Well done to our cyclists!

Our charity cycling team have raised £1447.80 for Donna’s Dream House, smashing their fundraising target for the 2014 Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride. Braving the gruelling trip with over 8000 other riders, our team all made it safely to the finish line in good time. Micky Simmonds and Emily Plant were delighted to represent the company in handing over our cheque to Donna’s Dream House, and we look forward to continuing our support of this very worthy cause in the future.

Based in Blackpool, Donna’s Dream House provides free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families. The charity relies on donations in order to carry out its good work, and we felt that it was such a good cause that we’re supporting it for the second year running.

There’s still time to donate if you’d like to show your support! Simply go to our JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/cardinalcyclists2014/ to make your donation.

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Staff promotions

faye-dearn-cropped-2Faye Dearn has taken up a new role as FCL Export Manager. Faye started with the business 3 years ago, graduating through her apprenticeship scheme with flying colours. She has been an integral part of the team, and this promotion is testament to Faye’s hard work and dedication.

phoebe-fox-croppedPhoebe Fox moves into the new role of Export Trade Manager, initially managing the Middle East. Phoebe joined the business at the beginning of the year, having spent 2 years at OOCL Southampton where she was involved in vessel planning and transport. Phoebe has made a real impact since joining and brings with her some exceptional skills.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESKatie Thomas has now joined the Commercial Team as Account Manager under the wing of Paul Carroll. Like Faye, Katie has been with the business for 3 years and also graduated through her apprenticeship scheme. Katie has spent time in both FCL Exports and LCL Exports in the last 3 years so will be a valuable addition to the team with her spread of knowledge.

Hanna-Imam-CroppedFinally, Hannah Imam has joined the business, taking on the role of FCL Operative in the FCL Exports Team. Hannah joins us after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in International Business.

We hope you’ll make them feel welcome as they settle into their new roles!

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Fully loaded!

fcl-captainOur FCL department is growing fast; more and more people are coming to us to benefit from using our great FCL rates and excellent service.

We have multiple carrier options on Imports and Exports, competitive rates, online pricing and extended validity; we can be your perfect solution so let us take away the headache of finding the best deal available.

Our industry-leading online FCL FREIGHTcalculator is proving to be a big hit with our customers, providing instant online quotes for any container size, from any load point in the UK to any port in the world, all at the click of a mouse.

Get in touch with your Account Manager to discuss your requirements or call our FCL Export Manager Faye Dearn or FCL Import Manager Chris Heath on 0845 077 4060 or send an email to fclimports@cardinalmaritime.com or fclexports@cardinalmaritime.com.

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Biking to Blackpool for Donna’s Dream House

Cardinal cyclistsThis July the Cardinal Maritime cycling team will be biking from Manchester United football ground to Blackpool’s South Promenade in order to raise money for Donna’s Dream House, following on from last year’s success. Micky Simmonds, Ashley Mellon, Charlie McGonagle, Chris Day, Laura Simmonds, Erica Hutchinson, Ben Capsey, Nicola Barker, Peter Campbell, Emily Plant and Matthew Rhind are hoping to raise £500 for the charity.  

Donna’s Dream House, based in Blackpool, provides free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families. The charity relies on donations in order to carry out its good work, and we felt that it was such a good cause that we’re supporting it for the second year running. We hope you’ll help us to raise money for this very worthy cause!

If you want to donate through our JustGiving page you can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/cardinalcyclists2014/

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Our runners have Smashed their target

picture bupaThey’ve done it again! Our 14 Cardinal Maritime runners successfully completed the BUPA 10k Manchester Run this May, raising £925 for our chosen charity The Wellspring. Charlie McGonagle, Chris Bartram, Chris Day, Chris Heath, Craig Cooper, Dean Forkin, Dean Preston, Elizabeth Ellis, Natalie Gillard, Nick Thompson, Nova Sarkissian, Phoebe Fox, Sarah Lawrenson and Rob Cross collectively smashed last year’s total by £175.

