Ryan Parr awarded the prestigious Industry Hero award

Operations Director Ryan Parr picked up the Industry Hero award from this year’s FPC Fresh Awards, which were presented on Friday 19th November at London’s Old Billingsgate venue.

On the nomination for Ryan, Nick Finbow said: “Ryan is a major asset to the business, he demonstrates ambition, staunch commitment and incredible drive on a daily basis. These attributes are balanced with excellent interpersonal skills, integrity and a genuine desire to maintain the happy, harmonious working environment for which PML is renowned.”

A little about Ryan and his tremendous contribution to the PML business:
Ryan joined PML in June 2013 at the age of 18 and in the eight years that he has been in the business, he has already packed in a considerable number of achievements.  

Ryan has worked across many areas of the company to gain a strong understanding of the global logistics sector and his enthusiasm and hunger to learn are exemplary. During his tenure with PML, Ryan has evolved from a young school leaver to a highly competent manager who was recently been promoted to the role of Operations Director at the tender age of 25, making him the youngest Director in the company’s 18-year history.

As Operations Director, Ryan assumes responsibility for all of PML’s extensive operations as an import/export logistics business specialising in the transfer of temperature-sensitive freight by air, road and sea. Due to the considerable scale of the company, Ryan has 12 managers reporting directly to him, a role that few 25-year-olds would be capable of taking on. Not only has Ryan risen to the challenge, but he has also excelled in his new position, taking such a significant promotion completely in his stride.

When the full impact of the global coronavirus crisis began to play out, the service operated by PML became pivotal to the continued trading of businesses involved in the import and export of produce.

Ryan’s role was critical to PML’s ability to operate a full service throughout the pandemic and to mastermind the company’s response to overcoming the ensuing travel restrictions. He was responsible for coordinating between 10 and 20 trucks a day to facilitate the safe arrival of produce that would previously have been transferred by air. Similarly, Ryan was accountable for identifying three to four flights a day out of the UK and Europe, to enable the export of goods from this country.

Thanks to Ryan’s innovative thinking and his refusal to accept defeat, not a single client was compromised, and every consignment was successfully delivered to its intended destination.

Although he excels in managing his team, Ryan still enjoys actively immersing himself in new projects. He was responsible for identifying the advantages associated with the investment in a metal detection scanner – a technology that has proved beneficial in further improving the screening of meat exports handled by PML – ensuring the business maintains its established reputation for implementing the very highest standards of food hygiene.

Ryan was also heavily involved in the introduction of a brand-new IT system that operates across the business. 

It is this ability to immerse himself in additional assignments outside of his core responsibilities, without jeopardizing efficiency or productivity, that makes Ryan stand out from the crowd.

Ryan’s extensive list of accreditations belies his age. He is fully Health & Safety trained, an approved Fire Marshall, holds a Forklift license, is qualified to use the company’s X-ray and metal detection screeners, holds a Level 3 in Health Critical training, holds a Level G in security manager training. He is also fully import, export and sea freight compliant and has undertaken comprehensive management training.

Richard Hoyte wins FPC Fresh Awards Manager of the Year!

On Friday evening Richard Hoyte was presented with the FPC Fresh Awards for the Manager of the Year at London’s Old Billingsgate.

Presented on stage at the award event Richard collected his well-deserved prize.

The presentation for Richard:

Richard has been with PML for ten years and has quickly proved himself to be a major asset to the business. His hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence have delivered substantial tangible results and his continued focus on innovation and improvement have established him as a highly valued member of the team.

