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Pedal to Paris 2017

Our contract driver Mick ‘Tudds’ Tuddenham recently undertook the ‘Pedal to Paris’ challenge for the Royal British Legion.

The four day event sets off from London taking participants through the the English and French Countryside covering 284 miles (460km). Once riders reach Calais, rolling road blocks ensure they have a hassle free journey to Paris without having to worry about traffic or red lights. Apart from tnghe Tour de France, this is the only cycling event that the Arc de Triomphe closes for.

Tudds (on the right) with his companions at the start of the event.

Tudds (on the right) with his companions at the start of the event.

After entering the event in February, Tudds began a busy training regime. Working as a truck driver during the week meant that Tudds had to get up at 6am every Saturday and Sunday to cycle. His determination to succeed led him to train in all weathers including rain and snow and persevere even when suffering setbacks including punctures.

By July, Tudds had had stopped smoking and drinking and had lost two stone – sweets and cakes were also safe in the office during Tudds’ training!

Come the weekend of the event Tudds and his companions successfully completed the challenge enjoying a celebratory drink at the end.

Celebrating at the end!

Celebrating at the end!

If you would like a donation to Tudds’ fundraising page you can do so at www.gofundme.com/royal-british-legion-pedal-to-paris

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Thames Bridges Trek

Last weekend our Commercial Manager, Rob Cook joined his girlfriend Emma Palmer on the Thames Bridges Trek in London.

Thames Bridges Trek

Thames Bridges Trek

The 25km trek covering 16 bridges started off at Putney Bridge and took in many of the famous sights along the River Thames including Westminster Bridge, the Millenium Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Participants can walk, jog or run the course although most take the sensible option of walking it!

The River Thames

The River Thames

Closures on the underground meant a late start for Emma and Rob as they missed their wave start time. The couple set off an hour later than planned only stopping at the half way point refreshment point for refuelling during the walk.

The Trek participants waiting to start.

The Trek participants waiting to start.

Despite getting caught up in heavy crowds around Westminster & the Eye and nearly missing a bridge off completely(!) Rob and Emma arrived at the finish line in just over 5 hours.

Rob and Emma at the start line.

Rob and Emma at the start line.

The Thames Bridges Trek was undertaken in memory of a colleague of Emma’s at Network 2 Supplies who sadly passed away from Cancer. Fundraising for this trek was part of their wider fundraising appeal for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Donations can still be made to the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma-rob-249?utm_content=buffercf778&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.

As of writing the funds raised for the trek stood at £415!

Celebrating at the end.

Celebrating at the end.

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Suffolk Show 2017

This year’s Suffolk Show was Debach Managing Director Bee Kemball’s first show as Honorary Show Director.

The event was a great success as the diverse lineup of stands and activities coupled with perfect weather conditions drew the crowds to Trinity Park in Ipswich. It was so successful that the overflow car park was opened for the first time in 12 years!

As part of her duties at this year’s show Bee presented to the winners of the Shetland Pony Grand National. Amongst the parents watching the competitors were famous champion jockey’s Bob Champion and Frankie Dettori.

Bee Kemball with Bob Champion and Frankie Dettori.

Bee Kemball with Bob Champion and Frankie Dettori.

Also during the show, Bee presented the prizes at The International Stairway event that we were sponsoring. The International Stairway was also supported by the British Showjumping Business Partnership.

Bee presenting the prizes to a competitor.

Bee presenting the prizes to a competitor.

As soon as one show finishes preparation begins straightaway for the next year’s show to be held on the 30th and 31st May 2018.

 

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The Suffolk Show Ball 2017

In the lead up to this year’s Suffolk Show a special ball was held at the Ringside Club Marquee at Trinity Park in Ipswich to raise money and awareness for three charities:

Team Rubicon – an international charity which unites military veterans to provide disaster relief in emergency situations.
Flourish – a Suffolk charity which addresses rural needs in the county.
Suffolk Agricultural Association’s education initiatives including the School Farm and Country Fair.

Bee hosts the ball.

Bee hosts the ball.

Debach MD (and Honorary Suffolk Show Director) Bee Kemball hosted the military themed ball for the 670 guests in attendance and an auction during the event that included luxury prizes such as hotel stays, clothing and a flight in a WW2 Spitfire raised £30,000 for the three charities.

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Woodbridge School Visit

This Monday (19th June 2017) a group of pupils from Woodbridge School visited our Ipswich site to learn about the Logistics industry and see what we do!

Woodbridge School pupils with one of our trailers

Woodbridge School pupils with one of our trailers

The Year 6 pupils were the winning group in The Abbey School Business Competition. The budding entrepreneurs won the competition by successfully selling hot dogs at a summer fete and were rewarded with a visit to Debach.

The pupils watch a Man Up forklift in action.

The pupils watch a Man Up forklift in action.

