Europa worldwide welcomes young artists to new facility
Independent logistics operator, Europa Worldwide Group, welcomed local primary school pupils to its ne...
Independent logistics operator, Europa Worldwide Group, welcomed local primary school pupils to its new £30m facility in Dartford recently to unveil an art installation designed by 11 year-old student Akua Asamoah. Europa launched the art project with The Gateway Primary Academy and asked students aged 9-11 to ‘make their mark’ on the new site, which opened in May. Sixty students created artwork based on how they saw the Europa business. Akua was chosen as the winner and her design was installed in the site as 8 metre wall art. Four runners-up: Charlotte Azzopardi (11), Taylor Bygrave (11), Faye McDonnell (11) and Marsella Asadi (9), had their pictures printed on mugs for the staff canteen.
Carl Potter, Europa HR & Facilities Director, said: “It was difficult to choose a winner because all of the students had really creative ideas but we just loved Akua’s design and it reflected each different aspect of our business. It was great to have them on site with us, asking lots of questions. The new 26,368 square metre facility is the biggest single investment we’ve ever made and a huge milestone for the company. It’s important to our staff and to the future success and growth of our business so we really wanted to involve the local community in its development and build strong relationships. We’re going to be in Dartford for a long time to come.”
Winner Akua was invited to the site for an unveiling of her artwork, together with the runners-up, Headteacher, Heather Overton and Deputy Head, Jamiel Cassem. The group was also given a tour of the warehouse and the chance to explore one of Europa’s Renault T Range trucks.
Heather Overton, Head of The Gateway Primary Academy, said: “Europa’s art project has been a great experience for our students and our winners spent a brilliant day on site with the Europa team. The visit was really rewarding for all of the girls but especially for Akua, whose artwork has definitely made her mark on the site! Having a close relationship with a local business – especially one of Europa’s size, is a valuable learning opportunity for our students. They get to see a business in action, learn about a new industry and have some fun in the process.”
Europa Worldwide Group employs more than 500 people across 12 sites in the UK and Hong Kong and is represented in 100 countries. As well as its successful road freight operation, Europa Worldwide also provides specialist air, sea, warehouse and showfreight services. For more information, please visit: www.europa-worldwide.com
UK Food Supply Chain to be Exempt from COVID-19 Isolation
Vital workers in the UK’s food supply chain will be exempt from isolating after contact with COVID-19 under new emergency measures announced by the British government.
More than 10,000 people working in supermarket distribution centres, manufacturing plants and other food logistics services will be affected by the initiative. Staff who are told to isolate by test and trace or are notified by an official app will be allowed to continue working as long as they test negative.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the scheme would undergo a limited trial this week after consultation with the country's biggest food retailers. It plans to extend the measures through a wider roll out next week, impacting around 500 sites dedicated to stocking supermarkets and producing staple foods such as bread and milk.
“Food businesses across the country have been the hidden heroes of the pandemic,” said Environment Secretary George Eustice. "We are working closely with industry to allow staff to go about their essential work safely with daily testing.”
Speaking to Sky News, Eustice added that the exception would not be extended to other sectors.
"The reason we have made a special exception for food is for very obvious reasons,” he said. "We need to make sure that we maintain our food supply. We will never take risks with our food supply."
UK Supply Chains Under Strain
The news follows reports of empty shelves and widespread shortages in British supermarkets after a record number of people were told to isolate via the NHS app. Branded the ‘pingdemic’, more than 600,000 alerts were sent out to phones and mobile devices in the week beginning 8 July, warning people that they had come into contact with those infected by the virus.
It left already strained food supply chains under staffed and unable to cope. The mass alert has also caused disruption in other supply chains, exacerbating a prevailing shortage of drivers and other essential logistics professionals.
Savid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who was appointed last month following the departure of MP Matt Hancock, said: “As we manage this virus and do everything we can to break chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help to minimise the disruption caused by rising cases in the coming weeks, while ensuring workers are not put at risk.”