December 2018:

EUROPEAN SCHEDULES

Christmas and New Year Collection and delivery schedules

Last European departures for delivery before CVhristmas day - Tuesday 25th December 2018.
 
AUSTRIA  - 17/12/18
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BELARUS
- 13/12/18    
BELGIUM
- 19/12/18    
BULGARIA
- 14/12/18 
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CROATIA
- 14/12/18    
CZECH REPUBLIC
- 14/12/18
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DENMARK
- 13/12/18
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December 2018:

UK/IRELAND SCHEDULES

Christmas and New Year Collection and delivery schedules

Last UK/Ireland departures for delivery before CVhristmas day - Tuesday 25th December 2018.
 
TUES 18 Dec 2018
NORMAL DELIVERY AND COLLECTIONS
• LAST NORMAL 72 hr COLLECTION for  DELIVERY - FRI 21/12/2018
• LAST NORMAL COLLECTION FOR ROI FOR DELIVERY - FRI 21/12/2018
• NORMAL TRUNKING
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WED 19 Dec 2018
NORMAL DELIVERY AND COLLECTIONS
• LAST NORMAL 48 hr departure for  DELIVERY - FRI 21/12/2018
• LAST NORMAL COLLECTION FOR ROI FOR DELIVERY - FRI 21/12/2018
• NORMAL TRUNKING
 
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December 2018:

TRANSAID CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Knights of Old Group support Transaid's 20th Anniversary Christmas Appeal

The 2017 Transaid - Transport for Life - Christmas Appeal raised a total of £26,442. All money raised from the campaign help Transaid continue to transform lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport.
 
The 2018, 20th Anniversary Christmas appeal has an ambitious target of £25,000 from both business and individual donations. Individual donations are match funded -  Every time an individual donation is made, it is doubled.
 
Transaid are working with a consortium of partners with the shared aim of increasing access to life-saving medical treatment for rural communities in Zambia.

People living in rural areas of Africa often struggle to access vital services. Every two minutes, malaria kills a child under the age of five (Source: The World Health Organisation) and children in Africa remain one of the most vulnerable groups affected by the disease.

Transaid's MAMaZ Against Malaria (MAM) programme has seen a staggering 96% reduction in deaths of children with severe malaria in Serenje District, Zambia.
 
The Knights of Old Group have support Transaid with their ambitious target, donating £800 to the charity.
 
You can donate here via JustGiving
https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Transaid2018ChristmasAppeal
 
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November 2018:

APPRENTICE PASSES

Welcome to the team

Congratulations: Knights of Old Apprentice Petre who passed his CAT C (Rigid) driving test with Merlin Academy yesterday. Petre joined Knights of Old as an apprentice on 10 September 2018.

 

Q: Why choose an apprenticeship:
A: I started as an apprentice after my brother who worked at Knights of Old 3 years ago, recommended the apprenticeship to me as a great way to start my career. I was also looking for job security.

 

Q: What attributes will you bring to the role of a driver:
A: I am calm and level headed, I also treat people the way that I would like to be treated, it’s very important to me.

 

Q: Where did you work before coming to Knights of Old?
A: I have worked at both Weetabix and Sealed Air as a forklift driver.

 

Q: Do you have any allegiance yet to a truck manufacturer?
A: A Volvo or a Scania, preferably a Volvo, I hear great things about the safety of Volvos.

 

Q: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
A: Cereal and coffee, always coffee.

 

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I love to travel, favourites so far… Paris and Amsterdam.

 

Q: Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
A: Driving tankers, tanker drivers are highly skilled.

 

Congratulations from all of us at Knights of Old Group and Merlin Academy.

WELCOME TO THE TEAM.
 

October 2018:

APPRENTICE PASSES

Welcome to the team

Congratulations: Knights of Old Apprentice Matt who has just passed his CAT C (Rigid) driving test with Merlin Academy.

Matt started as an apprentice on the 10 Sept 2018, the day before his 30th Birthday. He arrived with a degree under his belt, his provisional licence and medical in place.

 

Q: Why choose an apprenticeship at 30?
A: Job security and an improved work life balance. I was working on a self employed basis in London, but the commute was time consuming. My dad is a BP tanker driver, driving as a profession has always been on the radar.

I considered funding my own CAT C (Rigid) training, but was worried that after training I would lack the job insights and the on job experience that an apprenticeship would give me.

 

Q: What attributes will you bring to the role of a driver?
A: I am level headed and people focussed.

 

Q: What worries you most about driving as a profession?
A: Day 1 driving on my own, I will be out of my comfort zone and the potential for tachograph infringements concerns me.

 

Q: Do you have any allegiance yet to a truck manufacturer?
A: MAN, so far it's all that I have driven

 

Q: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
A: Toast and coffee

 

Q: What did you do at the weekend?
A: As a family we attended Center Parcs for a long weekend.

