Briggs Defence wins award for mental health campaign
Health and safety industry professionals are acknowledging our achievements. They appreciate that we’re making a difference. So, we’re delighted to win a prestigious award for our mental health campaign.

Award-winning mental health campaign
At the 2020 Safety & Health Excellence (SHE) Awards we won Campaign of the Year! Staged in conjunction with the British Safety Industry Federation, the SHE Awards recognise innovative campaigns. Credit goes to work that delivers significant improvements. These may relate to people or premises. And they cover health, safety and fire safety. 

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Driving positive change
This coveted award recognises that we innovated, enhancing our processes. Plus, we adopted a pro-active approach towards awareness and support. Our aim is to raise standards within Briggs Defence. And the wider Briggs Equipment business. Ultimately, however, we want to do more. We’re also committed to driving positive change within the industry. 

Stress management
Briggs Defence employees support the Ministry of Defence (MoD). They deploy around the world. Often, locations are remote. Sometimes they can be very challenging. It was vital to improve our approach towards mental health and wellbeing. We made stress management the focus. We developed our programme in partnership with British Safety Council Mates in Mind and (Mental Health First Aid) MHFA England.

A key element is certified mental health training for staff. Our initiative also incorporates caring leadership training. We have awareness posters throughout the business. Effective line management skills are now a priority at all levels.

Removing the stigma
Essentially, we want to remove the stigma associated with mental health. Our campaign highlights why people don’t talk about their problems. It’s clear that men are reluctant to report their experiences. So, we actively promote the medical care and support available to colleagues.

Strong competition
Currently, mental health is our main focus. Briggs Defence was a finalist in the 2019 SHE Awards. We made the shortlist for Health & Safety Team of the Year. In 2020 the standard was higher than ever. Indeed, we were one of 12 finalists. So, we’re thrilled to win Campaign of the Year!

A priority
This accolade is testament to the entire team’s hard work. Support for our employees’ mental wellbeing remains a priority. It was a key objective in the company’s 2020/21 SHEQ strategy. To achieve it, we had to adopt a multi-faceted approach. This meant raising awareness. Equally, it involved providing staff with accessible resources. We also trained our management team. Now, we recognise when colleagues are experiencing mental health issues. Critically, we ensure they get the support they need. 

Supporting our Armed Forces
However, we want to reach a wider audience. We’re already working with our contacts at the MoD. Our mental health campaign is promoting discussion within the Armed Forces. Together, we’re making a difference. 

Ongoing commitment
Of course, there’s still a lot of work to do. Especially in these unprecedented times. The SHE Award for our mental health campaign is welcome. Yet, it’s only part of the story. We remain committed to raising awareness. And to providing support. We will build on our progress into 2022.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is Royal Navy’s flagship
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the Royal Navy’s new flagship!

The move indicates the aircraft carrier’s importance to the UK. First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin says it underlines our commitment to global security, prosperity and trade. 

HMS Queen Elizabeth is at the heart of a Carrier Strike Group. It will deploy to the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean and East Asia. 

The ship sails with a variety of materials handling equipment (MHE). Much of it is customised to meet specific requirements. Meanwhile, the latest technology enhances capability. Briggs Defence supplies this equipment via an MOD contract. We’re proud to work alongside the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) project team. 

Aboard ‘Big Lizzie’ are 14t diesel counterbalance and 3.0t electric forklifts. The inventory includes telehandlers and twin-drive electric power pallet trucks. These are complemented by MEWPs and scrubber driers.


In addition, we’re providing maintenance training for the crew. It means servicing and repairs can be conducted at sea.

This spring HMS Queen Elizabeth heads to Scotland. Here, the carrier and its Lightning Force F-35B fighters and Merlin helicopters will join NATO navies for exercise Strike Warrior.

HMS Queen Elizabeth takes over as flagship from HMS Albion. 

REME Cycling announces ambitious plans for 2021
Whilst Covid-19 has impacted many events and training this season, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Cycling Association is raring to go and has unveiled some exciting plans for 2021! 

We’re delighted that our ongoing sponsorship – recently renewed for a further 12 months – will help the dedicated teams to give it their best shot and, hopefully, achieve their goals.

Indeed, 2021 looks set to be a busy year of competition with weekday and weekend competitions across all disciplines. Whether it’s elbow-to-elbow racing on closed road circuits, steep climbs over demanding cross-country courses or descending world class Enduro stages, the REME intends to be at the heart of the action.

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Action-packed road racing
The road cycling team will compete in the Army Road Race Cycling Series (ARRCS), targeting the Inter Corps Championship, the Army Individual Championship and the Williams trophy.

An overseas training camp is planned in Cyprus and there’s a possibility that the REME could take part in a Gran Fondo on the island. In conjunction with their cross-country colleagues the team will host the Corps Championship at the REME Festival of Sports.

Briggs Defence sponsorship will also enable the team to compete in certain civilian events and support members representing the Army team.

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The Enduro challenge
The REME’s Enduro team intends to take part in the Army Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity Enduro Race and will contest all rounds of the British National Enduro Series (BNES).  As winners of the Inter Corps Enduro Race Series for the past two years, they are keen to retain the Corps Champions title for a third year. The BNES also incorporates an individual championship along with the British Enduro Mountain Bike Association Team Championship. 

To improve team performance and develop members for selection for the Army team, the Enduro team will enter three additional races where the strongest competition is likely to come from civilians.

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Tough XC competition 
For the REME’s mountain bike cross-country (XC) team the focus is the Army Cycling Mountain Bike XC Series. It offers the Inter Corps Championship plus competitions in which individuals can shine. Having finished a very close second to the Royal Engineers in 2019/20 team event, the REME are committed to training even harder to cement themselves as the best cross-country outfit within the Corps Championship.

To support the development of both REME cyclists who wear Army colours and those aspiring to join the team, there will be opportunities in targeted national and regional events. This level of competition will allow them to be measured directly against Army team riders!

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Busy calendar
It adds up to a busy calendar of events for all members of the REME’s Cycling Association. We’re proud to sponsor you and wish riders across each discipline every success in 2021.

Joint venture with Amey secures £240 million MITER contract
We’re delighted to report that our new joint venture with infrastructure support service provider Amey plc has secured a key defence contract. The new business, AmeyBriggs, will maintain and manage the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) fleet of construction and materials handling equipment, and other key plant, until 2027.

£240m MITER contract

AmeyBriggs has been chosen as the preferred supplier to deliver MITER. This £240 million MOD contract involves the deployment and maintenance of key equipment used by the UK’s Armed Forces around the world. It also includes support for military personnel in how to use the equipment. 

Consolidated contract

The seven-year contract brings together three separate contracts under one single fleet management and maintenance provision arrangement. The Defence Mechanical Handling Equipment (DMHE), Protected Engineering Equipment and C-vehicle Capability contracts now form part of the new consolidated MITER contract. 

This will support the MOD’s requirement to ensure a sustained and consistent service for British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel on deployed operations at home and overseas.

Proven track record

Both parties to the joint venture have wide experience within the defence sector and a proven track record of delivering successful MOD contracts. 

Briggs Defence is acknowledged as a respected MOD partner and we’ve been providing the UK’s Armed Forces with logistics solutions across land, air and sea, including global equipment supply and engineering support, since 1997. We operate one of the UK’s largest skilled engineering teams and can provide unrivalled maintenance support plus military personnel training.

Amey has successfully delivered part of the previous generation of the contract through its joint venture, ALC, providing the construction and engineering equipment that UK service personnel need to carry out operations across the world. Amey also currently delivers the MOD’s four Regional Prime contracts and the National Housing Prime facilities management (FM) contracts, providing a range of military infrastructure and housing services on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), along with FM services to the MOD’s Whitehall headquarters.

