Your Pressies from Advance

Just because we love having you as our customers, we've only gone and got some christmas presents for you (and our treasured Christmas cake recipe)!

Shopping Vouchers

Book any of the following jobs throughout December and January and immediately receive a £10 Love to Shop voucher. Please quote AFLL2S at the time of quoting for your voucher to be reserved.

Champagne & Tablet Computers

Just to say thank you for being part of the Advance family, we're giving all new customers a bottle of Champagne. And don't think we've forgotten our existing customers because apart from ongoing fantastic service, you'll be automatically entered into a draw for a brand new sparkly tablet computer! Merry Christmas!

Marine Insurance Competition Entry

Take advantage of our full marine insurance facility throughout December to be in with a chance of winning a bottle of champagne. Please contact a member of our team with the value of the shipment and destination of the shipment for a quotation and each policy taken out during will count as an entry into our Xmas competition prize draw.

Xmas recipe by Advance staff - Chocolate meringue Mont Blanc cake

For the cake: 300g butter, plus extra for greasing, 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped, 2 large eggs, plus 3 yolks, 200g golden caster sugar, 140g light brown soft sugar, 200g chestnut purée from a 415g can (reserve the rest for the filling, below), 175g plain flour, 50g cocoa powder, 1½ tsp baking powder For the meringue: 3 large egg whites, 140g golden caster sugar For the chestnut filling: 300ml pot double cream, 215g chestnut purée (from can, above), 100g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting, chocolate shavings (optional)

  1. Grease 2 deep 20cm loose-bottomed cake tins and line the base and sides with baking parchment. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/ gas 3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, then set aside to cool a little.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the whole eggs, yolks and sugars with an electric whisk until doubled in size - this will take about 5 mins. Sieve in the flour, cocoa and baking power with a pinch of salt. Fold the chestnut purée into the chocolate butter mixture, then add to the other bowl and gently fold everything together. Divide evenly between the tins.
  3. Working quickly, clean the whisks and your large bowl, put the egg whites in the bowl and whisk until stiff. Add the sugar, a spoonful at a time, whisking continuously, until thick and able to hold stiff peaks. Use a spoon to dot the meringue on top of the cake mixture in both tins, then use the back of the spoon to spread the mixture. Fill the gaps to touch the edges of the tins - make nice swirly dips and peaks as you spread. Bake for 1 hr 15 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out with moist but set crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. When you're ready to serve, make the filling. Put the cream, chestnut purée and icing sugar in a bowl and whisk until softly whipped. Remove the cakes from their tins and place 1 on a cake stand or plate (save the one with the prettiest top for the final layer). Dollop on the cream and swirl out towards the edges (don't worry if you crush the meringue a bit). Place the next sponge on top, dust with icing sugar, then top with chocolate shavings, if using. Best served straight away, but will keep in the fridge for 2 days.

Just don't tell anyone! Merry Christmas : )

Flashback Over 2015

Where to start. We recruited 3 new expert packers, added 2 global courier networks, increased fleet and transport capabilities, supported Jakarta street children, restructured and upgraded our entire sales department, installed state-of-the-art IT systems with web based solutions, consignment status notifications, online tracking & booking, and packed and shipped mysterious Italian Exotica... to name a few.

New accounts opened - 126
Forwarding reinstated accounts - 35
Packing reinstated accounts - 15

Advance Packing recruited 3 new expert packers.

It's been a prominent year for packing with the edition of 3 very skilled packers, giving us arguably the UK's most experienced mobile packing team. As a result, we've broadened our portfolio of services and capabilities for on-site packing, with no limitations. We now specialise in on-site packing, project work and packing of heavy-goods and with all the new business generated already, we look forward to seeing what 2016 brings.

Advance Forwarding offering choice of 2 global courier networks.

2015 was a big year for couriers, having worked with UPS as sole supplier for many years, we felt it was important for our clients to have the choice. The new agreement with DHL has not only enabled us to offer existing clients the option of 2 networks, it's also allowed us to revisit other opportunities that we might not have been able to without the additional service. Clients are benefiting from discounted courier rates with 2 of the best global courier networks and Advance managing the administration. If you're not already making use of our enhanced courier service, please get in touch and speak to a member of our team.

Supporting Jakarta street children.

Following a visit by Steve and Jayne earlier in the year and seeing, first-hand the challenging and touch living environments faced by the children of Jakarta, they were inspired to offer their support. Steve got in touch with The Street Children of Jakarta Charity and arranged a number of charity events to raise funds and collected items including clothes, blankets, sheets, educational items. The items were sent via container freight and docked in Indonesia on Wednesday 25th November. We would like to say a massive thank you to all of the clients, suppliers and members of staff for their kindness and generous donations.

