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 Global Insulation Logistics is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.
Global Insulation Logistics
Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles
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Directors Greg Hodge (left) and
Martyn Roberts (right)
Data Hall, Amsterdam
Global Insulation Logistics were established with the
aim of providing their expertise to foreign markets.
Based in Caldicot in South Wales, they have partners or
representation in Dubai, Manila, Hong Kong and have worked
throughout Europe. They provide insulated structures for a
variety of sectors, from the food to pharmaceutical industries.
Director and Co-Founder Greg Hodge discusses the development
of their global reputation and how they plan to adapt to Brexit.
We operate in a sector that is extremely specialist yet small when measured against
others in general construction. We are one of the industry’s best kept secrets and
are making our mark not only across the UK, but throughout mainland Europe, the
Middle East, Africa and Asia. We are successfully delivering state of the art facilities
worldwide, and we are building a reputation for providing installations of extremely
high quality while providing a service that is second to none. In essence, we are a
working template for post-Brexit survival.
We are tucked away in the bottom corner of South Wales, based in Caldicot alongside
a northern office in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. Established in 1999, we are an SME
employing our two principles, myself and co-founder and fellow director Martyn
Roberts, an accounts manager and up to 60 engineers at any given time depending on
site activities. All of our employees are regarded as being equally important to delivering
compliant installations for our clients, wherever those projects may be located.
We specialise in the construction of insulated structures, incorporating the use of
specialist composite panel systems with a mineral wool or PIR/Quadcore core. These
systems lend themselves ideally for temperature-controlled enclosures and hygienic
GLOBAL INSULATION LOGISTICS
»Directors: Greg Hodge and
»Established in 1999
»Based in Portskewett, South
»Services: Installation of fire
rated insulated enclosures for
a range of industries
»No. of employees: An average
»No. of clients: Over 30, with
a minimum of 5 or 6 active at
any given time
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areas, so are used extensively in the
food processing and manufacturing
industries, alongside the data
storage, telecommunications and
When we were first established,
we centred our efforts on the food
industry, where we would undertake
projects forming low temperature cold
storage facilities, bulk chillers, blast
freezers, food production facilities, and
the rapidly expanding area of food
Building our global reputation
One of our very first projects was for
an in-flight catering provider. We
utilised a composite panel system
for the walls and ceilings, along with
specialist doors to form the main
production areas. We also constructed
ingredient storage rooms, goods
inward facilities and despatch chillers
for Gate Gourmet at Nino Aquino
International Airport in Manila.
After proving ourselves to the client
and gaining their confidence, we were
retained to undertake refurbishment
works in the Gate Gourmet facilities
in Hong Kong and Shanghai. This was
the perfect grounding for us to learn
the basics of exporting British goods
abroad and gave us the confidence to
consider any type of project anywhere
on the globe.
We have now delivered in some of
the most far-flung and trying locations
and have sampled a colourful mix of
cultural and ethnic experiences. These
have tested us to the limit yet given
us some of the most wonderful life
experiences you could wish for. We
operate in countries from Ethiopia and
the Philippines, where you’re greeted
with a smile and often presented with
gifts they can least afford, to the more
affluent settings of the UAE, Oman,
and Moscow, where you have to fight
for every penny.
We have established partnerships or
representation in Dubai, Manila and
Hong Kong, and have successfully
delivered across Europe, from Stockholm,
through Amsterdam, Frankfurt,
Paris, Marseilles, Cyprus, Istanbul,
St Petersburg, and have completed
numerous deliveries around London.
We are now operating substantially in
the data centre industry, where we are
forming the same insulated enclosures,
but now install structural suspended
ceilings and raised access floors. These
projects are at a much higher level of
sophistication. We offer a fully certified
fire rated solution which is maintenance
Corporate branded FR60
We are one of
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free and 100 per cent recyclable. We
also look to use systems that have a low
environmental impact as we seek to
contribute towards the construction of
carbon neutral enclosures.
Specifically targeting foreign
Developing businesses need to
establish a solid foundation combining
a sound delivery ethic, which creates
customer satisfaction, with a financial
strategy that affords those first steps
of expansion. At this point, a forward-
thinking company may even consider
starting to branch out abroad.
This is where our strategy was
diametrically opposed to the norm. We
didn’t wait to develop; we established
our business specifically to deliver the
expertise that we had gleaned over
our years in this industry to overseas
clients. This was what set us apart from
our competitors, as nobody else was
intentionally targeting and delivering
to a market beyond the sanctuary of
our homeland borders.
Adapting to Brexit
As we look to the future, it’s
impossible not to mention Brexit.
As businessmen, operating in a sector
where a substantial contribution to our
turnover is in continental Europe, it’s
been painful watching the negotiations
being played out in the media. We
know that whatever is agreed between
the negotiating parties of the EU and
UK, this will only be the starting point.
It will actually be small businesses
like us and other larger corporate
companies that will have to make it
work. Governments and treaties don’t
conduct business, commercial entities
like us do, and that will never change.
Neither side of the House come out of
this recent phase of constant bickering
and political point scoring with any
credit. It seems to us that the British
public have been failed by the political
classes of whichever colour, due to
energies being spent on their own aims
and ambitions rather than protecting
the interests of their own constituents
and the wider population as a whole.
We suspect history will not reflect
well on the conduct of the current
incumbents of Westminster, who
missed a one-off opportunity to work
together to achieve a lasting agreement
with our closest neighbours to protect
the livelihoods and opportunities of
generations to come. It is not their
finest hour and has only served to make
things more difficult in what is already
an extremely challenging situation.
We will not be daunted, we will keep our
heads, roll up our sleeves and do what
we always do: apply ourselves, look for
the positives, and just get on with it.
Business is business, that’s the way
it is, that’s the way it’s always been,
and that’s how it will continue to be.
As long as you have something that
someone wants, and they are satisfied
that you are the best option to provide
it, a deal can be done.
This is also why we as a company are
primed and raring to go, continuing
with what we do best: delivering
British products and services to our
customers across the globe.
entities like us
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Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review
This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.
In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.
We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.
With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.
And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.
As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.