFA Award that Spatial has picked up in recent years. In 2010 it won the Association's Special Services Award for its holiday dialysis medications service.

The Project Forwarding Award is sponsored by insurance broker Peter Lole & Co. Ltd, and was one of nine Awards presented this year. The competition was open to providers of project forwarding services, or companies that have developed a special project in order to meet the requirements of their customer.

Left to right: Television presenter Julia Bradbury presents Rachel Morley of Spatial Global with the BIFA Award in the presence of Tracey Meaney from sponsor Peter Lole & Co (click to open high-resolution image)
Left to right: Television presenter Julia Bradbury presents Rachel Morley of Spatial Global with the BIFA Award in the presence of Tracey Meaney from sponsor Peter Lole & Co





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Keswick Enterprises takes 50% stake in pan-European supply chain advisory practice
Issued: 15 April 2013

John Harvey CBE (left) and Adam Chazanow, Managing Partners of Graphene Partners (click to open high-resolution image)
John Harvey CBE (left) and Adam Chazanow, Managing Partners of Graphene Partners

UK-based supply chain services specialist, The Keswick Enterprises Group, has taken a 50% stake in Graphene Partners of Poland–transforming the practice into a pan-European joint venture.

Graphene was established in 2009 by Adam Chazanow in Warsaw, and focuses on providing supply chain advisory services, including logistics contract negotiation, project management and mergers & acquisitions support. Adam remains as Managing Partner, and is joined by John Harvey CBE, Chairman of The Keswick Enterprises Group, also as Managing Partner.

Working across the UK, plus Central & Eastern Europe and beyond, Graphene Partners and Keswick Enterprises have been collaborating on selected projects since mid-2012. The joint venture was formally confirmed in April 2013.

Graphene Partners' objective is to help clients improve their supply chain performance, with particular focus on outsourcing relationships. Drawing on a multinational team with extensive operational experience, and taking a hands-on practical approach, Graphene Partners offers advisory services ranging from strategic issues management–including network redesign, supply chain strategy and mergers & acquisitions support–through project management, contract negotiation, corporate governance and conflict resolution, to tactical process redesign.

Within Keswick Enterprises, Graphene Partners will come under the wing of Mike Wallis, who, as well as being Chairman of Spatial Global Ltd, heads Keswick Management Services (KMS). KMS is a supply chain consultancy, providing mainly complementary services to Graphene Partners, and advises clients principally on the strategic development and implementation of their logistics, transport and warehousing operations.

John Harvey CBE, Chairman of The Keswick Enterprises Group, commented: "I have known Adam since 2003 when he joined as Managing Director of the Polish subsidiary of Tibbett & Britten Group, and it is a real pleasure to be working with him again–along with the other members of his successful team at Graphene Partners. We plan to bring a new perspective to their business–helping to extend their customer base throughout Europe and beyond, while maintaining the practice's specialist focus on supply chain advisory support."

Adam Chazanow added: "Graphene Partners has developed a practical approach and user-friendly methodology that increases project velocity and improves customers' return on investment. Our experience already spans the negotiation and implementation of over 100 logistics contracts.

"I am delighted that Graphene Partners has entered a new phase in its development through this relationship with John Harvey and his team at Keswick Enterprises. Clients consistently tell us how much they appreciate our practical, 'sleeves-rolled-up' approach–underpinned by years of operational experience–and there are few in the industry with the breadth and depth of logistics industry knowledge possessed by the Keswick team.

"The joint venture confirms our shared commitment to delivering first-class solutions to customers–backed by unparalleled experience and solid, practical advice."

Graphene Partners comprises seasoned senior logistics industry operators based in Central & Eastern Europe and the UK. Existing customers include global Fortune 50 and smaller FMCG, aerospace, defence, automotive, technology and other manufacturers, plus multiple retailers, e-commerce operators, private equity companies and venture capital firms.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

The Keswick Enterprises Group Ltd is a UK-based private equity investor, focused on the logistics and supply chain sector, both domestically and internationally. The company was created in 2004 by John Harvey CBE–who previously developed and led the major intercontinental logistics service provider Tibbett & Britten Group plc for 20 years. Keswick subsidiaries provide transport, warehousing and distribution, freight forwarding, co-packing, mail, fulfilment, logistics consultancy and courier services.

The Group has grown both organically and through acquisition. Its international logistics consultancy, Keswick Management Services, has undertaken projects in Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and elsewhere, while the buyout of DHL's and Delamode's logistics operations in Romania in late 2010 provided a springboard for the development of Tibbett Logistics in South-East Europe. A contract logistics joint venture, Keswick Vector SCM Polska, was announced in Poland in 2012.

For more information please also see www.graphenepartners.com





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Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal receives first intra-EU train
Issued: 2 November 2012

A semi-trailer from the first scheduled train with intermodal wagons to arrive from Germany and Austria at BIRFT, the Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal, is transferred to a road vehicle by 'Big George' on 29 October.  The terminal is operated by Tibbett Logistics, part of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group (click to open high-resolution image)
A semi-trailer from the first scheduled train with intermodal wagons to arrive from Germany and Austria at BIRFT, the Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal, is transferred to a road vehicle by 'Big George' on 29 October. The terminal is operated by Tibbett Logistics, part of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group

Tibbett Logistics, the operator of South-Eastern Romania's prime intermodal rail terminal, has this week received the first scheduled train with intermodal wagons from Germany and Austria. The new service will initially comprise two trains a week in each direction.

The first train arrived early on the morning of 29th October 2012 with 38 units–eight semi-trailers and 30 45' pallet-wide continental containers, destined for import customers in the south east of Romania, primarily Bucharest and Ploiesti.

Tibbett Logistics has recently renamed the terminal as the Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal, or BIRFT, because it has become clear to the company–which is part of the UK-based Keswick Enterprises Group–that a large proportion of the marketplace in Eastern Europe remains unaware that the services offered at the terminal go well beyond simple domestic road-rail transportation.

The open-access terminal is used to transfer shipping containers arriving on rail wagons to road trailers, and vice versa. BIRFT is the only such facility in Romania operating regular scheduled block trains between Constanta Port and Bucharest, on both import and export movements. Customers include the major shipping lines and freight forwarders, as well as direct users.

In addition, it is the only intermodal rail terminal offering CFS (Container Freight Station) and warehousing services within the terminal itself, linked directly to the rail tracks. The terminal accommodates domestic and international conventional rail wagon traffic, and Tibbett Logistics combines these activities with conventional road transport whenever the latter is more efficient than collecting or delivering containers using its own rail wagons.

Completing the services offered at the terminal are stripping/stuffing containers, customs clearance and transit operations, along with container management, repair and storage.

Tibbett Logistics CEO, David Goldsborough, commented: "We believe that–via the Port of Constanta–Romania is the natural entry point to Europe from the East and elsewhere. Our aim is to facilitate the efficient transportation of goods from the Port to end-destinations throughout Europe, as well as from EU states back to Romania.

"Since the inception of our regular block trains between Constanta and Bucharest we have had many discussions with users and potential users regarding other rail-related services–including the handling of conventional wagons, where we already have an excellent infrastructure in place. We have developed additional services so that we can customise the mix of rail-based and road-based transportation in either containers or conventional trucks–depending on the exact needs of the customer. Given the increasing cost of diesel, this is being very well received by both existing clients and those coming to the service for the first time."

