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Motorists urged to make plans for major M5 scheme

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Highways England is urging motorists to start planning alternative routes as the next phase of a major multi-million pound repair scheme begins on the M5 in the West Midlands. Concrete repairs and waterproofing work at the Oldbury viaduct, between junctions 1 and 2, get under way at the end of this month. The scheme, valued at

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Not one but TWO Palletline awards for Alan R Jones!

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Alan R Jones always strives to be the market leader in palletised distribution across the UK and Europe. This year we were nominated in two categories against other Palletline members – including some major logistics businesses – and we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have won both: “Palletline Depot of the Year Award”

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May the FORS be with us

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The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a big deal in our industry, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded Bronze accreditation. The scheme operates as a standard to which British hauliers should work, ensuring a high level of professionalism at every level of the business – from organisational structure and responsibilities down

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We’re sponsoring the Oarstruck team!

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Last weekend (13/05/17) saw the Celtic Manor play host to a fundraising ball for the adventurous Oarstruck team, and Alan R Jones was one of the events’ sponsors. Oarstruck is the name given to the team due to row – that’s right, row! – across 3000 miles of Atlantic Ocean in a small, specially-designed ocean-going

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Why it makes sense to warehouse with your haulage firm

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At Alan R Jones we’re all about making life easier for our customers. That’s why we’re busy promoting our warehousing service to all our existing clients – there’s no better way to streamline your logistics! We understand that manufacturers and distributors have a lot on their plate, so we’ve long been offering intricate integrated logistics

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Furious “complaint” from long-term customer…

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Below is the transcript of an email from one of our long-standing customers, Mandarin Stone, received just last week. Sometimes it’s hard to please everyone: I would like to make a complaint. I was expecting my delivery today between 9am and 5pm. The driver called me just after 9am – ever so professionally spoken –

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Why we’re supporting the M4 Black Route

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Plans for the expansion of the M4 in South Wales have been bouncing around for some years now, with disagreement over the ideal route, the impact on people, industry and wildlife and the overall question over whether it’s even needed at all figuring into the arguments. At Alan R Jones we make no bones about

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Please take care when you declare

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Health and safety update   You may have heard about the unfortunate and deeply saddening fatality of a HGV driver at work late last year (read the Commercial Motor article for more information). While we in the industry take time to reflect, we’d like to draw everybody’s attention to the importance of health and safety

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Delivering Christmas cheer

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Most years, we take the opportunity at Christmas to thank our wonderful customers for another year of success with a few token gifts. But this year we’re taking a slightly different tack by instead donating gifts to those who need them most – children at Christmas time.   We’re taking part in the Salvation Army’s

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Getting ready for 2017

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Christmas is always going to be a big time for anyone in the logistics industry, so we’re hard at work ensuring our customers’ businesses can make the most of the festive season. But we’re not really a “head down, backside up” kind of a company. Even in this busy time we’re looking ahead, considering the

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How we’re dealing with the truck driver shortage

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Earlier this year, the Road Haulage Association issued a stark warning about an industry-wide shortage of qualified haulage specialists. Citing a lack of national investment in licensed and qualified HGV drivers, it touted a 60,000 driver shortfall being likely by March of 2017. At the minute that figure is closer to 45,000 – still a very

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What will Article 50 mean for UK logistics?

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Article 50 is the name given to the technical process of leaving the EU. None of us in the UK are sure yet exactly when that will happen; all we know is that it’s coming. Prior to the Brexit referendum there were plenty of doomsayers on both sides of the fence. Perhaps the main concern

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Why do people choose Alan R Jones?

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We realise that there are plenty of other options out there in the world of palletised distribution, and we’re grateful to our clients for selecting us from among the swathe of competitors on the market. We’re a transparent, honest and open business, and we often speak to our customers to ask them why they chose

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Why we love Newport

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Alan R Jones is based in Newport, South Wales, and we’re proud to be contributing to the success of this thriving, exciting, ever-developing place. It’s the home of the UK’s first ever software academy, it features the legendary Celtic Manor hotel and – above all – its city centre rejuvenation is bringing in people and

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Winner winner! Palletline recognises Alan R Jones for unbeatable service

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The winners of this year’s Palletline awards are in, with first place going to Alan R Jones & Sons in the coveted Service category. The award is granted to the Palletline haulier that shows the greatest provable level of service, scored against a week-by-week KPI, in accordance with the following Service Principal: “to each other,

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Running out of room?

