A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

www.aimcommercialservices.com

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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Managing Director Allison Kemp
We play an active role in
supporting local communities
A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd was established by Allison
Kemp and has gone on to become a national training
provider for the logistics sector. Allison has been chairing
the East Midlands Freight Council since 2011 and is the first
woman to hold the post of deputy chair of the Freight Transport
Association National Council. She tells
The Parliamentary Review
about the scope of the courses they offer and the need to
educate the next generation about the benefits of working in
their sector.
Since I started the business in 2004 the logistics sector has seen massive changes –
from the introduction of digital tachographs to the need for driver CPC training. At
A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd, we have met that challenge head on by investing
in our staff and our facilities, and tailoring the services we offer to meet our clients’
needs. We play a vital role in helping ensure that their businesses are operating
within the law.
In fact, when I first started out carrying out tachograph analysis, it was at the
request of a local haulage firm JC Balls. Chris Balls was very supportive of the
fledgling enterprise and together with Long Eaton Plant, they helped to kick-start
the company. Both firms are still customers to this day. Each month we process
between 40,000 and 50,000 tachograph charts, both analogue and digital,
providing comprehensive reports to meet individual firms’ requirements.
Another strand to our business is training. In 2009 we were approved to provide
Driver Certificate of Professional Competence courses. These have been expanded
FACTS ABOUT
A.I.M COMMERCIAL
SERVICES LTD
»Managing Director:
Allison Kemp
»Established in December 2004
»Based in Ripley, Derbyshire
»Services: Supply of services
and training to the logistics
sector
»Number of employees: 15
A.I.M Commercial
Services Ltd
33A.I.M COMMERCIAL SERVICES LTD |
TRANSPORT
and we deliver industry qualifications
up to Level 4.
Since then, we have become
accredited training providers with
several awarding bodies. We are a
Transport Manager CPC and an OCR
Grade One Centre, which means that
candidates can complete the multiple-
choice exam online and find out their
results immediately. We have been
approved by the Joint Approvals Unit
for Periodic Training to provide for
Driver CPC and have recently become
a centre for National Open College
Network approved courses.
Specialising in small classes of just
eight or nine, our trainers offer
bespoke transport manager courses
developed to meet individual needs.
The teaching is personalised to each
group with great success: we are
constantly achieving pass rates well
above national levels.
The scope of our services
We would rather put on extra
courses than overload courses to
ensure we provide value for money
and give people the best chance
ofsuccess. Weeven offer e-learning
in a classroom setting so drivers with
limited computer skills can work
towards necessary qualifications.
Our move in April 2014 to our
headquarters in Ripley has given us
flexibility to adapt our facilities to meet
the growing needs of the business
and allows us to offer forklift training
in our own warehouse. We are now
a national training provider offering
courses in Derbyshire and travelling
to deliver courses off site anywhere in
theUK.
In addition to materials handling,
we offer legislation-led courses
and training, so firms can remain
compliant and carry out audits. Our
team work with our customers, and
our experienced staff can review
operating systems and processes
in order to identify any areas of
concern to ensure firms meet the legal
requirements of their operator licence.
We supply support for organisations
looking to achieve the Fleet Operation
Recognition Scheme quality and safety
performance benchmark, to bronze,
silver and gold levels.
Our warehouse provided
the venue for the Aim
Excelsum School of
Music summer concert
We analyse
40,000–
50,000
tachographs
each month
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
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32 | A.I.M COMMERCIAL SERVICES LTD
Managing Director Allison Kemp
We play an active role in
supporting local communities
A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd was established by Allison
Kemp and has gone on to become a national training
provider for the logistics sector. Allison has been chairing
the East Midlands Freight Council since 2011 and is the first
woman to hold the post of deputy chair of the Freight Transport
Association National Council. She tells
The Parliamentary Review
about the scope of the courses they offer and the need to
educate the next generation about the benefits of working in
their sector.
Since I started the business in 2004 the logistics sector has seen massive changes –
from the introduction of digital tachographs to the need for driver CPC training. At
A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd, we have met that challenge head on by investing
in our staff and our facilities, and tailoring the services we offer to meet our clients’
needs. We play a vital role in helping ensure that their businesses are operating
within the law.
In fact, when I first started out carrying out tachograph analysis, it was at the
request of a local haulage firm JC Balls. Chris Balls was very supportive of the
fledgling enterprise and together with Long Eaton Plant, they helped to kick-start
the company. Both firms are still customers to this day. Each month we process
between 40,000 and 50,000 tachograph charts, both analogue and digital,
providing comprehensive reports to meet individual firms’ requirements.
Another strand to our business is training. In 2009 we were approved to provide
Driver Certificate of Professional Competence courses. These have been expanded
FACTS ABOUT
A.I.M COMMERCIAL
SERVICES LTD
»Managing Director:
AllisonKemp
»Established in December 2004
»Based in Ripley, Derbyshire
»Services: Supply of services
and training to the logistics
sector
»Number of employees: 15
A.I.M Commercial
Services Ltd
33A.I.M COMMERCIAL SERVICES LTD |
TRANSPORT
and we deliver industry qualifications
up to Level 4.
Since then, we have become
accredited training providers with
several awarding bodies. We are a
Transport Manager CPC and an OCR
Grade One Centre, which means that
candidates can complete the multiple-
choice exam online and find out their