Separate business

Around 180 staff and supply chain partners will be transferred into the separate AmeyBriggs business, which brings together a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience. Its focus is to capitalise on the very best elements of Briggs Defence and Amey, maximising technological developments to make continuous improvements to service delivery and provide innovative solutions. AmeyBriggs is also committed to ensuring the seamless provision of capability during the transition phase.

Proposition value

We’re delighted that the MOD has recognised the value of the Amey and Briggs Defence proposition, in particular our ability to deliver high levels of service and maintain flexibility in supporting an end-to-end capability. We look forward to maximising our respective expertise and working with top UK equipment manufacturers to provide innovative solutions through a whole force approach that meets complex needs.

Unrivalled knowledge and experience

AmeyBriggs has an unrivalled breadth of knowledge and experience so is uniquely placed to deliver this contract for the MOD. Critically, the operational and training needs of serving personnel come first. We are committed to working closely with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) to deliver on that commitment and to supporting our Armed Forces.

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Briggs Defence renews REME cycling sponsorship
After a highly successful three-year sponsorship deal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Cycling Association, we are pleased to renew our support for a further 12 months. 

The new agreement further cements a relationship that began in 2017 with a package designed to help the REME strengthen its road cycling, cross country mountain biking (XC) and Enduro squads and build on their achievements.  

Investment in equipment and training
Thanks to our sponsorship, the REME has been able to invest in its own timing equipment along with several static bikes. It means that members can take a bike on free loan to build up their fitness. As a result, performance testing and training plans have improved significantly.

Results tell the story 
2019/20 was another excellent year for the Corps and cycling’s popularity is growing. The REME’s men’s road cycling team took the runners up spot in the Army Cycling Road Race Series (ACRRS) by the smallest of margins. There were also some stand-out individual performances with Sgt Mark Robertson taking second and Sgt James Bevan finishing third. WO2 Evangelista and Sgt Bevan were selected to represent the Men's Road Army Cycling Race Team and Cpl Watson joined the Men's Time Trial Army Cycling Race Team for the 2020 race year. 

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After a successful training camp, the REME’s road racers went into the Inter Corps Championships as event favourites. They did their best but could not hold onto the crown as key riders experienced mechanical issues. Despite this, the men’s team managed second place and the women’s team finished third. 

Off-road success
The off-road teams have enjoyed considerable success too and the XC squad closed out the 2019/20 season by finishing a close second to the Royal Engineers in the Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country (ACMTBXC) series for the second year running. Spurred on, the XC team continues to train exceptionally hard and is actively recruiting more talent to clinch those vital points.

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Standout performances came from Cfn Jason Barraclough, now in his second year on the Army XC MTB junior team, who raced at the Midlands XC series in the first and only round of the year so far. SSgt Si Brummit, a member of the Army’s senior team, finished ninth overall in the Brass Monkeys XC MTB series. 

Inaugural Enduro training camp 
The Enduro team’s first formal training activity last December went down well. A two-day camp in North Yorkshire, it attracted attendees from all corners of the UK. Inexperienced riders were able to appreciate first-hand how to ride Enduro style terrain and learnt about the fitness levels required to compete on the national stage.

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Covid-19’s impact
Unfortunately, coronavirus has curtailed training opportunities. It also caused the suspension of all sporting events directed by the Army Sport Control Board, whilst British National Enduro Series (BNES) races were cancelled in line with government guidance. 

The Army Cycling Union has adjusted to the current climate by moving competitions to the Zwift virtual platform. This has allowed the ACRRS to go ahead between July and September 2020. Providing a competitive series of events, it is attracting record interest, not only within the REME, but also across the Army as a whole. XC team members have attached their bikes to turbo trainers and are also engaged with the ACRRS Zwift series. SSgt Si Brummit is currently in third place with one race to go. 

As restrictions relax Enduro team members are going out on the hills in formal groups, maintaining social distancing. This has certainly provided a welcome boost to morale. The 2020 Inter-Corps Enduro Series remains on hold, so management took the decision to fold the team and focus on preparations for 2021. 

Supporting future plans
We’re delighted that, by extending our sponsorship, we can help the REME Cycling Association to fulfil its ambitions. The priority is to give its cyclists the best chance of being selected for Army teams. Then, to fill the spaces this creates, the REME plans to bring in fresh talent so that it can continue as a leading force in Corps level Enduro, XC and road racing. 

Wishing all REME riders good luck for the 2020/21 season!

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Briggs Defence hands over final Dantruck 2 machine
In 2016 Briggs Defence won the contract to carry out a midlife refurbishment programme for the Royal Air Force (RAF), which involved updating its fleet of 22 Dantruck forklifts. We have handed over the final truck – now in operation at RAF Brize Norton – and the contract will officially complete in September.

A bespoke, air-transportable 8-tonne forklift, the Dantruck features a three-stage hydraulic mast and a very low closed height for rapid loading of specialist roller pallets for military cargo. As such, it is a vital piece of equipment within the UK’s military logistics operations and the RAF’s forklift of choice for Out of Area deployment by No.1 Air Movements Wing. 

Used primarily at the Air Head at RAF Brize Norton, Dantrucks are also in use at RAF bases around the UK and in the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and Ascension Island.

Better than new

The RAF’s machines were manufactured in 2004 and were therefore in need of full restoration. It was a challenging programme given the substantial age of the machines and fact that the manufacturer of Dantruck is no longer in business. But our engineers proved to be more than equal to the task, replacing the Detroit power unit and rebuilding transmissions, drive axles and hydraulic systems. As a result, the Dantruck 2 fleet is as good as new. Better, in fact, as we were able to make improvements to the original design by upgrading the alternator and cooling system.

Since the Dantrucks require access to fuel and munition dumps, the RAF stipulated that the machines should be certified to Cat C for storage and marshalling. Following a lengthy investigation, we were able to source a vendor to carry out an EMC test by model type. Due to the extensive work carried out by our engineers in Maidenhead, the Dantruck 2 passed with flying colours.

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Extra and ongoing support

As well as the refurbishment of the Dantruck fleet, renamed Dantruck 2, we were tasked with rewriting the RAF AESP (Army Equipment Support Publication) – a detailed maintenance manual containing all technical data and a parts listing. To simplify matters, our parts department converted civilian part numbers to NSN (NATO Stock Numbers) so that parts can be ordered direct through the NATO parts ordering system from anywhere in the world.

To provide a complete service for the RAF, we created a safety case, which did not feature on the original Dantruck 1 and, in conjunction with Contact Attachments, we re-designed one-off roller tines and supplied 22 pairs. 

Upon contract completion, our role is expected to switch to engineering support, as we have put forward a ten-year maintenance programme for the Dantruck 2 fleet, including parts supply. Yet, to keep the trucks serviceable at all times, it was clear that the RAF’s own engineers would require specialist training. Our experts therefore conducted training at various RAF bases around the UK, ensuring that the RAF can undertake repairs and servicing as required. We also developed a bespoke e-learning programme, which is live and accessible across the globe by military personnel who need technical information. 

Team effort

The Dantruck 2 refurbishment programme called for a real team effort and, as always, our dedicated staff pulled out all the stops to make the project as success. Huge thanks to contract project manager Jerry Merrifield, service managers Neil Gray and Ben Stuart, engineers Nigel Brown, Alex Woods and Mark Taylor and Dantruck parts specialist Mark Hamilton-Farey.

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The Briggs Defence team would also like to thank specialist suppliers Arrow Radiators, ETS transmissions, GB Hydraulics and TVH, the new owner of Dantruck. Special thanks go to TVH’s Graham Hughes, who worked tirelessly to overcome complicated parts issues.