Tibbett Logistics is Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist. In addition to intermodal activities, it offers comprehensive supply chain management services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors throughout Romania and across South East Europe. It operates approximately 70,000 square metres of warehousing, plus a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis–along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

NOTE FOR EDITORS

About The Keswick Enterprises Group


Tibbett Logistics is wholly owned by The Keswick Enterprises Group Ltd–the UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services. Formed in 2004, the Group makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.

Keswick Enterprises is headed by John Harvey CBE, former Executive Chairman of the intercontinental logistics giant Tibbett & Britten Group plc.

Regular scheduled trains to and from Austria, Germany, Benelux, Italy and other Western European countries are now being handled through BIRFT - the Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal (click to open high-resolution image)
Regular scheduled trains to and from Austria, Germany, Benelux, Italy and other Western European countries are now being handled through BIRFT - the Bucharest International Rail Freight Terminal





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Keswick's new Polish joint venture wins retail fashion logistics contract
Issued: 21 June 2012

Vector Fashion Services, a subsidiary of Keswick Vector SCM Polska, operates this 6000 sq metre (65,000 sq ft) shared-user distribution centre in Gdansk, Poland (click to open high-resolution image)
Vector Fashion Services, a subsidiary of Keswick Vector SCM Polska, operates this 6000 sq metre (65,000 sq ft) shared-user distribution centre in Gdansk, Poland

Following its creation earlier this year as a joint venture between UK-based Keswick Enterprises and Vector Global Logistics of Poland, Keswick Vector SCM Polska Sp. z.o.o. announces that it has won a three-year logistics contract with Esotiq & Henderson SA–the country's leading specialist lingerie and underwear retail chain.

The dedicated open-book contract has been placed in a new subsidiary of Keswick Vector SCM Polska, named Vector Fashion Services Sp. z.o.o., and is based at the joint venture's 6,000 sq metre (65,000 sq ft) distribution centre at Prologis Park in Gdansk, Poland.

Awarded after a five-way competitive tender, the contract covers the warehousing and distribution of some 6,000 Esotiq & Henderson lines to approximately 150 outlets across Poland–a combination of the retailer's own and franchised shops, plus wholesalers. The joint venture is also providing added value services, including placing lingerie on hangers and labelling, along with picking and packing for courier despatch.

In addition, the contract covers international distribution to wholesalers in Russia, the Ukraine and the Czech Republic from Vector Fashion Services' customs bonded warehouse.

The retailer's logistics services were previously provided by LPP SA–the major Polish retail group and former owner of the 'Henderson' and 'Esotiq' brands–initially directly and subsequently on an outsourced basis. Since the start of 2011, Esotiq & Henderson has been an independent quoted company, with Joanna Krupa–the famous Polish model–as its public face.

Commenting on the new business win, Keswick Enterprises' Chairman, John Harvey CBE, said: "We are delighted that our recently created Polish joint venture–led by General Manager Marcin Gruchala–has won this contract to provide domestic logistics and added-value services for one of Poland's leading specialist fashion retailers. Esotiq & Henderson is a dynamic young business with ambitious domestic and international growth plans, and we are proud to be helping them achieve their goals."

Keswick Vector SCM Polska is building on Keswick group's international logistics experience in the clothing and textiles, automotive, food & grocery and other FMCG sectors, to develop an effective alternative for domestic and multi-national retailers and manufacturers seeking quality logistics outsourcing solutions in Poland. The company is 52% owned by Keswick Enterprises and 48% by Vector Global Logistics.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

About Esotiq & Henderson


Based in Gdansk, Esotiq & Henderson SA is a specialist retail chain quoted on NewConnect–the Polish Stock Exchange. The business began life in 1998 with the creation of the Henderson men's underwear brand under the auspices of the giant Polish retail group LPP SA. The Esotiq ladies lingerie and beachwear brand was then added in 2005. Esotiq & Henderson SA came into existence on 1 January 2011 after the brands were sold by LPP to company management and outside investors.

Esotiq & Henderson has been developing rapidly, and not only already has nationwide coverage within Poland, but also representation in Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Austria and Romania–with further overseas outlets under development. A children's range is also planned, along with other new collections.

For more information please see www.esotiq.com and www.vectorpl.com.

The Esotiq & Henderson logistics contract is now based at this distribution centre in Gdansk, Poland, operated by Keswick Vector SCM Polska subsidiary Vector Fashion Services (click to open high-resolution image)
The Esotiq & Henderson logistics contract is now based at this distribution centre in Gdansk, Poland, operated by Keswick Vector SCM Polska subsidiary Vector Fashion Services

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Keswick Enterprises extends CEE activities with new Polish logistics joint venture
Issued: 18 January 2012

Marcin Gruchala, General Manager of Vector Global Logistics and Chairman of Keswick Vector SCM Polska (click to open high-resolution image)
Marcin Gruchala, General Manager of Vector Global Logistics and Chairman of Keswick Vector SCM Polska

Keswick Enterprises, the specialist UK-based private equity group, has entered into a new partnership to develop third-party supply chain management services in Poland. It has linked-up with Vector Global Logistics Sp. z.o.o., based in Gdynia, Poland, to create a brand-new logistics joint venture, Keswick Vector SCM Polska Sp. z.o.o.–which is 52% owned by Keswick Enterprises and 48% by Vector Global Logistics.

Although Keswick Enterprises already has long-established logistics operations in South East Europe–centred on Romania–this is the company's first venture in Poland.

Keswick Vector SCM Polska will focus on developing warehousing and transport related supply chain management activities in Poland–building on Vector's local expertise and Keswick Enterprises' international logistics experience, particularly in the clothing & textiles, automotive, food & grocery, other FMCG and retail sectors. The new company will start with an initial 6,000 sq metres of world-class warehousing in Gdansk.

Keswick Enterprises was created in 2004 to develop and invest in supply chain related businesses, where through pro-active management it can add experience and expertise. Constituent businesses include Spatial (freight forwarding, warehousing/fulfilment, mail and courier), Link Logistics (contract logistics), SGL (co-packing/contract manufacturing) and Keswick Management Services (logistics consultancy) in the UK, plus Tibbett Logistics (contract logistics and intermodal transport) in Romania. In 2011, the group employed some 1,600 people and generated revenues of over EUR90 million.

Vector Global Logistics is a privately owned company established in Poland in 2000, initially as a dedicated liner agency for MOL (Mitsui OSK Lines), later developing its focus on international freight forwarding. Today, its principal activities include sea and air freight for Polish and global importers and retailers, and sea freight for Polish and other CEE exporters–with special expertise in refrigerated merchandise. The company operates its own consolidation services for goods from China and India, and provides logistics services for importers and retailers–with customs agency and trucking services from both Polish and German ports. The business has established joint ventures in Hong Kong and Moscow. It is a member of the Polish Freight Forwarders' Association and has AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) status. 2011 revenues exceeded EUR10 million.

Marcin Gruchala, General Manager of Vector Global Logistics and Chairman of Keswick Vector SCM Polska, commented: "Entering a joint venture with Keswick Enterprises is a big strategic step forward for Vector Global Logistics, as global and domestic customers in Poland tend to be more advanced than the domestic logistics sector. This new joint venture gives us direct access to Keswick's senior managements, expertise and international network. In 1984 Mr John Harvey, now Chairman of Keswick Enterprises, and his colleagues acquired Tibbett & Britten–a small UK clothing logistics business–and over the following two decades turned it into a £2,300 million-a-year logistics group, a pioneer in global third-party supply chain management. We are incredibly excited about the future of our new partnership."