results immediately. We have been
approved by the Joint Approvals Unit
for Periodic Training to provide for
Driver CPC and have recently become
a centre for National Open College
Network approved courses.
Specialising in small classes of just
eight or nine, our trainers offer
bespoke transport manager courses
developed to meet individual needs.
The teaching is personalised to each
group with great success: we are
constantly achieving pass rates well
above national levels.
The scope of our services
We would rather put on extra
courses than overload courses to
ensure we provide value for money
and give people the best chance
ofsuccess. Weeven offer e-learning
in a classroom setting so drivers with
limited computer skills can work
towards necessary qualifications.
Our move in April 2014 to our
headquarters in Ripley has given us
flexibility to adapt our facilities to meet
the growing needs of the business
and allows us to offer forklift training
in our own warehouse. We are now
a national training provider offering
courses in Derbyshire and travelling
to deliver courses off site anywhere in
theUK.
In addition to materials handling,
we offer legislation-led courses
and training, so firms can remain
compliant and carry out audits. Our
team work with our customers, and
our experienced staff can review
operating systems and processes
in order to identify any areas of
concern to ensure firms meet the legal
requirements of their operator licence.
We supply support for organisations
looking to achieve the Fleet Operation
Recognition Scheme quality and safety
performance benchmark, to bronze,
silver and gold levels.
Our warehouse provided
the venue for the Aim
Excelsum School of
Music summer concert
We analyse
40,000–
50,000
tachographs
each month
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This voluntary scheme encourages
sustainable best practice and promotes
safe working practices, legal compliance
and corporate social responsibly to
improve performance of fleet operation.
We deliver first aid training through our
specialist qualified trainers, giving drivers
and office staff confidence to deal with
different situations and scenarios.
On a personal level 2018 has been a
memorable year. I was honoured to be
invited to join the Worshipful Company
of Carmen, first as a freeman and
then as a full liveryman, and was given
the Freedom of the City of London.
I have been chairing the FTA East
Midlands Freight Council since 2011
and in February 2018 I was very proud
to become the deputy chair of the
Freight Transport Association National
Council, the first woman to hold this
important role in the organisation’s
127-yearhistory.
Giving back to the community
I am the third generation to work
in the haulage industry. We remain
a family-orientated business. When
I started out, my parents gave me
their support and my team of 15
still includes my mum, and now my
partner, brother, niece and son.
We think it is important to play a role
within the local community, from
providing a truck and trailer for a local
carnival to supporting musicians young
and old through Aim Excelsum School
of Music. The band practices weekly
in our warehouse. Every person is
provided with an instrument and have
performed at Trent College, with the
Army Cadet Force and at a special tea
party concert at our headquarters for
councillors, the mayor and local MP
Nigel Mills. The age of band members
has ranged from five to 90.
The next generation
We need to inspire the next generation
and widen the horizons of younger
people by showing them the breadth
and scope of the careers that the
logistics industry has to offer. Legislation
could perhaps be utilised to encourage
and support licence acquisition for
youngsters to help them start a career
in the industry. Too many people are
unaware of our sector, which is essential
across so many aspects of our lives.
Increased initiatives, involving working
with schools, colleges and universities,
are needed to give students ideas and
inspire the next generation to progress
and push forward in developing new
technologies to benefit the sector.
In my role as an Enterprise Advisor for
John Flamsteed Community School,
we have been working with pupils in
years 10 and 11. They have been given
practical tasks that encourage them to
research the industry and apply that
knowledge, including the challenge of
transporting goods from the other side
of the world.
As part of the initiative, we have also
helped them build links with the business
community and set up their own
breakfast meeting. The aim is to show
the students the options open to them
and the possible routes into rewarding
careers – hopefully helping secure the
next generation for ourindustry.
A meeting with
enterprise ambassadors
at Flamsteed Community
School
Over 6,000
candidates
have attended
Driver CPC
training since
we moved
into these
premises in
2014
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TRANSPORT
Managing Director:
John M. Mackirdy
Scania tractor unit uplifting new Gray & Adam’s
multitemperature trailer
Originally a horse-and-cart operation that achieved the
majority of its revenue from coal and lime deliveries,
John Mackirdy Ltd has come a long way since being
established in 1870 by Managing Director John Mackirdy’s
namesake and great-grandfather. The business has never left
family ownership, and each generation has had a different set
of challenges, causing them to innovate and adapt to an ever-
changing environment. The nature of their work throughout the
years has changed considerably, as have customer expectations
and technologies. Today, they operate a fleet of 11 vehicles
and employ 13 staff to deliver a wide variety of both transport
and warehouse services for customers. John and his son tell
TheParliamentary Review
more.
Recent challenges
One of the ever-present challenges we face as a small business is competing
with considerably larger competitors. We do not have the buying power, or the
luxuries of economies of scale, that are enjoyed by large firms. Therefore, in
order to compete, we must operate with greater efficiency and have little room
for error. This is a challenge that we have faced each and every day of our nearly
150-year history – and, thankfully, so far, it is a challenge we have been able to
meetsuccessfully.
FACTS ABOUT
JOHN MACKIRDY
»Managing Director:
John M. Mackirdy
»Established in 1870
»Based on the Isle of Bute
»Services: Wide-ranging
transport and warehouse
»No. of employees: 13
»Operate a fleet of 11 vehicles
and 9 trailers
»www.johnmackirdy.com
John Mackirdy

www.aimcommercialservices.com

This article was sponsored by A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster