Schools in Cheslyn Hay receive life-saving medical device

Heart defibrillator donated by Hartshorne Group in Walsall

AN academy school and a primary school in Cheslyn Hay have received a heart defibrillator that can be accessed in an emergency by both schools.

Students and staff at Cheslyn Hay Academy and Cheslyn Hay Primary School received the medical device from the Hartshorne Group.

The company, which supplies and services Volvo commercial vehicles, is running a Healthy Heart Campaign in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service. Defibrillators are portable and come with voice instructions so they can be used to restart a person’s heart in an emergency.

Headteacher of Cheslyn Hay Academy, Nicky Crookshank said: “We’d like to thank Hartshorne Group for donating the defibrillator. It’s reassuring to know that we have one if it’s ever needed for use by the schools or our neighbours.”

Ian Middleton, Managing Director at Hartshorne, said: “We’re proud to support schools in this way. It was a pleasure to meet the staff at Cheslyn Hay Academy and Primary School. ”

Staff at Hartshorne in Walsall raised funds for the device by recording their physical activity on an app. The company, which has nine sites including in Birmingham and Shrewsbury, donated £1 for every hour they logged.

The Healthy Heart campaign to install defibrillators in the community was launched last year in conjunction with Andy Jeynes, Community Response Manager at West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The defibrillators are registered on a national database at so that 999-callers can access them in an emergency.

Frank Key builds its fleet with two new Volvo FL trucks

Volvo Trucks has increased its share of the busy delivery fleet at builders’ merchants Frank Key with the addition of two new crane-equipped Volvo FL 250 4×2 rigid trucks.

The Nottingham-based business has opted for Volvo for its latest order due to the manufacturer’s competitive pricing and the proven reliability of the product.

Supplied by Jack Castle, Area Sales Manager at Hartshorne Group, the two 16-tonne FLs will be used for multi-drop deliveries to Frank Key’s customer base across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Neil Lunn, Transport Manager at Frank Key, says: “We run trucks from three different manufacturers, but selected Volvo this time due to the value for money they offer. It is a good quality product, which doesn’t let us down and is built to last. We can’t afford unnecessary downtime in this line of work.

“The trucks are ideal for what we need them for. The FLs have good manoeuvrability. Volvo is a brand that we like and trust, plus we get good support from the team at the local dealer.”

The two new FL rigids offer two-step entry and are powered by Volvo’s D8K engine, producing 250 hp and a peak torque figure of 950 Nm. This impressive level of torque helps to significantly reduce the need for gear-changing, whilst making it perfect for urban distribution, with easy low-speed handling and quick acceleration.

Operating out of Frank Key’s busy depots, safety has been a major factor in the build with a factory-fitted passenger side lower door window to improve visibility and a white step light in the lower door. The FLs are also fitted with twin roof-mounted amber beacons.

Comfort in the day cabs is improved with a suspended driver’s seat, with adjustable shock absorber, backrest, lumbar support and heat controls with the seatbelt integrated in the seat, plus air conditioning, DAB radio and cruise control.

They have been fitted with dropside bodywork by Ranch Truck and Trailer and an HMF crane, to allow for easy loading and delivery.

Expected to cover in the region of 40,000 km per year, the FLs are backed by five-year Volvo Gold Contract repair & maintenance agreements, which guarantees the best possible uptime, with servicing being carried out at Hartshorne Group’s Alfreton depot.

The FLs will be joined at the business by two bigger 26-tonne Volvo FEs, that are due to arrive in the coming months, expanding Volvo’s presence in the fleet further.

Established in 1907, Frank Key is a large privately owned, independent builders’ merchant and plant and tool hire specialist. The business has grown substantially over its 115-year history, supplying market-leading building, plumbing and timber materials, as well as stocking interiors, landscaping and drainage products.

School in Stoke joins healthy heart drive

Students receive life-saving defibrillator from local employer

A SCHOOL in Stoke-on-Trent has joined forces with a local employer in a bid to save lives by installing heart defibrillators in the community.

Students at Biddulph High School in Knypersley received a defibrillator that was donated by Hartshorne Group, which supplies and services Volvo commercial vehicles.

The portable medical device – which can be used to restart the heart of a person in an emergency – was installed as part of the company’s Healthy Heart Campaign.

Head teacher Elizabeth Robinson said: “We’d like to thank everybody at Hartshorne who helped to raise funds for the heart defibrillator. It’s reassuring that we now have one on site if ever a need arises.”

The school has a close relationship with the company, which has hosted workshops and site tours at its Potteries depot in Newcastle-under-Lyme for students interested in engineering apprenticeships.

Hartshorne Managing Director Ian Middleton said: “It’s a pleasure to support such an excellent local school. I’d like to thank everybody at Biddulph High School for making us feel so welcome.”

Defibrillators are portable and come with voice instructions. They can be used by any adult and are registered on a database so that 999-callers can be directed to them where appropriate in an emergency.

Staff at Hartshorne, which operates from nine depots across the Midlands region, are continuing to raise funds to install more defibrillators in the community. The company is donating £1 for every hour of physical exercise that its employees record via an app.

* Businesses and organisations that already have defibrillators on site can register their devices on an official database at

Primary school receives heart defibrillator donated by staff at vehicle distributor

Lifesaving device installed for community use by Hartshorne Group

A SCHOOL in Burton has received a heart defibrillator as part of a Healthy Heart campaign in the West Midlands.

Pupils and teachers at Richard Wakefield C of E Primary Academy, part of The de Ferrers Trust, recently accepted the life-saving device, which was donated by staff at commercial vehicle distributor Hartshorne Group.

The device comes with voice instructions and can be used by an adult to restart a heart in an emergency. It was supplied as a result of a partnership between Hartshorne Group and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

School Principal Mrs Joanne Lowe said: “The children were excited to see the Volvo truck and it’s reassuring to know we have safe access to a defibrillator on site which can be accessed by the local community during school hours.”

Hartshorne Group, which supplies Volvo trucks and buses, is raising funds to install further defibrillators at key locations. The company donates £1 for every hour of physical activity recorded by its staff via an app.

Phil Brookfield, Operations Director, at Hartshorne, said: “We’d like to thank everybody at Richard Wakefield for being so welcoming. It’s fantastic to be able to support a local school in Burton. Our team have now recorded over 1,800 hours of physical activity covering 10,000 miles and we’ll be placing more defibrillators in schools.”

Hartshorne has also installed the devices at all of its nine depots, which include sites in Birmingham, Walsall and Shrewsbury. The devices are registered on a national database in conjunction with the NHS.

Earlier this year Hartshorne hosted a training session for its staff that was delivered by Andy Jeynes, Community Response Manager at West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Hartshorne joins forces with ambulance service to save lives

Company’s staff trained after heart defibrillators are installed for community use in West Midlands.

A COMMERCIAL vehicle distributor has joined forces with the ambulance service to provide heart defibrillators for community use.

Hartshorne Group has installed the life-saving medical devices at its depots in the Midlands, which are now registered on an official database so that 999-callers can be directed them in an emergency.

The company, which supplies and services Volvo trucks and buses across the region, now plans to install further defibrillators in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Defibrillators come with voice instructions so that they can be used by anybody in order to restart somebody’s heart in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Ian Middleton, Managing Director of Hartshorne Group, said: “We are pleased to be funding defibrillators for community use as part of our Healthy Heart Campaign. I’d like to thank the ambulance service for the fantastic support they are providing to help us make this happen.”

Hartshorne recently hosted a training session at which its staff were given advice by the ambulance service, which included being shown how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Andy Jeynes, Community Response Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “I’m very proud to support Hartshorne’s initiative to install heart defibrillators. If somebody suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival are greatly increased by CPR and the use of a defibrillator.”

Mr Jeynes is pictured at the recent training session with Hartshorne staff. The company has depots at sites off Chester Road in Birmingham, Bentley Mill Close in Walsall, and Ainsdale Drive in Shrewsbury.

Hartshorne has directly funded the defibrillators. The company also has sites at Alfreton, Burton, Potteries (Newcastle-under-Lyme) and Nottingham.

