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Helping independent businesses adapt to new shopping habits

A Manchester haulier is supporting the survival of local businesses by helping firms adapt to selling online. Harbour Freight has assisted independent retailers with setting up a delivery method to reach customers nationwide during the COVID-19 lockdown. The move has enabled local businesses to sell to some of the 89% of UK consumers who have turned to online shopping during the UK lockdown, according to research from Visa, and scale up or down to meet demand. The firm is now ready to support businesses kickstarting operations following the easing of lockdown restrictions and looking for ways to reduce their business costs while accommodating fluctuating sales.

Hilary Devey sells Pall-Ex to management

The Pall-Ex Group has agreed a management buyout that will see founder, owner and Chairwoman Hilary Devey step away from the day-to-day running of the business. The BBC’s Dragons’ Den star has agreed to sell the group to its network membership and management. Contracts were signed in October. The deal, which Pall-Ex believes is the first of its kind, will offer UK and European members what it described as “a unique opportunity to be involved in the development of the pallet network”.

Preparing for Brexit

As we publish this, the UK political landscape has gone through yet another seismic shift, and we seem to be no nearer a clear exit plan for the UK’s departure from the EU. In fact, new legislation has just come in which makes the case for a further extension to the leaving date from 31 October 2019 to 31 January 2020. GM Business Connect caught up with Bryn Atherton, Commercial Director of Allseas Global Logistics, and asked him about what impact Brexit was having on Allseas;

Irish Sea logistics specialists

Harbour International Freight, the Manchester based transport & logistics business is going from strength to strength and is one of the fastest growing logistics companies in the North West and Ireland. As a long standing Irish Sea operator and the first in the market offering overnight palletised services between Manchester and Dublin in the 1980’s as well as being a key member of the Pall-Ex pallet distribution network in the UK, they have the experience, knowledge and strong belief in putting the customer first that unfortunately is lacking these days.