With their capacity for rapid loading and offloading, the Dantrucks are used in conjunction with the RAF’s fleet of military transport aircraft, including the Airbus A400 Atlas, C17 Globemaster and C130 Hercules. They support a wide range of military and humanitarian missions, as well as day-to-day logistics. 

These before and after photographs help to illustrate how the Briggs Defence team, with the support of its specialist supplier partners, has given the RAF’s Dantruck 2 fleet a new lease of life.

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Briggs Defence puts wellbeing at work first
We’re delighted to report further good news on the health and safety front: Briggs Defence has won two internationally recognised awards that acknowledge our efforts to keep people safe at work and we are in the running for a third accolade.

Our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our team during 2019 has netted us a coveted International Safety Award with Merit from the British Safety Council. 

The longstanding International Safety Awards recognise organisations from around the world that have demonstrated a commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year. The awards also recognise organisations that appreciate the importance of wellbeing and mental health support at work.  

The British Safety Council believes that ‘no-one should be injured or made ill through work’. Achieving this goal requires more than legislation, however. It is people who are committed to health and safety, and who are actively promoting wellbeing in the workplace, that are making a real difference – and in the process they are inspiring others to keep employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.

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We are also celebrating a RoSPA Bronze Health and Safety Award. This accolade acknowledges our hard work during 2019 to ensure that members of the Briggs Defence team return home safely to their families at the end of each working day.

Organisations that receive a RoSPA Award are recognised as world-leaders in health and safety practice and play a key role in helping to drive up standards and set new benchmarks. 

Sponsored by NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 15th consecutive year, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the UK’s longest-running H&S industry awards, yet many of the 2,000 entrants each year are from organisations around the world. 

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Finally, we have been named as a finalist in the 2020 Safety and Health Excellence Awards. The overall aim of the Awards, staged in conjunction with the British Safety Industry Federation, is to recognise campaigns that have led to significant improvements to health, safety or fire safety to people or premises. 

In 2019 we were shortlisted for the Health & Safety Team of the Year accolade in recognition of our work on mental health support. This year we’re hoping to go one better and win the Campaign of the Year category with our ongoing programme to get people talking about mental health and provide support for our workforce.

We are working with the British Safety Council Mates in Mind and (Mental Health First Aid) MHFA England to ensure our people can recognise mental health issues and access the support they need for recovery. As part of the ongoing programme, our health and safety experts have produced a new guide on how to support mental health at work, which has been issued to all staff, along with toolbox talks on breathing, visualisation and chair exercises.  

The Safety and Health Excellence Awards winners will be announced on September 22 at Vox, Resorts World Birmingham. More than 550 industry professionals are expected to attend the Awards ceremony, widely regarded as the main industry networking event, which is being held alongside the Health and Safety Event, Facilities Event, Fire Safety Event and Security Event at the NEC. 

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As ever, huge thanks go to our dedicated and hard-working health and safety team for their tremendous efforts to improve standards and ensure wellbeing in the workplace for the entire Briggs Defence team.

Supporting the MOD during the COVID-19 pandemic
In these challenging times we can report that Briggs Defence is continuing to support the MOD in line with the requirements of the DMHE contract. 

Whilst taking all appropriate precautions to comply with social distancing, our engineers are hard at work maintaining the equipment we supply for use by the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. 

The Armed Forces are playing a key role as the UK tackles the Coronavirus outbreak, with 20,000 military personnel, including reservists, on standby as part of the COVID Support Force.

Our priority is to keep MOD assets on the road, making sure that they are readily available to the military as it does its work – including helping out communities and supporting the NHS and the emergency services. 

Briggs Defence plays an important role within the MOD’s vast logistics operation. By ensuring continuity of service provision we are helping to maintain resilience within the defence industry supply chain throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RLC players help Army win Inter-Services Netball Championships
Congratulations on two fronts to the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) netball association, which has made an excellent start to the 2020 Army Inter-Corps League and whose players were a big part of the Army’s success in the Inter-Services Championships! 

Sponsored by Briggs Defence, the RLC got its season underway with victory in its first Army Inter-Corps League match of the year. Playing against the Army Medical Services, the RLC ran out the winners with a convincing 56-34 score line. The match was played in front of a large supportive crowd and excellent sportsmanship was demonstrated by both teams.

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We were delighted to learn that eight top quality RLC netball players, some of whom are pictured here, were chosen to represent the Army at the prestigious Inter-Services Championships earlier this month. 

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Over the course of the two-day event the Army posted an impressive set of results, winning all three competitions to be crowned overall Inter-Services Champions once again. 

Congratulations to LCpl Davies, playing for the Army’s First team, which won its encounter with the RAF by 61 points to 17 and then took victory over the Royal Navy with a 40-19 score-line in the final of the Open competition. 

These top performances were mirrored by the Second team which, with the help of Capt Whitby and Cpl Taylor from the RLC, sealed victory over the Navy by 39-30 before going on to post a 34-26 win over the RAF to clinch the Development competition title.

No less than five RLC players were on court representing the victorious Masters team, pictured here with the silverware. After a comfortable 44-26 win over the Royal Navy, the Army beat the RAF 31-29 in a close final. Well done Maj Gray, Cpl Drummond, WO2 Rotanavunivasa, LCpl Serukeitoga and Pte Naitau! 

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What an excellent start to 2020! Good luck to all RLC netball players for next month’s Inter-Corps League match against the Intelligence Corps.

Further recognition for Briggs Defence H&S initiatives
We were delighted to round off 2019 on a high note after our work to raise awareness of mental health issues and to provide support to our workforce was recognised at the prestigious LEEA Awards.

Organised by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, known around the world as the leading trade association for the lifting industry, and staged in conjunction with the LiftEx exhibition, the awards recognise businesses that demonstrate their ability to innovate. 

We were delighted to be named as runner-up for the Safety Award. This is an important category, as the judges look to reward organisations that can demonstrate products and/or services aimed at improving risk management, anticipating and addressing health and safety challenges, and promoting the benefits of a positive health and safety culture.

The accolade acknowledges our commitment to developing our processes and adopting a proactive approach towards mental health, as we campaign to improve standards within our own organisation and help bring about positive change across the wider defence industry. 

Briggs Defence employees are deployed around the world, often in remote and sometimes austere locations, where they carry out LOLER certifications plus repairs to lifting and materials handling equipment in support of the Ministry of Defence. Recognising the challenges they face, we have implemented a stress management programme throughout our business.  

In addition, our management team has undergone mental health awareness training, delivered and accredited by British Safety Council Mates in Mind.  Meanwhile, line managers have been trained in Mental Health First Aid so that we can recognise key signs and help employees who are experiencing problems to access relevant support. 

One of the benefits of training our management team in all aspects of mental health awareness is that we can offer support to Ministry of Defence personnel as well as our own team. This support has been gratefully received and is helping to strengthen relationships.

As part of a concerted effort to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, we communicate regularly with all staff to ensure they are fully aware of the medical care and support available to them. 

Congratulations to our dedicated SHEQ team!  Once again, their hard work, ability to innovate and efforts to improve our standards for the benefit of all has really paid dividends.

Raising awareness of mental health issues and providing easily accessible resources for our workforce was a key health and safety strategy for 2019. There’s still plenty of work to do, of course, and during the next 12 months our SHEQ team will build on its achievements as it implements further innovative initiatives to keep people safe at work.

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Exciting RLC netball plans for 2020
After a highly successful 2019 in which the results exceeded all expectations, the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Netball Association has announced some exciting plans for this year, including engagement initiatives with the Wales national team and a summer UK tour.

Briggs Defence sponsorship is helping the RLC to develop its players and build its talent pool so that there is strength in depth within the squad. This is vital, as the RLC will once again bid to win the Army’s Inter-Corps Championships after narrowly missing out last year.