It is now working to raise additional funds by donating £1 for every hour of healthy exercise that staff track via an app. This can include environmentally friendly methods of commuting, such as walking or cycling to work.

* Ambulance chiefs say any businesses that have defibrillators can register them for public use via the national database at

Celebratory FH marks return to Volvo for Trevor Pye Transport

Trevor Pye Transport has put a stunning new Volvo FH 540 Globetrotter on the road, to mark 25 years’ service for one of its loyal drivers.

The Shropshire-based business has a long history with the Swedish manufacturer but hasn’t added any new Volvo trucks to the fleet for the past five years. However, with driver Chris Thomas a huge Volvo fan, it was only going to be an FH for this celebratory order.

Supplied by Hartshorne Group, the 6×2 tractor unit is powered by Volvo’s D13K Euro-6 engine, producing up to 540 hp and an impressive 2,600 Nm of torque. The striking blue and red livery has been traditionally hand-painted giving the truck an authentic finished look.

Trevor Pye, Owner of Trevor Pye Transport, says: “We used to only run Volvos back in the day and we still have plenty in the fleet, including some older vintage models.

“They have always produced a quality product and when we decided to get something for Chris to celebrate his 25th anniversary, he was very clear in his choice! His last truck was a 14-plate FH; he’s a Volvo man through and through.”

Volvo’s latest version of the FH features updated styling, enhanced fuel-saving features and a driver-focused interior incorporating a fully digital 12-inch high-res instrument display.

Benefiting from a 12-speed I-Shift gearbox, Trevor Pye Transport specified its new truck with Volvo’s Long Haul Fuel package – which features I-See predictive cruise control for maximum fuel efficiency – One Bed Resting package, plus Media package with navigation, to ensure a premium onboard experience for the driver.

Working on the temperature-controlled distribution side of the business, the new FH – supplied via Volvo Financial Services – will be in operation five days a week and is expected to clock up in the region of 125,000 km per year.

Named after Trevor’s granddaughter Florence and sporting a cherished registration plate originally purchased to mark Trevor’s 70th birthday, the FH is a fleet addition, taking the total amount of trucks the customer has on the road currently up to 15.

“All the trucks are named after members of the family, and this one is grandchild number four! Chris is very happy to say the least,” says Pye. “The Globetrotter cab is always a hit and we know we can count on Volvo to deliver a reliable truck, which is exactly what we need in our line of work.”

Established in 1984 and based in the market town of Wem, Trevor Pye Transport is a family-run business. Originally, much of the work involved the collection and distribution of cheese but it has broadened its range of services and today transports a variety of goods – including fresh produce, groceries and seeds – throughout the UK.

New year healthy heart campaign aims to save lives in Burton

Hartshorne staff make resolution to fund defibrillators

A COMMERCIAL vehicle distributor has installed a heart defibrillator for community use at its depot in Burton as part of an ambitious drive to save lives in the New Year.

Hartshorne Group is partnering with West Midlands Ambulance Service to promote awareness of portable defibrillators, which can restart the heart of somebody experiencing a cardiac arrest.

The company says its Healthy Heart Campaign is also kind to the planet by encouraging staff to walk or cycle to work in order to raise funds for further defibrillators.

Hartshorne Managing Director Ian Middleton said: “We know that a cardiac arrest can occur unexpectedly in any situation, so we’re supporting the installation of defibrillators that can benefit the whole community. January is also a time when many people make a resolution to exercise more – and walking or cycling can make a great contribution to heart health whilst also reducing emissions.”

Hartshorne, which supplies and services Volvo commercial vehicles, is paying to install defibrillators at its nine depots across the region including at its Burton site in Derby Street. Staff will then be raising funds for additional defibrillators at other locations. The devices will all be registered for public use in an emergency.

Andy Jeynes, Community Response Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “I am proud to work with Hartshorne and support their initiative to place defibrillators in the community where they can make a difference. In the UK thousands of parents, grandparents and children lose their lives every year because less than half of members of the public intervene when they see someone collapse. If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately, the patient’s chance of survival doubles. If an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is available then the chances of a patient surviving is increased immensely. ”

Defibrillators come with voice instructions and can be used by anybody. Over 30,000 people a year in the UK suffer a cardiac arrest that takes place somewhere other than a hospital. Less than one in ten survive.

