EFM Global

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by EFM Global'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 EFM Global is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Group CEO MikeLlewellyn
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Founded in 2000, EFM is one of the leading global major
event freight logistics companies. With a senior management
team boasting over 75 years’ experience, the company is
passionate and knowledgeable about mobilising global tours
and events. With offices in Europe, USA, Australia and the
Middle East, it is supported by a network of partners to provide
local expertise and tailored services. Group CEO Mike Llewellyn
tells the
With extensive experience of working on extremely complex, sensitive and time-
critical international projects, we have an established track record of providing
premium customer service levels and unrivalled reliability, every time. Our list of
competencies that allow us to offer project cargo solutions includes multimodal
freighting, air and ocean charters and customs expertise, which we utilise across
the world of events, sport, media and entertainment.
We work with an impressive range of clients, a who’s who of the live
entertainment, sports and events industries. Due to the NDAs we are asked to
sign, we cannot reveal many of the names of our clients; however, these include
major international recording artists ranging from American legends The Eagles
to Brit winners The 1975, international sport teams, production houses, theatre
companies, events agencies and prestige car manufacturers.
As a fully multimodal freight forwarder, we have the ability to distribute equipment
via air, road, rail and sea freight, while we are also able to help with customs
brokerage, documentation and on-site logistics such as cranes, forklifts, labour and
warehousing. Our six offices in London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Sydney, New York and
»Group CEO: MikeLlewellyn
»Founded in 2000
»Based in London, with offices
in Frankfurt, LA, New York,
Dubai and Sydney
»Services: Global event logistics
»No. of employees: 80
EFM Global
Highlighting best practice
Los Angeles consist of 80 employees
with skills in project and account
Specialists in our field
Our specialism is in transporting all
the equipment that is required to put
on an event. We started by working
predominantly with music artists,
before branching out into sports,
theatre and live events in 2005. This
proved to be a profitable move for the
business, but it also allowed us to offer
a broader and more comprehensive
service. We can transport equipment
door-to-door across the world and
use our own offices and a network of
international agents, to co-ordinate
logistics at each stage in the process.
The work is highly pressurised, as we
face the threat that if we don’t deliver
on time or with all parts intact, the
show or event cannot begin.
Due to the steps we have taken
to guarantee a reliable end-to-end
service, we have established a strong
global reputation. We have also built
strong working relationships with
contractors and similar companies
in every country in which our clients
operate and continue to develop new
partnerships as we look to expand
our reach. Each project is treated as a
puzzle to solve, whereby we look for
a balance between the fastest, most
cost-effective and safest solutions. We
have managed to achieve this with
remarkable consistency, and as a result
our clients continue to trust us.
Project management is central to our
role and therefore we are careful to
handpick partners with whom we
can work efficiently. We deliver our
instructions to each organisation and
individual involved at various stages in
the process, before, where necessary,
sending one of our professionals to
oversee the process in person. The
level of management allows us to offer
a wider array of services including
logistical consultancy, event logistics
planning and scheduling, sensitive
and dangerous goods transportation,
vehicle transportation, management
of worldwide complex torch relays,
trophy tours and ceremonies, liaison
with local authorities and promoters,
baggage transfers, bespoke packing,
containerisation and warehousing.
Examples of our recent projects include
shipping 50 tonnes of equipment for
16 bands in South America. In just 24
hours the equipment was moved from
the stage in Bogotá to the stage in São
Private chartered aircraft
for Lana Del Rey
Specialists in logistics
surrounding major
sporting events
Our specialism
is in
all the
that is
required to
put on an
Paulo using two charter aircraft. This
was followed by back-to-back charters
from Buenos Aires to Santiago – the
first time this has been done for a
festival with this many acts. One artist
came off stage at 1am in Buenos Aires
and was on site in Santiago by 1pm
the same day.
EFM was brought in to manage the
logistics for a last-minute, high-profile
event for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ministry for Energy, in the remote city
of Waad Al-Shamal. Over the space
of ten days in November 2018, we
stepped into our client’s team on just
24 hours’ notice, to pull out all the
stops, in the desert, 1,400 kilometres
from any major city. We arranged
three IL76 bulk-loading aircraft
charters from Dubai to Turaif in KSA
within 48 hours for each flight, while
35 trucks were dispatched by road,
which included complicated customs
border clearances. Ten tonnes of
broadcasting equipment were sent
via airfreight from Europe, which
included arranging import permissions:
carpet, fabric, truss, tents, technology,
communications equipment, lights,
sound, video, props and scenic décor
were safely delivered via air and road
freight from Europe, UAE and Oman.
Adapting and improving
With the company approaching its
20th anniversary next year, our focus
is centred on securing our future and
improving in certain areas that have
caused us challenges. One notable
obstacle that plays a role in our sector
is the issue of security, something
that has grown significantly during
my time in the business. While
safety is very important to us, some
of the restrictions prevent us from
conducting our job properly despite
our commitment to security.
For example, lithium batteries have
recently become a major concern
for airlines, which affects us because
of how commonly they are used by
our clients. We may find our options
restricted due to the quantity or type
of battery being shipped and this can
prove time-consuming and costly, as
well as impractical when dealing with
clients with inflexible and demanding
schedules. We can be limited to a
certain number of airlines on specific
routes, but it is a problem we are
managing with more detailed planning
and client discussions.
We are currently one year into a five-
year growth plan that is driving our
sustainable development. In the past
year we raised revenue by 35 per cent
and have seen a further 95 per cent
increase so far in 2019 compared with
the same period last year. To deliver
on our aims, we are continuing to
analyse how we work with our clients,
while we are looking at potential
restructuring and refocusing in order
to ensure we improve and perform
the exact service our clients need. In
the last two months, new projects in
Saudi Arabia have been a significant
boost and we are confident that with
our Dubai office, we are well placed
to exploit new opportunities in the
Middle East.
We work with
an impressive
range of
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This article was sponsored by EFM Global. 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