CILT and LOGISTICS UK launch unique Government-backed campaign, Generation Logistics

CILT and LOGISTICS UK launch unique Government-backed campaign, Generation Logistics

22.6.2022 | Logistics

CILT & LOGISTICS UK launch unique government-backed campaign, Generation Logistics

Initiative aims to attract, identify and develop a new and diverse generation of talent to fill industry-wide vacancies  and future-proof the sector.

The logistics industry has taken a decisive step to address the industry’s long-term recruitment and staff retention issues with the launch last week of a major new awareness and recruitment campaign, Generation Logistics. Co-ordinated by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Logistics UK, in partnership with the Department for Transport, the campaign has already gained significant support and sponsorship from a wide range of businesses of all sizes from across the logistics industry.

By shining a spotlight on the skilled, complex nature of the UK’s interconnected logistics industry, as Phil Roe, President of Logistics UK, explains, the campaign aims to attract, identify and develop a new and diverse generation of talent to fill vacancies industry-wide and future-proof the sector:

“Generation Logistics will provide our industry with the capability to attract and retain the skilled and ambitious workforce it needs as our role in society continues to flourish,” he explains. “After the recognition of our workforce as key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we protect and enhance our talent pool to keep our sector developing and thriving to support all sectors of the economy; Generation Logistics will give us the opportunity to do just that, by attracting and retaining the very best talent from across the country.”

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, is delighted that the government is supporting the campaign: “I am proud to confirm government support for the Generation Logistics campaign. The pandemic has once again demonstrated the strategic importance of supply chains and their associated workers. Their work to keep the UK moving was exemplary, and I have nothing but admiration for those unsung heroes who keep the UK trading, keep food on our shelves and provide our factories, shops, hospitals and schools with the supplies they need. Logistics workers make a substantial difference to our lives, every day.

“However, we have a new challenge facing us as we look to the future of freight. We need to attract a diverse and skilled workforce to play a key part in a new, exciting era transforming an industry at the forefront of innovation and technology. There are thousands of logistics roles available to people from all backgrounds, experience and skills. This campaign will showcase those opportunities in artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, autonomous vehicles and the decarbonisation of the supply chain. This industry campaign is integral to not only supporting the growth of this vital sector but also ensuring we have the workforce needed for now and the future.”

Sharon Kindleysides, Chief Executive of CILT, comments: “Generation Logistics brings together operational logistics organisations, government, CILT (UK), Logistics UK and sector trade bodies to create and support a campaign that will raise the positive profile of the sector and inform and attract the resources and talent that we need to meet the future demands that will be placed on us. The sector has been recognised as critical infrastructure over recent years, and Generation Logistics will highlight the huge range of roles and career development opportunities that are available at all levels and across all modes and activities.”

In addition to a comprehensive web portal containing careers advice and guidance, features, video content, jobs and news, the campaign will focus on a number of key demographic areas, all of which could be inclined towards taking up a role in logistics. As Roe continues, it is critical that as many people are made aware of the opportunities available to them as possible:

“Before the pandemic, logistics was a largely hidden industry, yet acted as a vital cog in the wheel of our interconnected economy. It is vital that our sector now takes advantage of its new-found awareness to highlight the complexity and technological developments involved in moving goods to their destinations, to encourage new recruits into our industry and protect our supply chain. We often say logistics is the country’s ‘hidden secret’ – Generation Logistics is the campaign which will challenge that perception and bring the sector to the forefront of people’s minds, as a forward-thinking, fast-paced modern industry with much to offer today’s employees, as well as the workforce of tomorrow.”

Last week’s industry launch took place at Multimodal at the NEC in Birmingham, where Trudy Harrison MP, Under- Secretary of State for Transport, met some of the campaign’s sponsors and took part in a round table to debate the issues facing logistics recruiters today. And while the launch of the campaign to consumers is set for 26 July 2022, there is still time to get involved as a sponsor, as Ms Kindleysides confirms:

“The sector has really stood up to the challenge of funding an industry-wide campaign like this, and we are so grateful for the support we have received thus far, alongside, of course, vital government funding. But alongside commercial sponsors and other industry bodies, we still have scope for more sponsors to get on board and take advantage of the awareness that Generation Logistics will create. To find out more about becoming a sponsor and the benefits on offer, please visit Generation Logistics.

Image, L-R: Phil Roe, President, Logistics UK; David Browne, General Manager, Maersk; Maggie Simpson OBE, Director General, Rail Freight Group; Trudy Harrison MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport; Paul Farr, Managing Director – Ground & Rail, CEVA Logistics and Paul Durkin, Chief Customer & Innovation Officer, Wincanton.

Logistics calls for urgent response

Logistics calls for urgent response

11.5.2022 | Logistics

Logistics calls for urgent response

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight and Logistics has today launched its new inquiry into the impact of fuel duty.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight and Logistics has today launched its new inquiry into the impact of fuel duty on road freight and logistics businesses.

The Group is calling for industry responses from freight and logistics businesses, as rising fuel prices and inflation continue to place huge financial pressures on UK businesses and is inviting key stakeholders to respond to the inquiry by filling out the Group’s online survey.

Please fill out the survey here

What happens next?
Two evidence sessions will take place in May looking at the issues:

May 16: The UK focused session for hauliers: RHA Policy Director, Duncan Buchanan, will be giving evidence.

