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New Airline Client for Skybreak

New Airline Client for Skybreak
Skybreak are very excited to welcome our newest airline client TAP Portugal.  Part of Star Alliance, TAP Portugal recently celebrated its 69th Birthday and is one of the oldest operational airlines that Skybreak represent. TAP is a hugely respected flag carrier for Portugal, and has twice been name …
Added on 18/03/2014

‘Moytel’ arrives in Canada

‘Moytel’ arrives in Canada
The Canadian Coast Guard have increased their fleet of hovercraft to ensure they have the equipment they need.  The new hovercraft named Moytel, meaning 'to help each other' is a AP1-88. It arrived at Vancouver in November and will be stationed at the Coast Guard base in Sea Island, Richmond, Briti …
Added on 19/02/2014

New hovercraft for the Estonian Border Guard

New hovercraft for the Estonian Border Guard
Estonian Border Guard update their fleet with a Griffon 2400TD series hovercraft A loyal and long standing customer to Griffon Hoverwork, the Estonian Border Guard have operated a 2000TD since 1999 and a 1000TD since 2007. Based at Lake Peipsi, a border shared with Russia, the Estonian Border G …
Added on 19/02/2014

Huge Hovercraft move featured on Channel 5

Huge Hovercraft move featured on Channel 5
After months of preparation, Griffon Hoverwork featured in an hour long episode of Monster Moves on Channel 5.  The programme, titled 'Huge Hovercraft' - followed Griffon Hoverwork's team of engineers during the construction, testing and transportation of a massive, brand new Search & Rescue Ho …
Added on 19/02/2014

Hovertravel extends user group with live Tweet chat with Managing Director

Hovertravel extends user group with live Tweet chat with Managing Director
Hovertravel has announced that for 2014 it is extending its user group; HUG (Hovertravel Users Group) into social media with a monthly live tweet chat with Managing Director, Neil Chapman. The use of social media was raised and agreed at the October 2013 HUG meeting as an excellent way to enhance th …
Added on 10/02/2014

British Airways Golden Ticket Award lands at The Calpe Lounge

British Airways Golden Ticket Award lands at The Calpe Lounge
Giovanna Pizzarello, lounge hostess at The Calpe Lounge Gibraltar Airport has been recognised by British Airways for her outstanding customer service.   The initiative from BA allows certain customers to recognise outstanding service provided by British Airways providers.  “The continuous training a …
Added on 31/01/2014

Bland employees complete first aid course

Bland employees complete first aid course
Ten employees from Bland Group of Companies recently attended an emergency first aid at work course held at the Rock Hotel.  The purpose of this training was to ensure that the companies maintain the correct ratio of first aiders in the workplace. The Bland Group’s Compliance Manager, Pete Jackson …
Added on 29/01/2014

Over 400 miles of cabelling completed for AgustaWestland

Over 400 miles of cabelling completed for AgustaWestland
Universal Wiring Systems has announced that it had completed 407 miles of electrical wiring for AgustaWestland’s Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP).  The company is over two thirds the way through a contract to provide harnesses for 22 aircraft, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring …
Added on 23/01/2014

Universal Engineering investing in the future

Universal Engineering investing in the future
The company is investing heavily for the future. One example of this is the new MRP system which will replace Equinox in order to improve sales and financial planning.   Universal’s Mark Damen answers the questions. What is Epicor? Epicor ERP, to give it its full name, stands for Enterprise Resour …
Added on 02/01/2014

Universal Engineering takes an active role in the Wildcat

Universal Engineering takes an active role in the Wildcat
Universal has been a key partner on this helicopter programme for a number of years.   Universal Engineering currently provide over 500 individual parts and kits to GKN Aerospace Yeovil for the assembly of the main fuselage. After completion at GKN Yeovil the fuselage is shipped to AgustaWestland …
Added on 02/01/2014

M.I.C.E Training for Blands Travel in Gibraltar

M.I.C.E Training for Blands Travel in Gibraltar
The Blands Travel team recently attended a full day Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and events training course at the John Mackintosh Hall.  The training focused on the different aspects of this sector of the tourism industry in Gibraltar and how Gibraltar could become an attractive European M.I.C …
Added on 18/12/2013

OSG offers improved security for business premises

OSG offers improved security for business premises
Gibraltar security specialist, OSG, has introduced a new, cutting-edge smart alarm system to provide businesses with a safe and highly cost-effective solution to property protection.  The new, state-of-the-art operations centre allows the company to monitor its clients’ assets and respond instantly …
Added on 17/12/2013

Award winning customer service for Hovertravel

Award winning customer service for Hovertravel
Hovertravel won Steve Porter Transport – Retail and Service Industry Award at the IOW Chamber Business Excellence Awards last month. The award celebrates a business of any size that demonstrates excellent standards of customer service and exceeds customer expectations in the retail and service secto …
Added on 17/12/2013

British Airways presents Golden Tickets to Gibair customer service agents

British Airways presents Golden Tickets to Gibair customer service agents
Gibair Customer Services Agents Sadie Pizarro and Denise Burton were both recently presented with  Golden Tickets from British Airways Gold Card Members.   The Golden Ticket recognises outstanding customer service provided to a customer by a member of the front line team and is only awarded in ex …
Added on 11/12/2013

