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Ocean Freight - Containers and Tare Weight

New requirements from the IMO have now become legally binding and we wanted to make sure that all our customers are aware of them and how the changes may effect you and your cargo.

Here you will find all the details on the changes...

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Very Specialist Cargo

We like to keep you up to date with the more specialist Jobs we carry out at Advance. Here is an example of the Advance team from both Packing and Forwarding demonstrating Flat Rack Container loading and shipping.

This was a shipment of very delicate laser cutting equipment bound for the states that required specialist packing and freight forwarding services.

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Motorbike Packing Time-Lapse

Take a look at this time-lapse of a few members of the team at Advance Packing.

It shows the team packing up a very rare classic motorbike for shipping to its international location by Advance Forwarding.

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Race Engine Rushed to Spain

One of our customers was recently attending a race meeting in Spain when problems with their car meant they needed some parts from their UK base.... and fast.

To make matters worse, it wasn't any old parts they needed, they needed an entire replacement engine if they were going to take part.

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Brexit - What happens now

Now that the British people have spoken and Brexit is a reality there will be over the next few years many new regulations and procedures controlling freight movements to and from Europe.

There is a significant level of uncertainty at all levels as to what these changes will be and how they will be implemented.....

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Container Shipping Changes

Please be advised of the following announcement:

Effective July 1, 2016, any shipping container leaving from any port in the world must be accompanied by a shipping document signed either electronically or in hard copy by the shipper on the bill of lading.....

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Single Point of Contact Account Management

As a company, very much focused on customer service, we recognise the importance of looking after every client with boundless care and attention and in equal measure.

Our aim is always to guarantee a pleasant experience working directly with our Operations department and to offer first-hand advice for those clients that need it.

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Advance Your Business

Advance are delighted to see that for the fifth year running the number of new customers who have joined us in the first quarter of 2016 has gone up from the previous year.

This year we have 40 new customers trading with us compared to last.

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Customers Say How Much They Love Us...

We have received loads of feedback recently from happy customers and we thought we should make a special effort to share it with everyone.

Take a look here at some of the great things customers have been saying about us...

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Fast And Forwarded

Advance was pleased and privileged to both import and export this example of the awesome Nissan GTR.

The car had come into the UK to participate in a very famous Car Show which will be seen in due course.

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Comings and Goings

After 7 years of excellent service we have said goodbye to Lorraine Dowell who has wandered off with her Camera into retirement. We wish her well and thank her for her loyalty and commitment during her time at advance.

To help us out we have had two new starters join us Cat Franks and Nicola Timmins.....

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Open Top Container Loaded for Ghana

Advance Packing was called upon for their specialist container packing skills to assist with packing heavy duty spares bound for Ghana.

The parts were very heavy drilling spares and required shipping in a container so required some specialist skills and equipment.

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Our Own Steve Hodson Interviewed at MI-TEC

Our very own Chairman, Steve Hodson was interviewed during our recent attendance at MI-TEC.

He was asked to provide some words of advice for businesses looking to crack the export market.

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Freight Forwarding Operations VACANCY

Would you like to join the Advance Operations Team?

We have an exciting opportunity in the team for an enthusiastic and hardworking individual to act as a Multi Modal freight forwarder.

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Web Based Solutions for Clients Coming Soon

Over the course of the last 12 months it's been quite apparent that we've had a big focus on developing our IT systems in order to cope with greater volumes of traffic and maintain the high level of service our clients have come to expect.

With the fundamental stages of implementation complete, our next challenge is to develop the web based solutions for clients, something we feel is paramount for the future growth of the business.

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Limitless Success...

Our recruitment and internal restructure of the sales department has proved a roaring success.

After just 2 months of regaining focus on the sales and development of new and existing clients, we're already starting to see waves of new enquiries coming in.

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Advance Forwarding attend M-ITEC for a 3rd year

Following the huge success of last year's Midland International Trade Expo and Conference, we were delighted to be given the opportunity of exhibiting again.

The event, held at the Pedigree suite, Ipro Stadium, Derby on 13th October brought together industry experts and keynote speakers from a number of high-profile Midland based companies with well-established international trade connections. The annual event, organised by the Chamber and heavily supported by UKTI is targeted at Midland based companies looking to take the next steps for growth by developing and expanding business opportunities overseas.