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Alan R Jones offers storage and warehousing! For decades now, Alan R Jones has become known as one of south Wales’ premium suppliers of logistics solutions, delivering palletised loads across the country and – with our Palletline partners – across the European mainland.   But there’s more to the Alan R Jones service than taking

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Apprenticeships drive Alan R Jones forward

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In line with our long-standing tradition of succeeding through innovation, Alan R Jones believes in the value of new ideas and new ways of thinking. Sometimes the best place to source fresh ideas is fresh blood, which is why we’ve been taking on apprentices and ensuring our staff are among the best-trained in the industry.

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Familiar faces

At Alan R Jones, it’s not just about trucks, our business is built by the fantastic people who make up the team. Rachel Hughes, our Sales and Marketing Manager, committed to run the Cardiff half marathon in October, in support of the Alzheimer’s Society. Congratulations to Rachel and her daughter, for completing the challenge, and

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Building business

Complicated brickwork items such as arches and window surrounds are increasingly being produced away from the building site. In the Pontypool factory of Brick Fabrication, the work can be finished by skilled staff in dry conditions, then sent to site as a completed assembly. The company relies on Alan R Jones and the Palletline network

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Taking care of tiling

From its head office in Monmouth, Mandarin Stone has built a national retail business as a market leader in the natural stone industry. Alan R Jones transports tonnes of its flooring and tiles on a regular basis, even using Mandarin Stone branded trailers. Loads are typically heavy, and high value, yet easily damaged. Smaller consignments

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Lift Assist is here

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Alan R Jones and our Palletline partners have launched a solution to the problem of heavy pallets – Lift Assist. The new service is designed to ensure that pallets over 750kg are handled and delivered safely. Using new, powered pallet trucks will ensure that heavier pallets can be offloaded effectively, at delivery destinations where no

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Dan keeps the trucks rolling

Ensuring that Alan R Jones fleet keeps on running is Fleet Engineer Dan Smith. Heading a team of three fitters and an apprentice, his responsibility is keeping the company’s Renault trucks and trailers in good running order, to cope with the demands of daily use on the roads. “We have a well-equipped workshop, with the

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New Business Relationship with Sue Bailey Consulting Ltd

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Alan R Jones are delighted to announce the start of a business relationship with Sue Bailey Consulting Ltd who will provide the business with independent HR advice and training. We look forward to developing our relationship over the coming months and years. suebaileyconsulting.co.uk

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ARJ apprentice update

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We are proud to provide continued support to our 4 apprentices here at Alan R Jones. Luke Norman and Sam Elliott who are progressing towards their NVQ level 2 in Logistics and Warehousing, which will then lead them onto driving qualifications for Cat C + E in HGV driving, Kyle Seymour who is close to

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Children in Need 2014

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We held a charity day on Friday November 14th for Children in Need where the team wore ‘Onesies’ to work and baked/sold cakes to raise money. The day was full of fun and spirits were high and the team raised £140. This was doubled by the company, so a total of £280 has been raised

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NATO Summit Wales 2014

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The NATO summit comes to Wales on Thursday 4th to Friday 5th September 2014. This will be the first NATO Summit since Chicago in 2012, and the first NATO summit in the United Kingdom since Margaret Thatcher welcomed NATO leaders to London in 1990. During working sessions at the Celtic Manor and more informal events

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Palletline service quality award for Alan R Jones

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The team here at Alan R Jones & Sons Ltd are celebrating today as the company has won a major business award through national pallet network Palletline. The Palletline Excellence Awards are hotly contested and coveted by Palletline depots nationwide as a real measure of achievement and recognition. This award naming us (Alan R Jones

