We’ve given you a couple of weeks to feel your way gently into 2017 and we hope your year has got off to a good start. Here at Mersey Maritime, we’re already planning events as far ahead as July, so do keep an eye out for notifications in your inbox. Keep the good news coming and we look forward to catching up with you as the year progresses.
MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
Mersey Maritime is looking to recruit a full-time Business Development Manager to join the team at the Maritime Knowledge Hub. The post is supported by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the New Markets 2 programme. Closing date for applications is 31 January – full details here.
SWEET DEAL FOR BIBBY DISTRIBUTION
Confectionery manufacturer Tangerine has awarded a £ multi-million contract to Liverpool headquartered Bibby Distribution to handle its warehousing and distribution of sweet brands including everyone’s childhood favourites Butterkist, Blackjacks, Sherbet Fountains and Refreshers. www.bibbydist.co.uk
RSM UK MERGES WITH NORTHERN IRELAND PRACTICE
RSM UK has merged with the firm’s Northern Ireland practice, PACEC Ltd, in a deal that will add 70 staff to an almost 4,000-strong workforce. David Gwilliam, chief operating officer at RSM UK, said the merger offered a “fantastic opportunity” to grow RSM’s services in Northern Ireland and expand the company’s consulting business in the UK. www.rsmuk.com
CMA CGM LIVERPOOL OFFICE IS RECRUITING
The Liverpool office of shipping line CMA CGM has posted details of a number of posts it is recruiting for on the Mersey Maritime website, including Logistics Business Development Manager and Import Customer Care Advisor. Deadlines for some posts have already gone but click here for details.
EUREKA FOR URICA
Managing cash flow is one of the biggest headaches for SMEs, so services that can help with this – such as the supply chain payments platform provided by Mersey Maritime member URICA – can make a huge difference. A Lloyds Bank report in Oct 2016 showed the average value of outstanding invoices for businesses in the North West topping £100,000 and 33% of firms cited late payments as the biggest cause of cashflow problems. With that in mind we’d like to point you towards SCFi, the new Supply Chain Funding index from URICA in conjunction with YouGov. SCFi measures the condition of the supply chain, based on perceptions of how strong the chain is and the stresses on invoice payments, from people who really know: UK business owners. So, for the first time, it is possible to get a tangible feel for the health and efficiency of supply chains and how slow payments affects suppliers in the chain. You can download the report here. For SMEs who find the report echoes their own experiences and challenges and who would like to know more about how URICA could help, please contact dedicated expert Tina Lobondi, the principal point of contact at URICA for Mersey Maritime members: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0203 870 8472. www.urica.com
IMDG CODE AMENDMENT 38-16 NOW PUBLISHED
2017 is a transition year for Amendments to the IMDG Code (which relates to the movement of Dangerous Goods) by the International Maritime Organization, whereby Amendment 38-16 can already be used voluntarily from 1 Jan 2017 and will become mandatory on 1 Jan 2018. Mersey Maritime member Exis Technologies has produced a helpful document that gives an overview of the key changes available here.
20 YEARS IN SUPERYACHTS FOR JPMA
Congtratulations to John Percival Marine Associates, which marks its 20th year in the superyacht industry in 2017. JPMA was formed by Hoylake Sailing School principal Capt John Percival, whom many of you will remember, to deal solely with the superyacht sector: the business has since grown to provide Deck & Engineering training across a wide range of industries including workboats and Merchant Navy. In celebration of their anniversary, JPMA will be running monthly competitions and offers starting with a January ‘Who’s Who?’ competition. Click here to take part before the 31 January deadline.
NATWEST SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR MERSEYSIDE INNOVATION AWARDS
The Merseyside Innovation Awards (MIA) recognise and reward companies and individuals in Merseyside who use creativity to fuel growth and profitability. As one of a group of local sponsoring organisations, NatWest is keen to encourage applications from innovative businesses/individuals in the Maritime and related sectors, whose great ideas have the potential to contribute towards the region’s economic development. Any Merseyside based individual or company with turnover below £25m with an innovative product or service is eligible to enter. Apply online at http://www.merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk or contact email@example.com for more information. Deadline for entries is 30 March 2017.
EXTRA MERSEY FERRIES LAID ON DURING WIRRAL LOOP LINE WORK
Extra ferry services have been laid on by Merseytravel between Liverpool and Wirral from now into February during essential maintenance work to the Wirral loop line. Two additional commuter ferries are currently operating from Liverpool Pier Head at 4pm and 4.40pm, Monday to Friday until Feb 12th. All Wirral Line trains will start and finish at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central stations during this period. Click here to see all changes.
LJLA REPORTS HIGHEST PASSENGER NUMBERS IN FIVE YEARS
Almost 5m passengers travelled through Liverpool John Lennon Airport last year – an 11% increase on 2015. Riding on the crest of this positive wave, 2017 will see a host of new routes launched from Liverpool, including to Marrakesh and Sofia. LJLA chief executive Andrew Cornish said: “2016 was a great year for the airport and our busiest in recent years. A successful LJLA creates more job opportunities both on-site and indirectly across the region, as well as helping to attract more inward investment and boosting the region’s visitor economy.” www.liverpoolairport.com
SEAFARERS UK CENTENARY DINNER, LIVERPOOL
Date 23 Feb 2017
Venue Merseyside Maritime Museum
This dinner marks the start of leading maritime charity Seafarers UK’s Centenary Year and will include a drinks reception and three-course dinner, with music by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, speeches and a special auction. Former Deputy Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Lord Prescott is the after-dinner speaker and event sponsors are Peel Ports Group and Propeller Club Liverpool. See www.seafarers.uk for details/booking.
CAMMELL LAIRD CHARGES UP ENERGY DIVISION WITH NEW MD
Cammell Laird has ramped up its operations in the energy sector with the appointment of a new divisional managing director, Jonathan Brown. Mr Brown joins Cammell Laird from Rolls Royce where he led its nuclear new build and projects group. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said Mr Brown would be charged with expanding the company’s drive to grow across nuclear, renewables and the oil and gas markets. “Cammell Laird has a long-term plan to diversify into the energy markets and we are pleased that Jonathan has joined us to help spearhead our operations,” he said. “Our aim is to become one of the prime contractors in Britain serving the energy industry. The programme to build 10 new nuclear power plants around the UK is a £100bn opportunity with decades of work. It is an excellent fit for our workforce, which has transferable skills, and our extensive engineering facilities.”
(NB. Linton Roberts remains managing director of Cammell Laird.)