PML establishes Kent operation to create 30+ jobs

PML invest £3.5m in the purchase of a 100,000 square foot satellite site in Lympne, Kent.

Over 30 office and warehouse jobs are to be created following a decision by global perishable cargo specialist Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) to set up a new satellite operation at Lympne Distribution Park. This facility will sit alongside PML’s main operations at Heathrow and its additional site at Spalding. In addition to providing employment opportunities to the local area, the company’s move to establish a Kent base will also have a considerable positive impact on the local infrastructure, reducing delays on the roads within the area, caused by queuing freight traffic.

The forward-thinking company has invested around £3.5m in the purchase of a 100,000 square foot satellite site in Lympne, which of course represents a prime location for hauliers given its excellent proximity to the motorway network, Channel Tunnel and the ports (Dover and Folkestone). This will enable PML to provide its customers with the opportunity to capitalise on an alternative route in and out of Heathrow, representing a seamless, efficient freight forwarding service which does not attract the charges / penalties associated with using the roads within the Greater London area affected by the new LEZ standards. The company also plans to apply for remote HMRC / DEFRA approved Border Control Post (BCP) status to enable a faster transit of consignments out of the Port of Dover (which currently does not have a BCP). The Lympne site will enable PML customers to avoid the excessive well documented delays associated with freight traffic in and out of Dover and therefore extend the shelf life of any temperature sensitive cargo (which represents PML’s core business), by up to 4 hours.

The 24/7 operation which will handle daily consignments of food – for packing, loading and unloading – should be up and running by end September. The business anticipates the new facility has the capacity to process 80-100 truck movements per day in its first phase of operation – which will focus on refrigerated goods only. 

PML’s latest venture comprises two impressive purpose-built cold stores, 14 dock levellers to enable safe and time efficient loading and offloading, expansive parking (for up to 60 trailers) and generous office space. The company plans to spend around £1m on refurbishments to bring the building up to its exacting standards and to ensure best practice in the handling of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and flowers. This will include the creation of dedicated inspection areas and offices for customers.

Commenting on the decision to create a base at Kent, managing director Mike Parr said, “Our new site is located just two miles from Junction 11 of the M20 and really couldn’t offer a more desirable location.

In addition to proximity to the ports and Heathrow, we anticipate that haulage drivers will also appreciate the efficient and seamless service we will be able to deliver, enabling them to leave the trailer onsite while they take a rest break, as opposed to sitting in a queue worrying about the lengthy delays which could seriously impact on the condition of their perishable cargo – and of course adds to major delays on Kent’s roads. We are keen to become an active member of the local community and will be providing employment opportunities at a time when many people have suffered financially as a result of the pandemic.

Anyone wishing to find out details of the jobs that are on offer should contact recruitment@pml-ltd.com.”

PML CREATES NEW SALES MANAGER ROLE


Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) has promoted Simon Hanley to the role of Sales Manager.

The global perishable cargo specialist has created the position following the company’s significant growth and in light of the business’s expansion to offer its services out of Spalding and – the most recent acquisition – Lympne, Kent, alongside the existing head office at Heathrow.


Hanley, who joined PML five years ago, has been promoted from his previous role as Business Development Manager. During his tenure with the business, he has acquired experience working across all aspects of the company’s air, sea, road, import and export operations. Prior to his initial appointment at PML, Hanley was working in the ambient freight forwarding sector.

Simon Hanley promoted to the role of Sales Manager at PML


The Sales Manager position will see Hanley managing a team of four and reporting directly to Sales Director Nick Finbow. He is charged with a remit of growing the Spalding and Kent facilities and further developing PML’s air freight exports, with a specific focus on companies looking to export their perishable goods to the Middle and Far East. Although based at Heathrow, Hanley will also be spending a significant amount of time at the company’s two additional sites.