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Sales Team Gains a New Member

The Advance Group’s Sales and Marketing Director, Katie Skipper (right) welcomes Kelly Haldane as a new member of the sales force.

Kelly comes with a wealth of experience having been with K&N for many years...

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Onsite Freight Packing Team 60 Years In The Making

Jason Woodward, Gary Thorpe and Jeff Woodward together have 60 years’ experience in specialist on site and off site packing.

Jeff having recently joined the company makes up what is now the most experienced and skilled mobile packing team in the Country.

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The Choice is yours, UPS or DHL

Advance Forwarding are now able to offer customers the DHL courier service at massively discounted rates to complement our already popular discounted UPS service!

There are some great reasons to choose the DHL service through us...

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A Crane Cab Packed On Site for Export

Recently Advance Packing was called upon for a slightly more unusual job, to pack the cab of a crane for export.

Because of the nature of job and the freight the customer wanted the cab packing at their site.

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Reminding Everyone of our Mission Statement

We thought it was time to just remind everyone, ourselves, our suppliers and of course our customers of our mission statement.

We aim to work to this statement every day and we hope that our customers feel that we succeed in that goal.

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Hercules WWII Engine Packed & Shipped

The Advance group were recently called upon to pack and ship a valuable part of history.

The engine in question was a Bristol Hercules engine as used during World War II to power Bristol Beaufighters, Short Stirling and HP Halifax bombers.

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Advance Supports Investment and Exports to Rwanda

Advance Sales Director, Katie Skipper was delighted to attend the 'Invest in Rwanda' dinner organised to the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce at Colwick Hall, Nottingham on Tuesday 26th May.

The prestigious event was hosted by His Excellency William Nkurunziz, Rwanda High Commissioner to UK and George Cowcher, Director and Chief Executive of the Chamber to promote attractive investment and export opportunities in Rwanda.

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Italian Exotica heads to the US

Advance were proud and pleased to pack and ship these 13 bikes to a private collector in San Francisco.

Sold by the most prominent and respected dealer of Classic bikes in the UK, George Beale, the bikes are a mixture of Ducati, Moto Guzi and Mondial from the 50’s, 60’s and 70's.

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Advance Support The Street Children of Jakarta Charity

The Advance Group has chosen to support this charity this year after our Sales Director Steve Hodson and his wife Jayne Hodson (pictured standing one from the left) visited Jakarta earlier this year.

Steve and Jayne have already had a hand in arranging a charity evening at Willesley Park Golf Club on Saturday the 2nd of May 2015 in which 100 people were entertained by Mr Piano man Brett Cave where an incredible £1225.00 was raised.

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Air and Sea Freight Service Update

We now provide a very wide range of both Air and Sea Freight Services to both pack and deliver all types of freight anywhere in the world.

With the list of services growing we thought we would take the opportunity to update our customers on the services we offer in this area....

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Mobile Export Packing Team Moves Forward

With our recent appointment of Jason Woodward we're now in a stronger position than ever to push forward with onsite packing services.

Here is a little bit of information on our mobile export packing service...

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Advance Group IT Systems Update

We are well on the way to completing the migration to our new specialist Freight Forwarding IT Software.

We began to go live in February of this year with our first departments making the switch and we want to make sure our customers and partners are kept well up to date. Here is an update from both companies in the Advance Group...

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Advance Packing Recruits Another Experienced Export Packer

We are pleased to welcome new employee Jason Woodward, who joined APL in March 2015.

Jason is very experienced as an export packer, having had 16 years in this position.

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New Apprentice Joins Advance Packing

A new Export Packing employee, Daniel Mawbey, joined APL in March 2015 on the Government backed Apprentice Scheme.

Daniel lives near Swadlincote, is a very keen sportsman, plays local cricket....

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Specialist Freight Forwarding IT System Goes Live

The integration of our new IT systems is almost complete.

Our Imports, Trailer and Domestic departments are now fully operational on the FCL system, with Airfreight, Seafreight and Courier soon to follow.

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One For The Road

Advance Packing have increased their vehicle fleet with a brand new Citroen Berlingo van.

