Merseyside & Warrington Group - Forthcoming Events

April 2017
Behind the Scenes at Stena Line - This event is fully bookedBOOK NOW
03/04/2017 17:30:00 - 03/04/2017 19:30:00

03 April 2017, 17:15 for 17:30 - 19:30
Where: Twelve Quays Terminal, Tower Road, Birkenhead, CH41 1FE
Meeting Point: Reception in Terminal Building

Speaker: Alex McDonald, Area Sales Manager 

Stena Line is the leading ferry operator in the UK, with nine routes from British Ports.  Stena Line's Birkenhead Terminal provides an important freight and passenger link between the Northern Powerhouse and Belfast.  We are delighted to offer a tour of the Terminal and a look behind the scenes on board either Stena Mersey or Stena Lagan, which service the Liverpool – Belfast route.  The visit will afford a stunning view of the Three Graces and the Liverpool Waterfront.

This event is fully booked.  If you would like to add your name to the reserve list, contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: MWG0352.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

Road Building Consultancy for National and Local ProjectsBOOK NOW
06/04/2017 18:30:00 - 06/04/2017 20:00:00

6th April 2017, 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:00
Where: AECOM, AECOM House, 179 Moss Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8FH
Meeting Point: Tatton Meeting Room, Ground Floor

•    Geoff Clarke FCILT,
Regional Director Transportation, AECOM
•    Phil Wayles,
Director, AECOM
•    Martin Houghton,
Regional Director - Strategic Highways Europe, AECOM

This event is aimed to explain more about the National roads programme with some case studies. The event includes a buffet tea courtesy of AECOM.

•    Senior director, Phil Wayles, will explain details about Highways England road programme

•    Local project manager Martin Houghton will talk about the Stockport –Manchester Airport project where AECOM were the design engineers

•    Then a contractor will speak about the practicalities, which will include photos of the building process including heavy cranes swinging in the bridge components

If time permits it may also be possible to cover the successful completion of the Smart Motorway section of the M6 East and North of Birmingham.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: CHG0333.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free
Strategic Roads and Economic Growth - Planning for the FutureBOOK NOW
25/04/2017 18:30:00 - 25/04/2017 20:00:00

25th April 2017, 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:00
Where: Transport for Greater Manchester, 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BG
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Simon Emery, Growth & Economic Development Team Leader, Highways England

Transformed into an arms-length company in 2015, Highways England is charged with maximising the role of the motorway and major A roads network in supporting economic growth - both by meeting the needs of freight and logistics customers, and in accommodating new development.  To set the scene for the future investment and traffic management initiatives that will help to deliver this duty, it will in early 2017 publish its first "Strategic Economic Growth Plan".  Simon will explain how this will affect future priorities, including delivery of the "Northern Powerhouse" and the roads investment programme post-2020.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GMG0378.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free
Orchestrating TelematicsBOOK NOW
27/04/2017 18:30:00 - 27/04/2017 20:00:00

27th April 2017, 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:00
Where: Fagan & Whalley Ltd, Albion House, Shuttleworth Mead Business Park, BB12 7NG
Meeting Point: Reception

Sam Fagan, Projects and Systems Manager, Fagan & Whalley Ltd 

Technology has become part of our everyday lives, from ordering our groceries online, to tracking the location of that important parcel we ordered less than 12 hours earlier.  We have come to expect this level of service, but often don’t appreciate the levels of technology being used in order to deliver these expectations.  In their 90th year in business, Fagan & Whalley Ltd will present how they are promoting a safer culture throughout their operations, and how the latest developments in vehicle and planning technology has enabled them to become one of the most recognised fleets on UK roads.  Being held at the new Fagan & Whalley Head Office, this is a one event not to miss. 

A light buffet will also be provided.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: LG0322.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free
The Second Alan Stilwell Memorial North West Transport LectureBOOK NOW
27/04/2017 18:30:00 - 27/04/2017 20:30:00

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 17:45 for 18:30 - 20:30
Where: Manchester Metropolitan University, The Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH - Directions
Meeting Point: Ground Floor Lecture Theatre

Speaker: TBC

This year's lecture will deal with meeting environmental challenges around transport.  From resilience against increasingly-frequent extreme weather events – such as repeated recent flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire – through planning to limit adverse air quality effects of transport growth, to sustainable energy or climate change initiatives based around changing people's travel behaviour: all these remain crucial to the planning, design and management of our transport networks and assets, and the issues will be addressed by eminent speakers.