Commenting on the promotion, Hanley said, “Working at PML has opened up many opportunities for me. I joined the company because I was attracted to the progressive working environment here. It’s a flat organisation so there’s no room for protracted discussions and excessive bureaucracy, decisions are made quickly to enable everyone to move forward with their roles. If you present a compelling case for a particular activity, the senior management team is incredibly supportive and receptive to new initiatives. I’m looking forward to the fresh challenges this position represents and relish the prospect of being part of PML’s continued success and established recognition as an industry leader, success that is befitting of the clear commitment to forward thinking and continuous re-investment in the business.”

PML tackling the Carbon Emissions target

PML Article in Focus Feature July 2021

This month #PML‘s Mike Parr is a guest contributor to the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s magazine to talk about tackling the carbon emissions target.

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the global perishable cargo specialist, is taking a proactive approach to reducing the company’s carbon emissions. For a business that is focused on the transfer of temperature sensitive cargo by air, road and sea, this is a sizeable challenge and one which requires a matched input from those responsible for addressing the emissions associated with these modes of transport.

For its part, PML has researched the opportunity to switch to electric trucks, as well as reviewing the potential to move to more sustainable fuel types. To date, despite investing considerable time to seek out suitable alternatives, the options remain very limited and are currently not commercially viable.

As of 1 st April of this year, the entire fleet of PML trucks (which amounts to 9 artics) are Euro VI compliant, which represents a positive step towards controlling carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions.

The Sales Director has taken delivery of an electric company car and as and when company car renewals arise, PML will look at a shift toward electric or at least hybrid vehicles. This is despite the hefty price tag associated with such purchases, an investment that is worthwhile given the clear benefits to the environment.

Our 64,000 square foot warehouse regularly receives and packs consignments of food and as such, generates a substantial amount of cardboard and polythene-based packaging. The business now recycles all of its cardboard and polythene to minimise the contribution to landfill and maximise the potential to reuse these materials.

As a logistics business, we have a significant number of employees who are charged with providing administrative support. The back office to PML’s operations is essential to its success and while it may not be able to fully address the emissions targets via our transport teams, the office is making great strides in adopting new environmentally friendly practices.

At our Heathrow headquarters, we have taken the decision to change 80% of our lighting to being motion-sensor driven, resulting in a reduction in electricity consumption which in turn, will negatively impact on the business’s carbon emissions footprint.

Looking ahead, PML is about to take on a new facility outside of the Heathrow area and we are proud to confirm that these premises will be featuring solar panels which will also help to reduce electricity usage and therefore will contribute to a drop in carbon emissions.

PML is focused on looking at further ways in which to operate as an environmentally responsible business and will continue to adopt new practices which will enable it to deliver against the sustainability agenda. However, this is surely an area where the industry needs to unite to instigate real change?

We would advocate that an industry-wide initiative is launched which specifically targets the need to tackle carbon emissions, which enables us to work with those involved in providing the vehicles which we are so reliant on. Manufacturers of trucks need to feel reassured that there is a genuine appetite for change and more needs to be done to ensure that there are financial incentives for investing in eco-friendly modes of transport which will go towards offsetting the initial inflated upfront payment.

There needs to be clearer thinking about we work together to improve emissions. We’ve already seen a clear example of how the push towards demonstrating clear commitment to environmental concerns can sometimes be at the expense of failing to recognise a detrimental effect on a whole industry sector. The Mayor of London’s decision to extend the Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) to make it tougher for heavier vehicles to drive within the Greater London area – including Heathrow – has effectively rendered Heathrow’s mission to become an equal to Paris CDG and Amsterdam (in terms of airfreight) impossible. The excessive charges associated with the LEZ combined with the eye-watering penalty fees has resulted in a number of European hauliers refusing to come to Heathrow. So, while the Mayor’s emissions target will benefit, this is at an unacceptably high price for the industry. For PML, this latest attempt to deal with emissions has made it untenable to extend our operations in Heathrow. Dealing with emissions we wholeheartedly agree with. But this needs to be implemented with clear proof of joined up thinking which can only be achieved if the industry is invited to collaborate with those making the decisions.