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Major European supermarket transportation innovation


UK-based thermal insulation cover manufacturers Enviro-Pod have launched a unique internal roll cage lining which is currently being used to transport chilled goods throughout Spain for a major supermarket chain.

The new innovation is designed to fit within a roll-cage, allowing produce to be sealed at a chilled temperature for long periods, without the need for electricity or any other assistance. Having the material secured inside the cage gives it protection by reducing wear and tear and reducing the chance of produce becoming unsecured in transit.

Independent tests have proven that Chill Pod’s use of NASA’s Flectalon technology can result in a considerable reduction on fuel costs and the carbon footprint of transport companies and storage units, by maintaining temperature, without the need for an additional fuel source. By removing refrigeration from delivery vehicles, companies are also able to increase their distribution capacity, reducing the number of journeys required.

The unique insulating properties of the covers are constructed from a flat polymer sheet, coated with a thin layer of aluminium which combines conventional trapped air thermal insulation with multiple mirror finish surfaces to maintain the correct temperature of the product contained within. When tested against a competitor the unique Chill Pod design saw an increase of only 3.4 degrees over a 12 hour period, compared to 7 degrees by a leading competitor.

Chill Pod Director Valerie Bullard added “With transportation costs spiralling and legislation on corporate carbon reduction tightening, it is important that we look at innovative solutions. The flexibility and performance of the material means that the Chill Pod range of covers provides the solution the logistics industry has been waiting for. Independent tests prove that Chill Pod can lower costs and reduce the carbon footprint of any business using temperature controlled transport, at a time when an estimated 15% of energy usage in industrialised countries is devoted to refrigeration.”

Manufactured in the UK, Chill Pods can be tailor made to specific client specifications. Chill Pods are lightweight, hard wearing and water resistant and boast excellent impact and abrasion resilience.

For more information please call 01603 702374 or email info@enviro-pod.co.uk



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Enviro-Pod Link-up with the Pod; EDF Energy's Programme for Greener Schools


Enviro-Pod are delighted to announce that we are linking up the Pod, EDF Energy's programme for greener schools.
 
The Pod, EDF Energy's programme for greener schools is an online educational programme for teachers of 4 to 14 year olds. The Pod has free lesson plans, fact sheets, games and activities that are linked to the curriculum and span a range of environmental topics. The Pod also runs three national environmental campaigns each year to help the whole school, parents and the local community engage in a more sustainable lifestyle. 
 
As part of the link-up Enviro-Pod are able to offer all registered schools 10% OFF the entire Enviro-Pod range.
 
Over 14,500 schools are already registered with the Pod, to find out more or to register visit www.jointhepod.org





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Find Resources in the Lost Generation


In the week that the Government announced that unemployment levels amongst the under 25’s rose above 1 million for the first time, businesses in South Norfolk will be urged to come together to help the ‘lost generation’ by benefiting from the ever-increasing pool of talent at the forthcoming South Norfolk business forum, taking place at The Old Feathers in Framingham Pigot.

Julia Nix from Job Centre Plus will talk to businesses about the employment opportunities available, including work experience schemes, which can provide businesses with talented individuals and give experience to graduates and job-hunters, looking to enter employment.

City College’s Dan Baron will also be telling members how they can link their business with the college and their apprenticeship scheme which can provide employers with cost-effective hands-on help in the workplace. The College is also keen to foster links between students and businesses with vocational courses, training and education.

Britannia Training will follow, updating business leaders on the full range of training service available across the area.

Local Marketing Manager Andrew Lawn and Marketing Apprentice Robert Ediker from The Lively Crew Ltd, will be giving businesses their first-hand experiences of the apprenticeship scheme and the positive effect it can have on both parties.

The forum is open to any business located in South Norfolk. For more information, or to book your place at the forum, businesses should contact Jodie McGill on 08456 345 185.



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Events - Key Marketing Tools


 Events and exhibitions play a key role in many marketing campaigns. Therefore alongside our marketing experience, at The Lively Crew we have a dedicated Events Team, who manage and assist in a range of events, ranging from Trade Shows, Awards ceremonies, Business Seminars and Forums to taking a mobility trike from England’s south coast, through France, across the Swiss Alps and back again - and everything in between.

