Specialist multi temperature supply chain operator and responsible family business Oakland International has appointed Bob Richards to the post of General Manager at its Redditch facility.

Previously holding senior and director roles at several blue-chip organisations including PHS, Bidvest Logistics, Christian Salvesen, TDG, Palletways and David Hathaway Transport, Bob has 30 years of management experience and a proven track record in continual improvement, man-management and process management.

Commenting he said: “I’m really excited about joining Oakland International which is a great business with real growth potential in a challenging market place. Seeing the business in peak trading will assist me as I look at the structure, working patterns and the team and help formulate and support the design of the business strategy going forward.”

A multi-award winner, Oakland International is a BRC accredited (for storage and distribution) business and a multi temperature distribution specialist providing contract packing, storage, picking, tempering and supports retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets via hubs and facilities in the UK, Ireland and an overseas partner in Spain.

Oakland International Managing Director, Shaun Foley, said: “I am delighted to welcome Bob to the team. His knowledge and extensive sector experience will be a significant asset to our Redditch operations.”

Family business, multi temperature supply chain and logistics specialist, Oakland International, has appointed Eimear Scolard as the company’s new Technical Team Lead.

Tasked with heading their successful Distress Load Team, Eimear will oversee inspections, co-ordinating the team from initial contact through to load completion. With full HACCP training and a quality assurance background, trained in traceability and all aspects of food safety having previously worked at Oakland, Eimear’s prior fast-paced retail experience as an assistant manager and team leader meant she was ideally placed to re-join the company’s rapidly expanding Distress Loads Team.

Eimear commented: “It feels great to be back, with the attraction being the ability to grow a department in a role I really enjoy. We are already taking on new jobs, so it’s a very exciting time for us, and with the unpredictable nature of distress load work, we never know what’s coming in, so we need to respond immediately to incidents and contaminated loads of any nature.”

Oakland International’s pioneering Distress Load Management service is an innovative solution whereby food losses for customers, loss adjusters and hauliers on distressed loads are reduced significantly whilst offering additional environmental customer benefits. A distressed load is defined by the integrity of food safety being potentially compromised such as when pallets move in transit, incorrect temperature or clandestine infiltration. Oakland is developing an inspector training program which specialises in all aspects of food safety and clandestine infiltration.

Overseeing all inspections, as lead manager Eimear will be customer focused. Originally from Ireland, Eimear moved to the UK 2 years ago.

Added Eimear: “I have a great deal of pride in my work which reflects itself in many ways from how we work as a team to the standards of product going out the door, with my key skill being accuracy, crucial given the work we do. If you have a load issue and you’re wondering ‘is that something Oakland can deal with?’ the answer is most likely yes! It’s always worth picking up the phone and giving us a call!

“Working with distress loads can be challenging but it can also be very satisfying and rewarding when a customer needs help and within 24-hours we have sorted their issue and saved stock and have them back on the road and ready once again for delivery. I’m loving living in England and I have a wonderful career, so it’s likely I’ll never leave!”

A multi-award winner and a BRC double A accredited and EHO approved multi temperature distribution business, Oakland International specialises in contract packing, storage, picking, tempering, distribution and brand development support for to the retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets via hubs and facilities in the UK, Ireland and an overseas partner in Spain.

Multi temperature supply chain and logistics specialist Oakland International has confirmed it is to invest around £2.8m in a high-bay extension at its Corby facility.

Oakland International Business Unit Director, Lee Whiting, commented: “Oakland needed to identify a site which strategically fitted its core distribution requirements for a number of large UK retailers.

“Since launching Corby in March 2017 we have been delighted to recruit and develop a fantastic team of people, mostly from the Corby and nearby Kettering areas who have delivered industry-leading service levels for our customers. The confidence in our future recruitment strategy and the proactive support of the Corby council leadership team and reactive planning department has been a great confidence boost, which has played a significant part in our intentions to invest and grow further in the Corby region.”

Working in conjunction with new landlords, Norwich Council, the extended hub will deliver a multi temperature proposition to the market for chilled, frozen and ambient storage and plans to support the development by recruiting wherever possible within the local area by the end of 2019.

A multi-award winner and the recipient of ‘two’ Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, for International Trade and Sustainable Development, Oakland International is a BRC accredited (for storage and distribution) business, which encompasses a pioneering Distress Load Management (DLM) service; minimising food waste for customers, loss adjusters and hauliers on distressed product loads and consistently operating a recovery level of around 80% of product, with nothing sent to landfill as any residual food-waste is redirected to anaerobic digestion plant centres or recycling centres for use as renewable energy.

With a view to formalising their CSR efforts at their Redditch offices, Oakland launched the Oakland Foundation, a charity aimed at supporting children and young people in Redditch, Bromsgrove and the surrounding area.