It has been purchased to assist with the development of our off site packing service.

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Advance Look For New Sales Executive

Advance Forwarding are looking to bring on-board a new member of staff within the Sales Department.

We're looking for a highly driven and enthusiastic individual with a minimum of 2 year's experience within freight forwarding sales to establish a greater presence in the West Midlands.

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IT System Upgrade Progressing Well

In 2014 we notified clients of our intentions to implement a new state-of-the-art IT system and over the course of the last 12 months we've been working closely with Forward Computers, Nottingham to bring together a system that compliments both Forwarding & Packing.

The benefits of the new system will aid our goals of becoming a more efficient Operation and optimise our performance with measurable success.

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Courier Volumes Set To Increase

We anticipate an increase in courier business as a result of the unfortunate demise of City Link.

City Link closed its doors over Christmas and we've since noticed a rise in courier enquiries.

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Happy New Year!

Advance Forwarding & Packing would like to wish all Partners & Associates a Happy New Year and look forward to collaborating throughout 2015.

We experienced a lot of exciting changes throughout 2014 and set to continue with the pending implementation of the new IT System.

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2014 at Advance - All The Highlights of The Year ...So Far!

Welcome to The Advance Group Christmas Newsletter 2014.

It’s been another exciting year for us, so we would like to share some of the events over the past year and things you can expect to see throughout 2015…

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Advance Send Large Abnormal Load to Singapore

Advance Forwarding have just been responsible for organising a very bulky abnormal load to be shipped to Singapore.

In the picture you can see the enormous crate that required a specialist flat bed truck and, if you look closely on the right, some specialist heavy lifting equipment to load it.

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Advance Goes Heavy Weight

Advance have taken delivery of an additional Fork Lift truck, increasing our Onsite lifting capacity to 4 Tonnes.

Loads above 4 tonnes can be handled by arrangement but this permanent weight increase means we can handle heavier loads at short notice.

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Advance Launch New Client Referral Scheme

During the course of 2014 we have received much support from existing clients through referrals and as a result of this we will be introducing from Jan 2015 a scheme which serves to reward our clients for such valuable and appreciated recommendations.

Our objective throughout 2015 will be heavily focused on developing European road and International sea and airfreight volumes so we would like to offer an incentive to all existing clients putting our name forward for consideration on any of the above services.

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Advance Return to Midlands International Trade Expo

Advance Forwarding are returning to the Midlands International Trade Expo and Forum (MITEC) on 2nd December 2014.

This year's Midlands International Trade Expo and Conference (MITEC) is the Chamber's premier international event of the year. It aims to help local firms to boost their turnover and profitability by starting to export or exploiting opportunities in international high-growth markets.

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Advance Forwarding Gain Another Team Member

We would like to wish a very warm welcomes to Sherice Lowe, our most recent edition within Advance Forwarding Operations.

Sherice joins us with 2 years experience in commercial exports to assist with road, sea and airfreight.

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Advance Group Featured in BBP Magazine

We were thrilled to be approached by BBP media to be included in their November edition, focusing on transport & logistics.

The editorial gives a brief insight into our core services and developments throughout 2014 / 2015.

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Advance Forwarding Now Taking Euro Payments

Advance Forwarding have now opened a Euro bank account.

This will enable us to send out invoices in Euros and then receive payment in Euros.

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Advance Packing Appoints New Manager

Advance Packing added to its already very experienced team at the start of this month by appointing a new Quality Control and Production Manager.

Gary Thorpe joins us with a wealth of experience to enhance our packing services and capabilities.

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Advance Customers Take Felixstowe Tour

Advance Forwarding hosted a VIP tour around the the UKs largest container port in Felixstowe.

Steve Hodson, the Sales Director of the Advance Group, attended the tour with a group of our customers earlier this month.

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University of Nottingham Move Student Welcome

The University of Nottingham has, for the last 21 years, provided a welcome program at Heathrow Airport for thousands of International students coming to Nottingham to study.

The program was designed to take part of the stress away that comes with moving to a new country by providing transport for both the students and their luggage from Heathrow directly to their accommodation.