Welcoming the creation of the new joint venture, John Harvey CBE, Chairman of Keswick Enterprises, added: "With our third-party logistics operations developing strongly in Romania and extending across South East Europe, we are now turning our attention to Poland. Vector is an excellent business, and we believe that the combination of its local knowledge and our international supply chain management expertise will facilitate development in the country and provide a focused new alternative for domestic and multi-national retailers and manufacturers looking for high quality logistics solutions.

"We expect to be in a position to make a further announcement about the development of the new Polish logistics joint venture shortly."

Please also see Vector Global Logistics' website (www.vectorpl.com).


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John Harvey CBE, Chairman of Keswick Enterprises Limited (click to open high-resolution image)
John Harvey CBE, Chairman of Keswick Enterprises Limited




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Tibbett Logistics wins Romania's leading railway industry award
Issued: 14 December 2011

Vasile Diaconescu, Regional Director of train manufacturer Siemens Mobility Romania (<i>right</i>) presents the top Award of the Romanian Rail Industry Association ('Clubul Feroviar') for 2011 to Adriana Popescu, Head of Commercial Development Intermodal at Tibbett Logistics (click to open high-resolution image)
Vasile Diaconescu, Regional Director of train manufacturer Siemens Mobility Romania (right) presents the top Award of the Romanian Rail Industry Association ('Clubul Feroviar') for 2011 to Adriana Popescu, Head of Commercial Development Intermodal at Tibbett Logistics

The Romania-based contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics, was named winner of the principal award at the 6th annual Gala Awards of the Romanian Rail Industry Association–Clubul Feroviar–on 8 December 2011. Tibbett Logistics is part of the fast-growing UK-based Keswick Enterprises group.

The event recognises organisations and individuals who have contributed significantly to the Romanian rail industry over the previous 12 months, and those who have done most to promote rail transport.

The top prize of the evening–the 'Business Initiative Award for Excellence in the Rail Industry'–was presented to Tibbett Logistics in recognition of its contribution to supporting intermodal (road-rail) logistics in Romania, coupled with the recent development of its second intermodal terminal in Bucharest.

The Award was collected by Tibbett Logistics' CEO, David Goldsborough, accompanied by George Petre and Adriana Popescu from the company's intermodal operations management team.

The news concluded a busy week for Tibbett Logistics–following the official opening of its new intermodal terminal at Europolis Park in the west of Bucharest and the arrival there of the first trains from Constanta.

Presenting the Award, Stefan Roseanu, Senior Partner of Clubul Feroviar, said: "The Business Initiative Award for Excellence in the Rail Industry is presented for the year 2011 to Tibbett Logistics for its vision in investing in the development of a multimodal terminal within the Bucharest area. Through this investment we hope that transport companies can find more solid grounds for choosing the Constanta Harbour and Romania as supply routes for Central and Eastern Europe. I am convinced that the efforts of Tibbett's team to lay the foundations for such a development were not insignificant in the circumstances–a pioneering achievement for our country".

Thanking the Association, David Goldsborough added: "It is gratifying to be honoured and to receive this Award in recognition of the efforts of our intermodal team over recent years and months. They have been totally committed and have worked tirelessly to develop operations in this very exciting sector of the rail industry.

"This Award is for them... but I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support and encouragement of our parent company Keswick Enterprises in these initiatives. Too often the rail sector has gained a reputation for myopia and lack of strategic vision of the supply chain. Demonstrably, this need not be so, and from the outset we have approached the business not simply from the perspective of a rail operator, but as a logistics service provider. Our achievements and this Award demonstrate that if you are determined to find new and effective solutions to logistics and transportation problems, then you will surely succeed."

Tibbett Logistics is Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist. In addition to its intermodal activities it offers comprehensive services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors throughout Romania and beyond–operating approximately 100,000 square metres of warehousing plus a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis, along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

NOTE FOR EDITORS

About Keswick Enterprises


Tibbett Logistics is wholly owned by Keswick Enterprises Ltd–the UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services. Formed in 2004, the business makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.

Keswick Enterprises is headed by John Harvey CBE, former Executive Chairman of the intercontinental logistics giant Tibbett & Britten Group plc.

Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com.

Further details of the Gala Awards event and the other winners may be found at:
http://www.railwayinsider.eu/wp/archives/28628


<i>Left to right</i>: Stefan Roseanu, Senior Partner of the Romanian Rail Industry Association ('Clubul Feroviar') with Adriana Popescu, David Goldsborough and George Petre of Tibbett Logistics, and Vasile Diaconescu of Siemens Mobility Romania at the Gala Awards ceremony (click to open high-resolution image)
Left to right: Stefan Roseanu, Senior Partner of the Romanian Rail Industry Association ('Clubul Feroviar') with Adriana Popescu, David Goldsborough and George Petre of Tibbett Logistics, and Vasile Diaconescu of Siemens Mobility Romania at the Gala Awards ceremony





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Tibbett Logistics' second Bucharest intermodal terminal opens for business
Issued: 8 December 2011

The scale of Tibbett Logistics' new 12,000 sq metre intermodal terminal at Europolis Park is clear... the rail-connected warehouse is on the left (click to open high-resolution image)
The scale of Tibbett Logistics' new 12,000 sq metre intermodal terminal at Europolis Park is clear... the rail-connected warehouse is on the left
Rain did not dampen spirits at Tibbett Logistics' opening ceremony... and cleared away when the first train arrived! (click to open high-resolution image)
Rain did not dampen spirits at Tibbett Logistics' opening ceremony... and cleared away when the first train arrived!

Martin Harris OBE, UK Ambassador to Romania, officially opened Tibbett Logistics' second intermodal (road-rail) terminal in Bucharest this week, following a 6.4 million euro investment in the development. Tibbett Logistics is part of the fast-growing UK-based Keswick Enterprises group.

The opening ceremony at Europolis Park was attended by some 200 guests from multinational manufacturers, retailers, forwarders and shippers, along with other local dignitaries.

His Excellency Ambassador Harris emphasised in his speech the environmental benefits of the new terminal–pointing out in particular that analysts predict savings of 16.6 million tonnes of CO2 a year as a result of fewer truck movements in and around Bucharest because of the terminal development alone.

He commented: "When I arrived in Romania in 2010 one of my first trips was to Constanta, which is one of the largest ports in Europe. I found it extraordinary that many companies in Romania preferred to be supplied from Rotterdam, two thousand kilometres away by truck. One year later, that is changing. The upgrade to the railway line, and the new intermodal terminal in Bucharest, make Constanta an increasingly attractive option."

In his speech, Ambroziu Duma, representing the Port of Constanta Administration, also outlined the importance of hinterland transportation solutions for the successful development of goods traffic through Constanta, emphasising the large volume of goods that are still being transported by road to Romania via the northern European ports–at significant unnecessary cost to both consumers and the environment.

To mark the official opening, the first fully loaded train entered the terminal to the accompaniment of fireworks and rousing music (Mr Blue Sky by ELO). This coincided with the cessation of the rain that had been falling continuously for the previous 12 hours!

The first stage of Tibbett Logistics' second intermodal terminal in Bucharest commences operations with 12,000 sq metres of platform and 2.5 km of rail track, plus an accompanying 6,500 sq metre rail-connected warehouse in the middle of the site. This platform provides an immediate capacity of approximately 1,200 TEU–a figure that is set to double by the fourth quarter of 2012 with the scheduled completion of the second development phase.

