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Transport industry faces change with Government reduction to red diesel duty rebates

Traditional heavy truck refrigeration systems rely on an additional industrial diesel engine to power their cooling operations. These systems need their own fuel supply and do not conform to the latest emission standards for modern truck engines. The UK Government plans to reduce red diesel duty rebates across a number of industries in 2022, as part of wider moves to tackle climate change, improve air quality and encourage cleaner transport. Other changes will include local authorities launching Clean Air Zones throughout 2021 and 2022. Back in 2018, the Government launched a call for evidence from UK businesses about the red diesel plans. That resulted in 78 replies from recipients including supermarkets, alternative technology, road and rail freight, airports, construction, quarrying and waste management businesses. Recipients included supermarket Sainsbury’s, The Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association. Then in the Spring 2020 Budget, the Government announced it would remove the entitlement across a number of sectors and applications to use red diesel from April 2022, with some exceptions in agriculture, rail and for non-commercial heating. It then launched a public consultation ending in autumn 2020. ... read on


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New brand highlights our key temperature control divisions and expertise across transport, property and manufacturing

We’re proud to unveil a new corporate identity which more effectively represents our three contemporary divisions and wide-ranging temperature control services to diverse sectors. Already rolled-out across our engineering service vans, signage and uniforms, we’re delighted with the new company identity ‘MWL’. You’ll be seeing more of the new look across many channels including our emails and social media. Although our identity has evolved with the MWL rebrand, the company’s ownership, management, personnel, products and service-offering remain the same. A key purpose of the rebrand is to clearly communicate our company’s three modern divisions while acknowledging our proud heritage too. Cold chain refrigerated transport is where MWL began and it remains a major sector for us. Our transport clients include refrigerated fleet managers, fleet engineers and owners, supermarket suppliers, chilled and frozen food and pharmaceutical distributors. However, we also have two other divisions of cold rooms and heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC). These divisions offer additional solutions for clients across many sectors and professions, both transport and non-transport related such as commercial property and manufacturing. For example, we work closely with managing directors, purchasing directors, architects and specifiers, property developers, owners and tenants, facilities managers, data centre operators and manufacturing and industrial process managers. ... read on


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Tax incentives will help cold chain transport businesses invest in cleaner refrigeration systems

The UK Government’s 2021 Spring Budget contained a number of important measures which everyone in the cold chain transport sector should be aware of and consider acting upon. The details are relevant to many roles and decision-makers including finance directors, managing directors and fleet managers in transport and food business which use refrigeration and temperature control equipment. They offer significant new capital allowances for investment in plant and machinery assets. Both will allow investing companies to lower their corporation tax bills. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a two-year tax incentive programme to help cold chain transport operators invest in new refrigeration systems. Companies will be able to claim 130% capital allowances on certain types of new machinery, including refrigeration units, from April 2021 until March 2023. In addition, the budget had a 50% first-year allowance (FYA) for special rate assets (including long life assets) for companies until March 2023, The Chancellor also confirmed that fuel duty subsidies on red diesel, which is traditionally used to power truck refrigeration units, will end in 12 months - April 2022. If you operate a diesel-powered fridge, the cost of operating it will increase by 46.81 pence per litre. These developments illustrate the increasing need to adopt more efficient and cleaner technology. Making the transition to cleaner systems will bring a range of benefits for businesses, including generous tax incentives and reduced fuel costs, along with wider environmental benefits for us all. ... read on


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Maintaining refrigerated transport systems for optimal performance

We offer UK-wide service and breakdown cover for refrigerated trucks and vans, from single vehicles to fleets. We are independent and supply, install, maintain and repair all makes and types of transport refrigeration systems for diverse fresh, chilled and frozen goods. Our services cover traditional transport refrigeration units powered by diesel generators to other systems such as FRIGOBLOCK, which are cleaner and use an alternator connected to the main truck engine. We also offer helpful, expert advice, reflecting our strong customer service and years of engineering experience in keeping refrigerated transport businesses on the road. Below are some common maintenance issues that can arise with refrigerated transport systems. Better awareness of these can prevent problems happening and keep your refrigerated fleet in excellent shape to serve you well. Backed-up with one of our MWL service and repair plans, these tips will help keep your cold-chain business in good shape for the future. ... read on


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Pioneer Foodservice

Pioneer Foodservice is an award-winning distributor of fresh and frozen meat, fish, groceries and other hospitality products across the north of England and southern Scotland. It operates a fleet of 70 vehicles from three depots in Carlisle, west Cumbria and Tyneside, with over 4,000 products stocked. It supplies clients including restaurants, pubs, hotels, retailers, farm shops and schools. Products include Lakeland beef, lamb and pork, own-brand Chefs Selection food and ingredients, national food and drinks brands and regional drinks, puddings, ice cream, chutneys and preserves. Pioneer is affiliated to Caterforce, National Catering Butcher, The British Frozen Food Federation and The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board. ... read on


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Everyone in business benefits from knowing the basics of commercial air conditioning

What is commercial air conditioning?

  Commercial air conditioning is the cooling, heating and dehumidifying of air in commercial and public properties such as offices, factories, storage facilities, retail, hospitality, cinemas, leisure centres, universities and schools.  Cold room and freezer rooms are also related to this field and are vital for sectors such as fresh and frozen food, abattoirs, butchers, pharmaceuticals and data centres. Air conditioning can be used in small and large interior spaces to keep temperatures and air quality at the desired level for staff, visitors and operations. Air conditioning is a process which recycles heated or cooled air within an interior space to maintain the desired temperature. It can be known as AC, A/C or air con. There are lots of different types of air conditioning systems available with different capacities to heat and cool and options on settings. So, it's wise to get professional, independent advice to identify the best systems for your property and business operations. ... read on

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