The 2020 season gets underway at the end of January with the first of a series of events that will combine Corps league matches and evening civilian fixtures.

March sees the RLC take part in the Boden Cup, a high-profile Inter-Unit Championships, and in June the squad will embark on a Cardiff-based UK tour. Exciting activities are being lined up with both the Wales National Team and Team Bath to maximise joint development opportunities.

Briggs Defence is looking forward to some more top-class netball from the RLC in 2020 and we send good luck to the whole squad.  

We’re also delighted to report that LCpl Fern Davies has been re-selected for the Wales Open team - congratulations!

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REME road cycling team shines in 2019
The REME’s road cycling team took full advantage of our sponsorship support in 2019 and enjoyed another highly successful season.

The Army Cycling Road Race Series (ACRRS) is the ‘main event’ and for the men’s team it proved to be something of a mixed bag. The highs – clinching all three podium places in one race – were offset to some extent by the disappointment of having no finishers in another, but at the end of the series the REME clinched the runners up spot for the second year in succession.  

In the Inter Corps Championships the REME’s men’s team finished in second place, pipped to the post by the Royal Artillery.

A consistent run of results in the women’s ACRRS event, courtesy of Sergeant Joanna Lockwood, was a welcome boost. Her success led to the formation of a REME women’s road cycling team, which went on to achieve an excellent third place in the Inter Corps Championships! 

Away from the Inter Corps Championships competition, the REME was again well-represented in the Army team. During the OVO Tour Series, Sergeant Mark Robertson and Sergeant James Bevan raced in Army colours alongside well-known names from the UK cycling scene, including Olympic track cycling champion Ed Clancy. 

Sergeant Robertson also qualified for the British National Road Race Championships, finishing a highly respectable 30th in a competition that attracted the likes of former world champion Mark Cavendish. 

At the REME Cycling Road Race Championships, which took place at MOD Lyneham in July, all riders currently serving in the REME got together to race against one another in an individual time trial event and a 25-mile road race. Sergeants Joanna Lockwood and Pete Plastow were crowned women’s and men’s REME champions respectively.

As we pass on our congratulations to all members of the REME’s road cycling team on some top notch performances in 2019, training for the 2020 season is well underway. Plans are already in place to strengthen the squad and build upon its members’ achievements. One key aim is to continue developing the REME’s women’s team with a view to improving upon third place in the Inter Corps Championships. Meanwhile, changes have been made to the structure of the men’s team, which is bidding to regain the coveted Inter Corps Champions title in 2020.

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RLC’s 2019 netball results exceed expectations

We’re pleased to report that Briggs Defence sponsorship has played a key role in the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Netball Association’s 2018/2019 season, which was a resounding success.  

Not only was the RLC able to progress its plans to build for the future, but also the strong teams it was able to field in this year’s Army Inter-Corps Championships posted some excellent results that exceeded all expectations.

Following a tough and highly technical training camp, the 40 squad players were organised into three balanced teams: a competitive team to challenge for both the Division 1 and Division 2 titles and a development team to further the Corps’ ambitions for the future.  

The 2019 Army Inter-Corps Championships produced some exceptional competitions over two days at the end of October and both the RLC’s 1st and 2nd teams were a single goal away from reaching the final in their respective leagues. The standard of play was so high that there was every chance at least one of them could have lifted the title. 

In Division 1, the 1st team went down to the Royal Army Medical Corps by a single goal and finished the season in third place. Meanwhile, the RLC’s 2nd team also finished third after drawing its match against the Adjutant Generals Corps, which went on to win Division 2. In a scene straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, the final whistle was blown with the ball in flight, but the RLC’s goal did not count, as the ball had not cleared the ring before the game was over.

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Despite the frustrations of missing out on titles by such a small margin, the entire squad demonstrated athleticism, cohesion and skill against some outstanding competition. The players looked the part, had the required level of support and found the drive and determination to deliver championship-winning performances. 


The momentum generated by this year’s performances will carry into 2020, which promises to be an exciting year. The best players are involved once again and some real talent is coming through, which is essential as the RLC seeks to create a squad with the strength in depth to challenge for both league titles. Regular fixtures are planned, including league matches and showcase events, with the Cardiff tour, which is to be staged in conjunction with Welsh Netball as an engagement event, and the 2020 Army Inter-Corps Championships tipped to be the highlights.

Congratulations to the RLC Netball Association and good luck for the 2019/20 season from all of us at Briggs Defence!

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RLC hones netball skills with Jamaica tour
We’re delighted that Briggs Defence sponsorship is helping to support the RLC Netball Association’s autumn tour to Jamaica, where the teams will hone their skills through a tough training schedule coupled with challenging competitions.

The RLC will play a series of matches against quality league sides, including Westmoreland Netball Club, Legendary Netball Club and St. James All Stars Netball Club.  

There will also be engagement activities with the local communities, including schools, youth clubs and youth netball teams.

The tour will culminate in the capital, Kingston, with a special military tournament, which will see the RLC Netball Association take on the Jamaican Defence Force.

We send our best wishes for a successful tour to all RLC netball players, coaches and officials.

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REME are Inter-Corps Enduro Race Series champions!
Congratulations to the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) Cycling Association, whose members have rounded off the 2019 season in style by winning the Inter-Corps Enduro Series!

Taking in some of the country’s most challenging natural terrain and man-made trails from the Scottish Highlands to the steep hills of Exmoor, the Series is a truly national competition. Each of the six rounds is designed to challenge technical ability, courage and physical fitness and riding against a highly competitive group of Corps riders on technical off-piste tracks certainly provided a stern test. 

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The REME MTB enduro team was not found wanting, drawing on the benefits of a strong off season which our sponsorship package helped to support. This, along with the depth of talent within the team, saw the REME dominate all six rounds to lift the Inter-Corps Enduro Race Series title.

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Not only did the team clinch the overall championship, but its riders put in superb individual performances to claim third, fourth, fifth, eighth, 11th, and 12th positions in the riders’ standings across all age groups.

Well done to all involved.  We can’t wait to see what 2020 holds in store!

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New sponsorship with RLC Netball Association
Continuing our longstanding relationship with the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), we’re delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with the RLC Netball Association, which has set its sights on winning the 2019 Army Inter-Corps Netball Championships.

As well as providing funding for playing and training kit and equipment, the three-year agreement will cover competition entry fees and is underpinning two RLC netball tours in 2019. 

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Twenty-one players took part in a tour in Liverpool in July, to tie in with the hugely successful Netball World Cup, where they conducted engagement activity alongside England Roses players with youth netball teams and local schools. September will see the RLC Netball Association embark on a tour to Jamaica, playing fixtures against the Jamaican Defence Force and various local league sides.

Founded in 1994, the RLC Netball Association attracts women of all abilities, from local league players to international competitors. Three teams participate in Inter-Corps league fixtures at military establishments and play matches and competitions against local teams from Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

With two combined services players and five each at Army and Army Masters level, the RLC is well represented in the Army’s netball team, which is flying high after winning the 2018 Armed Forces Netball Championships.

Briggs Defence is proud to support the military communities with which we work and has sponsored the RLC’s rugby union programme since 1998. With this new deal, our aim is to help the RLC Netball Association return to championship-winning ways whilst continuing to build our mutually beneficial relationship with the Corps. 

After a number of highly competitive years, RLC netball is going through a transition period. As the RLC Netball Association rebuilds its teams we wish everyone involved good luck as they aim to become Army Inter-Corps Netball Champions in October. 

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More cycling success for the REME in 2019
The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) Cycling Association put in a tremendous effort over the five rounds of the 2019 Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country (ACMTBXC) series to bag a host of podiums across the various competitions. 