Specifically, we’d like to draw attention to Richard’s following outstanding achievements:

  • Richard successfully navigated PML’s packhouse (which handles between 6,000 – 12,000 cases per day) to achieve recognition under the BRC Global Stand for Food Safety Certification, issue 7 and most recently issue 8. Thanks to Richard’s diligence and unwavering high standards for the last two (unannounced) audits, the company has secured an AA+ rating (the highest accolade possible) with just 3 minors on each audit. The updated issue 8 standard takes into consideration new risks and revised legislation and practices intended to improve food safety and PML has been very quick to secure this latest certification, largely due to Richard’s drive to ensure PML’s packing facility is always leading the field
  • Richard’s leadership in the packing facility has enabled the company to improve productivity in this critical area of the business which in turn has triggered a reduction in the number of personnel required to successfully run the operation. This has resulted in an associated positive outcome for PML’s customers since there has been a notable reduction in rate increases
  • Richard has drawn upon his knowledge and experience to research and introduce new ideas and new equipment / new machinery to further enhance productivity and enable departments to work seamlessly, ultimately improving the supply chain
  • Richard’s natural positivity and passion for the role, combined with a flair for galvanising and supporting his colleagues have created a fantastic close-knit team whose enthusiasm and motivation is second to none
  • Richard has worked hard to develop his staff to help them realise their full potential within the business. He is a strong advocate for internal promotion and has therefore created a positive culture within his department, mapping out a clear route for personal development and effectively demonstrating that progress up the ladder is possible
  • Richard has been responsible for the implementation of a dedicated QC department at PML enabling the business to add this facility to its portfolio of services to customers
  • In addition to maximising productivity, Richard is acutely sensitive to the need to keep department costs down and has taken practical steps to realise this goal.  He has taken the time to learn how to effectively maintain the machinery in the packhouse and is therefore capable of fixing any minor issues himself – minimising the need to call upon the services of an external maintenance engineer and the additional expense linked to this AND therefore ensuring there is no unnecessary disruption to customer orders
  • PML takes pride in its ability to offer a flexible service that fits around customer needs. Richard is an excellent ambassador for PML’s ‘can do’ approach. He always shows nothing less than 100% commitment to completing a task, even when last-minute changes are thrown at him, he remains calm and focused on achieving the desired end result for the customer
  • Richard is an inspiration to his staff. He sets high standards for the team but is never afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting involved in a variety of tasks himself – from helping to pack, lifting boxes and driving the fork truck – to ensure that the job gets done on time and in budget. ‘If I want somebody to do something, I have to be able to do it’ is Richard’s mantra
  • Richard’s exceptional knowledge, experience and enthusiasm have allowed him to engage more with our customers in relation to their specific contract requirements. This liaison role effectively frees up members of the senior team who are able to focus their efforts on higher-level activities
  • As part of his transport duties, Richard is responsible for keeping all the lorries in good working order, ensuring that insurance, licenses etc are up to date. He was involved in the introduction of the new lorries featuring the roller bed system which enhances productivity but also provides a safer working environment for staff
  • Richard is a genuine, highly likeable character, a true gentleman whose loyalty to PML is never in question. He embodies the company’s commitment to setting the benchmark for excellence in customer service and is an inspiration to not just his own team but to all members of the PML family

Richard’s role has been critical in developing PML’s supply chain to offer an improved service to its customers. With a staff of around 60-80, Richard has looked at the workings of each department and identified potential strategies to further reduce the supply chain – by introducing new equipment, machinery, reducing external costs etc – which provides PML with an even stronger selling proposition.

Any changes made have always been balanced with the need to uphold PML’s commitment to handling fresh produce with the greatest of care and to delivering a superior service. The safety and welfare of staff have also been central to any recommendations made by Richard, as evidenced by the decision to introduce new trucks featuring a roller bed system which represent a safer approach to loading/unloading goods.

The bigger picture 

As a leading force in the global transportation of perishable goods, PML is paving the way and establishing the accepted standard for best practice within the fresh produce industry and the packhouse/transport operations are an excellent example of this. 

Packing and transportation are obviously at the heart of the PML service and the company would have not earned its renowned reputation without demonstrating such a commitment to excellence in this area.

By maximising productivity and minimising expenses (both in terms of human capital and external maintenance costs), the operations that Richard oversees have greatly influenced the overall profitability of the company and been pivotal in enhancing PML’s supply chain offering.


Richard has worked tirelessly to support PML and we believe that this award would enable the company to demonstrate its heartfelt thanks for his exceptional loyalty, sheer hard work and unquestionable commitment over the last 10 years.