In addition to the devices at its own sites, Hartshorne is donating £1 towards further community-based defibrillators for every hour of physical exercise that its staff track via an app. Hartshorne customers can also raise funds by making a donation when they use the company’s Healthy Heart demonstrator truck.

The defibrillators will be registered with The Circuit, a national database that is used to direct 999-callers to their locations in an emergency.

* Businesses and organisations that have defibrillators can register their device at

Payload potential of new Volvo FM Lite tips the balance for Erewash Commercials

Nottingham-based Erewash Commercials has taken delivery of a new Volvo FM Globetrotter Lite 6×2 tractor unit weighing in at just over 8,000kg with fuel and tipping gear – bringing huge payload advantages for the customer.

Supplied by Jack Castle, Areas Sales Manager at Hartshorne Group, the FM has been built to transport aggregates and features a mono leaf front suspension, lightweight pusher axle, aluminium air tanks, aluminium susie arch and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels to keep things super lightweight.

It comes with LED headlights, air-operated fifth wheel, twin roof-mounted amber LED beacons and tipping gear from Commercial Vehicle Hydraulics. Erewash Commercials also benefits from all of the new features introduced with the latest FM, including a spacious cab offering drivers great comfort and visibility, plus a brand new fully digital instrument display which guarantees easy access to the right information in all situations.

“So far, we have been really impressed with the FM’s payload capacity,” says Adam Smith, Director at Erewash Commercials. “We specifically wanted the truck to be as light as possible and Jack and the team at Hartshorne have guided us to a fantastic solution – and all without affecting performance or comfort levels.

“Being able to carry more per load reduces the number of journeys we make, which in turn cuts running costs and saves fuel – improving our sustainability and profitability.”

The new FM Globetrotter cab offers more space than ever before, including a wealth of smart storage for the driver’s belongings. The customer has also specified this vehicle with multiple options packs, adding desirable features including full electronic air-conditioning, twin armrests, a nine-inch side display with touchscreen and an ultra-comfy bunk set-up to ensure the driver can enjoy a great night’s rest.

“We’ve been working with Volvo for many years now,” adds Smith. “Their products and the support we receive from our local dealer continues to be unmatched in terms of reliability and quality.

“The feedback from our drivers on the new truck has also been outstanding – in particular they really like how user-friendly the new FM is, and how comfortable it is to drive. It’s reinforced the fact we made the right decision to expand our fleet with Volvo.”

The new FM is powered by Volvo’s proven D13K engine, producing 460 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque for excellent driveability and low fuel consumption.

Erewash Commercials has been trading for more than 40 years, specialising in aggregates, as well as supplying concrete to the building trade.

A.F. Blakemore & Son has clear vision for the future with latest Volvos

Ten new Volvo FM 6×2 tractor units have been delivered into A.F. Blakemore & Son’s food distribution fleet, each meeting Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating.

The 44-tonne FMs will work predominantly on the business’ contract delivering ambient, fresh and frozen goods to the supermarket chain Spar. Supplied by Hartshorne Group, the FMs are powered by Volvo’s proven D11K Euro-6 engine, delivering 460 hp and 2,200 Nm of torque.

Dave Higgs, Logistics Compliance Manager at A.F. Blakemore & Son, says: “We have a long and successful relationship with Volvo and the team at Hartshorne. It’s a product that we trust and have a lot of faith in. These new FMs are superb trucks – ideal for our distribution work and they fit perfectly into our operation.”

Volvo’s latest FM is packed with improvements to the driver environment and innovations that deliver a higher level of comfort, safety and productivity. The interior benefits from a new dashboard offering more storage space, new colours and a modern dynamic digital display.

A.F. Blakemore & Son has specified the 10 trucks with multiple cameras which can be viewed through the driver’s nine-inch side display, plus an added window in the passenger door to improve safety further and ensure they are 3-star DVS rated for working in central London. These complement the new cab’s raised A pillars, combined with a large windscreen, low door line and modern mirrors, which deliver excellent all-round visibility.