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Advance Sponsor Melbourne Festival

Advance Forwarding is this year one of the sponsors of the annual Melbourne Festival.

This will be the tenth year that the festival has taken over the streets of our local town centre, which is expected to attract over 5,000 people.....

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Advance Support Research into Prostate Cancer

Advance Forwarding recently participated and sponsored a local charity golf day at Willesley Park Golf Club.

The day was organised by the captain of Willesley Park to raise money to help research into prostate cancer.

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The Two Lions Head to the USA

The Three Lions didn't do too well this year over in Brazil but we are hoping the two Lions will fare better in the USA!

Advance Packing recently packed two very delicate stone lion statues for export to the USA.

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Advance Rules The Waves

We are pleased to announce that following the opening of our Airfreight import clearance badge earlier in the year at East Midlands Airport, we have now opened our own Import clearance Seafreight Badge at Felixstowe.

Felixstowe is the busiest port in the UK and one of the busiest in the world and this will mean that we can clear our customers Seafreight quicker, more efficiently and more cost effectively.

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Advance Comes of Age

On July 1st Advance completed its 21st year of Trading.

We would like to thank all our customers and suppliers for their continuing support and of course all our loyal staff without whom we could not have got this far.

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Advance Packing Pack Heaviest Freight Yet

In June Advance Packing successfully packed their heaviest job to date.

The challenge was to pack two items weighing over 7000kgs each to allow them to be moved and protected on a long journey while being exported to Australia.

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Advance Join in with Farewell to University Vice Chancellor

Advance were invited to attend the afternoon Farewell Tea Party for the Vice Chancellor of Leicester University.

As well as the main commercial side of the business providing tailored Export and Import services to businesses around the East Midlands and the UK we also have a large presence in the International Student Luggage market.

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Advance Group Apprentices Pass With Flying Colours

We have been training three Apprentices at the Advance Group over the past 12 months within the ranks of both Advance Packing and Advance Forwarding.

They have very recently completed their respective qualifications and the results are now in.

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It's Official - Advance Staff are Cool

Following the installation of Air Conditioning within the offices at Advance, our staff are already feeling the benefits as the warm weather moves in.

The work was completed over a weekend by local company.....

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Accounts Team Gets New Team Member

Advance this month welcomes a new member of staff.

Chris Brookes has joined our accounts teams to work with Deborah Bullock.

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Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand – Bell Restoration project

Advance Packing Ltd. assisted long standing client and well-establish Bell Foundry in the East Midlands with export packing. .

During the earthquake of February 2011 the spire of the Cathedral tower fell, resulting in further damage to the Cathedral bells.

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Advance Forwarding Assists Local Charity

Advance Forwarding are providing airfreight services to local charities for the Rwanda Peace Education programme.

We’ve been exporting books and other educational supplies to Rwamagana, Eastern Province at Avega Centre d’Accueil for the launch at the end of April.

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UPDATE: Advance Group Join up with Hansons Auctioneers and Bargain Hunt!

The Advance Group is now one of the recommended Packers and Couriers for Hansons Auctioneers. This means we have begun packing and shipping all types of delicate and valuable items around the world to their winning bidders.

Hansons Auctioneers is probably most widely known for its Manager and Founder Charles Hanson who regularly appears on the show Bargain Hunt.

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UPDATE: Advance Move Forward with New IT Systems

Over the coming months the Advance Group will be implementing a total revamp of their IT systems.

We have now decided to go with the FCL system which is widely used in the industry by medium to large freight forwarders.

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INDUSTRY ANNOUNCEMENT: UK Government Introducing HGV Levy

We have been advised of the intentions for implementation of UK HGV Tax levy.

This tax applies to all Foreign vehicles/operators coming into the UK and will be enforced by the Government from 1st April 2014.

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Investors in People Give Full Marks for Advance

Advance has recently undergone its 3 year review for Investors in People which is essential for continued recognition.

It is necessary to demonstrate that the company continues to operate to the high standards of the Investors recognition system.

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Air Import Clearance Makes Good Start

Having completed our first months trading with our new East Midlands Airport import badge, we can report it has been a great success.

The special offer reduced import clearance rates have encouraged several new customers to join us and we are hoping for more.

