We are pleased to announce that The Pallet Network is a finalist in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2014. We have been shortlisted in the Services and Environmental Sustainability categories. The awards will take place in March 2014. Keep your eye on national media outlet for more details.
Wednesday, 6 December 2012 was a red letter day for Ireland as Minister of Finance Michael Noonan announced the first ever essential user fuel rebate for licensed hauliers. The rebate, which comes into effect on 1 July, 2013, will be available to all ‘tax compliant’ hauliers driving vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, with the exception of own-account operators.”I am pleased to announce an additional initiative that will support small businesses in all sectors of the economy,” Noonan said. “Virtually all businesses in Ireland rely on cost effective transport for their inputs and their outputs. This transport is provided by hauliers, the majority of whom are small businesses. In order to assist the competitiveness of this key industry, I am introducing a rebate on diesel with effect from the 1st of July 2013.Although the amount of rebate has not yet been confirmed, civil servants have indicated it is likely to be around 7.5 euro cents per litre.”The administration of the rebate has yet to be worked out,” points out Seamus McGowan, TPN’s MD. “In some countries which already offer a rebate, such as Belgium and Spain, it is paid monthly or three-monthly, in arrears. Sometimes the rebate is paid annually.” However it is paid, the rebate marks the government’s recognition of the plight of the Irish haulage industry. “This is an unprecedented decision made in one of the worst economic crises Ireland has seen in modern times,” Seamus adds. “And even more amazingly, it is restricted to haulage – not to buses or farmers or any other group. It is all down to the strong and continued lobbying by the Irish Road Haulage Association and particularly its president, Eoin Gavin, head of TPN member depot Eoin Gavin Transport.
TPN welcomes back Karl Lafferty Transport, our newest member, joining the network for the second time. Karl Lafferty Transport, new depot 120, covering County Donegal, first joined the network around six years ago, but left in 2008 after 18 months.”We stepped in to help out when TPN was looking for a depot in our area,” Karl explains, “but we never intended to stay long-term. Our business to Dublin and the UK was expanding and we needed our resources for that.”Now we see great opportunities in Donegal for TPN that aren’t being exploited and we think we can help the network benefit from these opportunities. In just four weeks we saw volumes grow to 30-35 pallets per night. We look forward to even more pallet business next year.”