Taking into account the results in all categories, the Briggs Defence-sponsored REME finished third in the Corps standings, just two points behind the Infantry in second place and only ten points adrift of champions the Royal Engineers.

At the fifth and final round of the series at Minley on July 3, Cfn Diprose not only won the race in the men’s under-23 category, but also came away as 2019 Male Junior champion. His 8 Training Battalion REME compatriot Cfn Harrison also put in some fine performances to finish in sixth place overall. 

In the Male Senior (age 23-40) event there were no less than five REME riders in the top ten, with SSgt Brummitt of DSAE and SSgt Jacobs of 6 RLC closing out the 2019 season as runner up and third respectively.

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The REME had two riders in the top 15 of the Male Grand Master (age 50+) competition and in the women’s event REME’s colours were carried by Cfn Wingfield-McKie, who finished fifth. The Corps also proved to be dominant in the competition between the major units, clinching five of the top ten placings. 

Congratulations from Briggs Defence to all the REME riders who participated in the 2019 Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country series on another set of fantastic results. We can’t wait for 2020!

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2018/19 is a season to remember for RLC rugby
The 2018/19 rugby season has turned out to be one to remember thanks to the superb performances of the Briggs Defence-sponsored RLC Rugby Union FC.

At all times, challenging and action-packed, it was also extremely successful, as the Men’s XV retained both the Palestine Cup and the Ferneyhough Trophy and missed out by the narrowest of margins in the Men’s final of the Inter-Corps League.

After winning the season-opening Inter-Corps Festival of Rugby the Women’s XV stormed the Merit League, posting a comprehensive win over the REME in the final. They backed this up by clinching a semi-final spot in the Newquay 7s competition, the inaugural Women’s 7s tournament.

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Historically, Masters matches have been ‘friendlies’, played as and when possible, but the 2018/19 season saw the first competitive competition.  We’re delighted that the RLC RUFC Masters emerged as the first ever winners of the ARU Inter-Corps Masters Cup – well done to all involved!

The RLC 7s are also in good form as they approach the middle of their season having got off to an excellent start. Congratulations too from all at Briggs Defence to the seven RLC players chosen to represent the Army 7s Squad to date.

The RLC Festival of Rugby in South Cerney closed out the RLC RUFC’s 2018/19 season and included a President’s XV against a Chairman’s XV match. With the majority of RLC units represented, the fixture more than lived up to its exhibition status and culminated in a 25-25 draw! 

A highlight of the Festival of Rugby is the RLC Inter-Unit competition, the Briggs Defence Shield, which this year was contested by 29 Regt and 7 Regt. Congratulations to 29 Regt, which took the tie 53-12 to seal its first Briggs Defence Shield win in six years. 

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Outstanding achievements by RLC RUFC players were recognised at the annual RLC Sports Awards. Congratulations to Captain Gemma Pearson, who was named RLC Sports Woman of the Year, RLC Coach of the Year Captain Andy Evans and LCpl Becky Wilson and Pte Viliame Kotobalavu, who were runners up in the RLC Young Sports Woman and RLC Young Sports Man categories respectively. Captain Jade Kavanagh-Barnes was honoured with the Shepherd Shield, awarded by the Army Rugby Union in recognition of her commitment, both on and off the field, and support for the development of Army players. 

Three RLC units competed in the various ARU championship finals, proof that the Corps’ unit rugby is as strong as ever.  In a hard-fought match against 1 Royal Welsh, 9 Regt RLC won the day and were crowned 2019 ARU Premiership champions.  

It really has been an exciting season of top class rugby from the RLC RUFC and we look forward to September, when the 2019/20 campaign gets underway with the Williamson trophy. 

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Three Peaks Challenge nets £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK
Congratulations to our commercial manager Jamie Secker who, along with colleagues from Briggs Equipment, took part in a charity fundraiser that generated close to £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The 12-strong team took on the Three Peaks Challenge over the weekend of June 29/30 and at 1.00pm on the Saturday arrived to find Ben Nevis bathed in glorious sunshine. Just before 2.00pm thunder struck and during the 3,064m ascent the climbers encountered rain, hail, thunder and lightning and strong winds. Despite the tough conditions, everyone reached the summit in the required time and basked in warm sunshine as they took in the glorious views.

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Next stop Scafell Pike. Making the 978m ascent with head torches, as it was now dark, the climbers were once again surprised by the changeable weather, having to contend with fog and 19 degree heat. 

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The final peak was Snowdon, which stands at 1,085m. Once again, at the foot of the mountain the sun was out, but en route and at the top, the conditions were entirely different. 


It was a tremendous effort by all concerned to scale Britain’s highest mountains in 24 hours. 

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The icing on the cake is that £1,978 raised by the team to date will be matched by Briggs Equipment to support the important work carried out by Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Accolades recognise Briggs Defence’s health and safety commitment
Reinforcing our commitment to ensuring that the health, safety and well-being of our employees is at the heart of the Briggs Defence business, we’re delighted to secure four major commendations.

Briggs Defence is one of 248 organisations to win a Merit in the 2019 International Safety Awards.  Presented by the British Safety Council, the accolades celebrate organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health. 

A commitment to making safety a priority also resulted in a RoSPA Silver Award, as our record throughout 2018 was judged to clearly demonstrate a robust occupational health and safety management system and culture. RoSPA’s independent panel of experts includes representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the Trades Union Congress who commended us for complying with control measures governing principal risks and action on health issues.

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For championing the importance of health and safety matters and implementing improvements to keep people safe, Briggs Defence was named as a finalist in the 2019 Safety & Health Excellence Awards, which are staged in conjunction with the British Safety Industry Federation. 

We’re very proud of our health and safety experts who were shortlisted for the Health & Safety Team of the Year accolade. Recognising health and safety teams that make a significant difference in their work environment, the award acknowledges key activities and initiatives that have improved health, safety and/or well-being standards or performance. Congratulations to our dedicated team, whose work has produced some outstanding results.

In 2018 the British Standards Institute confirmed that our occupational health and safety management system was compliant with the standards required by OHS 655623 (BS OHSAS 18001:2007). 

Since then, we have continued to invest in enhancements and general improvements. Now, the system meets the requirements set out in the ISO45001:2018 standard governing the sale, hire and lease of equipment, and the provision of service, maintenance and equipment repair to Briggs Defence customers.

As these accolades show, health and safety is at the heart of our business and we’ll continue to invest as we aim to achieve ever-higher standards.
Race to the summits in 24 hours!
A stalwart of many a charity challenge, our commercial manager Jamie Secker is gearing up for an assault on the Three Peaks!

Jamie is joining colleagues from Briggs Equipment and will scale Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – some 23 miles in three stages and a total ascent of 3,064m (10,052ft) – over the weekend of June 29/30. 

The brainchild of Briggs Equipment’s Jake Aston, who has long wanted to attempt the well-known charity challenge, it’s a race against the clock to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in just 24 hours. Word soon got around and the numbers have swelled to a core team of 12 and a few family members and friends. 

On Saturday, June 29, the team will head to the northwest Highlands to climb Ben Nevis. At 1,345m (4,413ft) it is Scotland’s tallest mountain and represents the steepest climb. With a planned start time of 2.00pm, the aim is to be back on the ground by 7.00pm and then travel south to the Lake District. 

Here, the team will climb Scafell Pike, which reaches a height of 978m (3,209ft), making it England’s highest peak. It will be an early start – 1.00am – and, if all goes to plan, everyone will have completed the descent by 5.00am and can then get back on the road and make their way towards Snowdonia National Park. 

At a height of 1,085m (3,560ft), Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and there are several possible routes to the summit. Hopefully, the weather will be kind and the intrepid climbers will successfully complete the Three Peaks Challenge by 2.00pm on Sunday, June 30.

