Royal Logistic Corps lifts Army rugby title

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We’re delighted to report that the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC) has won the Army Inter-Corps League 1 Championship.


In the final event of the 2017/18 season, held at Aldershot on February 28, the RLC RUFC clinched victory 7-3 in a hard fought tie against the Royal Artillery.


The Corps Championship is open to teams from the Corps and Infantry representative side of the Regular Army. Its objective is to provide a platform for talented individuals to play above regimental level and for those players deemed capable it is a stepping stone towards representing the Army at Senior level. 


This result caps an excellent season for the RLC RUFC which, through Briggs Defence, has enjoyed our sponsorship support since 2002.


We send our congratulations to the RLC RUFC and look forward to more exciting rugby in 2018/19.

RLC RUFC in Palestine Cup clean sweep


Congratulations to the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC), which scooped victory in all three Palestine Cup events.


The Palestine Cup is the annual rugby union fixture between the RLC and the Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME).


This year, the tie took place at Chippenham RUFC on February 7 and the day got off to a storming start with a 60-0 win by the RLC’s Women’s XV. 


In a hard fought Veterans match the Royal Logistic Corps held on to the silverware for another year after posting a 26-10 points win. The clean sweep was completed when the RLC’s Senior squad came away with a 39-10 victory.


The 2017/18 rugby season marks 20 years of Briggs support for the Ministry of Defence and the ‘Yellow Fleet’ and for at least 15 of those we have been proud to sponsor the RLC RUFC.


Congratulations to all thee RLC rugby squads on their excellent Palestine Cup performances.

Briggs Defence staff and suppliers celebrate ‘Yellow Fleet’ milestone

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The home of the Chelsea Pensioners proved a stunning setting for a special event to commemorate 20 years of the Yellow Fleet and recognise the contribution of our staff and suppliers to the success of the Defence Mechanical Handling (DMHE) contract.


We were delighted to welcome 130 guests to the anniversary celebrations, which were held in the state apartments of the Royal Hospital Chelsea on January 31.


Speaking at the event, Briggs Equipment UK’s managing director Peter Jones, said: “All of us at Briggs are very proud to deliver the prestigious DMHE contract. It is far from easy to manage, but the support we get on a daily basis from our employees and business partners means we’ve been able to provide a world class service throughout our 20-year involvement with the Ministry of Defence. 


“Using this as a platform for future service delivery, we very much look forward to supporting our Armed Forces for the next 20 years and beyond.”


As well as thanking our business partners for their high standards of service and dedicated support over the years, we took the opportunity to pay tribute to key members of our hard working team.

Mark Murray, Iain Beattie and Julie Bayliss received Long Service Awards and Special Recognition Awards were presented to Phil Chambers and Stuart Gunn.


Charity work and sponsorship have been key elements of our commitment to the MOD throughout the 20 years of the ‘Yellow Fleet’, with Officers’ Mess dinners raising in excess of £100,000 for military charities. It was therefore fitting to close the event with a donation to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the retirement and nursing home which supports some 300 British Army veterans. Our £5,000 donation was matched by suppliers making a total of £10,000 to help cover the day-to-day cost of care and accommodation at the hospital.


Briggs Defence’s relationship with the MOD began in 1997 with Barloworld Handling and the Pathfinder contract.  In 2000 the Tri-Service Materials Handling Service (TSMHS) was signed, ushering in the transition from an owned to a leased fleet under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI).  This was completed in 2002 with the signing of the Defence Storage and Distribution (DSDA) /Defence Munitions (DM) contract – now known as Logistics and Commodities Services (LCS) – and the Defence Munitions areas of the MOD. 


The prestigious DMHE contract signed in 2013 saw the amalgamation of previous contracts to deliver the MOD’s current end-to-end materials handling capability. We have also supported MOD outsourcing by providing continuity of service to former LCS, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Defence Support Group (DSG) activities. Today, Briggs Defence is responsible for 4,000+ MOD assets, including forklift trucks, plant vehicles, trailers, tow tractors, container handlers and agricultural tractors, across 279 locations in 13 countries.

Celebrating 20 years of the ‘Yellow Fleet’

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Briggs Defence has been providing global equipment supply and support to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for 20 years and will commemorate this milestone with a special celebration.


Having evolved to keep pace with the changing defence industry landscape, we are proud to be a respected MOD partner and now provide not only equipment, but also specialist logistics solutions incorporating asset management and engineering support.


Gary Clements from Briggs Defence said: “Maximising our experience and strong relationships has enabled us to become a trusted partner working across both Government and industry sectors.


“By having a focus on delivering value for money and flexibility while also keeping costs down, we’ve helped the MOD to realise key operational efficiencies, so it’s only fitting that we acknowledge the part played by suppliers and our own team and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ‘Yellow Fleet’.”


