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418-0109-6488Palletforce is powering its way into 2010 in style after clinching the ‘treble’ with three international standard awards.

The member-owned palletised distribution network has achieved accreditations for quality, safety and environmental excellence – by gaining the internationally recognised standards ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001.

“Palletforce leads the way in setting new industry standards and these accreditations show our commitment to driving excellence throughout our whole operation,” said Palletforce CEO Michael Conroy.

“Our strapline is ‘Work with the best’ and we believe there is no better network in terms of service and quality – these are the things that really count to our members and their customers who use Palletforce.”

The network has seen a marked increase in the number of transport companies wishing to join since it opened its new £30million Hub a year ago, and there are plans to add several new members over the next year to support the network’s growth plans.

Dave Holland, Palletforce Sales and Marketing Director, explained: “In the current trading conditions, we have an opportunity to win more customers as businesses are looking to save and many have been assessing their transport costs and systems.

“Palletforce’s shared user network offers a cost effective and flexible solution that is particularly attractive to environmentally responsible businesses – so it’s a win-win situation.

“Our members can offer retailers and manufacturers the flexibility of smaller consignments while still harnessing the economies of scale of a large distribution network.”

Palletforce takes its own Corporate Social Responsibility extremely seriously and, as well as achieving ISO standards, the network has helped to raise over £30,000 for the learning disability charity Mencap, over the last few months.

The money was raised by Palletforce CEO Michael Conroy and his good friend Allan Blakeley, from FedEx UK, who took part in a 463-mile walk from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Launceston.

And the total was topped up by an extra £10,000 during a charity auction at the Palletforce Annual General Meeting in January.

Mencap’s Kelly Railton said: “We are absolutely delighted with the amount of money raised and can’t thank Allan and Michael enough for their efforts and the support of Palletforce and FedEx.”

Innovation has been at the forefront of the business and the network is particularly proud of its 400,000sq ft state-of-the-art Hub which has been the platform for driving innovation, and investment in new technology.

With a clutch of industry awards, the best Hub operational facilities in the UK, the highest quality member network, and the treble ISO accreditation, the network is ‘one to watch’ in 2010.

For more information telephone 08450 944441 or visit www.palletforce.com

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