 

Congratulations Matt from all of us at Knights of Old Group and Merlin Academy.

WELCOME TO THE TEAM.
 

Sept 2018:

DAFS JOIN KIGHTS OF OLD GROUP FLEET

10X DAF XF 530 FTG Tractor units join fleet

The Knights of Old fleet has been joined by 10 DAF New XF 530 FTG tractor units, the first DAF tractors to enter service with the operator at its Kettering headquarters. They join the fleet of 250 trucks and 400 trailers as part of significant business investments being made by the operator.

 

Scott Mason, Group Fleet Manager at Knights of Old, says, "Alongside this investment, we have been looking at managing operating costs, and the arrival of the New XF 6x2s is an example of that. Prices have been increasing steadily on everything from tyres to fuel, and truck prices have been no exception. With the DAF, we are getting a premium truck at costs that make sense to us. There has been a lot of talk around the industry about enhanced fuel consumption from the latest DAF models,” he says, "and we are already seeing fuel economies. We are getting well over 9mpg, and close to 11mpg, across the DAFs over a tough operating week. These are brand-new trucks, so the likelihood is that this will improve further as they settle-in.”

 

A major influence on any truck’s operating economy is driver behaviour and Knights of Old is an industry front-runner in driver development. The operator has apprenticeships, recruitment, and driver training operations under its Merlin Supply Chain Solutions business. 


Against this background, driver acceptance of the New XFs was another key aspect of the decision by Scott Mason to take the 10 vehicles. He says, "We value our drivers highly and want to do everything sensible that we can to ensure they are happy in their work. They are enjoying both the space and comfort of the DAF big cab and the performance from the 530bhp engine and TraXon gearbox. We’d heard good reports about the combination of this engine and gearbox long before we made our decision, and to date, we have only heard driver praise.”

 
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August 2018:

HGV COLLISION TRAINING SESSION

Dunstable Fire Station - Part 1: Making the vehicle safe

On the 18th Aug Knights of Old Group supplied an artic to Dunstable Fire Station to help them with an HGV collision training session.

 

The training was broken into 2 parts,

Part 1: Making the vehicle safe
Part 2: The use of Paratech Heavy Lifting Equipment in rope rescue

 

Part 1: Making an HGV safe, including coupling and uncoupling the trailer and making the trailer safe in the event of a jack knife.

They covered all ways of stabilising the Vehicle to prevent the movement of a potentially trapped and injured driver, taking into consideration the fact that the suspension runs on full air, presenting its own hazards as there are multiple points requiring stabilisation – driver’s seat, cab and chassis.

 

They then covered generic mechanical hazards associated with Heavy Goods type vehicles, including; spring brake chambers, airbags, red and yellow lines, trailer landing legs and risk of working at height on the larger Heavy Goods Vehicles.

Watching the guys at Dunstable Fire Station on their training session was a humbilng experence for both myself and the driver. It hadn't even ocurred to us that this kind of specialist training was required.


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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

 

August 2018:

HGV COLLISION TRAINING SESSION

Dunstable Fire Station - Part 2: The use of Paratech heavy lifting equipment

Part 2: The use of Paratech Heavy Lifting Equipment in rope rescue

The working scenario was that of a trapped driver in the trailer who had been crushed by a pallet that had fallen.

They used the Paratech in the Bipod role using Tirfor winches for forestays and backstays, making use of the R-ALF hauling device to lift the pallet off of the driver.

As there was a life threat, all systems were backed up using Petzl IDs and 50m ropes to safeguard against the event of mechanical failure of a Tirfor winch.

The day was a great success in familiarising the watch with Heavy Goods Vehicles, which is of great benefit to Dunstable Fire Station due to its location between the M1 and A5 major trunk roads.

It also worked in preparing the new joiners to the station for their upcoming Rope Rescue Initial Operator and Paratech Heavy Lifting courses.

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

 
 

May 2018:

TRUCKFEST PETERBOROUGH 2018

The Knights of Old Group will be attending Truckfest Peterborough, 5-6th May  2018.
 
Truckfest 2018 is important to The Knights of Old Group, as they will be recruiting valued Cat C and Cat C+E drivers to join their team. They will also be delighted to talk with anyone wishing to join the group as an apprentice.
 
Merlin Academy, part of the Knights of Old Group will also be attending Truckfest, running a Truckfest driver training offer.
 
Visit both The Knights of Old Group and Merlin Academy on The Knights of Old Showcase stand. If there is anything they can help you with in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
 
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April 2018:

ARMED FORCES COVENANT SIGNING

A demonstration of support for employees who serve with the armed forces

Knights of Old Group has signed the Armed Forces Covenant to show its support for employees who serve with the Armed Forces.