The 2017 lecture is organised by the Transport Engineering Group of the Institution of Civil Engineers (TEG), on behalf of all the region's transport sector professional institutions.  For the second year running, the event will celebrate the life and career of Alan Stilwell FICE – a former chair of the TEG and Vice-President of ICE – who passed away in 2015 after a distinguished career serving Cheshire County Council, Merseytravel and others.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

A link to register on Eventbrite will be available soon.  Please look out for further updates.


Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

Event Code: NWR0318
May 2017
40 Years of International Study ToursBOOK NOW
02/05/2017 18:30:00 - 02/05/2017 20:30:00

When: 2 May 2017, 18:30 - 20:30 (Reg: 18:00)
Where: Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2RU
Meeting Point: Room G57, Stoke Sixth Form College

Speaker: Andrew Dartnell FCILT, Chairman, Staffordshire Group CILTUK

Our Chairman, Andrew, has, for more than forty years, planned and accompanied groups of members, some with their wives and guests, on tours to countries far and wide across the world.  The main reason for these tours has been to observe how other countries plan and operate their logistics and transport services, noting their many and different activities whilst undertaking their essential tasks of moving people and goods.

What started as a long-weekend away in Brussels for eight people has expanded, over the years, and the group has now visited  destinations over four continents from San Francisco to Hong Kong

Andrew will touch upon some happy and interesting experiences over these past 40 years with planning and operating these International Study Tours.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: STG0347.

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

Annual Meeting and LJLA UpdateBOOK NOW
09/05/2017 18:30:00 - 09/05/2017 20:00:00

9th May 2017, 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:00
Where: Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool, L24 1YD 

Speaker: Robin Tudor, LJLA Head of Public Relations

Robin Tudor will give a brief update of developments.
A representative of an airline operating from LJLA will give an up-to-date account of the airline’s view of the current state of the market and prospects for future developments.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: MWG0353.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free
Encirc Glass Visit - From Port to BottleBOOK NOW
11/05/2017 18:30:00 - 11/05/2017 20:30:00

11th May 2017, 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:30
Where: Encirc Glass, Elton, CH2 4LF - Directions
Meeting Point: Main Reception

Brian Harrison, Material Projects Manager, Encirc Logistics

A great opportunity to visit one of the best examples of a vertically integrated manufacturer, with end-to-end supply chain operations on site.  The UK is the world’s largest importer of wine, which brings an influx of predominantly green bottles into the country which eventually enter the waste stream.  However, bulk importation of wine, with bottling in the country of sale, is a means of both reducing the amount of glass imported into the UK and providing a market for green glass through increased local production of wine bottles.  Bulk importation of wine does not impair quality and has many other environmental and logistical advantages, with the final product being produced much closer to the consumer.  Encirc provide evidence for this throughout their supply chain.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: CHG0334.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free
Northern Powerhouse Logistics - Peel Ports' perspectiveBOOK NOW
16/05/2017 18:30:00 - 16/05/2017 20:30:00

16th May 2017, 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:30
Where: Robert Walters, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3HF
Meeting Point: 9th Floor

Speaker: Warren Marshall CMILT, Group Planning Director, Peel Ports

With game-changing developments like the Liverpool 2 post-Panamax container terminal coming on-stream in 2016, and a range of multi-modal freight interchange facilities all along the Manchester Ship Canal corridor in the pipeline, Peel Ports is set to change the shape of how the North is served and accesses international trade.  This creates enormous opportunities for our industry and potential greater benefits for our local economy - but delivery is not without its challenges! Come along and get an update on all these exciting new developments.

Refreshments and a light buffet will also be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GMG0372.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free
Transforming Rail in the NorthBOOK NOW
18/05/2017 18:30:00 - 18/05/2017 20:00:00

Date: 18th May 2017, 1800 for 1830 - 2000
Venue: Lancashire County Council, County Hall, Fishergate Hill, Preston, PR1 0LD - Directions
Meeting Point: Pitt Street Entrance

Speaker: Sharon Keith, Regional Director, Northern

The new Northern franchise commenced on 1 April 2016 and will see £1billion of investment delivered across the North providing new and improved trains and stations, faster and more frequent services, improving the customer experience as well as strengthening community links.