May 17: An international session for EU and Rest of the World hauliers – looking at how freight movements are taxed differently in other countries.

Source: RHA 

Multimodal Award finalists’ reactions

Multimodal Award finalists’ reactions

11.2.2022 | Logistics

Multimodal Award finalists’ reactions

With the front runners of the awards announced, the innovation and pioneering spirit of the logistics industry shines through.

Porttalk catches up with some of those companies hoping to win on the night.

Double finalists, The Swain Group, are nominated in both the 3PL of the Year and Road Freight Company categories. Matthew Deer, group managing director, says: “To receive a nomination for an award is always a fantastic recognition for our services. Multimodal is an important event in the logistics calendar, and we are delighted that the Swain Group has been nominated in two prestigious categories this year. Road freight operator and 3PL are awards we would be proud to be associated with. The Swain Group are clearly gaining recognition for our solutions and our approach, and we very much look forward to the outcome of the public vote.”

GB Railfreight is nominated as a finalist in the Rail Freight Company of the Year award. Intermodal general manager Julie Garn comments: “Being shortlisted in the Multimodal Awards 2022 recognises our amazing team’s hard work, dedication, and expertise, all of whom are committed to outstanding customer service and innovation. We are very much looking forward to next month’s awards evening.”

As winners of last year’s Multimodal Technology Company of the Year Award, Fargo Systems is proud to be in the running once again. With the company’s recent restructuring, new managing director Steve Collins says: “This is great news for us and is that bit more special as Fargo Systems celebrates its 20th anniversary. We are acutely aware that nothing can be taken for granted and wish all our fellow nominees the best of luck.”

LGVS: Apply Now for an International Operator’s Licence

LGVS: Apply Now for an International Operator’s Licence

23.132022 | Logistics


New EU rules mean that light goods operators will need to obtain an International Operators’ Licence if they are operating on the Continent. 

The fresh rules from 21 May mean operators or users of vans and other light goods vehicles over 2.5 tonnes and up to 3.5 tonnes in weight that transport goods for hire and reward from the UK into, or through the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, will need to obtain a licence.

You can apply for your licence here.
In the above link, there is no mention of adding vans to an existing International Operators’ Licence. If you need to do that, you can also do that on the above link.

Who needs one?
This requirement applies to:
vans or other light goods vehicles (sometimes called ‘light commercial vehicles’)
vans towing trailers
cars towing trailers
You’ll also need to have a qualified transport manager.
Temporary recognition

If you do not have the qualification, you might be able to be temporarily recognised as a transport manager if you have enough experience.

Alternatively, if you already have a goods vehicle operator licence, you’ll need to add these extra vehicles to your licence.

You can make the process easier by using the service on GOV.UK to apply to be recognised as a temporary transport manager if you have at least 10 years’ experience of managing fleets of vehicles.

It’s all in the name

It’s all in the name

8.3.2022 | Logistics

It’s all in the name

Olly Magnus shares his company’s tradition of naming their cabs. 

Magnus Group prides itself on its fleet of 66 trucks, providing the highest level of customer care, efficiency, and competitiveness for almost fifty years.

Olly Magnus says: “We always take immense pride in making sure our trucks look 100%, but since the 70’s when my father Paul was in charge, we’ve been naming our vehicles, and it’s a tradition that’s just stuck.”

With its policy of running Daf trucks, the Great Blakenham-based company has recently purchased ten new DAF FTG XF’ 480 Super Space Cabs from its neighbour Chassis Cab.

Olly continues: “All our new trucks are named after ladies that work with us, inspire us or are connected to the business. One of the new cabs is named Sophie Georgia, in honour of the daughter of Patsi Brown who has worked for us for the last 36 years.

“But we’ve recently broken our usual female name rule and had a cab commissioned with Dad’s name on, and we’ve gone with green and white paintwork, so he stands out from the crowd.”

Recently featured in the EADT’s ‘Suffolk 100’ list of the most influential people in the county, 2022 has gotten off to a great start for Olly Magnus and the company. He adds: “Since taking over as CEO in 2019, the company has gone from strength to strength, and on a personal note, I am proud to be included in ‘Suffolk’s 100’ list.”

Anchor Freight co-ordinates Ukraine appeal

Anchor Freight co-ordinates Ukraine appeal

9.3.2022 | Logistics

Anchor Freight co-ordinates Ukraine appeal

Logistics community rallies as CEO gives heartfelt thanks, but still more to do. 

As the world reels at how events are unravelling in war-torn Ukraine, Ipswich-based Anchor Freight is lending a helping hand to those caught up in the tragedy.

Carl Day, CEO at Anchor Freight, says: “The logistics community and local community have been nothing short of amazing when it comes to supporting our Ukrainian friends.

“Already, we’ve had sufficient donations to fill five trailers, which are now heading to those that need the support most. We can’t thank enough those that have already donated, but there’s still lots to do.”

Donations of the following are urgently needed:

Baby nappies
Sanitary ware
Medical Supplies
Baby and toddler clothes
Sleeping bags

Carl adds: “Anyone keen to assist can bring their donations to our Anchor Freight Warehouse, 30A White House Road, Ipswich IP1 5LT on Thursday 10th March between 6pm and 8pm. We can then pack everything up and send it on its way as quickly as possible.”

For further details, please contact the Anchor Freight team on 01473 928200

Donations enroute to Ukraine