Key Appointment for PML Kent

James Tinkler has been appointed Site Manager of PML’s new satellite transport and logistics hub based at Lympne, Kent.

Tinkler brings a wealth of experience to the role having spent the last five years as International Planning Manager for a company that specialised in the distribution of international imports and exports to and from the UK. Prior to this position, Tinkler worked for 20 years with a temperature-controlled logistics provider responsible for delivering distribution (by road) and warehousing solutions to support the UK food supply chain.

The newly created position at PML’s soon-to-launch Kent operation offers Tinkler the opportunity to draw upon his existing expertise which includes setting up a brand-new distribution depot, but also offers significant scope for progression and development, based on PML’s established credentials as a road/sea/air logistics provider servicing both the UK and overseas markets.

As Site Manager for PML Kent, Tinkler will report directly to the main board of directors and will assume responsibility for an anticipated workforce of approximately 35 staff, which includes three dedicated transport planners. Recruitment at the Kent site is well underway, with four customs clerks and six HGV drivers already in place.

Tinkler will be charged with ultimately ensuring the seamless 24/7 operation of all road freight operations at Kent, which which will handle daily consignments of refrigerated food – for packing, loading, and unloading – with a planned 80-100 truck movements per day in the first phase of its official opening. 

PML Kent has already attracted significant attention within the industry, hailing a dynamic and forward-thinking solution to the current issues facing HGV drivers. The Lympne based represents an ideal geographical location with close proximity to Dover, Channel Tunnel, and the motorway, and exempt from the punishing charges imposed by the extension of the Low Emission Zone. The site is destined to provide best-in-class facilities for drivers – facilities which the government has recently acknowledged are seriously lacking in the UK (especially in comparison with Europe).

Commenting on his appointment, Tinkler said, “I’m delighted to be joining PML, whose reputation for excellence is renowned within the industry. I have been impressed by the company’s consistent ability to stay ahead of the curve and flourish, regardless of the challenging conditions that have prevailed over the last 18 months. The strong senior management team has a clear vision to ensure the long-term success of the business and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to feature within the planned growth and development of PML. In particular, I am looking forward to being associated with a number of pivotal initiatives with a genuine emphasis on driver welfare – something which has long been lacking in our sector. My job is to work with the team to establish PML Kent as the best facility in Kent – or even the UK – thanks to the planned superior driver experience; superb location; extensive transport and trans-shipment solutions and unrivaled customs expertise.”

PML Poised To Expand European Customer Base

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the provider of world-class logistics and supply chain solutions, has appointed Alessandra Tagliabue to the newly created role of Business Development Manager for Europe.

Tagliabue, who has an established and proven track record in sales – in terms of both identifying and successfully converting prospects – joins the company following a micro business unit leadership position with a globally recognised market leader in private healthcare.  Prior to this, she worked predominantly in Spain – where she spent the last eight years applying her honed new business and sales skills within the logistics and import/export sector.

A highly competent linguist who is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and English,  with direct experience of working with customers across Europe, Tagliabue is well placed to help drive the growth and expansion of PML’s operations within the European market.

Commenting on her appointment, Tagliabue said, “I’m delighted to be joining such a progressive organisation and relish the prospect of playing a pivotal role in PML’s continued success. I have been impressed by the company’s clear credentials as a category leader, regularly demonstrating its ability to stay ahead of the curve by implementing innovative and future perfect solutions to the myriad challenges facing the logistics and supply chain industry. I am excited to be part of a business that boasts an excellent record for staff retention, largely due to the easy access to a pathway for progression for those who wish to further develop their careers with the company. My main mission will be to promote PML’s new Kent transport and logistics hub, a state-of-the-art operation that represents a highly attractive proposition to European customers, offering a seamless and efficient gateway for companies looking to bring perishable and non-perishable goods into the UK.”

Tagliabue is physically based in the Midlands but will be making regular visits to PML’s headquarters in Heathrow and the Lympne, Kent site.