An event was held on 1 February at Knights of Old’s Head Office in Kettering. On behalf of the company, the Covenant was signed by Nick Bithell, the Human Resources director, and on behalf of Defence by Lt Col John Hanson the Commanding Officer of the Army’s 103 Bn REME. Knights of Old currently employs numerous Reservist and ex-Regular members of the Armed Forces who work as drivers and packers, organising and transporting goods to locations in the UK and further afield.

The Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director in the East Midlands, John Wilson, attended the signing. He explained: "Knights of Old are a large commercial company who understand that those who serve or have previously served in the military have a variety of skills and attributes, developed through military training, that are of value to their business. Skills such as leading a team, problem solving and having the ability to drive a variety of vehicles are all recognised as positive qualities by Knights of Old.

 "The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. I look forward to developing our relationship with Knights of Old.”

Over 2000 public and private sector organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK and many of them are in Northamptonshire.

Commenting on why the company wanted to pledge their support to members of the Armed Forces Community who are employed by Knights of Old, Nick Bithell said: We believe that it is important to support the fantastic work that our Armed Forces do. As such we are fully committed to ensure that we provide a framework whereby we can support those who continue to serve our great nation.  This support extends to Veterans, Service families and their dependents.

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk
 
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March 2018:

FORS BRONZE ACCREDITED - DERBY

The groups reputation of running a safe and efficient fleet is built upon its principles

Following a recent audit, the Knights of Old group has achieved the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Bronze standard at its Derbyshire operating centre.

FORS encourages operators to more closely examine their operations, identify areas of strength and areas for continued development.

Speaking on behalf of Knights of Old Group, Head Of Compliance & Fleet Services Tony Quenet said: "Ensuring FORS best practice standards and legal compliance is vital to the Knights of Old Group health and safety commitment. Being FORS compliant has become part of the fabric of our daily operation, our reputation of running a safe and fuel-efficient fleet is built upon its principles.”

FORS was initially championed at Head Office, Kettering, Northamptonshire 24:01:2013. O Licence responsibilities covered most of what FORS Bronze required from the group for the application. FORS procedures helped the Group drive scalable compliance and best practice standards, which could then be adopted across all operating centres. The Group now have 3 FORS operating centres, FORS Bronze in Northamptonshire and Derbyshire, FORS Silver in Bedfordshire.
 

17 Jan 2018:

SCOTLAND/NORTH OF ENGLAND

Possible delays due to heavy snow


Deliveries/collections to from Scotland and the North of England may experience some delays due to the persistent heavy snow the area is experiencing.

A Met Office amber (be prepared) alert is in place from 21:00 17/01/2018 - 05:00 18/01/2018. Police are warning against all travel in the amber warning area.

Contact customer services with any queries:
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Jan 2018:

SUCCESSFUL MERCHANDISING CAMPAIGN

Possible delays due to heavy snow


The Knights of Old Group working in conjunction with Mercur Logistics have successfully completed a UK merchandising campaign for the Beeline Group.
The 9 week campaign delivered 1777 pallets of merchandising displays throughout the UK and Ireland, and, at peak required 12 distribution vehicles per day.
Having previously worked with Mercur delivering Beeline merchandising displays into Sainsburys, Knights of Old group were chosen for the 2017 UK merchandising roll out to, 182 Bonmarché stores and 536 Tesco stores.
The project commenced after establishing and documenting a method of how to deliver the delicate, oversized merchandising units into store. With drivers normally delivering to RDC’s and warehouses, customer service skills were identified as a requirement for the in-store deliveries. Additional customer focussed training was provided to all drivers to ensure they delivered Beeline’s vision and values.
Timed booking slots throughout the day, necessitated the drivers and their Beeline District Mobile Merchandisers (DMM) to coordinate throughout the entire process. Arriving independently, but always together, the drivers delivered, unpacked the merchandising displays and on occasion assisted the DMM’s with their build. Drivers removed all packaging materials from in-store, for recycling and/or re-use.
Speaking on behalf of The Knights of Old Group, Group Managing Director Ian Beattie said:  "Mercur Logistics’ European merchandising experience was vital to the success of the UK Beeline store roll out. Meticulous planning, team work and additional training ensured the merchandising roll out was without incident.
The Knights of Old Group scheduled all drivers to solely work within specific regions to establish direct relationships between the driver and their respective Beeline DMM. This strategic approach to the project ensured that working together, the drivers and the DMM’s were able to overcome circumstances beyond their control. Even Storm Ophelia, the worst storm in recorded history in Ireland, only delayed deliveries for 24hrs, within 48hrs, the driver and the DMM were back to schedule”.
 
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