We excel in:

• Planning
• Events Team - focused on outcomes
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• Stand and sponsorship sales
• Brochure/programme sales
• Sponsorship

The Lively Crew doesn’t just do events. We step into your organisations shoes and become part of your exhibition team. With no shrinking violets in the team, we know how to approach potential business, how to behave professionally on a stand and always achieve targets whilst doing so, allowing you to enjoy quality time spent with people you want to meet knowing your stand is in good hands.

We can also assist in selling an event too. From awards ceremonies, corporate, hospitality, fundraising activity and formal dinner events, make use of our great team, renowned for making an event go smoothly whatever the occasion.



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Call for Action on Soaring Energy Bills to Protect Norfolk's Elderly - Cosy Pod to Contact MP's


 We are contacting MP's about Cosy Pod following calls for action from David Cameron and senior figures, who are in demanding measures to reduce household energy bills.
 
According to the Norwich Evening News article:
 
Mr Cameron yesterday held a summit meeting with the chief executives of the "big six" energy suppliers, along with community groups and watchdog Ofgem.
 
The prime minister told them it was "absolutely vital" that consumers struggling already with rising food and petrol prices were not also hit by higher fuel bills.
 
Energy firm bosses agreed a number of measures and millions of customers will receive letters from the government offering advice on how to reduce costs by switching to different payment methods and taking advantage of free or subsidised insulation.
 
Suppliers have also agreed to put a message on bills this winter encouraging people to check whether rivals offer a better deal and to provide better information to help them switch.
 
Prime Minister David Cameron addresses a meeting of energy heads flanked by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne during a summit on gas and electricity prices in London. Picture: Matt Dunham/PA Wire.Last week, Age UK warned that fuel poverty could hit Norfolk harder than elsewhere in the country, because of its higher than average elderly population.
 
Phil Wells, chief executive of Age UK Norwich, said last night that the core issues which needed addressing were of a long-term rise in energy prices and the fact that the poorest often had to pay more for their energy per unit than the richest.
 
"Energy costs will go up and up and up, there's no doubting that as we're running out of oil and gas, and it seems to me that we are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic at the moment by changing the billing.
 
"We must now address that we've got big problems for people on low incomes keeping warm and we need completely different ways to resolve that."
 
He said that current housing stock would be considered "laughable" in many European countries, adding that the real solution was to build new energy efficient homes and not draw on a stock that dates back to the Victorian years. 
 
He added: "The current range of home insulation techniques can save a good 10pc of costs and that's nice but it's not a game changer. We need to half our costs and that's by putting in new build housing that's more energy efficient."

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, called for more working together between central and local government on the issue, which she did not thing was completely understood.
 
She said: I think that a large sector of the government doesn't have a clear idea of what fuel poverty is like and a large number of people are increasingly facing fuel poverty. 
 
"Until they totally understand what an impact it has on their lives, I don't think we're going to get anywhere."
 
In recent months, Norwich City Council has struck deals with energy company Carillion to carry out £2.4m worth of work on homes which will see solar panels and insulation installed.
 
It also agreed a similar scheme in July to work with British Gas to invest more than £800,000 into improving the energy efficiency of homes in Bowthorpe. 
 
Mrs Arthur said: "I take on the point from David Cameron people need to use their energy wisely, but I don't think the people who are struggling that I've met are being profligate- they're doing their best to make ends meet.
 
"It would be good to see central government supporting us rather than beating us up which is how it feels."
 
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith described the government's move as "helpful" and said: "I know most people I speak to in Norwich are worried about their bills, so it is sensible for government to get energy suppliers and Ofgem round a table to see how consumers can be helped." 
 
Norwich South MP Simon Wright defended the government's moves and pointed to the unveiling of a programme named Green Deal next year that will allow people to borrow money off future energy bills to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. 
 
He said: "The vast majority of housing stock is several decades old and we need real action to ensure that they're brought up to high standards."
 
We believe that Cosy Pods, part of the Enviro-Pod range can prove a big part of the solution by keeping people warm, without the need for electricity. As such we have contacted the relevant MPs as well as the Ministers for Climate Change and Health with details on the blankets.



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