One of the key things that helps to drive our teams forward is our passion to help
and serve the communities local to us. We pride ourselves on open communication,
breaking down barriers in both community and industry, treating everyone with the
same values of quality of service and respect.
We feel it is vital to put back into the communities where we operate, this takes many
forms from larger formal organisations such as The Princes Trust, through to low key
direct action such as shipping clothing to children in Grenada, a life boat to Tortola,
play equipment to Bequia, and much needed aid in the aftermath of disasters.
Corporate Social Responsibility Latest News
Andy Thorne Selected As Mentor For CommonwealthFirst
CommonwealthFirst has been established by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to trade and invest across the Commonwealth; a market comprising of 53 English speaking countries with a combined population of 2.2 billion – at least 60% of whom are under the age of 30 – and a combined GDP of approximately US$9.6 trillion.
Over the next three years 100 leading UK SMEs will be selected to become Commonwealth Export Champions.
We are delighted to announce that Andy Thorne, Chairman of the Kestrel Group, has been chosen as a mentor for this initiative.
“This is a great opportunity for SMEs in the UK. It will see the companies selected, which will become Export Champions, receive intensive training, mentoring and business development support. With many years’ experience working with companies that export to the Commonwealth countries and a leading liner agency, Kestrel has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to exporting from the UK.
Representing more lines then any of our competitors we have handled a myriad of shipments. We are proud liner agents for several shipping lines that have a direct service to some of the countries in the Commonwealth, in particular shipping to the Caribbean. Because of this our expertise is second to none, I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge.”
Export Champions will be drawn from the very best in their markets and selected on their potential for innovation, level of impact and ambition. Whether start-ups or long established business, these CommonwealthFirst Export Champions will have high potential in taking advantage of the trading opportunities provided across the Commonwealth.
The Prince's Trust, founded in 1976, is one of the United Kingdom's
most successful funding organisations. We at Kestrel never fail to be
inspired by their ongoing efforts to uplift the younger generations.
In January 2017, we partnered with the Prince's Trust International, a new International arm
launched in 2015, to deliver their 'Get into Logistics' programme. The 'Get into' is an employability
scheme in Barbados with the aim of helping disadvantaged young people on the island gain vital
sector-specific skills. Our first wave of students on the 'Get into Logistics' programme all graduated
with flying colours.
Mark Davidian from Kestrel had the pleasure of giving the participants of
'Get into Logistics'
their graduation certificates.
He heard first-hand the benefits of the programme to the young people involved.
I was very honoured to attend the Prince's Trust International Event and to meet this first
wave of students – an inspiring group of enthusiastic, energetic young people looking to find
a start and hopefully building a career in logistics. As the future of their industry they
need to be given a chance. The benefits from this programme are already being realised in
Barbados and we look forward to seeing the programme expand across the Caribbean region.
One of the biggest success stories of the 'Get into Logistics' programme was our trainee Orian.
We were so impressed with her commitment and enthusiasm, we offered her a job in our offices in Barbados.
We're pleased to report that she accepted, saying:
Six weeks ago I knew nothing about shipping! In five weeks I have learnt so much. I am looking
forward to finding out so much more about the shipping and logistics industry. I am particularly
looking forward to seeing a product on the shelves in Barbados knowing that I played a part in
We have also had the pleasure of working with the Prince's Trust International to sponsor their very
successful 'Get into Hospitality' programme. This is an intensive 12-week programme which supports
15 young people who are not yet ready to enter employment and works with them to develop not only
their confidence but also other key skills they will require through a residential week, community
project and work placements. This programme also boasts a high degree of success with helping young
people to find opportunities within the hospitality industry.
Here at Kestrel, we owe our success to the many different communities around the globe, so we are
proud to support those who support us. We remain aware of the many different issues that these
communities face, and are eager to help them however we can as it is part of the Mission Statement
that Kestrel is built upon.