Between 1997 and 2013 fleet and service support was provided (through Barloworld DLS pre-2012) for the Pathfinder (DSDA/DM) and Triservice Materials Handling Service (TSMHS) contracts, when the fleet was optimised from 5,500 to 3,500 machines.


From 2013-2015, having secured a single £87million contract, Briggs Defence took responsibility for 3,000 assets including defence munitions and logistics and commodities services for the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army.


Since 2015 Briggs Defence has held no less than eight defence-related contracts and we currently support 4,000+ assets across 289 locations in 13 countries. As well as the prestigious Defence Mechanical Handling Equipment contract, these contracts include logistics and commodities services support to Kuehne + Nagel spanning five years and support for Babcock Defence Support Group and Landmarc Support Services. We also provide engineering support and parts supply for the Protected Engineering Equipment contract and the RAF’s Dantruck capability.


Briggs Defence has a proven track record as a complete solution provider, operating one of the country’s largest skilled engineering teams across both UK and overseas operations and managing a wide range of equipment, including forklift trucks, plant vehicles, trailers, tow tractors, container handlers and agricultural tractors.

Award recognises support for UK’s Armed Forces community

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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has acknowledged our commitment to supporting the UK’s Armed Forces community by presenting Briggs Equipment with the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award.


Gary Clements, Strategic Development Director at Briggs Equipment, said: “Our business benefits enormously from the skills and strong work ethic instilled in service personnel, so although we already employ a large number of former members of the Armed Forces, we are always actively recruiting


“This recognition of our efforts is also most timely, since this year marks the 20th anniversary of our Defence Mechanical Handling Equipment (DMHE) contract with the Ministry of Defence.”

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and primarily recognises private sector support for ex-service personnel and reservists.


Companies that attain the Silver Award are required to employ at least one member of the Armed Forces community and demonstrate their willingness to tackle the issues that service personnel can face.


Businesses must communicate well, support their employees using established HR policies and procedures and be flexible when it comes to annual training commitments and the mobilisation of reservists. They are also expected to show a willingness to employ cadet instructors, Armed Forces veterans and military spouses/partners.


The Silver Award is further recognition of our commitment to making a difference to the lives of current and former members of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. Earlier this year we signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging to treat service personnel and their families fairly and with respect and, when appropriate, to show them special consideration.

New REME Cycling Association sponsorship

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Briggs Defence is committed to being active within the military communities in which we operate, so we’re delighted to announce a new three-year sponsorship deal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).


We will be supporting REME Cycling Association, which was set up in 2010 to develop cycling in all disciplines for Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers personnel at all levels from complete novice up to selection for the British Army Cycling Race Teams. 


Steve Munson, Head of Finance at Briggs Defence, said: “As a team sport, cycling brings together participants from all levels and ranks within the Armed Forces and is a key contributing factor in promoting team work, which is at the very heart of the military ethos.”


REME Cycling Association is investing in its own timing equipment along with static bikes that members can borrow to improve and develop their fitness. The Briggs defence funding will also go towards performance testing and winter training plans and the development of the Enduro and XC mountain biking teams for the 2018 season.


We are supporting both the road racing and mountain biking teams, which have posted some excellent results this year. In the Army Cycling Road Race Series REME Cycling Association members finished second overall and scooped the honours for top veteran and third placed male and female competitors.


Corps members also won the Inter-services Time Trial Championships over the 10-mile and 25-mile distances, finished second and third respectively in the 10-mile and 25-mile National Time Trial Championships, and won the Army Road and Inter-Services Road Race Championships.


REME Cycling Association’s mountain biking specialists were Inter Corps Champions in the Army Cycling XC Race series and also finished as the top Major Unit and third-placed Minor Unit. In the Enduro Championships REME swept the board, not only emerging as Inter Corps Champions, but also claiming the top three places in the Inter Unit competition.


Warrant Officer Class II Rob Jones, Road Racing Secretary at REME Cycling Association, said: “Cycling encourages self-discipline while also fostering a team spirit. Thanks to Briggs Defence’s sponsorship we will be able to help more serving REME regulars and reserves, of all abilities, fulfil their potential in all cycling disciplines.


“Participation in both road racing and mountain biking is improving, but we’re always keen to encourage the younger generation, and more women in particular, to get involved in the inclusive sport of cycling.”  


This year, REME staged the inaugural CORPSDURO, an inter-services timed multi-stage enduro event, clinching outright victory against stiff competition from more than 140 riders representing Army, Navy and RAF teams. The CORPSDURO was so successful that it is expected to become an annual event. 

Briggs Defence raises £2,500 for SSAFA

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Congratulations to our team on a fantastic effort in this year’s Thames Path Challenge. They raised £2,500 for SSAFA, which supports around 60,000 servicemen and women, veterans and their families each year.