As well as block trains operated by Tibbett Logistics itself between Constanta and Bucharest, the terminal is open to all end-users and operators, and will handle trains to/from the EU, Turkey and western Romania. Early 2012 will see the arrival of the first trains with car-transporter wagons.

CEO, David Goldsborough, said: "This is a proud moment for both Tibbett Logistics and Keswick Enterprises–and it is gratifying to see so many visitors and such interest from the industry. With the price of diesel in Romania rising 55% since January 2009, rail-based transport operations have become not only environmentally friendly, but also financially vital.

"The success of any intermodal terminal development rests not only on its facilities, but also on its location. This is where we really score–as freight trains are now able to travel from the port of Constanta almost to the door of the major retailers and manufacturers in Bucharest. At this site we are within a few kilometres of all the city's main industrial and logistics parks–from which the major part of the logistics needs of the nation are served."

Tibbett Logistics is Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist. In addition to its intermodal activities it offers comprehensive services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors throughout Romania and beyond–operating approximately 100,000 square metres of warehousing plus a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis, along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com. For more details of H.E. Ambassador Harris's speech, please see http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/martinharris/2011/12/07/romania-%E2%80%93-better-transport-less-greenhouse-gas/

Martin Harris OBE, UK Ambassador to Romania (left), and David Goldsborough, Tibbett Logistics CEO, speaking at the opening ceremony (click to open high-resolution image)
Martin Harris OBE, UK Ambassador to Romania (left), and David Goldsborough, Tibbett Logistics CEO, speaking at the opening ceremony

The first train arrives at the new open-access intermodal terminal in the west of Bucharest–Tibbett Logistics' second in the Romanian capital (click to open high-resolution image)
The first train arrives at the new open-access intermodal terminal in the west of Bucharest–Tibbett Logistics' second in the Romanian capital





John Harvey named Freight Personality of the Year 2011
Issued: 2 December 2011

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Keswick Enterprises' co-founder and Chairman, John Harvey CBE, was named Freight Personality of the Year at the 15th annual IFW Awards on 23 November 2011.

The high profile Awards ceremony took place at a gala dinner at the glamorous Planit Embankment Gardens in the centre of London, hosted by TV comedian and master impressionist Jon Culshaw.

The Awards were attended by around 1000 industry professionals–from SMEs to the largest multinationals.

The Freight Personality of the Year Award is given at the discretion of the judges and recognises John Harvey's long contribution to the logistics sector (see Wikipedia entry) and in particular his support of the UK-based international transport charity, Transaid. He was Chairman of the Trustees of Transaid for a decade from 2000 to 2010, and remains a Trustee and staunch supporter. The Award was sponsored by Oceanic Resources International Ltd.

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Tibbett Logistics intermodal developments 'on track'
Issued: 30 November 2011

Tibbett Logistics' initial consignment of 32 intermodal rail wagons arrive in Bucharest (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics' initial consignment of 32 intermodal rail wagons arrive in Bucharest
The Kalmar DRF450 reach stacker, dubbed 'Big George', in Tibbett Logistics' colours (click to open high-resolution image)
The Kalmar DRF450 reach stacker, dubbed 'Big George', in Tibbett Logistics' colours

Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–part of the fast-growing UK-based Keswick Enterprises group–has taken delivery of its first 32 intermodal rail wagons from the French company Touax, a leading provider of rolling stock in Europe.

The development further underlines Tibbett Logistics' strong commitment to its intermodal (road-rail) operations in Romania and across the south-east Europe region. It is one of the few logistics companies to acquire its own rail rolling stock as a guarantee of capacity.

Initially the wagons will be used on Tibbett's own block trains operating out of the maritime port of Constanta on the Black Sea, but the company also has plans to acquire additional rail wagons early in 2012 to secure sufficient capacity for daily services and to create a link between Bucharest and the west of Romania.

Tibbett Logistics CEO, David Goldsborough, said: "We have recently seen increased interest in–and demand for–intermodal/road-rail logistics solutions, while at the same time the availability of rail wagons on the Romanian market has decreased due to the age and general poor state of repair of the rolling stock. For this reason, we have taken the unusual step of long-term leasing our own rail wagons so that our ability to offer regular and uninterrupted services to customers is not compromised. Creating a daily service and keeping our promises to customers and partners are our key objectives."

The delivery of Tibbett's rail wagons in Romania follows hot-on-the-heels of the arrival of additional terminal equipment–mainly in the shape of a Kalmar DRF450 reach stacker. This impressive lifter can handle containers and intermodal units weighing up to 40 tonnes, and complements the company's existing Hyster Top Loader reach stacker.

With phase one of Tibbett Logistics' second intermodal terminal in Bucharest (at Europolis Park in the west of the city) now complete, construction work is ahead of plan on the second phase of the terminal development–to provide another 150 metres of track access and extra storage space for containers. The first intermodal trains have just been received at the terminal–a few days before next week's grand opening.

Tibbett Logistics offers comprehensive logistics services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors throughout Romania and beyond–operating approximately 100,000 square metres of warehousing plus a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis, along with its own intermodal rail wagons.

NOTE FOR EDITORS

About Keswick Enterprises

Tibbett Logistics is wholly owned by Keswick Enterprises Ltd–the UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services. Formed in 2004, the business makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.

Keswick Enterprises is headed by John Harvey CBE, former Executive Chairman of the intercontinental logistics giant Tibbett & Britten Group plc. Please also see www.tibbettlogistics.com.

The Kalmar reach stacker preparing for operations at Tibbett Logistics' second intermodal terminal in Bucharest (click to open high-resolution image)
The Kalmar reach stacker preparing for operations at Tibbett Logistics' second intermodal terminal in Bucharest

The Kalmar can handle containers and intermodal units weighing up to 40 tonnes (click to open high-resolution image)
The Kalmar can handle containers and intermodal units weighing up to 40 tonnes





AWR is a game-changer for the logistics sector, says recruitment specialist
Issued: 17 November 2011

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David Coombes: "Many of the advantages of employing agency staff have now gone"

David Coombes, Managing Director and founder of the recently launched online job board Logistics Job Shop (www.LogisticsJobShop.co.uk), is calling upon the logistics sector to wake up to the impact of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR).

"When the AWR came into force in the UK on 1 October 2011, agency workers employed for 12 or more weeks in the same role–whether full- or part-time–acquired essentially the same pay and employment rights as directly employed personnel", says David. "This is a game-changer for logistics, which is probably the single sector most affected by the AWR in the UK. A high proportion of agency workers are employed in logistics roles in this country–most of them commercial vehicle drivers and warehousing personnel.

"The new regulations mean that many of the advantages of employing agency staff have now gone. Even from day one agency personnel must be provided with access to company shared facilities, including canteens, child-care and transport.

"It is only a matter of time before logistics departments and third-party logistics service providers begin reducing their dependency on agency labour and start employing a higher proportion of their workforce directly. In the present difficult economic conditions it is vital that their recruitment processes are then as efficient and cost-effective as they can be.

"As a result, we believe more logistics departments and companies will be turning to online job boards for their recruitment. Boards such as www.logisticsjobshop.co.uk are easy to use, and are highly time- and cost-effective for recruiters–with charges as low as £501 for each advertised position."

From January 2012, www.logisticsjobshop.co.uk will be emphasising hourly-paid jobs in its advertising and other marketing materials. "Although we will, of course, continue to serve recruiters' needs for monthly paid, management and supervisory personnel, our marketing focus will change to promoting the effectiveness of LogisticsJobShop.co.uk in filling hourly paid positions–including warehousing and driving roles", explains David Coombes. "Since our launch in September, we have generated a database of 12,000 fully screened hourly paid logistics and supply chain candidates in the UK–which is already an amazing resource for recruiters."