Oakland International Co-Founder and CEO, Dean Attwell, added: “Whilst we are still learning about our new home in Corby, we are keen to repeat what has worked well in Redditch by applying ourselves to worthwhile causes in and around Corby.

“We have always believed in getting involved, and in supporting the local communities where our teams live, focusing on working with like-minded groups and organisations who want to make a difference.”

Retaining accreditation for well-over a decade, responsible family business Oakland International has maintained British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) quality standard for storage and distribution, securing a double ‘AA’ grade rating.

Head of Supply Chain Compliance and Accreditation, Louise Smith, stated: “This is a fantastic result for the team and I would like to thank them for all of their hard work which is so important in maintaining our Quality Standards, not just on audit day but on a year-round basis.”

Oakland International was one of the first businesses in their sector to achieve BRC accreditation which is internationally recognised as the ‘global standard’ for storage and distribution. The standard encompasses all actions undertaken that may affect safety, quality and legality of products handled and stored, with the standard viewed as a cross-function responsibility, wholly supported by the company’s senior management and team members.

Added Louise: “The heap of praise we received from the auditor covered our policies, procedures, layout and our warehouse process enhancements, and the willingness and friendliness of our team.

“Securing BRC’s AA rating is a clear endorsement for our customers and supply chain partners that they can have absolute faith in every area of Oakland’s operation from product safety, to quality and legality, they will not be compromised in any way.”

A multi temperature supply chain specialist, Oakland’s collaborative business approach with producers and retailers to optimise service, quality and consumer availability remains key to supplying UK, Irish and Spanish retail, discount, convenience and wholesale markets from the company’s UK and Irish facilities.

Launched in Worcestershire in 1998, ethical family business Oakland International has celebrated 20-years of successful trading with team members, their families at a family-friendly BBQ at Attwell Farm Park, Beoley on Saturday 15th September.

Oakland’s ‘double-decade’ anniversary marks an important business milestone for the company which originally began in egg production, and two-decades later is a major Redditch employer, operating hubs and facilities in the UK, Ireland and has an overseas partner in Spain.

Oakland International Co-Founders, Dean and Sallie Attwell commented: “As we look back and reflect on our two-decades in business, we are incredibly appreciative of the heritage of talent within Oakland and of the many accomplishments we have achieved together as a team.

“Continual investment in new generations of talented staff and investment in long-term business and partner relationships ensures we add value to the many customer services we now provide.

“A genuine and heartfelt thank you to every one of our team members, our customers, our partners, our parents and families as we wouldn’t be where we are today without their support. They have all helped make this possible, here’s to the next twenty years!”

Winners of numerous industry awards and accolades over the years, Oakland International today is a ‘double’ Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winner, for International Trade and Sustainable Development, and a BRC double ‘A’ accredited multi temperature distribution business delivering a vast array of specialist services in contract packing, storage, picking, tempering, distribution and brand development support to major retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets.

Eight students from Ipsley CE Academy in Redditch are celebrating their success after completing the Oakland Programme, a structured course designed to provide young people with valuable workplace experience.

The programme is run by local children’s charity the Oakland Foundation, in partnership with key sponsor and local business Oakland International. Over a period of months, Foundation trustees worked with the Ipsley students to deliver a number of sessions, offering pupils the chance to understand where products come from, the safety awareness required regarding vehicles and lorries, as well as taking part in work shadowing within departments at Oakland International’s Redditch facility, all designed to support students’ understanding and identify the key skills needed by certain job roles.

As they celebrated their last session together students enjoyed a team baking session organised and supported by Foundation trustees, with parents and carers invited to see the students each receive their Oakland Programme graduation certificate and gift voucher.

Foundation Trustee, Hayley Smith, commented: “The Oakland Programme is designed to be flexible to best suit the outcome required for the pupils involved, and includes a number of structured sessions covering a range of topics aimed at engaging and raising students’ aspirations.

“Their final food-based team challenge involved the students designing and cooking a main meal and dessert using ingredients provided, which they were then able to take home and share with parents, carers and guardians.”

Thought provoking, this young people’s project offers the chance for students to experience diverse workplace environments and the feeling of ‘being at work’ and understanding of what this involves.

Nicola Beech, Ipsley CE Academy Principal, commented: “We continue to be grateful for the additional opportunities our pupils receive through support from the Oakland Foundation. Pupils gain so much from spending time learning outside of the usual school environment and this project has made a real difference to the young people involved.”

The Oakland Foundation works with children and young people within Redditch and Bromsgrove and the surrounding area through their work in the areas of Health and Nutrition, Education and Sport.

Multi temperature supply chain operator and responsible family business Oakland International is delighted to confirm Luke Attwell as the company’s new Distribution Manager.