Sharon Keith, Northerns Regional Director for the West, will detail these exciting transformational changes that are already well underway and how Northern plans to implement them over the course of the 9 year franchise.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: LG0329

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

Benchmarking Breakfast Session - Improve your LogisticsBOOK NOW
23/05/2017 08:30:00 - 23/05/2017 10:15:00


When: 23rd May 2017, 08:00 for 08:30 - 10:15
Where: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4AX

In these challenging times, the need for logistics, transport and supply-chain professionals to compete effectively and efficiently is more critical than ever. Glacially slow economic growth, austerity measures and reduced budgets require that companies supply chains are operating as efficiently as possible.

The purpose of this CILT event is to highlight the benefits to your business that benchmarking will provide. Benchmarking involves a review of your business processes aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of your performance in relation to similar organisations and with overall industry best practice.

The CILT LogMark Benchmarking Club is a business management tool that facilitates gap-analysis of logistics, transport and supply-chain operational activity using widely accepted KPI’s that cover inventory management, transport management, risk management, human resourcing, customer service, operations management and other business disciplines. LogMark provides its members with a comprehensive survey, guaranteed data security, a club-based benchmarking network, and independently audited results.

Come and join us for breakfast here at the institute where our speakers will discuss the benefits of benchmarking your supply chain operation. Our speakers include:

  • Clare Bottle FCILT, Coca Cola European Partners
  • José Noya Noya, Computacenter (UK) Ltd
  • Daryl Chesney, CILT

This is a free event, however spaces are limited, therefore if you would like to attend please confirm at your earliest convenience. 

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: LOGM0342

June 2017
CILT North West Awards for Education and Excellence 2017BOOK NOW
09/06/2017 19:30:00 - 10/06/2017 00:00:00

9th June 2017, 18:45 (for 19:30) - Midnight
Where: The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
Meeting Point: Hotel Reception

Hailed as one of the best sectorial networking events of the year, the CILT’s NW Region Awards for Education & Excellence promote and showcase individual and corporate best practice within the freight and passenger transport industry and are supported by organisations and individuals from throughout the North West.

Hosted by the BBC's Dave Guest the awards evening guarantees to challenge and inform with maximum enjoyment and entertainment.  12 Awards will be presented in the following individual and corporate categories.

•     Student of the Year
•     Young Freight Logistics Manager of the Year
•     Young Passenger Transport Manager of the Year
•     Service to the Industry in Freight Logistics
•     Service to the Industry in Passenger Transport
•     Lifetime Achievement Award
•     Best Practice Award
•     Development of People Award
•     Environmental Improvement Award
•     Information Management Award
•     Safety Award
•     Transport Policy, Planning & Implementation Award
•     Warehouse Operations Award

How to Enter?
To enter, nominators should supply one entry form per submission as an electronic copy with a maximum of 2,500 words per entry to be submitted via email to who will confirm receipt electronically within 24 hours, if not call him on 07725 070184. Supporting material is allowed to give an illustration of the project or projects in which the nominee has been involved.  For the corporate awards, supporting material is permissible, but only to explain the entry and provide amplification of the project goals and therefore must be totally relevant to the project and entrants may be contacted for further information by the judging panel.  The deadline for entries will be 1700 hrs, Friday 31st March 2017, with the outcome of entries to be confirmed, by email, before end of play on Monday 1st May 2017.

For the individual categories the judges will be looking for:
•     Evidence of personal impact on task/s described
•     Significant influence over business operations
•     Demonstration of desire to drive their own career
•     Level of innovation/desire to challenge the status quo
•     Evidence of sustained success in previous roles

Whilst for the corporate awards they will look for:
•     Effectiveness and impact of output in the situation described
•     Use of innovative ideas or the extension of good practice into new areas
•     Success in overcoming technical challenges and other difficulties
•     Its wider significance and applicability in other organisations
•     Quantification of the scale/size/benefits

NB: Judges will make their decision based on the project and its benefits to your organisation.

You will be welcomed with a drinks reception and a three course meal will be provided.