Proud to pack and ship Italian Exotica.

Sold by the most established and respected dealer of Classic bikes in the UK, George Beale, the bikes are a mixture of Ducati, Moto Guzi and Mondial from the 50's, 60's and 70's. The collector in the US will now hold the largest private collection of Italian Classic bikes in the world. With an insurance value of in excess of 200,000 pounds, the bikes required the expertise we have at Advance to pack and ship them safely and securely.

Limitless success.

Our recruitment and internal restructure of the sales department has proven a roaring success. After just 2 months of regaining focus on the sales and development of new and existing clients, we're already starting to see waves of new enquiries coming in. The existing client visits are producing some great feedback and we're identifying a wide variety of new opportunities. New accounts are also on the rise with a staggering 8 new accounts brought on board last week. Our new Sales Executive, Kelly Haldane is experiencing a lot of success and in addition to the sale department, the support from our superb Operations staff has and will continue to make it all happen. Congratulations and a big thank you to all of the staff at Advance Forwarding and Packing for their efforts. Keep up the good work and let's keep pushing forward...

Advance IT systems and web based solutions.

It's been a tough 12 months and we're thrilled to announce the successful implementation of our state-of-the-art IT systems. The modifications to date have been internally with on-line capabilities, electronic invoicing, operations integration with our own transport fleet, customer contact management system and reporting. The advantages to-date, whilst minimal are merely a stepping stone in what we hope to be a milestone in the growth strategy for Advance. Our clients are requesting online facilities more and more and transparency of information and consignment status is paramount. It's with this in mind that our next focus turns to the development of those additional services with the aim of offering clients the option of consignment status notification emails or on-line tracking and on-line booking by the end of 2016. We're expecting the email notifications to be available early next year so please get in touch with a member of our Operations Department if this is a service of interest to you.

By Month...

Jan City link demise and influx of courier business, Final preparations for the new IT system

Feb IT Implementation phase 1, AFL begin search for new sales staff

March Increase fleet and transport capabilities, Recruit Jason Woodward & Apprentice join Advance Packing

April Air & Sea freight services enhanced, Jakarta Street Children Charity event held, Packing and shipped Italian Exotica

May Attended Invest in Rwanda event, Packed & shipped Hercules WW II Engine

June Packed & shipped crane cab to Kyrgyzstan, new DHL service offered to clients

July Choice of DHL & UPS courier service offered to new and existing clients, Jeff Woodward joins Advance Packing

Sept New member of staff, Kelly Haldane joins Advance Sales Dept.

Oct Attended M-ITEC

Nov Focus turns to web base, preparations for xmas and clients visits

What They're Saying

Here's the latest...

"Can I just say what an excellent Job you did getting the load to Sweden on Time, everything you organised went like clockwork and both Simon and I greatly appreciate your efforts! The potential from this customer is extremely good for all of us."
Paul, Cumbria

"It was excellent and we are thrilled. From my first email to Tim with my enquiry regarding this multi drop, Tim was nothing but totally diligent in his attention to detail and all the preparations needed to ensure that the objectives were met. I would like you to pass a very special thank you to him for me please. All of the consignments were delivered in good time and the customers were very pleased with the service so I would also ask if you would be kind enough to thank the delivery team for me - a job well done."
Joy, Barton-under-Needwood

"Please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone involved with our account, the service has been nothing short of outstanding."
Terry, Derbyshire

"Thanks for the cases - great as always. Again, your delivery driver was you, they are always really helpful and professional...real ambassadors for your company."
Tony, Chesterfield

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The Masterplan for 2016

Online quotation, booking & tracking, enhanced air & sea freight services (again), improved air & ocean freight rates (again), quicker quotations (again), electronic auto-invoicing, account management reviews.

Here's Kelly!

If you're new to Advance Forwarding, you really need to know about Kelly...

Kelly Haldane

Responsibilities within the company: My Role is to generate new sales within the company through lead generation, development, presenting service proposals and integrating our new customers within the operations team.

Previously worked at: Kuehne and Nagel for 7 Years, starting as an operator where I gained an understanding of the industry and potential operational challenges. I was then promoted to an account manager building a portfolio of clients which crucially taught me how to prioritise and look after and manage customer expectations. Through to Business Development which enabled me to understand the cycle of sales in more detail and be more creative in my approach of looking at potential solutions based on customer requirements.

Ask me anything about sending freight...

Call me on 01332 865 656 or email your inquiries to

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