1 Based on a 10-job package.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

About Logistics Job Shop

Logistics Job Shop Limited is part of DBC Group, a Bristol-based recruitment company specialising in resourcing for the logistics and supply chain sectors. DBC's objective is to supply expert, effective recruitment solutions for logistics departments and third-party logistics service providers. The business is actively supported by Keswick Enterprises Limited, the UK-based private equity company headed by John Harvey CBE. For more information please see www.logisticsjobshop.co.uk.

About the AWR
The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) implement the EU's agency workers directive into British law, and have been effective since 1 October 2011. The regulations aim to protect full- and part-time agency workers by giving them–after 12 weeks employment in the same role–equality in pay and working conditions with directly employed staff. Harmonised terms and conditions include basic pay, overtime and shift allowances, bonuses attributable to individual performance, holidays, working hours and rights to paid time-off during pregnancy.






Tibbett Logistics achieves ISO 9001 certification across logistics operations in Romania
Issued: 16 November 2011


Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–part of the fast-growing UK-based Keswick Enterprises group–has been awarded ISO 9001 quality certification for all its logistics operations–confirming the high standard of logistics services offered in Romania.

Tibbett Logistics had previously received certification for its automotive logistics operations only, but has now successfully undergone stringent examination of all its other logistics activities.

Tibbett Logistics CEO, David Goldsborough, said: "Our customers demand the highest levels of service and support, and the best confirmation we can have of this is that our business is continuing to grow strongly in the areas of warehousing, distribution and intermodal (road-rail) services. However independent ISO 9001 certification now demonstrates that across our business we have a rigorous approach to quality management.

"Whatever the size of operation we take responsibility for, a customer can be assured of the highest levels of professionalism from Tibbett Logistics. For us, this certification is not just a plaque to put on the wall. We are actually using the process to train our management and to achieve standardisation in systems and methodologies as far as possible across the business. This is making it easier for us to respond quickly to new business requirements, while assuring our customers of a quality approach from day one."

Tibbett Logistics offers comprehensive logistics services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors throughout Romania and beyond–operating some 100,000 square metres of warehousing plus a distribution fleet comprising tilt trailers, double- and triple-chamber reefers and container chassis.

Later this month Tibbett Logistics will be opening its second intermodal logistics terminal in Romania with direct rail-linked warehousing in the west of Bucharest.

For more information see www.tibbettlogistics.com.






Tibbett Logistics CEO wins Romania's top award for logistics managers
Issued: 31 October 2011

David Goldsborough, CEO of Tibbett Logistics, receives the Tranzit Award in October 2011 (click to open high-resolution image)
David Goldsborough, CEO of Tibbett Logistics, receives the Tranzit Award in October 2011

Tibbett Logistics CEO, David Goldsborough, has been named 'Most Efficient Logistics Manager' at a gala awards ceremony organised by Tranzit magazine of Romania. Tibbett Logistics SRL is a Romanian logistics specialist, and part of the fast-growing UK-based Keswick Enterprises group.

The awards took place in Timisoara, Romania, in October 2011 and were attended by a record 400 senior logistics managers from across the country. David beat other finalists from KLG Europe, FM Logistic, CEVA Logistics, Delamode Romania, Wim Bosman, H Essers, DSV Solutions, Gefco Romania and Gebrüder Weiss to win the top prize.

A surprised David Goldsborough said: "I was very honoured to receive the award, and was really not expecting it! I have to say that I accepted it on behalf of my entire team and colleagues. Tibbett Logistics has experienced dramatic growth from quite humble origins over the past few years, and none of it would have been possible without a strong team."

Tibbett Logistics has grown from running two warehousing contracts with associated transport in 2004, into one of Romania's leading logistics specialists–with multi-site operations, extensive domestic transport capabilities and rapidly expanding intermodal (road-rail) activities.

The company now operates approaching 100,000 sq metres of warehousing in Romania, and employs about 800 people across 10 major sites. As well as running more than 400 commercial vehicles, it is a major innovator in intermodal logistics, and was the country's first private operator of a rail container terminal. It is currently in the process of opening a second intermodal terminal and rail-connected warehouse at Europolis Park in the west of Bucharest.

Tibbett Logistics has approximately 30 major customers–the majority based on long-term multi-year contracts–plus a number of smaller ones. The largest customers are all blue-chip multinationals, and include: Procter & Gamble, Honeywell Garrett, Metro Cash & Carry, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Pepsi and real,- Hypermarket.

For further information please see www.tibbettlogistics.com and www.keswickenterprises.com.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

About Keswick Enterprises

Keswick Enterprises Ltd is a UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services, operating domestically and internationally. Formed in 2004, the business makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.

Keswick Enterprises is headed by John Harvey CBE, former Executive Chairman of the intercontinental logistics giant Tibbett & Britten Group plc.

About Tranzit Magazine
Tranzit is a leading Romanian transport and logistics industry monthly magazine. For more information see www.traficmedia.ro

David Goldsborough, CEO of Tibbett Logistics (click to open high-resolution image)
David Goldsborough, CEO of Tibbett Logistics





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Tibbett Logistics to open second intermodal logistics terminal in Bucharest
Issued: 19 October 2011

Tibbett Logistics has announced plans to open a second intermodal (road-rail) terminal in the west of Bucharest (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics has announced plans to open a second intermodal (road-rail) terminal in the west of Bucharest

Romania's largest privately owned contract logistics specialist, Tibbett Logistics–part of the fast-growing UK-based Keswick Enterprises group–has further underlined its strong market position by announcing plans to open a second intermodal (road-rail) terminal in the west of Bucharest–the heart of the country's logistics activity.

Tibbett Logistics has operated an intermodal terminal in the east of Bucharest–primarily for block trains of maritime containers–since 2008. Activities there will continue, and the new terminal will commence operations at the beginning of November this year.

The new terminal is located within Europolis Park Bucharest–part of CA Immo Group's property portfolio in Romania–and will handle Tibbett Logistics' own block trains between the city and the Port of Constanta, as well as trains with swap-bodies, containers, semi-trailers and tank containers to and from Western European countries. Discussions are also advanced concerning the handling of car transporters.

The new terminal will be developed in phases over the next 12 to 18 months, with expectations that 14 trains a week will be handled by Q2 2012. In addition to the terminal platform for handling intermodal units, Tibbett Logistics will also operate an 8,500 sq metre warehouse within the terminal, with a rail siding for unloading conventional rail wagons directly into the warehouse.

Tibbett Logistics currently operates a separate 22,000 sq metre retail distribution warehouse in Europolis Park Bucharest, where it has been present since 2008. In fact, it runs a total of five such distribution centres within a 10 km radius–employing over 550 people.

Tibbett Logistics CEO, David Goldsborough, commented: "The demand for sustainable and efficient logistics solutions is increasing across south east Europe, and interest in intermodal solutions has been growing over recent years. The key to the success of intermodal operations is to locate the terminal as close as possible to the service's customers. For this reason we are delighted to be undertaking this development with CA Immo, which should help to reduce the impact of road traffic across Romania and create jobs in the area."

Marian Roman, Managing Director of CA Immo Real Estate Management Romania, added: "Europolis Park Bucharest offers opportunities to a wide range of end-users in the world of supply chain and logistics management. It's an outstanding multimodal logistics park with a modern and flexible warehousing infrastructure. The rail terminal comes as a logical further development of the park, after we identified the need for a sustainable–i.e. both 'green' and cost-effective–transportation solution for existing and future clients."

