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How to prepare your HGV for winter

Having been in the haulage industry for such a long time, we like to think we know the ins and outs of driving in winter. There is a lot that goes into preparing your vehicle for the winter months, so here we’re going to highlight how you can do exactly that.

Monitor your vehicles temperature 

You can never be too prepared when it comes to looking after your vehicle, as the unpredictability of the weather always has potential to create issues. Also, as obvious as it may sound, the temperature of your vehicle can massively fluctuate in winter which is why it’s important to know what to look out for and how to fix potential problems. Always remember to plug in your engine block heater each night, to make sure that your vehicle is not under or overheating. 

Be prepared for every eventuality 

When it comes to driving in winter, you can never be too prepared. Therefore, before any journey you should make sure that you have all the equipment required just in case any problems arise. Here are some things you should have with you at all times:

  • De-icer
  • At least half a tank of fuel at all times 
  • A thick blanket
  • A mobile phone and charger (never use your mobile when driving)
  • A first aid kit
  • A high visibility jacket
  • A flash light 

Always drive carefully

It’s no coincidence that 17% of all road accidents occur during wintery conditions. As the temperature becomes colder, ice will form on the roads (especially in the morning) making it more difficult to drive like you normally would. To help avoid a potential accident make sure you slow down to a sensible speed, allowing you enough time to accustom yourself to the road and react in case of emergency. It’s also worth noting that stopping distances typically times by 10 during the Winter months, so always be alert and note that you have to slow down much earlier than normal. 

Check your tyres

As mentioned above, stopping distances dramatically increase in winter so it’s important to make sure your tyres are up to the job before travelling anywhere. Before any journey they should always be checked for their wear, pressure and balance. Choosing the right tyres can mean the difference between stopping safely and having an accident. The tread on summer tyres begins to harden when the temperature drops below 7°C, which reduces the tyre’s ability to grip the road. 

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How you can improve your environmental impact

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is at a record high across the world and it’s no secret that the Haulage industry has had a big impact on the environment in recent history, mainly due to the increased distances we are travelling on the roads. However, at Nidd Transport we are always looking for ways to reduce our impact, as well as helping others to do the exact same. Where do you start?

Awareness

Awareness is key in all walks of life, and the Haulage industry is no different. Effectively teaching all employees about how they can reduce their impact can go a long way to helping the business as a whole, so it’s important to start with the drivers. Driving more efficiently can be done in a wide variety of ways, such as combining drips and doing multiple loads at once, so you aren’t driving extra miles for the sake of it. The more you know, the more you’ll save!  

Keep up to date

New methods for collecting and delivering consignments are being thought of every single day, so keeping an open dialogue between clients and staff is vital. If there is a new method that proves to be more energy efficient than the one you currently have in place, then it’s important to know and get it implemented as soon as possible. 

Ensure you have the latest low-carbon vehicles

European Regulations have been imposed on new cars now for over 25 years, with the aim of improving air quality. Investing in the latest environmentally friendly engines will go a long way to showing your commitment to improving your carbon footprint. The latest to be imposed was the Euro IV engines in 2012, with diesel engines now having a permitted level of NOx emitted of 80mg/km, which is 100 less than their Euro 5 emissions standard. 

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Vacancy: Accounts Manager – Accounts Team

Nidd Transport Ltd., based near Ripon, North Yorkshire, is a successful and progressive road haulier who operates throughout the UK and Europe.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and experienced Accounts Manager to join our team. Reporting to the Finance Director (FD), the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the day to day operations of the accounts department and assisting the FD with financial reporting, performance analysis, HR, vehicle costing and office support. A thorough knowledge of accounts is essential, as well as experience in using Sage Accounting software and payroll. Candidates should have some previous experience in people management and team leadership. The successful candidate will have the ability to work under pressure whilst achieving strict deadlines in this dynamic and varied role.  

Benefits and Working for Nidd Transport

Salary: Competitive renumeration package including bonus and pension schemes

Hours: 40 hrs per week (Monday to Friday) 

Holidays: 24 days + bank holidays per year. 

We believe the successful Accounts Manager should have the following skills:  

  • Must be trained to AAT level 4 and studying towards ICA/CIMA or ACCA
  • Previous experience in people management and team leadership 
  • Good numeracy, literacy and IT skills.
  • A flexible approach and ‘can do’ attitude is essential.
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy in order to minimise errors and loss.
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and work to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and team work.
  • Use initiative and possess good decision making 

The key tasks for the Accounts Manager role are:

  • Manage a team of three to achieve individual and team targets
  • Sales Ledger –  overseeing: 
    • Month end invoicing
    • Credit Control 
    • Revaluations 
    • Cash flow forecasts 
    • Payment reconciliations 
  • Purchase ledger – overseeing
    • Month end 
    • Approving sub-contractor invoices 
    • Sterling and euro cheque runs 
  • Bank reconciliation 
  • Petty cash reconciliation 

Individual responsibility

  • Nominal Ledger
    • Maintaining fixed asset register 
    • Maintaining vehicle asset purchase 
  • Vehicle costing/job costing 
  • Assisting with the preparation of monthly management accounts
  • VAT Returns 
  • EC Sales list submission 
  • Payroll including employee contracts and induction paperwork
  • Overseas VAT claims 

So, if you feel that you have the necessary skills we are looking for, then please send your CV and covering letter to heather.glegg@nidd-transport.com

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Introducing: Michael Turner

Michael Turner is the latest to join the Nidd Transport team, joining us as our new Sales and Commercial Manager. Having worked in the transport industry for 33 years for big names such as Beauvais International and most recently Rhenus, Michael will prove integral to the team. 