The team comprises both experienced athletes and novices so to prepare for the Challenge some of the group have been out on practice walks. These events are integral to a training regime that has been designed to ensure a suitable level of fitness as well as a good idea of what to expect.

The Three Peaks Challenge is the final Briggs Equipment fundraiser in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the company’s chosen charity for 2018/19. 

Anyone interested in lending their support is welcome to sponsor Jamie and his team mates:

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REME in third after ACMTBXC gets underway

The 2019 Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country (ACMTBXC) Race Series has commenced and after some excellent podium performances Briggs Defence-sponsored REME Cycling Association is third in the overall corps standings.

REME was the main sponsor of first event of the 2019 season, an inter-corps cross country competition held at Erlestoke Camp on Salisbury Plain. The first of five rounds that will take place across the country this summer, the event attracted a field of 191 riders representing 12 Army corps.

Congratulations to Cfn Harrison, who was runner up Male Junior (Under 23), a category in which REME riders took no less than five of the top 10 places, and to SSgt Brummitt, who was also on the podium, claiming third place in the Male Senior (age 23-40) category.

There were other fine performances from Capt. Mortimore, who finished sixth of the Male Masters (age 40-49) and Wo1 Cheadle, who crossed the line in fourth in the Male Grand Master (age 50+) category.  Meanwhile, 8 Training Battalion REME is in third place in the Major Units results table.
Set up as grass roots racing, the Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country Race Series encourages soldiers and officers to compete on courses designed to challenge riders of all abilities, from novices just starting out to experienced racers.

Congratulations to REME’s team on some excellent opening round results and good luck for the coming 2019 ACMTBXC events.

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Employing ex-service personnel makes sound business sense
As a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and a recipient of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award, we take our responsibilities as an employer seriously.

Within Briggs Defence, and the wider Briggs Equipment business, we support both reservists and veterans of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, taking full advantage of their wide-ranging skills sets to achieve our commercial goals.

It makes sense for employers to recruit talented people to help drive their business forward, yet they don’t always appreciate the qualities that well-educated and highly trained ex-military personnel have to offer. 

Read Jamie Secker’s article about the business benefits of hiring former service personnel at:

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Action-packed 2019 for REME Cycling Association
As REME (Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) Cycling Association announces its latest calendar of events, it looks like 2019 will be another action-packed year for the Briggs Defence-sponsored teams.

Following a March training camp the season gets underway at the beginning of April with the opening round of the Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country (ACMTBXC) Race Series.  This event is an Inter-Corps cross country competition and REME is the main sponsor. 

In April REME Cycling Association takes part in an Army training camp after which there are four further rounds of the ACMTBXC followed by the ACMTBXC Championships (REME FOS and REME MTB Champs) in July. The season finale will be an Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country endurance race in August.

Meanwhile, the enduro specialists within the REME Cycling Association set up will compete for honours in the British National Enduro Series. Comprising six events with a variety of challenging courses, from the rocky slopes of Kinlochleven in Scotland, to the root and loam infested steep turns of Minehead in south west England, this competition sees Army Corps cyclists go head to head with civilians. 

The opening round is the Welsh GE Series in April and follows hot on the heels of the Army training camp, whilst the curtain comes down on the enduro season at the Welsh Gravity Enduro Series at the end of September. The team is currently training hard and focussing on the skills required for another successful year of racing.

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Victory for REME in road racing and enduro

There’s no denying that REME Cycling Association is going from strength to strength. As a main sponsor, we’re delighted that, having set the bar so high, the road racing and enduro teams have out-performed expectations time after time.

As the 2018 season drew to a close, REME was focussed on the Inter-Corps Championships, determined to improve on a performance which saw the corps finish as runners up in Men’s Overall event last year. Staged at Redbridge Cycle Centre in London, the event attracted a particularly strong field with a starting line-up of 59 riders, since each Army corps entered a team. 

Congratulations to REME’s road racers, who pulled out all the stops to clinch the coveted Men’s Overall title – the icing on the cake and a fitting road race season finale.

Sadly, high winds and dangerous road conditions marred this year's Inter-Service Road Championships, which was hosted by the RAF at Minsterley Road Circuit in Shropshire, a rolling course of around nine miles. Several REME riders were selected to represent the Army in this highly competitive end of season event, which sees the Army’s cyclists go wheel to wheel with riders from the RAF and the Royal Navy. 

Unfortunately, the Men’s event had to be abandoned as conditions were judged to be too dangerous following a first lap crash involving 10 riders and an escort motorbike in which, fortunately, nobody sustained serious injuries. Conditions improved for the Men's Support Race in which REME notched up further success as SSgt Lee Evangelista not only took victory in his first season with REME Cycling, but also earned his Second Category race licence in the process. 

REME Cycling Association continues to raise the bar for performance in enduro events, each of which involves technically challenging downhill and uphill sections across a series of timed stages.

More than 200 riders lined up for the final round of the UK Gravity Enduro Series, including 46 military riders – an impressive ten of whom represented REME. In an excellent result for the corps, Cpl Will Rowlands topped the inter-corps standings with Archie Clarke and Mark Wadham clinching the top three inter-corps rider spots for REME.

Congratulations to the REME enduro team, which took overall victory in the UK Gravity Enduro Series, posting a 44 point lead over the Royal Engineers. REME reinforced its credentials in enduro by finishing first and second in the overall rider standings thanks to superb season-long performances by Will Rowlands and Marc Eddon.

Looking ahead to next season, REME Cycling Association is holding a series of training days, catering for all ages and abilities, to help its members adopt sensible but challenging training regimes as they build their fitness foundation for 2019.

Congratulations to REME Cycling Association on a highly successful 2018 from all at Briggs Defence. 


Rugby is the winner at RLC Sports Awards 2018

As a longstanding sponsor of the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC), we were delighted to see rugby union emerge as the big winner at this year’s RLC Sports Awards.

A key event in the calendar, the RLC Sports Awards recognise excellence and sporting achievements by serving members of the Corps.

Held at the Officers’ Mess at Deepcut, this year’s Awards dinner was attended by MGL Lt Gen Mark Poffley along with former Brigadiers and officers of the Corps. The prizes were presented by Andy Goode, the former England fly half renowned for his goal kicking and now a rugby speaker and commentator.

Rugby took the honours in no less than three categories, including Sports Team of the Year for the RLC Men’s Rugby Union team.

We send our congratulations to the squad and also to the two individuals whose achievements were recognised: Capt. Andy Evans, 9 Regt., was named Sports Coach/Administrator of the Year and Pte. Adrea Vasuitoga, 25 Regt., won the Young Sportsman of the Year accolade.

Briggs Defence has sponsored the RLC RUFC since 2002 and we look forward to another exciting season of top quality rugby with the Corps in 2018/19.  

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Reinforcing our credentials at the DVD Show
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The DVD Show is the main trade event for the UK’s defence industry and is attended by key decision-makers, from military personnel and staff from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to providers of equipment and support. 

Organised by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), this year’s event (September 19-20, Millbrook Proving Ground) gave us a unique opportunity to showcase what Briggs Defence has to offer, reinforce our credentials among key influencers involved with the Defence Mechanical Handling Equipment (DMHE) contract and celebrate 20 years of the ‘Yellow Fleet’. 

On the Briggs Defence stand we promoted key assets, including a protected plant Caterpillar 257, and highlighted our truck refurbishment capabilities on Dantruck. This equipment was complemented by a Hako Powerboss Combi 400 ride-on scrubber drier, as used on board the flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth to keep the carrier’s decks clear of debris. 

As the main supplier of materials handling equipment to the MoD we took the opportunity to raise brand awareness and cement relationships within existing contacts. The DVD Show also provided an excellent forum to meet with a wide range of defence industry specialists.