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Advance Packing Expands Onsite Packing Service

Advance can now pack most products at your site where ever you are, distance being no object.

Our dedicated on site packing team have many years experience in packing at customers premises and appreciate the difficulties which this can present.

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Advance Vehicles On Track

Advance has now installed vehicle tracking systems on the whole company fleet. This means that we are able to more accurately and instantly keep you informed of the timings of your deliveries and collections.

The system will also allow us to operate our fleet much more efficiently and cost effectively.....

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Advance Forwarding Expands Import Services

Advance Forwarding have recently gained Import Clearance Approval as well as taking on board a new highly experienced Import Manager, Danny Orme.

These recent events have allowed us to expand and improve the import service we can offer our customers.

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Advance Forwarding Launches Same Day Service

Advance Forwarding are pleased to announce the introduction of a same day dedicated van service.

Using brand new vehicles we are set to delivery your urgent consignment anywhere in the UK.....

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Take a look at our Christmas Newsletter... And Win an Ipod Nano!

In the last couple of weeks we have been busy sending out our Christmas Newsletter for 2013. If you haven't received a copy then you can download one below for details on how you could win an Ipod Nano!

In this years newsletter you can read about all the big things that have been happening here at the Advance Group.....

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Advance Forwarding to service Global Freight Forwarder with Major Account…

Following the recent success of our social media campaign, we were delighted to be approached via social networking website, LinkedIn to service one of DHL’s most prestigious accounts.

DHL Global Operations are a force to be reckoned with in the Industry but their recent approach proves there is still very much a need for locals carriers in contract logistics.

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The Advance Group Make National and Local Press

Advance Forwarding recently turning 20 years old and showing record breaking sales has attracted some fantastic attention to the company.

The edition of The Sunday Times realeased on 3rd November included an article titled 'Welcome to Mark Carney’s promised land — the Midlands' and featured none other than Advance Forwarding among other thriving businesses in the area. The Times sent their own photographer earlier that week to take this great picture of some of our team loading one of our crates onto one of our trucks, which was featured in the article

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The Advance Group Premises are growing

In the next few weeks the construction trucks are rolling into the Advance Group compound to expand our yard. We are increasingly finding that our yard is not big enough for both of our trucks, our cars and our cases, crates and pallets so we are making it bigger.

There are several areas of unused land in the Advance Group compound so we are going to make use of them to give us some extra space.

We hope the work will be completed by the end of November and are looking forward to the results.

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Customer calls on Advance Group for urgent two day job

Our friends at Metool Reeling Products founds themselves in need of some urgent help from Advance Packing a few weeks ago. They needed to get 6 huge cable reels over to Singapore by Sea Freight as soon as possible.

Advance Forwarding did a great job and found their cargo a place on a vessel leaving the UK in a couple of days but this meant the boys on the shop floor had to get them packed up in less than 48 hours and onto a truck bound for the port. The guys pulled out all the stops and worked late into the night, staying until 11pm and returning after a few hours sleep at 6am to get the reels packed and on the truck. It resulted in one very happy customer and a great testament to our staff who are always willing to go the extra mile.

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Advance Group Sales up by 32.5% in the last 12 months

Between September 2012 to September 2013 the Advance Group saw a massive 32.5% increase in turnover compared with the same 12 months period the year before.

Both the companies within the Advance Group, Advance Forwarding and Advance Packing, are going from strength to strength. We are bringing on new customers all the time while ensuring we look after our old customers better than we ever have before and this is paying off.

We have taken on some great new members of our team in that time and they have all been an asset to the company.

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Advance Group Pack and Ship World Record Breaking Classic Motorcycle, 'Old Bill'

Built in 1922 by the Brough Factory this one of a kind motorcycle, a Brough Superior SS 80 1000cc now widely known as 'Old Bill', was built specifically for George Brough, the owner of the company, to use as his personal racing machine.

The bike was origionally called 'Spit and Polish' because of its constant immaculate appearance. George Brough took the bike to its first race at Brooklands the year it was made and won the race with an average speed of over 100Mph (in 1922!) which was the first side valve machine to ever do this. The second race that year was not as much of a success story with George Brough being involved in a very nasty accident and both bike and rider were badly damaged.

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