Second generation and son of Oakland Co-Founders, Dean and Sallie Attwell, Luke joined the family business three-days after completing his final University exams in June 2014, initially taking on the role of Operational Administrator for six-months, before moving on to utilise his Business Management degree as Project Co-ordinator. Since then he has undertaken varying roles within the business to help increase his sector knowledge, business acumen and skillset.

Luke steps into his new role to take on responsibility for Oakland’s Redditch facility, with focus on maximising current and potential transport partners efficiencies whilst facilitating the creation of fresh partner opportunities going forward.

Luke said: “This is my first team management role, so I’m looking forward to working with such a strong group; all individually good people, so we will be taking our next business steps together and continuing to help support Oakland on its distribution journey.”

A multi award winner including double Queens Awards for Enterprise, Oakland has hubs based in the UK, Ireland and an overseas partner in Spain. Oakland International is a BRC double A accredited (for storage and distribution) business and a multi temperature distribution specialist providing contract packing, storage, picking, food distribution and brand development support for ambient, chilled and frozen food to the retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets.

Chief Executive, Co-Founder and Luke’s father, Dean Attwell, said: “I am delighted for Luke and commend his work ethic. His knowledge and understanding of the Oakland business will offer him further success as he now takes on the responsibility for introducing new and innovative consolidation routes for our customers.”

Multi temperature supply chain and distribution specialist Oakland International will be exhibiting at the Sustainable Food and Beverage Conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 7th November.

Joining the 2,000 delegates and showcasing their range of sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions, Oakland will partner with SEaB Energy, creators of the innovative Muckbuster and Flexibuster turnkey Anaerobic Digestion (AD) systems, used globally in shipping containers, for the event with both companies focused on supporting and helping lead the way in industry innovation and sustainable business change.

Oakland’s consolidation platforms and contract packing services encompasses their award winning and pioneering Distress Load Management (DLM) facility, which minimises food waste for customers, loss adjusters and hauliers on distressed product loads, consistently operates a recovery level of circa 80% of product, with nothing sent to landfill, and to date has successfully recovered over 2,000 tonnes of food, with any residual food waste redirected to nominated anaerobic digestion plant centres or recycling centres, where it is used for renewable energy.

Oakland International European Customer Support and Development Manager, Edith Hurst-Earl, commented: “We are delighted to partner with SEaB Energy for the conference.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for both Oakland International and SEaB Energy to share good practice and sustainable business innovation and to showcase each our individual and unique value-added service offers.”

A double Queen’s Award winner, Oakland will be exhibiting with SEaB Energy on Stand T12A, the Conference will bring together key stakeholders, regulatory organisations, food and beverage manufacturers and all sectors of the supply chain who have successful track records of delivering quantifiable and sustainable results.

Cancer Research UK was delighted to be presented with a cheque for £20,223 from Redditch businessman, Dean Attwell, who trekked to the North Pole in April to raise funds for the charity.

After undertaking the greatest challenge of his life, Dean, the Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Redditch based family business Oakland International said: “I am tremendously grateful to everyone who has been so generous with their donations, help and support throughout; before with my training, fundraising, during my trip and the encouragement and the support of the Polar Explorers Expedition team and our guides, and following my return home as donations continued to come in.

“Thank you to everyone for supporting me and Cancer Research UK.”

100% of donations raised from the expedition have been given directly to Cancer Research UK.

Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the West Midlands, said: “Our supporters come up with some wonderful ways of raising funds for crucial research and make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Every step Dean took in his trek to the North Pole to raise over £20,000 will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives – every day, 85 people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands alone – but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.

“It is thanks to supporters like Dean that survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.”

Budding horticulturalists at Beoley First School are delighted with their new and much larger greenhouse thanks to local businesses and parents who dug deep for the green fingered project.

The pupils received lots of support from a number of local businesses, including Oakland International donating funds to help purchase the greenhouse, Attwell Farm kindly digging and laying the hard-core for the foundations, Total BGS installed the electrics and CET Redditch provided the electrical materials needed.

The project was also supported by parents and grandparents who laid slabs and erected the new 18 foot by 10 foot heated greenhouse, which is now being used as part of their year-round outdoor education activities, ready and full of healthy plants for the children’s a space-themed garden which was ‘commended’ at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Oakland International’s Jane Thompson commented: “When we heard that the children were growing their plants again from seeds as they did last year, but that their existing greenhouse just wouldn’t be big enough to cater for all the saplings they wanted and needed to grow for space themed garden for Malvern this year, we decided to help.”

The school is still actively raising funds for this year-round project, and invite anyone wishing to support their horticultural endeavours to contact the school.

Beoley First School Deputy Headteacher Katie Sweeney said: “The greenhouse is an incredible asset to the school and has enhanced the many outdoor activities that the children participate in. We are an Eco Friendly school and our children love growing and using their own plants, fruits and vegetables.”