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BRC Global Standards is to launch BRC Global Standards Professional, an award programme for technical and quality personnel who wish to become recognised as an expert on the BRC Global Standard relevant to their site's scope of certification.
The first phase will be launched in October 2016 aimed at manufacturers who adopt the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.
The programme is open to all personnel involved in managing the implementation of the requirements of the Standard, and has been designed to enable individuals to tailor their own learning requirements. Individuals can register on BRC's online learning platform BRC Educate, before choosing the courses they need to complete the programme. Courses will be advertised on the BRC Global Standards website, and will be run by both the BRC Academy and BRC Approved Training Partners. In addition, BRC Professional delegates will benefit from regular updates, select-access webinars - where they can raise questions directly to the Standard Managers - as well as exclusive discounts on BRC Global Standards events and BRC Participate.
Mark Proctor CEO at BRC Global Standards, said: "The BRC Global Standards Professional Programme has been designed to help individuals and manufacturers improve consistency of their safety management systems, increase their knowledge and to provide recognized competence for technical and quality personnel."
Leading UK Food Group Chooses Mitsubishi Forklifts
One of the UK’s leading food companies, the Addo Food Group, says investment in new Mitsubishi GRENDiA ES forklifts is helping feed their ravenous production lines and maximise production of over 256 million of the nation’s best-loved pork pies, sausage rolls, pasties and Scotch eggs.
Faced with an ageing fleet, the Dorset Foods division – where hundreds of thousands of the UK’s Scotch eggs are baked and fried – sought out a very specific type of forklift truck to deal with their conditions on site.
Trevor Cook, Supply Chain Manager at Addo Food Group, explained: “The forklifts each have to unload up to a ton of ingredients including eggs, meat, seasoning and packaging from a lorry parked on the road and transfer them 75 yards to the loading bay.
“Outside space is very restricted; there’s very little room to move and we have very tight corners. Added to that, the loading bay itself is also on an incline, so for us manoeuvrability and stability of the trucks are paramount.”
To keep productivity levels high and the perishable ingredients on the move, the Addo Food Group opted for the LPG-powered Mitsubishi GRENDiA ES FG15N Series forklift for its compact design and fully hydrostatic steering.
Operators say the intuitive handling’s precision and predictability – even in the tightest corners and aisles – gives them more trust in their control of the vehicle, and this added driver confidence pays off with faster, more assured manoeuvring leading to increased productivity.
Mr Cook continues: “Because there’s not a lot of space around here, the trucks have to be robust and stand up to knocks, and with Mitsubishi we knew we were getting a truck with a reputation for reliability and non-stop performance, whatever the conditions.”
In order to deliver that level of dependability, Mitsubishi have built in strength from the ground up, with features like the rugged rear axle assembly with metal bush mounts (instead of more fragile rubber mounts favoured by some competitors) as standard.
Also as standard is the GRENDiA’s Belly Seal, a must-have for the dirty, all-weather outdoor environment of Dorset Foods’ loading areas. This unique under-truck protection – and sealed wheel arches – prevents the cyclonic effect, which draws dirt and dust into the engine and recirculates it into the working environment. With the Mitsubishi design, dust and dirt is kept off their incoming ingredients, as well as dramatically prolonging the engine life.
Mr Cook added: “Competitive pricing was one of the most important factors, and Grant at Andover Fork Truck Services came up with a very attractive package. But at the same time, we needed really rapid service response times.
“A simple but important example is the replacement of indicator lights or bulbs. Because space outdoors is restricted they can easily get damaged… but we need them working when we’re unloading from a wagon truck on a public road.
“It’s a real health and safety issue, and time is a big factor. But whenever we have an issue the Mitsubishi service team are out like a flash, so the drivers and I are happy as Larry.
“Because my role extends beyond purchasing and goods inwards to include despatch and logistics, deadlines turnaround times are all-important to me. Knowing that Andover have got my back is a great plus for me.”
To find out more about the award-winning Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks range and Andover Fork Truck Services, call the Greenline 0845 371 3048, contact www.mitsubishi-forklift.co.uk.
Courier Express Refrigerated Transport, one of the UK’s leading providers of specialised temperature-controlled transportation solutions, has continued its expansion across the UK after announcing a record set of results for 2015/16, increasing sales by 25% to £2m and employee numbers across the company.
A total of eight new staff were added in 2015/16, taking the total number of employees to 45 as of June 2016. Whilst, the business has added five new vehicles to its fleet in 2016, which will now be utilised in the Midlands and South East.
It is another consecutive year of growth for Courier Express, with record sales accompanied by an expansion in operational capabilities. Courier Express now has regional sites in London, Kettering, Bedford, Manchester and Leeds.
During 2015/6 activity increased in core markets of food and drink and pharmaceutical distribution, where the company has significant experience and expertise working on jobs across the UK, with substantial progress made in Kettering, Bedford and central London.
The refrigerated courier has also stepped up service levels in the food samples sector and completed numerous jobs for several leading food manufacturers, retail outlets and universities.
John Lee, Courier Express managing director said: “We are delighted to have once again delivered a record year of growth. Despite challenging conditions within the logistics industry, we have been able to not only sustain growth, but increase operations in new key regions such as central London, Bedford and Kettering. These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication put in by all members of the Courier Express team.”