OSG armoured new fleet

OSG armoured new fleet
Whatever the size of your business, if you take payments in cash, you need to rely on a safe way of getting your money to the Bank. Cash in Transit or Cash / Valuables in Transit are terms used to refer to the physical transfer of banknotes, coins, and items of value from one location to another. Tr …
Added on 09/12/2013

New hovercraft for the Estonian Border Guard

New hovercraft for the Estonian Border Guard
Estonian Border Guard update their fleet with a Griffon 2400TD series hovercraft.  A loyal and long standing customer to Griffon Hoverwork, the Estonian Border Guard have operated a 2000TD since 1999 and a 1000TD since 2007. Based at Lake Peipsi, a border shared with Russia, the Estonian Border …
Added on 28/11/2013

The Khaima at the Rock Hotel - Number 1 venue for events in Gibraltar

The Khaima at the Rock Hotel - Number 1 venue for events in Gibraltar
A magical event venue  – the Khaima at the Rock Hotel or marquee, has been delighting guests since it was launched beside the Rock Hotel’s poolside area.   The Khaima sits majestically within the stunning pool grounds and is ideal for product launches, gala dinners, office parties, BBQs and any othe …
Added on 19/11/2013

Skybreak to continue representing Kuoni at Gatwick

Skybreak to continue representing Kuoni at Gatwick
Skybreak are pleased to confirm that they have just signed a new contract to continue providing the representation services for Kuoni at Gatwick Airport.  Kuoni Travel was founded in Switzerland in 1906 and have been in operation in the UK for nearly 50 years offering the highest quality tailor made …
Added on 19/11/2013

Travel Link Morocco celebrate its 20th Anniversary

Travel Link Morocco celebrate its 20th Anniversary
Since its establishment nearly 20 years ago, Travel link has acquired extensive experience and know-how in planning, budgeting, organizing & executing travel-related projects in Morocco. With a network of offices throughout Morocco—from a home office in Marrakech, to branches in Fes & …
Added on 15/11/2013

Griffon Hoverwork receives prestigious award

Griffon Hoverwork receives prestigious award
On Friday 19th July Griffon Hoverwork received the prestigious Queen's Award from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, at their Merlin Quay premises. The Queen's Awards are highly prestigious awards for outstanding achievement by UK businesses.  The Lord Lieutenant was greeted …
Added on 08/11/2013

Hovercraft shipped for Columbia

Hovercraft shipped for Columbia
Griffon Hoverwork recently won a contract with the Columbian Navy, to supply eight 2000TD hovercraft. The first three were shipped to Columbia at the beginning of September, on time and on target for acceptance at the end of the month.  The hovercraft will be deployed in the Amazonian basin to comb …
Added on 08/11/2013

Hovertravel invests in future with order for two new craft

Hovertravel invests in future with order for two new craft
Today, Hovertravel, the fastest ferry operator from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight, has confirmed  an order for two new hovercraft.  Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, explains: “Hovertravel is a successful business which has provided an essential link for business, leisure and commu …
Added on 08/11/2013

Hovertravel confirms 26 extra crossings for Bestival

Hovertravel confirms 26 extra crossings for Bestival
Hovertravel has confirmed that bookings for Bestival are very positive, with an extra 26 services already scheduled to run on Thursday.   Loretta Lale, marketing manager at Hovertravel, explains: "We have already added an extra 37% capacity and bookings are still being made, so it is looking like be …
Added on 08/11/2013

Hovertravel becomes rail agents

Hovertravel becomes rail agents
Hovertravel has recently become rail agents to make travelling off the island as simple as possible for their customers.  As of now, customers travelling to any location off the Island can buy all of the necessary tickets to get them to their final destination from Hovertravel. This includes both tr …
Added on 08/11/2013

Timetable Consultation

Timetable Consultation
Hovertravel has announced a consultation process to review possible changes to their timetable. The three options under consideration are explained fully on displays in the Ryde and Southsea terminals. Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, explains “It is important for us to consult with o …
Added on 10/01/2013

The Siege of Tarifa - Siege battlefield tours

 The Siege of Tarifa - Siege battlefield tours
THE 200th ANNIVERSAY OF THE SIEGE OF TARIFA 20 DECEMBER 2011 - 5 JANUARY 2012On the 18th of December a party of 9 members of the Gibraltar Heritage trust travelled to Tarifa to commemorate the bicentenary of the Siege of Tarifa.  The party were greeted by a local historian Juan Antonio Patron Sandov …
Added on 16/01/2012

Universal exhibits at DSEi 2011

Universal exhibits at DSEi 2011
Universal Advanced Systems, part of the Universal Engineering Group displayed the Ranger 8x8 Armoured Vehicle to an international audience for the first time at DSEi 2011. The vehicle gained much interest from visitors and exhibitors alike and stood alongside the Griffon 380TD Hovercraft from sister …
Added on 27/09/2011

Commander in Chief visits Universal Engineering

Commander in Chief visits Universal Engineering
General Sir Peter Wall KCB CBE,  the Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces visited Universal Engineering on 30 March.The General was briefed on the RANGER armoured vehicle at Bovington in the morning and had the opportunity to drive the vehicle cross country before flying to Weymouth for a buffet lunch …
Added on 11/07/2011