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Freight forwarding veterans launch Freight Minds

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Live event freight forwarding company Freight Minds has been launched by a group of highly experienced industry professionals with the aim of providing cost-effective solutions in an increasingly demanding sector .
Based at London ’ s Heathrow Airport , Freight Minds was founded by a team including Alan Durrant ( pictured right ) former MD of Rock-It Cargo , where he worked for nearly 34 years . Its other co-founders are former Rock-It Cargo USA executives Geoff Knight ( left ) and Matt Wright .
Among the services offered by Freight Minds are air passenger and cargo charter , warehousing and logistics , couriers , ATA Carnets , and Brexit-related customs clearance services .
Wright said : “ This is a brilliant opportunity to build a new post-Brexit and post-Covid business from the ground up in the way it should be done – with our clients ’ priorities at the forefront .”
Knight said that at a time when volumes are starting to ramp up again , and with well-publicised problems regarding freight logistics at the forefront of many people ’ s minds , the Freight Minds team ’ s combined 125 years of experience in the sector means it is well placed to meet the challenges .

Vision : 2025 launches green code of conduct

Events environmental sustainability group Vision : 2025 has launched a consultation for an industry Green Code of Conduct , to provide minimum environmental standards for all UK outdoor events .
The code has been developed by Vision : 2025 member associations , including the Association of Independent Festivals ( AIF ), the Association of Festival Organisers ( AFO ), the National Outdoor Events Association ( NOEA ) and the Events Industry Forum ( EIF ).
Also involved are organisations such as Festival Republic and Julie ’ s Bicycle , with support from live event promoters across the UK .
The code has been developed in response to recommendations made by the Select Committee on the Future of Music Festivals in May . It follows the framework set out for the wider music sector in the Live Green Declaration launched in September .
Next year ’ s full-scale Event Production Show at ExCeL London will include two sustainability panel sessions with Vision : 2025 chair Chris Johnson and LIVE Green chair John Langford .

Plan B “ unfair ” for live music industry

Prime minister Boris Johnson has introduced the Government ’ s ‘ Plan B ’ in England in an attempt to slow down the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant .
It means proof of vaccination is
Boris Johnson announces ' Plan B '
required to gain entry to what he described as ‘ large events ’. There is no mandate to cancel events . He said : “ We will also make the NHS Covid pass mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather , including unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people , and seated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people .”
A negative lateral flow test is an acceptable form of Covid status certification , alongside proof of vaccination .
The prime minister also confirmed that the wearing of
face coverings indoors is mandatory , including for those attending indoor events . Masks are not a requirement in hospitality settings including pubs or restaurants , and Covid status certification is not an entry requirement .
Greg Parmley , CEO of live music industry umbrella body LIVE , which represents 13 industry associations , said : “ The introduction of Plan B results in an unfair double standard that allows people to go on all-day pub crawls in crowded bars without having to prove their Covid-19 status , whilst live music venues get hit with certification .
“ Across the country , music venues and events already have tried , tested and workable systems in place to ensure that live events continue to be safe – and these remain effective .”