TNT has joined the IOE as a corporate member, from July 2015.
TNT is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading business-to-business express delivery operators and, employing 65,000 people worldwide, is a truly international concern. The company has an integrated air and road network covering more than 200 countries, across which 50 planes and 30,000 vehicles operate every day.
TNT delivers more than 150 million items a year and its unrivalled European road network criss-crosses 45 countries.
As well as being an international transport company that gets items big and small to where they are needed to a schedule that suits each customer, it advises clients on export issues and the problems and opportunities these present. It also offers guidance and positioning to manufacture’s abroad who want to get products back to the UK & Ireland– as well as other destinations, such as trade fairs, exhibitions and business pitches.
TNT Director of Marketing, Suzy Bailey-Hawke, said: “It’s in our interests for our customers to continue to export successfully and to encourage more to do so. It’s also good for UK PLC and individual businesses to be able to fully capitalise on all international trade opportunities.”
With recent CBI research revealing that a quarter of European companies export while only one in five do in the UK, TNT considers it vital to address and debunk the fears and barriers that exist.
As an IOE member, the business is keen to explore education and training opportunities and events. TNT’s corporate partnership offers a great chance to work with a leading authority in international trade to further build its teams’ knowledge and expertise – then use these to help businesses’ international trade.
The IOE’s partnership is an important relationship for TNT, as it is crucial that all players are equipped to help customers build their confidence in working globally.
Suzy added: “The IOE is the only professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of those who trade internationally. Its ethos and focus – encouraging importing, exporting and international trade among small and medium enterprises through education and the sharing of expertise – fits well with our core objectives and it plays a crucial role in driving this in the UK and beyond. With SMEs being a huge target market for us, the IOE’s focus on them is significant.
“We restructured all customer support teams in late 2014 to provide our internationally trading customers with dedicated, expert advice and guidance from across The People Network and our membership of the Institute further supports this drive.”
TNT celebrates its 70th anniversary next year.