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Ray Clegg joins the board of Alan R Jones & Sons

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Alan R Jones are delighted to announce the appointment of Ray Clegg to the role of Operations Director. Ray has been with the business over two and a half years now in the role of Operations manager and has overseen a step change in our development and growth. Ray will now continue to develop and

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Brick Fabrication becomes national supplier with Alan R Jones

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The construction sector may have suffered in the downturn, but the economic fortunes of Brick Fabrication Ltd are healthier than ever. In the space of a few years, the company has transitioned from a respected regional enterprise to a renowned national supplier, driven by a combination of excellent service, solid values and a robust distribution

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Two awards for Palletline at 28th motor transport awards

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Palletline collected the ‘Safety in Operation Award’ and ‘Team of the Year’ accolades at the commercial transport industry’s most prestigious event, held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on 3rd July 2013. A shared victory for us – and reassuring for you We’re proud to be members of such a well-respected, award winning network and

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Alan R Jones golf day

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A golf day was held recently that was not only to enhance and strengthen our relationship with our customer base but also to reward some of our frontline staff for demonstrating a positive image of our company and for providing a high standard of customer service. The day was set as a competition format with

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New fuel tank system

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ARJ have recently invested in a new bulk fuel tank and fuel monitoring system. Our bulk fuel capacity has increased from 20000ltrs to 38000ltrs enabling us to better use the buying market  to purchase fuel at lower rates, thus enabling us to be more competitive and consistent with our fuel surcharge process. The new fuel

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Newport Cycle Speedway Club

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Our local club – Newport Cycle Speedway recently played against the Hellingly Lions in East Sussex a round trip of 380 miles and we were very happy to help out with their travel expenses. The team were victorious winning by 100 -77.

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Palletised distribution across the UK and Europe

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As a shareholder member of Palletline, the premier ‘Network Award Winning’ pallet network in the UK, we offer access to over 10,000 delivery vehicles nationwide  and across Europe. Our service range is wide and growing all the time, so we can satisfy any customer’s logistics requirements. Many of our local customers know us as a

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Continued investment

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Alan R Jones and Sons Ltd continues to invest in its business with the introduction of 3 more Renault tractor units, all LEZ compatible, a new double deck trailer and has had 2 double deck trailers completely refurbished. Further more we also have a new 13.6 mtr straight frame Lawrence David trailer due on fleet in

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New Business Partnership for Alan R Jones

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Alan R Jones are proud to announce a new partnership with CIUR UK, a leading provider of cellulose fibres used in UK road surfaces. The business will include delivering cellulose fibre products UK wide in our bulk blowing tanker fleet as well as general haulage and pallet network deliveries of palletised product. This contract is

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Meet Diane – Renault 450 Euro 5

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Alan R Jones are delighted to announce a new addition to our existing fleet, meet ‘Diane’ our new Renault tractor unit dressed in our new logo. “Diane” will comply with all LEZ regulations and increase our ability to provide a first class service into London. This is one of many additions to our fleet in

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New Palletline hub in Scotland

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Palletised distribution specialists Palletline continue to focus on developing their market leading operational model to enhance service levels and system efficiencies. As a result, the organisation plans to implement its first ever consolidation point dedicated to Scottish and Irish traffic on 31st January 2012. Pallet volumes have been growing steadily across Scotlandfor over two years,

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To let – secure yard

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Established Distribution Location Excellent Road Links Secure Yard – Fenced, Gated Flexible Terms Available Nash Mead, Queensway Meadows Industrial Estate, Newport, South Wales Sat Nav NP19 4SU Located 1 mile south of the SDR (Southern Distributor Road) Access to the M4 Motorway at junctions 24 & 28 Approx 0.42 hectares (1.03) Further information available on

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Delivering Excellence – Local Company wins National Award

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The team at Alan R Jones & Sons Ltd are celebrating because as well as reporting growing business volumes and a very positive commercial outlook, the company has just won a major business award through national pallet network Palletline. The Palletline Awards are hotly contested and coveted by Palletline depots nationwide as a real measure

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