The non-MHE product on display on the stand also proved to be a talking point. There was considerable interest in the Briggs-sponsored RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki superbike, especially since the team’s rider, Jake Dixon, ended the season as runner up in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.  

The Caterham CSR 260 driven by Brigadier Simon Hutchings and co-pilot Jamie Secker in the Rally for Heroes was also a crowd-puller. Briggs Defence was delighted to be a team and main sponsor of this summer’s charity drive, which has raised more than £140,000 for SSAFA.    

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Epic charity drive raises £140,000 for SSAFA

Epic charity drive raises £140,000 for SSAFA

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All the money has been paid in and counted and we’re delighted to report that Rally for Heroes – a charity drive through 10 countries in 10 days – has netted more than £140,000 for SSAFA.

Sixty vehicles set off from London’s Horse Guards Parade on August 2 and travelled 3,000 miles (5,000 km) across Europe. After crossing The Channel to France the teams made their way through Switzerland, Italy, Venice, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Austria, Germany and Luxembourg before returning to the UK.

Every five miles of the route was driven in memory of a serviceman or woman who has died in combat since the start of the Afghanistan conflict.

Briggs Defence was a main sponsor of this year’s event and once again entered a team, with contract development manager Jamie Secker partnering Brigadier Simon Hutchings in a Caterham CSR 260. 

There are no creature comforts in a Caterham and Jamie and Simon struggled at times in the intense summer heat, but the scenery was stunning and there was friendly local interest whenever the cars assembled for their overnight stops.

Ahead of the Rally each team filled a shoebox with crayons, paper, colouring books and teddy bears and these were handed over to the Los Rosales Center for children and young people with special needs in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The teams received a truly heart-warming welcome at the orphanage which, everyone agreed, helped to make the trip really special.

We’re delighted to have played a part in raising £140,235 to support SSAFA’s important work and send our thanks to everyone who sponsored the Briggs Defence team.

SSAFA has been providing support to serving Regulars and Reserves and veterans of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force since 1885 and Rally for Heroes is the charity’s biggest single fundraising initiative.

Since the first event in 2010 Rally for Heroes has raised in excess of £525,000 for British military charities.

REME excels in Army Cycling Road Race Series

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It’s been an excellent 2018 season to date for the Briggs Defence-sponsored REME Cycling Association, as individual riders clinched victory in the Army Cycling Road Race Series while  the Corps finished in second place overall in the team event.

Having won the Scottish National Criterium Championships in May, Sgt Mark Robertson posted victory in the Scottish National Road Race Championship, retaining the title he won in 2017.


Mark is the first to admit that the path to success is anything but straightforward, especially when riders have to balance their work commitments with their sporting activities and deal with setbacks due to injury.  Mark took up the sport five years ago and after gaining his third and second category licences in quick succession in 2014, he achieved a top ten finish in the Inter-Corps Championships that year. 2016 proved to be a breakthrough year as Mark gained his first category licence, clinched victory in three regional races, lifted his first REME title and was selected for the Army team.


2017 saw Mark lift the Scottish, Army and Inter-Service Road Championship titles.  Winning one championship is an excellent achievement, but to take all three titles in the same year is a huge accomplishment! 

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In recognition of his sporting achievements Mark was nominated for REME Sportsperson of the Year 2018 and is pictured (left) receiving the award from our contract development manager Jamie Secker following the REME Festival of Sport.


We send our warmest congratulations to Mark and all those who ride in REME colours.

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Looking ahead, REME riders will be competing in the Army Individual Road Race Championships next month and several members of the REME road cycling team have been selected to ride for the Army in the Inter-Services Championships against the Royal Navy and the RAF.


The road cycling season comes to a close with the Inter-Corps Championships in October, when REME will once again field a strong team and has high hopes of going one better than its second place finish last year.


Good luck from everyone at Briggs Defence for these remaining events – here’s hoping you can round off the 2018 season in style.

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Full throttle for 3,000 miles – counting down to Rally for Heroes

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There’s less than two weeks to go and as the Briggs Defence team makes its final preparations for Rally for Heroes we’re on the verge of achieving our target fundraising total.  


The memorial rally brings together current Forces personnel, veterans and civilians – united by a love of cars and a desire to support the UK’s Armed Forces – and gets underway on August 2.


Model and car enthusiast Jodie Kidd will officially launch the rally from Horse Guards Parade, after which the 60-vehicle convoy will head to Dover. During the next nine days the teams will travel a total of 3,000 miles through 10 European countries – representing five miles for every fallen Forces hero since the start of the Afghanistan campaign – returning to the UK on August 11.


The launch event will include a display by the Army to mark the Year of the Engineer and the RAF will be in attendance, celebrating its 100th anniversary with two limited-edition Aston Martin cars – the Spitfire@80 V12 Vantage S and “Red 10”, the Red Arrows-themed Vanquish S. To conclude the proceedings there will be a fantastic military send-off featuring the band of the Coldstream Guards. 


All participants cover the cost of the trip themselves, which means that 100% of the funds raised, whether it’s through personal donations and/or corporate sponsorship, go to charity. 


This year Rally for Heroes is fundraising for SSAFA, which has been providing lifelong support to serving personnel, veterans and their families in times of need since 1885. This year alone staff and teams of volunteers from SSAFA have helped more than 67,000 people, from World War Two veterans to those involved in more recent conflicts, and their families.


The Briggs Defence team’s navigator, contract development manager Jamie Secker, and driver Brigadier Simon Hutchings would like to thank all sponsors for their generous support.


If you’d like to make a donation, there’s still time.  Please visit:  


Since the first event in 2010, Rally for Heroes has gone from strength to strength, raising in excess of £400,000 for SSAFA, The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

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.


New carriers set to sea with equipment supplied by Briggs Defence


The creation of the Royal Navy’s new carrier fleet – HMS Queen Elizabeth and its sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales – is one of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) most ambitious investment programmes and we’re proud to be associated with such a prestigious military project.


When fully operational the aircraft carriers will be equipped with materials handling equipment supplied as part of a contract between the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) project team at the MoD and Briggs Defence.


Much of the equipment has been customised to meet the specific requirements of the DE&S project team, while the latest technology enhances capability.


The inventory for each carrier includes a 14t diesel counterbalance truck along with two 3.0t electric forklift trucks, two telehandlers, twin drive electric power pallet trucks, mobile elevated working platforms and scrubber driers.


Employed to move general stores on ship and to meet the demands of operating at sea, the forklifts have been modified with special ‘tie-down’ fittings, whilst the twin drive provides additional traction in difficult operating conditions.


Each ship will also carry Hako Combi 400 scrubber driers for cleaning duties, which include keeping the flight deck clear of any debris that could present a significant hazard to aircraft on take-off and landing, and mobile elevated working platforms to support maintenance activities. 


As well as supplying materials handling equipment with a proven track record for performance and reliability in the most challenging of military environments, we’re providing operator and maintenance training so that the crews can service and repair the equipment at sea.


The new aircraft carriers have a displacement of 65,000 tonnes and a 10,000 mile range.  Protecting UK interests around the globe, they are also designed to enhance the country’s contribution to international military operations and humanitarian missions. In the autumn F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike fighter aircraft are set to join helicopters on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Briggs Defence gears up for Rally for Heroes 2018

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Briggs Defence was delighted to sponsor a team in Rally for Heroes back in 2016 to help raise money for SSAFA. This year, we’ve stepped things up a gear and as well as supporting a team we’re a main sponsor of the 2018 Rally.

SSAFA is once again the chosen charity and the 50 teams taking part in the event (August 2-11) are aiming to raise at least £150,000 to support its work with serving and veteran military personnel and their families.