“We’ve gone for three-star compliant trucks as forward planning on our part because I believe the DVS scheme will be rolled out across more cities sooner rather than later,” says Higgs. “These vehicles are on a seven-year contract hire agreement, so we’re future-proofing our fleet.”

Working in tandem with double deck urban trailers, the FMs are expected to clock-up around 120,000km per annum. Each new truck is backed with a seven-year Volvo Gold Contract, guaranteeing the best possible uptime – with servicing and maintenance work to be carried out by Hartshorne Group’s skilled mechanics at A.F. Blakemore & Son’s onsite Vehicle Maintenance Unit, at its Willenhall depot.

Fuel efficiency is boosted by Volvo’s Long Haul Fuel package, specifically designed for vehicles used on long distance missions and incorporating the latest generation I-See predictive cruise control as well as the 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission.

The FM cabs benefit from Volvo’s Drive and Single Bed Living Packages, and comfort is improved further with an adjustable steering wheel with neck tilt, DAB radio, air-suspended and heated seats, plus rear cab upper storage.

“The drivers are very happy,” adds Higgs. “The new trucks have a great cab, a great engine and a great gearbox, they just do the job really well. Overall, the FM has got all bases covered.”

Ian Middleton, Managing Director at Hartshorne Group, says: “As a long-standing and valued customer, we are delighted A.F. Blakemore & Son has chosen to place its trust in Hartshorne Group again for this latest order. In every aspect, the new FMs are the perfect choice for its busy distribution fleet.”

Family-owned owned food & drink retail, wholesale and distribution business A.F. Blakemore & Son was founded in 1917 and is based at Longacres Industrial Estate in Willenhall, West Midlands. Peter Blakemore is the third generation of the Blakemore family to lead the company, which currently employs roughly 7,800 people across eight separate divisions and has a turnover in the region of £1.2 billion.

Volvo takes root at Braegate Produce with crisp new FH tractor

Potato supplier Braegate Produce has put its first Volvo into service. The FH Globetrotter 6×2 pusher axle tractor unit replaces a rival manufacturer’s truck in a seven-strong fleet.

Supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus, the new vehicle is powered by the latest D13K Euro 6, Step D engine, producing 500 hp and 2,500 Nm of torque for great pulling power and a fuel-efficient, comfortable driving experience.

The Tadcaster-based firm opted for Volvo following a successful trial with a demonstrator and having received positive feedback from other local companies running FH tractor units.

“We have always liked Volvo and were keen to try and get one onto the fleet,” explains Brian Whitaker, Transport Manager at Braegate Produce. “We spoke with the team at Crossroads Truck & Bus and gave them an idea of what they were up against to win the business. What they came back with hit the mark perfectly in terms of both the vehicle specification and the monthly rate.”

Delivering potatoes to supermarkets and regional distribution centres up and down the country, the FH will be working five to six days a week, covering roughly 140,000 km per annum. It will operate predominantly on long-distance motorway work, but will also collect from potato farms, which means tackling narrow and sometimes bumpy country lanes and access roads.

Built with Volvo’s 12-speed I-Shift automated gearbox complete with long haul fuel plus package, plus I-See predictive cruise control – the FH is already returning impressive figures for Braegate.

“The main focus for us is fuel economy. If the FH can match, or better, the rival manufacturers we’ve got on the fleet then we will go back to Volvo again,” says Whitaker. “Obviously, it’s a brand-new truck and it still needs to be run-in, but we’re very happy with what we’ve seen so far.

“We’ve even had Volvo’s local Fuelwatch Manager visit to make sure our driver was getting the best possible performance from the vehicle. He used to have a Volvo before he joined us, so naturally he’s delighted to get back behind the wheel of a top-spec FH Globetrotter!”

The 44-tonne tractor unit has been supplied on a four-year Volvo Financial Services contract hire deal which incorporates a Volvo Gold Contract repair and maintenance package, to guarantee maximum uptime. All servicing and maintenance work will be done at Crossroads Truck and Bus in Normanton.