NorthLink Ferries Scoops National Fair Trade Award
2nd December 2015
NorthLink Ferries has been named as the joint winner of a national award in recognition of the company's commitment to Fair Trade. The award was presented at the Scottish Fair Trade Awards to the Northern Isles ferry service for its partnership with Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group and Orkney Fair Trade Group.
The Campaign of the Year certificate was awarded to Peter Hutchinson, Customer Service Director at NorthLink Ferries for the integrated campaign, which saw Aberdeen's Fair Trade banana mascot travel to Orkney on MV Hamnavoe.
NorthLink Ferries' commitments to Fair Trade include the provision of Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar sourced from Aberdeen-based Caber Coffee, Fairtrade bananas supplied by JW Gray in Kirkwall and Strachans in Aberdeen and the introduction of new staff polo shirts manufactured from Fairtrade cotton.
Speaking of the award win, Peter said: We are extremely pleased to be recognised for our commitment to using Fair Trade on board.
Working collaboratively with Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group and Orkney Fair Trade Group, the partnership is a great achievement for all involved and I would like to thank both groups for their support and hard work in helping us become a Fair Trade organisation.
As a tribute to the company’s well-developed ethical business policy, NorthLink Ferries was named as Aberdeen’s flagship business that supports Fair Trade for 2015 earlier this year.
Gill Smee, Chair of Orkney Fair Trade Group, added: "It is great to work with fellow Fair Trade enthusiasts and to see NorthLink Ferries rewarded. The company has put a lot of effort into buying fair and local, sourcing many of their hotel goods from both Orkney and Fairtrade suppliers.
Sue Good, Chair of Aberdeen Fairtrade Steering Group, said: We were very happy to name NorthLink Ferries as Aberdeen’s flagship business for 2015 and are now delighted that the exploits of our mascot, FT Banana, have been recognised as raising awareness of Fair Trade activity in Scotland.
For more information about NorthLink Ferries please visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk
Northern Isles ferry operator NorthLink Ferries has reported a 10 per cent increase in the volume of passengers who have travelled on the route network since the firm took over running the lifeline ferry service in July 2012. The passenger increase coincides with recent VisitScotland tourism figures which highlighted a rise in visitors to Orkney by 20 per cent since 2013, while the number of visitors to Shetland increased by 10 percent over the same period.
Northern Isles school pupils are calling for passengers' attention with the introduction of refreshed safety briefing announcements on board NorthLink Ferries passenger vessels. As part of the Scottish Government's Year of Young People 2018, the lifeline ferry service chose four students from Anderson High School in Lerwick for the announcement on MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey and a further four pupils from Stromness Primary School in Orkney for the MV Hamnavoe recording.
In support of the Year of Young People 2018, and in partnership with Caber Coffee's Ethyco range, NorthLink Ferries is looking for two outstanding young people to apply for a travel bursary. The bursary is intended to be used towards the cost of attending a significant cultural or leadership event.
Serco NorthLink Ferries is proud to support local producers from the Northern Isles as they prepare for this year's Highland Show. In partnership with producers from Orkney, the Serco NorthLink lifeline ferry transported cheese, baked items, oatcakes, ice creams and of course rum and gin, that will be proudly showcased at the show.
Serco NorthLink Ferries celebrates being the first ferry company in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Investors in People Silver Accreditation, the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK. Stuart Garrett, Serco's Managing Director of NorthLink Ferries, joined the team at NorthLink Ferries' Stromness call centre to celebrate the achievement.
-- Rolling dry dock period to commence late January with final vessel complete by 20 February--. -- MV Arrow secured on short term charter -- -- Alternative travel arrangements in place for MV Hamnavoe -- NorthLink Ferries has today (Thursday 21 December) published timetables confirming arrangements for the regular planned maintenance of its passenger vessels, with one vessel at a time due to be out of service between 22 January and 20 February.
NorthLink Ferries is set to open bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year from Saturday (1 October). Peter Hutchinson, customer service director at NorthLink Ferries, said: "NorthLink Ferries is happy to announce that bookings for 2017 are to be accepted from Saturday.
NorthLink Ferries, managed and operated by Serco on behalf of Transport Scotland, has scooped a national award at this year's Guardian and Observer Travel Awards. Held in Scotland's capital on Friday 3 March, the ferry operator was awarded the title of ‘Best Ferry' at the annual ceremony, which celebrates the best in travel and tourism services across the world.
-- Location Fee Donated to Local Charity NorthLink Ferries is set to make its debut in the BBCs successful Shetland series this month. Passenger ferry MV Hrossey will appear in the third series of the crime television programme, which stars Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, due to air from Friday 15 January 2016.
NorthLink Ferries is set to bring a series of events on board its services in 2016 following a successful Year of Food and Drink in 2015. The events will continue the Scottish Governments celebration of food and drink from 2015 by showcasing local Orkney and Shetland producers throughout next year at a series of on board tastings.
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