SSAFA’s biggest single fundraiser, Rally for Heroes gets underway on August 2, when the cars set off from Horse Guards Parade in London. Over the next nine days the teams will travel through no less than 10 European countries, enjoying some of most picturesque scenery along the way.

Getting behind the wheel of a Caterham CSR 260 is Briggs Defence team driver Brigadier Simon Hutchings, who knows the ropes, as he’s already completed two Rallies. Accompanying him, as co-pilot and navigator, is our own charity challenge specialist, contract development manager Jamie Secker.

After crossing the Channel to France, the teams will make their way to Switzerland, driving on through the mountain passes to Italy. Day 4 sees them travel south to Venice before turning east into Slovenia and then south along the coastal roads of Croatia. It’s Croatia to Bosnia day 6, after which the teams head north through Austria to Germany.  On day 9 the teams make their way along the autobahns to Luxembourg before embarking on the final leg to the finish back in the UK.

Every five miles of the Rally represents the life of a serviceman or woman who has died in combat since the start of the Afghanistan conflict. This is especially important for SSAFA, which provides specialist support to bereaved and injured service families affected by recent conflicts, including Afghanistan.

All those who take part in Rally for Heroes agree it’s an amazing experience. For Jamie and Simon there will be no creature comforts, as anyone who is familiar with a Caterham CSR will appreciate, but it’s all for a great cause.

If you’d like to help the Briggs Defence team achieve its fundraising goal, please donate at:

Briggs Defence wins International Safety Award

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We take the welfare of the Briggs Defence team very seriously, especially since our people can be deployed to non-fighting zones overseas or called upon to operate in challenging conditions at sea.  We’re therefore delighted to report that our commitment to improving health and safety standards has been recognised with an International Safety Award.


Now in their 60th year, the International Safety Awards celebrate organisations from around the world which have demonstrated a commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health.


Briggs Defence was among 623 organisations chosen by the British Safety Council to receive an International Safety Award based on their health and safety record during the 2017 calendar year.


This award acknowledges Briggs Defence’s ongoing investment in systems and procedures designed to maintain a robust health and safety regime.  It was presented to our Compliance Manager, Steve Bayliss, at the International Safety Awards scheme’s gala dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on April 27.

Briggs recruits at RAJA event

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A growing number of Briggs Equipment employees, including members of the Briggs Defence team, come from a military background.


In our experience, recruiting ex-service personnel is one of the best ways to access the special range of skills we require to strengthen our highly skilled engineering team.


During the past couple of years we’ve linked up with RAJA, the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (REME) Association Job Agency, which was set up to help anyone currently serving with the Corps and former REME personnel to develop their careers.


Briggs will be one of approximately 30 companies exhibiting at the next RAJA event at MoD Lyneham on June 4, when we’ll be spreading the word and highlighting new opportunities within our business.

Top results for REME road racers

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REME (Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers) Cycling Association members are taking to the roads and, like their MTB XC and MTB Enduro compatriots, are putting in some fine performances.

The road racing team, which is sponsored by Briggs Defence, is taking part in the Army Cycling Road Race Series (ACRRS) – a dedicated road racing event open to serving members of the Army only.

At the second round on May 2, REME Cycling Association was competing in all three Leagues. Its riders posted some excellent results with five top 12 finishers in the A League and riders promoted from the C League to the B League.

Briggs Defence would like to wish all REME road racers taking part in the Army Cycling Road Race Series good luck for the 2018 season.

REME cyclists off to a flying start
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The Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (REME) Cycling Association has got its 2018 season off to a flying start with some top notch performances in events that are definitely not for the feint-hearted.

REME’s mountain bike and enduro specialists recently posted a clean sweep in the Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country (ACMTBXC) Race Series. 

Comprising five rounds, the ACMTBXC is set up as grass roots racing to encourage soldiers and officers to compete on courses designed to challenge both novices and experienced racers alike.
REME clinched all three places on the podium in the Male Masters category at the second round of the series held at Deepcut on April 25.

Members of the mountain bike and enduro team have also excelled in the UK Gravity Enduro. At the opening round in Innerleithen, Scotland on April 28/29, they coped well with the five very demanding stages, which are among the most technical off-piste and downhill trails in the UK.

Enduro racing is a cross country-based event in which riders complete timed technical downhill stages, which sometimes include uphill sections, linked by timed uphill sections. The category winners are those riders with the quickest overall time for the timed stages.

In the UK Gravity Enduro’s Individual Series, excluding Tri Service riders, REME finished second, third and fifth and tops the standings in the Inter Corps Championship.

We’re delighted to sponsor REME Cycling Association and congratulate the mountain bike and enduro team on some excellent early season performances.
Sport is the winner at RLC Festival of Rugby

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Congratulations to 9 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) on victory in the 2018 Briggs Defence Shield – the highlight of this year’s RLC Festival of Rugby.

The annual event took place at South Cerney on May 2 and saw a President’s XV take on a Chairman’s XV followed by the final of the Briggs Defence Shield.

The President’s XV was made up of the Corps Veterans team, while the Chairman’s XV featured players from 7, 9 and 29 Regiments. Despite a wet and windy start to the day, the sun eventually emerged from behind the clouds as the Chairman’s XV scooped victory in a very entertaining match.

The Briggs Defence Shield final was the culmination of the inter-unit competition between 9 Regiment RLC and 1 Regiment RLC. In a highly competitive match red-hot favourites and defending champions 9 Regiment RLC eventually won through to retain the trophy, which was presented by Briggs Defence’s Gary Clements.

Congratulations to all involved on a superb advertisement for RLC Regimental rugby.

Briggs Defence commits to quality with ISO accreditations

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Following a rigorous programme of work to update our management system, Briggs Defence attained the standards required for accreditation to ISO 14001:2015 (Environment) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety).


ISO 14001:2015 applies to the environmental aspects of an organisation’s activities, products and services that can be controlled or influenced. Upgrading our system will not only help us achieve our environmental objectives and fulfil our compliance obligations, but will also enable us to enhance our green credentials.


A framework for an occupational health and safety management system, OHSAS 18001 sets out the minimum requirements for best practice, helping organisations to implement the requisite policies, procedures and controls to achieve the best possible working conditions and promote health and safety in the workplace.


Briggs Defence operates in accordance with a robust environmental policy and we are wholeheartedly committed to improving safety in the workplace. Achieving internationally recognised standards will enable us to mitigate our environmental impact and keep people safe at work.


ISO standards help organisations to manage safety, health, environmental and quality risks with an emphasis on leadership, awareness, risk management, communication and continuous improvement.


The Briggs Defence management system complies with ISO 14001:2015. Workplace health and safety will be fully integrated following the introduction of ISO 45001:2018, the world’s first occupational health and safety international standard, which replaces OHSAS 18001.

Second year of REME Cycling Association sponsorship

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As we enter the second of a three-year sponsorship deal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), we’re looking forward to some more top performances as REME Cycling Association builds on last year’s achievements.


In a highly impressive 2017 season the Association took major honours in both mountain biking and road racing events, emerging as Inter Corps Champions in the Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country Race Series and finishing second overall in the Army Cycling Road Race Series.


Support from Briggs Defence is enabling REME Cycling Association to ramp up its performance testing and training. As well as benefiting from having its own timing equipment, the Association is now able to provide static bikes on free loan to help members improve their fitness.


Following pre-season training the enduro team’s 2018 campaign got off to an excellent start. At the opening round of the Army Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country Race Series (ACMTBXC) in Wiltshire, REME cyclists clinched two podium positions.


Good luck to all REME Cycling Association members who are competing in 2018 – we wish them every success.


Established in 2010, REME Cycling Association aims to develop cycling in all disciplines for Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers personnel at all levels – from complete novice to seasoned racers selected for British Army Cycling race teams. 

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.”

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