The day began with a talk in our boardroom with Managing Director Bee Kemball who gave an introduction about what we do and took questions from the pupils and teachers. This was followed by a short demonstration of our stock procedures as the pupils learnt what happens when a container of goods arrives into the country and is then brought into our store.

Getting the chance to sit on a forklift

Getting the chance to sit on a forklift

The pupils and teachers were then given a tour of the site learning about our operations whilst getting to see our Kalmar container lift and other various forklifts in action.

The pupils are shown the racking in our warehouse

The pupils are shown the racking in our warehouse

After a break, the group learnt about our Transport operations. The pupils were split up into three teams with each team given the opportunity to use the technology we use in the office, the challenge of routing three of our vehicles and the chance to see one of our trucks in action.

The pupils listening to our Warehouse Manager Martin Page, explain how the equipment works.

The pupils listening to our Warehouse Manager Martin Page, explain how the equipment works.

Each pupil received one of our model toy trucks as a memento and departed later in the day having had an exciting and informative experience!

Our young visitors enjoying the day with us!

Our young visitors enjoying the day with us!

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DEBACH RETAINS TASCC AND FIAS CERTIFICATION

Debach is proud to announce that we have retained our TASCC and FIAS certifications.

TASCC & FIAS

TASCC & FIAS

Both Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) and Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS) assure traceability in the industry supply chains of crops (such as grains, oilseeds and pulses) and fertilisers.

One of our vehicles in action

One of our vehicles in action

Debach is delighted to continue to be able to service these industries as we have done for many years.

If you require our services for the movement any of these goods, feel free to give us a call on 01473 270207 or email us at info@debach.com.

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Transport Services

At Debach, our fleet of vehicles can deliver a wide range of goods to you.

One of our artic vehicles

One of our artic vehicles

Our artic fleet caters for curtain-sided deliveries, containers and bulk deliveries with our specially trained drivers also able to deliver hazardous shipments.

We run a fleet of bulk trailers

We run a fleet of bulk trailers

We are also part of the Palletforce network giving us great flexibility in delivering smaller consignments across the UK and much of the world!

Palletforce Truck - Debach Warehousing & Distribution

We are part of the Palletforce network

Our rigid curtain-side vehicles including our small 7.5 tonne vehicle are able to collect and deliver locally including to private addresses or those hard to reach areas.

One of our smaller rigid vehicles

One of our smaller rigid vehicles

If you require your goods to be transported, why not give us a call on 01473 270207 or visit our contact page.

 

 

 

 

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Siân takes on the London Marathon!

Last weekend our very own Siân Abbott took part in her first London Marathon!

Siân received the great news last October that she had finally been picked from the entry ballot after years of entering with no luck.

Last Sunday her months of hard work and training led her to central London as she ran with thousands of other participants.

Siân proudly showing off her finisher's medal

Siân proudly showing off her finisher’s medal

Despite a niggle with her knee at around 16 miles, Siân persevered and finished in an impressive time of 4hrs 19mins.

Siân's medal

Siân’s medal

Two of Siân’s next events are the Southend Half Marathon and the inaugural Great East Run here in Ipswich. Siân’s next marathon is booked for next year and will take her back to Brighton where she hopes to improve on her time and finish with a sub 4 hour race.

Siân and her fellow Jaffa team mates posing with their medals

Siân and her fellow Jaffa team mates posing with their medals

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BRC Accreditation Retained

Debach is happy to announce that we have retained our BRC certification for Storage and Distribution for the coming twelve months.

The BRC logo

The BRC logo

The British Retail Consortium’s latest update to their Global Standard for Storage and Distribution came into force earlier this year and we were one of the first companies to be audited against and pass the updated standard.

One of our warehouses covered under the BRC certification

One of our warehouses covered under the BRC certification

The standard guarantees the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that legal obligations are fulfilled and provide protection for the end user.

The BRC Global Standards is a fundamental requirement for the leading retailers that you see on the High Street and online.

Retaining the certification reinforces our commitment to servicing the retail sector for their warehousing and haulage requirements.

BRC certified for delivering your goods

BRC certified for delivering your goods

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Chrissie’s 25 Years at Debach

Celebrating 25 years at Debach

Celebrating 25 years at Debach

Last Friday (17th Feb) we celebrated Christine Holland’s 25th anniversary at Debach.

Decorated desk

Decorated desk

Covering her desk area in decorations, Chrissie was surprised with a spread of snacks and cakes for everyone to feast on throughout the day.

Chrissie's desk decorated!

Chrissie’s desk decorated!

Chrissie joined us at Debach in 1992 as part of our Accounts team (who were then based at our Clopton depot).

Some of the snacks for staff to eat

Some of the snacks for staff to eat

A year later when the opportunity came to join the Stock department at Ipswich she jumped at the chance. She has been based at Ipswich ever since and is now our Senior Stock Controller using her wealth of experience in the company to great use every day.

Flowers and Prosecco!

Flowers and Prosecco!

To the next 25 years!

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