Cost: Single Place: £40 + VAT; Table of 10: £400 + VAT - Booking form

Blazing Ahead - Transdev in the northBOOK NOW
13/06/2017 18:30:00 - 13/06/2017 20:00:00

13th June 2017, 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:00
Where: Peter Jost Centre, Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF

Speaker: Alex Hornby FCILT, CEO, Transdev Blazefield

The Blazefield Group has long been associated with quality, innovation and service in local bus markets and continues to be under the ownership of worldwide mobility leader Transdev.  Operating 400 vehicles, employing 1150 staff and enabling 32 million journeys a year throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire, their aim is to be ‘the amazing bus company’.  They are on a mission to find new ways of achieving passenger growth through effective network design, outstanding marketing and investment in both products and people.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: MWG0354.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free
Esprit Warehouse and Dock TourBOOK NOW
20/06/2017 18:30:00 - 20/06/2017 20:00:00

20th June 2017, 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:00
Where: Esprit Warehousing Ltd, Trafford Wharf Rd, Manchester M17 1HA - Website  
Meeting Point: Reception

Esprit Warehousing have recently re-opened Trafford Docks to once again bring bulk and large freight into Manchester via the Manchester Ship Canal. It is now possible for ships carrying up to 4,500 tonnes of freight (equivalent to the load capacity of over 150 HGVs) to berth in the heart of the city.

This is an opportunity to visit Esprit’s three acre site, which provides palletised and bulk warehousing, container de-stuffing, freight consolidation and onward delivery throughout the UK. It is also an opportunity to discuss the strategic implications for the region of combined road/water modalities.

Who are Esprit

Esprit was established by Graham Dixon FCILT in 1998 as a European road haulage business working with major blue chip companies such as Tesco, Securicor, TDG & Cargill. Over the following years, our expertise in transport management and handling bulk & palletised goods, coupled with our solid reputation for excellent service levels & reliability, has led to significant organic growth and diversification away from operating our own fleet of lorries.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GMG0367

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

Towards Zero - road safety on an evolving road networkBOOK NOW
22/06/2017 18:30:00 - 22/06/2017 20:00:00

22nd June 2017, 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:00
Where: County Hall, Fishergate Hill, Preston, PR1 0LD
Meeting Point: Pitt Street Entrance

Nick Hughes MILT, Senior Transportation Officer, Lancashire County Council

Road Safety is an issue which affects anyone who travels on the highways whether by vehicle or as a pedestrian.  It is not only of concern to the private individual but increasingly to employers and their employees.

The UK has one of the best road safety records in the world but demands are being made to improve even more. Traditionally the approach has been one of Education, Engineering and Enforcement – often running separately.  More recently various initiatives are emerging to aim “Towards Zero”.  There is a move towards not accepting injuries as being an inescapable consequence of road travel.  Following the lead taken by other industries, especially the aviation sector, Road Safety in the UK is developing significantly at this time.  Safe Systems approaches are now being used to stimulate and develop the move towards fewer casualties – especially those suffering life changing injuries.  Highways England has led the way with recent policy implementation.  However, Local Authorities are not far behind and are developing their own strategies and policies to shape the future of travel on their local roads which form the majority of the length of roads in the UK.

Lancashire has one of the worst records for child casualties in the UK and this presentation will give an insight into the level of those problems and those affecting other road user groups.  Also, Nick will detail the approach being taken by one of the UK's largest Highway Authorities as it works in partnership with other stakeholders to reduce casualties whilst maintaining and providing a network fit to facilitate the expected growth in vehicle movements including freight as the Northern Powerhouse develops over the next decade.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: LG0328.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free
Cheshire Group Invites You to 'An Evening at the Races'BOOK NOW
30/06/2017 18:00:00 - 28/07/2017 22:00:00

 30th June 2017, 17:45 (for 18:00) - 22:00 (onwards)
Where: The Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY
Meeting Point: Outside Holiday Inn Entrance

Back again for another year!

Come and enjoy a social evening at Chester Races and witness some exciting horse racing with the Cheshire CILT committee.  We plan to spectate from the Tattersalls stand, which provides access to bars, food and book-makers (should you fancy a flutter).  The stand is covered, but please dress accordingly to the weather, as the book-makers and bars are not covered.

Parking is available at the racecourse, but please note this fills up quickly on race days.  There is a number of other pay & display options across Chester, which can be found via Google.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: CHG0335.

£30 to be paid on entrance to Chester Racecourse or on the Chester Races website.
July 2017
Business and Franchise Update From NorthernBOOK NOW
18/07/2017 18:30:00 - 18/07/2017 19:30:00

18th July 2017, 18:00 (for 18:30) - 19:30
Where: Transport for Greater Manchester, 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BG
Meeting Point: TBC

Speaker: TBC

One year on from being awarded the new franchise, Northern will provide an update on the latest developments with the business.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GMG0377.

Member: Free; Non-Member: Free


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