Tibbett Logistics offers comprehensive logistics services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors throughout Romania and beyond. The business was rebranded as Tibbett Logistics in May 2011 following Keswick Enterprises' acquisition of both Delamode Logistics and Delamode's joint venture with DHL–DHL Delamode–in Romania. Tibbett Logistics now manages some 100,000 sq metres of warehousing in the country.

For further information please see www.tibbettlogistics.com and www.keswickenterprises.com.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

About Keswick Enterprises

Keswick Enterprises Ltd is a UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services, operating domestically and internationally. Formed in 2004, the business makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.

Keswick Enterprises is headed by John Harvey CBE, former Executive Chairman of the intercontinental logistics giant Tibbett & Britten Group plc.

About CA Immo Group
CA Immo was founded in 1987. The company invests in commercial real estate in Austria, Germany and Eastern Europe. CA Immo's property assets in 2011 stand at just over €5bn, and the Group's portfolio in Romania comprises some 330,000 sq metres of rentable area. Properties include the logistics development, Europolis Park Bucharest, plus the office buildings: Opera Center I and II, Bucharest Business Park, Europe House and Riverplace.

For further information please see www.caimmoag.com.

The Tibbett Logistics development includes this rail-connected warehouse at Europolis Park (click to open high-resolution image)
The Tibbett Logistics development includes this rail-connected warehouse at Europolis Park

Completing the siding at the Europolis Park rail-connected warehouse, Bucharest (click to open high-resolution image)
Completing the siding at the Europolis Park rail-connected warehouse, Bucharest





The Logistics Board blog created for the logistics and supply chain sector (www.TheLogisticsBoard.co.uk)
Issued: 17 October 2011

Top logistics industry bloggers Peter Acton (left) and Brian Weatherley (click to open high-resolution image)
Top logistics industry bloggers Peter Acton (left) and Brian Weatherley

Newly launched online jobs board www.LogisticsJobShop.co.uk has recruited two of the UK's most respected and highly experienced commentators on the logistics and supply chain circuit as house contributors on its brand-new blog–www.TheLogisticsBoard.co.uk.

The blog will feature informative weekly commentaries on the latest developments in the logistics, supply chain and recruitment industries–with particular emphasis on topics related to personnel and employment in the UK. The bloggers are Peter Acton and Brian Weatherley.

Peter Acton is a fully qualified transport planner and traffic engineer, with over 35 years experience working in and reporting on the logistics industry. For five years he edited Motor Transport magazine, where he was responsible for launching the Motor Transport Awards, the Top 100 Transport Companies survey and various conferences. Three years ago he set up the Logistics Leaders Network–a platform for attracting the best people to become supply chain professionals, which already has some 1200 members.

Brian Weatherley has worked in the road transport sector as a writer and editor for more than 30 years. He is best known as the former Editor-in-Chief of Commercial Motor and Truck & Driver magazines, as well as the creator of the highly successful BigLorryBlog (www.BigLorryBlog.com). He is a former British Society of Magazine Editors 'Business Magazine Editor of the Year' and regularly test drives commercial vehicles both in the UK and overseas.

Topics for inclusion in The Logistics Board blog include: accident prevention, apprenticeships, the art of persuading staff to do something they don't want to do, reducing costs, weeding out under-performers, handling personal injury claims, just-in-time operations, the impact on the warehousing sector of the Government's proposed changes in planning, and much more.

The new blog joins 'Industry Update' on the www.LogisticsJobShop.co.uk homepage–a frequently updated compendium of the latest need-to-know logistics industry news.

David Coombes, Managing Director of Logistics Job Shop Limited, commented: "Our aim is for www.LogisticsJobShop.co.uk to become a focal point for the logistics and supply chain industry–an online forum and centre of excellence where those who work in the sector can go for free, impartial advice. It's a one-stop shop that will keep any professional logistician, business executive, driver or warehouse person informed and on-the-ball. I am sure that Peter and Brian's blogs will also generate debate and feedback to The Logistics Board".

Logistics Job Shop is part of Bristol-based DBC Group–an established recruitment consultancy business specialising in resourcing for the logistics, warehousing, distribution and supply chain sectors. The online jobs board was launched in September 2011 and covers all aspects of staffing and employment for permanent, temporary and contractual jobs, as well as assessment, training and consultancy.

The business is actively supported by Keswick Enterprises, the UK-based private equity company headed by John Harvey CBE. Former Executive Chairman of the intercontinental logistics giant Tibbett & Britten Group plc, John is a Fellow of the Institute of Grocery Distribution and Emeritus Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

The Logistics Board blog was created using the Drupal content management framework by Drupal development specialists Microserve Ltd of Bristol.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

About DBC Group

DBC Group is a Bristol-based recruitment team that specialises in resourcing for the logistics and supply chain sectors. DBC is run by a management team which has gained extensive 'hands on' supply chain and recruitment experience. Its objective is to supply expert, effective recruitment solutions that work and it has the framework and structure to ensure this happens.

For more information please see www.dbc-recruitment.com and www.LogisticsJobShop.co.uk

About Keswick Enterprises
Keswick Enterprises Limited is a UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services, operating domestically and internationally. Formed in 2004, the business makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.





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Tibbett Logistics extends warehousing commitments in Romania
Issued: 10 October 2011

Tibbett Logistics has signed a five-year contract to extend operations at Europolis Park, near Bucharest (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics has signed a five-year contract to extend operations at Europolis Park, near Bucharest

Leading Romanian contract logistics specialist Tibbett Logistics, part of the fast-growing UK-based Keswick Enterprises group, has underlined its strong market position by signing a new five-year contract to extend operations at Europolis Park to the west of Bucharest.

Tibbett Logistics has operated from a facility at Europolis Park since 2008 and has now contracted operations there until mid-2016. The site comprises 22,000 sq metres of world-class warehousing, with over 30,000 racked pallet positions and space for cross-docking operations handling up to an additional 40,000 cases a day.

Tibbett Logistics currently employs approximately 140 people at Europolis Park, where it serves one of Romania's largest retail chains. The facility handles the delivery of over 1,400 pallets a day of imported products to 25 retail locations across Romania, plus 10,000 items of dry food and other FMCG merchandise daily–both held in stock and cross-docked.

Europolis Park complements Tibbett Logistics' other multi-temperature food distribution, multi-user warehousing and automotive warehousing operations in Bucharest, as well as its warehousing operations in Hunedoara County and Timisoara. Tibbett Logistics also operates an intermodal road-rail terminal linking Bucharest with Constanta, and runs a nationwide transport operation with a fleet of over 200 trucks.

Tibbett Logistics offers comprehensive logistics services to the automotive, textiles, retail and other FMCG sectors throughout Romania and beyond. The business was rebranded as Tibbett Logistics in May 2011 following Keswick Enterprises' acquisition of both Delamode Logistics and Delamode's joint venture with DHL–DHL Delamode–in Romania. Tibbett Logistics now manages some 100,000 sq metres of warehousing in the country.

For further information please see www.tibbettlogistics.com and www.keswickenterprises.com.

About Keswick Enterprises
Keswick Enterprises Ltd is a UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services, operating domestically and internationally. Formed in 2004, the business makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements and invested resources to extend capabilities.

Keswick Enterprises is headed by John Harvey CBE, former Executive Chairman of the intercontinental logistics giant Tibbett & Britten Group plc.