Despite being in considerable pain, the intrepid six from Briggs Defence battled on through heavy rain and lightning, which were far from ideal conditions in which to trek 100km. Those who continued through the night in a bid to complete the Challenge in 24 hours also had to contend with cold and fog.


Well done Jamie Secker and Chris Beattie, who made it all the way to the finish, and Lucie Flanaganova, who completed 63km.


A special mention goes to Amelia Bisson, who has raised £631 of the team’s overall fundraising total for SSAFA, which currently stands at £2,500. 

Briggs Defence takes on 100km Thames Path Challenge

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A team representing Briggs Defence is preparing to tackle a new challenge this autumn after registering to take part in a 100km charity walk.


Six of our employees will be putting their best foot forward and pushing themselves to the limit when they embark on the Thames Path Challenge on September 9-10.


As part of Briggs Defence’s support for the military community, the team is raising money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity that supports around 60,000 servicemen and women, veterans and their families each year.


Heading upstream from Putney Bridge past Hampton Court to the half way point at Runnymede and then on to Henley, the intrepid six will walk both day and night in a bid to complete the Challenge in 24 hours.


Every Thames Path Challenge entrant commits to raising at least £395 for charity. Briggs Defence’s employees have been busy organising sponsored activities and other events and are well on their way to achieving this target.


Steve Munson, Briggs Defence’s Head of Finance and team captain, said: “The Thames Path Challenge will certainly be a test of how fit we are and our determination to get to the end, but we know it will be a huge sense of achievement when we cross the finish line and, of course, we’re committed to raising as much money as we can to support SSAFA’s important work.”


More than 3,000 people are expected to take on the 2017 Thames Path Challenge. The majority will be walking, some will jog and others will run, but all are prepared to push themselves to the limit to raise money for a host of worthy causes. 

Briggs Defence sponsors RLC’s 25th anniversary rugby tour

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As main sponsor of the Royal Logistic Corps’ (RLC) rugby programme, we were delighted to provide additional support for the RLC RUFC’s 25th anniversary tour of the USA and Canada, which has proved to be one of the highlights of the season.

The 16-day overseas tour saw two squads – an RLC Senior XV and an RLC Women’s XV – compete in four fixtures against local and military teams in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Brigadier Martin Moore, President of the Royal Logistic Corps RUFC, said: “Briggs Defence has been a valued partner for many years now, enabling us to foster a team spirit and help soldiers develop their personal skills through a positive rugby experience. 

“We are most grateful for its continued support and, in particular, its sponsorship of our 25th anniversary tour, which promoted sportsmanship and camaraderie among the host clubs and venues while also helping us to accomplish wider military engagement overseas.”

Acknowledging the significant achievements of the RLC RUFC down the years, the tour was set up to promote rugby, and the benefits of Army sports in general, in a challenging environment that would provide opportunities for the development of coaching and management staff as well as players. Community engagement was also a vital part of the initiative and the RLC RUFC led coaching workshops at schools in Vancouver and Seattle.

Steve Munson, Head of Finance at Briggs Defence, said: “Over the past 25 years the RLC RUFC’s many achievements have served to reinforce the positive impact that involvement in sport can achieve and we are delighted to continue in our role as main sponsor. 

“The commemorative overseas tour was a huge success, reinforcing everything the RUFC and its rugby programme stands for in terms of engaging with young soldiers, helping them gain vital skills and driving home the importance of winning through teamwork.” 

The largest Corps in the British Army, the Royal Logistic Corps is responsible for ensuring that everything from tanks and ammunition to letters and food reaches the right people and arrives in the appropriate place at the designated time.

Briggs Equipment signs Armed Forces Covenant
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To underline our commitment to supporting current and former members of the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force we have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise that the nation will honour the courage and commitment of those who protect the UK by treating Regulars and Reservists, veterans and their families with fairness and respect. 

In joining the 1,500 signatories of the Covenant, Briggs Equipment has pledged to make a difference. Our aim is to do everything we can to ensure that service personnel are treated fairly and, in certain circumstances, to give them special consideration.

We will support the employment of veterans by working with the Career Transition Partnership and REME Association Job Agency and will also look to recruit service spouses and partners. We will also be flexible, granting leave to spouses and partners of serving personnel and will lend our support to employees who join the Reserve forces by accommodating their training requirements and deployment.

There are ex-service personnel among the team at Briggs Defence and some of our highly skilled engineers were formerly part of the Armed Forces community.

Briggs Defence enjoys close links with the Armed Forces through our contracts to manage Ministry of Defence assets across the globe, while our sponsorship and fundraising initiatives benefit various military charities, including SSAFA, Help for Heroes and ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity.

Gary Clements, Strategic Development Director at Briggs Equipment, said: “We are proud to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and will actively promote the business as being Armed Forces friendly, offering support wherever we can to staff who are members of the Services, ex-servicemen and women looking for employment and their family members.”