From day to day, he will be tasked with maintaining and developing further work from existing Nidd clients, as well as winning new business for the company. This will be achieved through researching, approaching, visiting and working closely with new clients. 

When asked what he most enjoys about the role and what drew him to Nidd, Michael said:

“I enjoy the thrill of the chase, satisfaction when new business is obtained, and the fact that every day has a different challenge. I chose Nidd because personally speaking I have become tired of the ‘big boys’ in this industry and prefer the more focused, professional attitude of Nidd, where quality counts.”

In his spare time, you can find Michael spending time with his 5 grandchildren, as well as listening to his favourite blues music and reading American fiction. 

It’s a pleasure to welcome you to the team, Michael! 

You can view our latest vacancies or express interest through our application form here.

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Are you prepared for Brexit?

With less than 50 days to go until Brexit, it’s a good idea to get your house in order. Here, we will help you prepare and give you an insight into how we plan on tackling it head on.  

There will be a few changes when it comes to exporting and importing your goods. In terms of exporting from the UK to the EU, the merchandise needs to be declared to the customs authority of the country the goods will leave and the country of destination. When importing, we recommend you signing up for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)

We will be contacting customers to ensure they’re aware of what they need to do in order for shipment to be successful. There are a number of requirements, including:

  1. Having an EORI number
  2. Appointing an agent, such as Nidd Transport, to handle customs declarations on your behalf
  3. Confirm the Shipping Terms for your job 
  4. Determine the Customs Procedure Code (CPC), relevant to your goods
  5. Clarify if your products are controlled goods (e.g. wines and spirits) and are they subject to an Export or Import Licence 
  6. Provide a Commercial Invoice for every job – details to be included on this are: 
    1. Your company name and address
    2. EORI numberfor you, the supplier, and your customer
    3. Description of the type of packaging 
    4. Description of product(s) together with Commodity Code(s)
    5. The total gross and nett weights of the shipment
    6. The total sales value of the shipment and currency
    7. A declaration that the goods are of UK manufacture and origin. If the goods are not of UK manufacture or origin then the Country of Origin must be shown
  7. If Importing, apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)

Should you have any questions about Exporting and Importing from the EU post Brexit and how we can help you to prepare, please feel free to contact us

Call us on 01765 641510

Email us at sales@nidd-transport.com

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Introducing: Howard Lee

Nidd Transport are delighted to announce the arrival of Howard Lee as our new European Development Manager. Having already accumulated 47 years in the transport industry, we know that his knowledge will prove invaluable to us as a business.

Before Nidd, Howard worked at Leman (Maru) International and will be responsible for providing quotations to our customers as well as developing overseas agents and hauliers. When asked what Howard enjoys the most about his job, he said:

“The thing I enjoy the most is making a profit! Also, being safe with the knowledge that our services are tried and tested, with good customer satisfaction. I chose Nidd because although we’re a medium sized company, we’re small enough to care.”

When he’s not out developing partnerships, you can find Howard spending time with his Grandson and enjoying days and weekends away. Like many of us here, he also enjoys sitting down and watching the football.

Good luck with your new role Howard!

If you’re interested in working for Nidd Transport, keep an eye out for opportunities on our careers page.

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Nidd Transport to support St. Wilfrid’s Parade for another year!

Nidd Transport are pleased to be supporting the St. Wilfrid’s Parade again this year. We will be providingvehicles to a number of local businesses for their floats. They include Lister House Care Home, Ripon Playschool, Ripon Museums and Borrage House Care Home.

The City of Ripon host this annual procession in honour of Saint Wilfrid, Ripons’ Patron Saint.

The marketplace is transformed into a space with fairground rides, Morris dancers and much more on the day. Floats will travel around the city and pass the marketplace between 2pm & 4pm, being led by an actor playing the Saint on his horse.

It all began in 1108 where King Henry 1 granted permission to the city to celebrate the birth of the Saint by holding a fair. This fair was held on the 30th July and Ripon has kept hold of the tradition to this day.

The parade will take place on the 3rd August 2019, so keep your eyes peeled for our vehicles and send us your best pictures!

For further information on any services we provide, please contact us on 01765 641510 or email sales@nidd-transport.com

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Palletforce Gala Dinner – Westminster Plaza, London on Saturday 22nd June 2019

A party of 6 employees and their partners attended the Palletforce Annual Gala dinner and awards night this year. The night was attended by 470 guests and the theme of the evening was a South American Carnival and the event was hosted by comedian Stephen Mulhern! A great night was had by all and we all danced the night away into the early hours.

Most importantly, for the 4th consecutive year Nidd transport were awarded ‘Palletforce Depot of the Year’ – The Chairman’s Award – for achieving a 100% performance on all the major KPI’s in the network.

We are measured on our delivery performance and the accuracy of our administration in order to achieve this 100% performance level with Palletforce.

We are very proud of this award and thank all the team at Nidd Transport for making this happen. It is great to receive recognition for all the hard work the team have put in to provide our customers with the very best level of service ensuring deliveries run smoothly. 

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Germany and Benelux Countries Service Enhancements

We have recently appointed Howard Lee to our team at Nidd Transport as our European Development Manager

Howard will be working hard to develop and progress our current services (import and export) for Germany and Benelux.  

Send us your enquiries and see what we can do for you – email Howard.Lee@nidd-transport.com who will be happy to receive your requests and to provide you with our competitive rates!  Alternatively, please contact our sales team on either sales@nidd-transport.com or 01765 641510

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Happy Easter from Nidd Transport!

We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter from all the team at Nidd!

Please note our office will be closed on the 19th and 22nd April due to the bank holiday weekend, returning on Tuesday 23rd April at 9AM.





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