Tibbett Logistics' retail distribution operations inside the Europolis Park facility (click to open high-resolution image)
Tibbett Logistics' retail distribution operations inside the Europolis Park facility






Recruitment company launches logistics job board (www.LogisticsJobShop.co.uk)
Issued: 21 September 2011

David Coombes - founder and managing director of Logistics Job Shop (click to open high-resolution image)
David Coombes - founder and managing director of Logistics Job Shop

Bristol, UK-based recruitment specialist DBC Group is branching out with the launch of Logistics Job Shop, its new dedicated online job board for the logistics and supply chain sectors.

www.LogisticsJobShop.co.uk covers all elements of staffing and employment for permanent, temporary and contractual jobs and also addresses assessment, training and consultancy specifically for the logistics industry in the UK and Europe.

"Having spent most of my career in logistics before setting up a traditional recruitment company, I believe the timing is right to launch an online job board as I feel there is a real gap in the market to provide quality employment opportunities for the logistics and supply chain sectors", says David Coombes, Managing Director of Logistics Job Shop.

The logistics industry currently employs over 2.3 million people in the UK, which accounts for approximately 8% of the UK working population.

Around 25% of all recruitment in the UK is now done online, and the company is also aiming to capitalise on the growth in social networking to reach its target candidate audience. Online recruitment is expected to overtake offline by the end of 2012.

"It's clear that the recruitment industry needs to be online as this will be how the 18–34 age group in particular will source jobs–so we see it as a natural extension of our services", says David Coombes.

The online job board model is easy to use and suits the demands of today's busy employers looking for a simple forum to place jobs, as well as candidates researching opportunities online. Logistics Job Shop will also offer CV and consultancy services.

"We see Logistics Job Shop becoming a focal point for the logistics and supply chain industry and providing an online forum and centre of excellence for impartial advice about the sector", David adds.

Logistics Job Shop is owned by DBC Group and is actively supported by Keswick Enterprises, a UK-based private equity company focused on supply chain-related businesses.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

About DBC Group

DBC Group is a Bristol-based recruitment team that specialises in resourcing for the logistics and supply chain sectors. DBC is run by a management team which has gained extensive 'hands on' supply chain and recruitment experience. Its objective is to supply expert, effective recruitment solutions that work and it has the framework and structure to ensure this happens.

For more information please see www.dbc-recruitment.com and www.LogisticsJobShop.co.uk.

About Keswick Enterprises
Keswick Enterprises Ltd is a UK-based private equity company specialising in logistics and supply chain-related services, operating domestically and internationally. Formed in 2004, the business makes strategic investments and acquisitions in supply chain-related companies–where through proactive management it can add know-how and experience. It has reinforced incumbent managements, adding experience and investing resources to extend capabilities.






Spatial appoints new managing director in drive to accelerate growth
Issued: 19 September 2011

Bryan Hindle is the new Managing Director of Spatial (click to open high-resolution image)
Bryan Hindle is the new Managing Director of Spatial

Castle Donington-based logistics and freight specialist Spatial Group has a new managing director. 55-year-old Bryan Hindle joins the company this month from ND Overseas–part of Norbert Dentressangle–where he was Commercial Manager UK.

Spatial focuses on the provision of international freight forwarding, mail and fulfilment, warehousing, pick-and-pack, courier and distribution services–plus related added-value support. Operating across a broad spread of market sectors, with special expertise in education and healthcare, it is a member of the fast-growing Keswick Enterprises group.

Bryan Hindle arrives at Spatial with over 20 years' experience in global multi-faceted logistics operations. As well as setting up the freight business ND Overseas in the UK and driving its revenues from nothing to £2 million within the first twelve months, he has also worked in senior management roles for market leaders Eagle CEVA Logistics and DHL Danzas AEI. He was already known to some of the Spatial team from his time with Danzas AEI and Atlas Air at nearby East Midlands Airport. Bryan entered the logistics sector in 1978 after starting his career as a Royal Navy diver, followed by a spell in Air Traffic Control.

Bryan commented: "Spatial is a well-kept secret. It's a fabulous freight and logistics company with a diligent, dynamic and experienced team, and a strong quality ethos–yet few have heard of it. For three decades the business has been growing steadily by offering commitment, high service standards and integrity, while being innovative and creative in supporting customers' needs. Now my target is to raise the profile of Spatial, and to develop and accelerate growth in the business–particularly in our principal markets of freight and mail services."

John Harvey, Head of Keswick Enterprises, which owns Spatial Group, added: "I welcome Bryan Hindle into the business. He has wide experience and a strong track record of growing the operations he has been associated with, while working for some of the world's largest freight and supply chain management organisations."

Bryan Hindle lives in Derby, and is married with two daughters and two grandchildren. A field sports enthusiast, until recently he represented his home county, Derbyshire, in clay pigeon shooting.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Formed in Castle Donington, Derby, UK in 1980, Spatial Group specialises in worldwide freight movements, bonded warehousing with consolidation, pick-and-pack logistics and international/UK courier services. It also has its own mailing fulfilment centre with state-of-the-art enclosing machinery, and offers international/UK mail despatch. A member of IATA, BIFA and BACA, and a Department for Transport regulated agent, the company has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Keswick Enterprises group since 2006.

For more information please visit: www.the-spatial-group.com

Keswick Enterprises Ltd is a UK-based private equity investor focusing on the logistics and supply chain sector, both domestically and internationally. The company was created in 2004 by John Harvey CBE–who previously developed and led the major intercontinental logistics service provider Tibbett & Britten Group plc for 20 years. Together with their former colleagues, the current Board members of Keswick were responsible for growing Tibbett & Britten Group's annual revenues from £30 million to £2,300 million just two decades later.






The Spatial Group wins BIFA 2010 Special Services award
Issued: 24 January 2011


The Spatial Group has won the coveted winner's trophy for the Special Services award at the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards, held in London on 20 January 2011.

Castle Donington-based Spatial has developed logistics solutions across many business sectors and geographical areas. Today it specialises in international freight forwarding, mail and fulfilment, warehousing, pick and pack, courier and distribution services, plus related added value support activities.

Now in their 22nd year, the BIFA Awards are recognised as among the most prestigious in the industry. The competition encourages and rewards high standards of professionalism–the ultimate recognition of special achievements in different sectors of the industry.

For over 30 years, Spatial has demonstrated quality and commitment and is proud to be a member of BIFA. The company is thrilled to have received industry recognition for its business and the hard work put in by its team...

"We are hugely proud to win this award", says Wendy Hain, Managing Director of The Spatial Group. "We know from client feedback that our service is a winner, and it is extremely gratifying to have this recognised publicly".

In reviewing the case study and presentation, the judges praised The Spatial Group for its proven ability to provide an efficient freight service when transporting life-saving products for patients wishing to travel overseas–where delays could, quite literally, make the difference between life and death. The client relationship has developed to the point where every patient can now have the confidence of travelling knowing that their lives are in safe hands.

Rachel Morley, Manager of Spatial's Freightworks division, adds: "I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the Spatial team and also pleased to hear the judges' comments, which clearly illustrate the commitment that our team gives to its customers. The solution is supported globally, whatever the time of day, and it is a pleasure for the Spatial team to work with a client where we can share a vision for quality and value-added service, and where all of the benefits for the patient and their families can be seen."

The Spatial Group impressed the judges by making a real difference to people's lives and in providing a 'special service' of the highest quality. As every customer has unique requirements, a bespoke solution has to be delivered to each one.