As part of Europe’s biggest 10k running event, more than a quarter of a million passionate runners took to the streets of Manchester to achieve their individual goals. Since 2003, the Great Manchester Run has attracted swarms of people year on year with Cardinal Maritime being no exception.

run-resize1The Wellspring, based in Stockport, actively engage and care for the homeless and disadvantaged. As well as helping with accommodation, The Wellspring provide educational help to enable these individuals in the long run. As they are dependent on both financial and material donations, we thought this was a worthwhile charity to receive our support each year.

Even though the run is over, you can still show your support by donating through JustGiving – it’s simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. Please go to our page: http://www.justgiving.com/cardinalrun2014.

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The Cardinal runners are back in action

run-resize2Our runners are at it again! After the success of our team in last year’s race, we’re sending another team to take part in the BUPA 10k Manchester Run on 18th May 2014. We’re raising money for the Wellspring centre for homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport.

You can help us reach our target! Please do spare anything you can by donating via our JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/cardinalrun2014.

The Wellspring is a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people, based in Stockport town centre. The Wellspring is dependent on donations from the general public, businesses, schools and churches. Donations of food, clothing, bedding, toiletries and financial donations are always needed. More information can be found on their website.

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Have you tried our FREIGHTcalculator recently?

Freight CalculatorIf you haven’t sourced a price from our award-winning online FREIGHTcalculator in a while, now’s the time to give it another go! We’ve completely revised our rates across ALL 500 origins and destinations, putting us at the forefront of the industry. Our trademark commitment to total transparency is the driving force behind our pricing policy and our innovative online quoting tool, so why not get a quote today by using one of the calculators on the right-hand side of this page. Don’t forget we offer all of the following online:

  • Import and Export LCL
  • Import and Export FCL
  • LCL USA DAP pricing

Combined with our online sailing schedules, import arrivals and export tracking system, the FREIGHTcalculator is the cornerstone of our groundbreaking online offering, all available at the click of a mouse.

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Free INCOTERMS training in May

Cardinal Academy - Logistics TrainingBack by popular demand, our Chief Training Officer Helen Lilley is running another complimentary INCOTERMS training course on 28th May at our offices in Sharston, Manchester. Giving a comprehensive rundown of current 2010 INCOTERMS, the course runs from 10am – 12noon with refreshments provided.

Spaces are limited so please reply to chris.bartram@cardinalmaritime.com by return to reserve your place! The course has proven immensely popular with our customers, and it also provides an opportunity to say hello to your Account Manager. We hope to see you on the day!

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Easter loading dates

easterWe’d like to wish all our customers and partners a Happy Easter! Please note our loading dates in Manchester and Essex over the Easter period as below. All close offs the day before:

Tuesday 15th April
Beirut

Wednesday 16th April
Singapore
Busan
Shanghai
Port Kelang
Bangkok
Alexandria
Ashdod
Tripoli

Thursday 17th April
Hong Kong
Jebel Ali
Jeddah
New York
Toronto
Houston
Colombo
Chennai
Nhava Sheva
Karachi
Durban
Malta
Santa Cruz

Please note our offices are closed from 18th April to 21st April inclusive, re-opening on Tuesday 22nd April.

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Our FCL pricing can’t be beaten

FCL Imports - Cardinal MaritimeSince the introduction of our FCL FREIGHTcalculator, our FCL product is our fastest growing department – it’s no wonder it’s just been recognised by winning a prestigious BIFA Freight Service Award.

If you’re one of the few that haven’t yet tried our award winning FCL FREIGHTcalculator, why not see what all the fuss is about by giving it a try today by entering your quote details into the calculator at the right-hand side of this page. You’ll soon discover why we are leading the way in the industry with transparent and instant pricing. Feel free to test us to beat any rate and save you money to any destination – we like a challenge!

It’s not just exports that we do; we have recently appointed seasoned freight expert Chris Heath to the role of Import FCL Manager. Chris brings with him over 5 years’ experience working in-house at Adidas, and has an exceptional knowledge of the market and buying power to match, enabling him to offer the best rates around.

For all pricing enquiries, service details and everything FCL Imports, contact Chris on 0845 077 4029 or send him an email at chris.heath@cardinalmaritime.com.

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