In an extremely competitive marketplace, Spatial prides itself on the strength of its customer relationships and on product development. "In understanding the individual needs of our clients we are able to offer efficient and cost-effective supply chain solutions encompassing all of their requirements–creating a partnership that has structured plans for growth and business development", concludes Wendy Hain.

The Spatial Group is a Keswick Enterprises company. Further information can be found at www.the-spatial-group.com and www.keswickenterprises.com.






Chamber launches export website
Issued: 12 November 2010


A new website aimed at helping exporters to access key information, get their questions answered by international trading experts, debate hot topics and network with each other online has been launched.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) has introduced the standalone site, www.exportit.co.uk, which will allow importers and exporters to put their questions to a resident panel of experts, who will provide a swift response about any subject.

Businesses will be able to discuss industry developments, build and develop trading relationships and share information via the web forum.

The site also includes a news section, links to other export services and organisations such as UKTI and Business Link, and information about the services the Chamber's International Trade team can provide.

The project to build the site was led by Russell Whillis, the Chamber's International Trade Manager. Working alongside the Chamber's International Trade team will be the website's sponsors, Castle Donington-based international distribution company The Spatial Group.

David Hood, the Chamber's Head of International Trade, said: "The Chamber is extremely excited about the launch of this new initiative, which will be of massive use to firms who import and export their goods and services.

"As well as being able to access the in-house expertise of the third largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, the new website will provide users with the opportunity to get their questions answered quickly by industry experts and interact with one another online to share information, ideas and best practice.

"www.exportit.co.uk is a unique website in terms of what it can offer to businesses and the long-term aim is for it to become the first port of call for importers and exporters from across the whole of the UK and beyond."

International Trade Manager, Russell Whillis, continued: "We see anything that helps exporters and importers in the international arena as beneficial and welcome the involvement of The Spatial Group on this important new initiative."

And Wendy Hain, Managing Director of The Spatial Group, added: "Paul Price our Business Development Manager saw the opportunities that ExportIT provided to the Chamber's clients and did not hesitate in adding our support to this unique web site, which allows a 'one stop' source for all exporters and importers needs.

"The Spatial Group is based at Castle Donington, Derby, and the Group's activities include worldwide freight movements, bonded warehousing with consolidation services, a pick-and-pack logistics centre and international/UK courier services. Spatial also has its own mailing fulfilment centre with state-of-the-art enclosing machinery, and offers international/UK mail despatch.

"Spatial looks forward to continuing to work with DNCC as it continues to develop the service further."

The Spatial Group is a Keswick Enterprises company.





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Tibbett Logistics–a new name for a leading logistics player in Romania
Issued: 9 May 2011


A new company–Tibbett Logistics–is officially launched in Romania this month by Keswick Enterprises Ltd–a UK-based privately owned holding company focused on supply chain related businesses. The development follows Keswick's acquisition last December of Delamode Logistics SRL and that company's joint venture with DHL, DHL Delamode, from the shareholders of Delamode Group and DHL. These established Romanian businesses have been renamed Tibbett Logistics SRL and Tibbett Retail Services SRL respectively–and together will trade as Tibbett Logistics.

Keswick's management have been involved in Romania for over 14 years and, since 2005, have been shareholders in Delamode and the DHL/Delamode joint venture. Prior to this several of Keswick's senior managers, when part of Tibbett & Britten, led the original Delamode entry into contract logistics in Romania that established the joint venture on behalf of Metro Group.

Tibbett Logistics operates from nine distribution centres across Romania–providing over 100,000 square metres of warehousing in Bucharest, Constanta, Deva and Timisoara. It offers a nationwide, broad range of supply chain related services to a variety of customers–including domestic and multinational retailers, plus FMCG, automotive and other manufacturers.

The company is a pioneer of new supply chain practices and technologies in Romania–such as RF technology interfaced with customers' ERP systems (including SAP). It was the first logistics service provider in the country to implement voice-picking technology in retail warehousing operations.

Distribution operations include a nationwide domestic transport network, which last year transported over 60,000 vehicle loads in ambient, chill and refrigerated environments. Tibbett Logistics deploys 400 road trailers–including double- and triple-temperature reefers.

Since its creation in 2008, Tibbett Logistics' intermodal (road-rail) service has been leading the way in green logistics and sustainable supply chain solutions in Romania. The company provides domestic and transnational intermodal services covering: containers from the Far East landing in the port of Constanta; containers, semi-trailers and swap-bodies travelling between Romania and other EU countries; and the movement of domestic freight between wider Bucharest and western Romania.

Tibbett Logistics is the only private operator of a rail container terminal in Bucharest, and this summer will open a second, brand new intermodal terminal in the west of the city. This will form part of a Tibbett Logistics' CEE intermodal network, with terminals across Romania and, in partnership, extending into Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia and elsewhere–delivering substantial cost savings for clients and up to 50% reductions in CO2 emissions.

Keswick Enterprises was created in 2004 by John Harvey CBE–who previously developed and led the major intercontinental logistics service provider Tibbett & Britten Group plc for 20 years. Together with their former colleagues, the current Board members of Keswick were responsible for growing Tibbett & Britten Group's revenues from £30 million to £2,300 million just two decades later. Keswick is now bringing this international know-how and experience to bear on Tibbett Logistics to accelerate its growth in Romania.

John Harvey, Chairman of Keswick Enterprises Ltd, said: "I am delighted that we have finally been able to bring Tibbett Logistics and Tibbett Retail Services fully into the Keswick group of companies. Our innovative and dynamic young Romanian team are drawing on Keswick's global experience in the logistics sector. I am confident that together we will accelerate development and continue to build the business–which has already sustained continuous growth since 2005."

For further information please see the new Tibbett Logistics website at www.tibbettlogistics.com and the Keswick Enterprises website at www.keswickenterprises.com. Or visit the company on stand number 415 in Hall B5 at the Transport Logistic 2011 exhibition in Munich, Germany, on 10–14 May 2011.






Keswick Enterprises acquires Romanian logistics businesses
Issued: 1 February 2011


Keswick Enterprises Ltd, a UK-based privately owned holding company focused on supply chain related businesses, has purchased both Delamode Logistics SRL and its joint venture company with DHL, 'DHL Delamode' (Exel Delamode Logistic SRL), from the shareholders of Delamode Group and DHL. These established companies are being renamed Tibbett Logistics SRL and Tibbett Retail Services SRL respectively.

The combined Tibbett Logistics business provides a broad range of supply chain related services to a variety of customers–including multinational retailers, plus FMCG, automotive and other manufacturers. Current operations occupy over 100,000 square metres of warehousing in Romania and include a nationwide domestic transport network, which last year transported over 60,000 vehicle loads in ambient, chill and refrigerated environments. Tibbett Logistics operates 400 road trailers and provides domestic and transnational intermodal (road-rail) services. It is also the only private operator of a rail container terminal in Bucharest.

Keswick's management have been involved in Romania for over 12 years and, since 2005, have been shareholders in Delamode and the Exel/Delamode joint venture. Prior to this several of Keswick's senior managers, when part of Tibbett & Britten Group plc, were involved in the original Delamode entry into contract logistics in Romania and in establishing the joint venture on behalf of Metro Group. Since these latest acquisitions, Keswick Enterprises Ltd has ceased to be a shareholder in the Delamode Group.

For further information please see the new Tibbett Logistics website at www.tibbettlogistics.com and the Keswick Enterprises website at www.keswickenterprises.com.



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