VARTAN expands team

VARTAN expands team

16.06.2021 | Risk Management

VARTAN consultancy expands team

Double appointment for customs compliance, AEO and health and safety specialist.


VARTAN Consultancy has been busy recruiting over the last few weeks and is pleased to announce the appointments of Kevin Gostick and Josh Vartan.

Joining the team in the role of consultant, Kevin has worked directly for large logistics companies (including DHL Supply Chain, TNT, Eddie Stobart, and FedEx) and closely with shipping lines, hauliers, and freight forwarders. As manager of a large LLP, Kevin understands the complexity of the international supply chain and the importance of what lies at the heart of it – customers.

His valuable experience in logistics, control tower management, warehousing and contract management brings a wealth of knowledge to the VARTAN team.

Josh Vartan joins as a management trainee and is also studying for his BTEC Level 3 apprenticeship in business management.

Part of Josh’s apprenticeship will be related to customs clearance which is his current focus whilst training at VARTAN.
By combining the knowledge gained from day-to-day work at VARTAN with his apprenticeship course, Josh will be able to readily assist with requests from clients in relation to queries they may have with processes and procedures.

Miles Vartan says of both appointments: “With Kevin and Josh joining the team, we’re benefiting two-fold. Firstly, from the wealth of experience that Kevin brings from a career that has seen him work with the biggest logistics businesses, and we’re investing in the sector’s future by bringing on young and enthusiastic team members to take the industry forward.”

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VARTAN Consultancy delivers business benefits through  operator compliance

VARTAN Consultancy delivers business benefits through operator compliance

24.2.2021 | Risk Management

VARTAN Consultancy delivers business benefits through operator compliance

Critical areas of non-compliance identified.

With the additional complexities facing the logistics sector since leaving the EU, now more than ever is the time for hauliers and operators to ensure they are DVSA Operator Licence compliant.

VARTAN Consultancy helps clients ensure their operational compliance and reap the business benefits achieved by running vehicles efficiently and safely. 

Peter Bennett, VARTAN’s recently appointed Operator Licence Compliance Consultant, says: “Those companies that stay ahead of their obligations see a raft of benefits, not least peace of mind for the fleet/transport manager and the company’s directors.  Compliance can also help towards achieving DVSA earned recognition status and is a key enabler when it comes to obtaining accreditations such as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and Fleet Operator Recognition (FORS) Bronze to Gold .”

Critical areas of non-compliance where defects are identified include*:

  • Brake systems
  • Condition of tyres
  • Service brake operation
  • Direction indicators and hazard warning lamps
  • Steering mechanism
  • Spray suppression
  • Suspension

Peter continues: “Whilst overall compliance breaches have reduced since 2013, it is concerning that data for 2019/2020 shows the highest level of tyre defects for HGV’s inspected at roadside and operator’s premises during the last seven years. Many of these defects should have been identified and repaired via a comprehensive daily walk-round check.

“Companies need to consider their operator’s licence as one of their most valuable assets, but unfortunately, the procedures and paperwork involved in keeping on top of things are often overlooked.” 

 VARTAN’s operator compliance service can be tailored to meet individual clients’ needs and includes an initial gap analysis, a thorough review of operational processes and procedures, business consultancy to optimise bottom-line performance, fixed price operator licence applications, tachograph analysis and virtual transport office support.

Peter adds: “If you think of operator compliance as ‘prevention is better than cure’, the benefits are self-evident, and most importantly it enables company directors to concentrate on looking after the safety and welfare of their employees whilst operating profitably.”

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VARTAN expands its compliance services

VARTAN expands its compliance services

9.2.2021 | Risk Management

VARTAN expands its compliance services

Peter Bennett appointed Operator Licence Compliance Consultant with immediate effect.

Risk management specialist, VARTAN Consultancy, has appointed Peter Bennett to the role of Operator Licence Compliance Consultant with immediate effect.

Based in Vartan’s Felixstowe office, Peter’s responsibilities include operator licence and systems audits to determine the current level of compliance and to provide a comprehensive report and any recommendations.

Miles Vartan, Managing Director of VARTAN, says: “Peter joining the business is a considerable asset. We will be able to use his detailed knowledge as to how to manage fleets of LGVs both efficiently and safely. Our understanding of the benefits of improving company performance and looking after the health and safety of employees in relation to improving business performance will complement Peter’s abilities to support our ongoing development as a company. His previous 35 years’ experience as a transport manager, commercial vehicle dealer point manager and qualified motor engineer will prove invaluable to us and our customers as we grow and develop our compliance services.”

Peter Bennett comments: “The hard work begins once an operator’s licence is granted. We work with transport companies, transport/fleet managers and owner-drivers to manage their commitment to continuous compliance from operator licence applications and updates through to external transport manager provision.”

Miles concludes: “During these challenging times, it’s vital that vehicle operators remain compliant in the eyes of The Traffic Commissioner if they are to thrive. We can provide a mix of solutions to ensure they legally meet their Operator Licence promises and obligations.”

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Helping to look after employees and customers during CV-19

Helping to look after employees and customers during CV-19

13.1.2021 | Risk Management

Helping to look after employees and customers during CV-19

Employers tasked with providing Covid safe environments for staff to go about their work.

In this, our third lockdown, many critical industries and sectors rely on their employees reporting for business on a daily basis. Employers are tasked with providing Covid-safe environments for them to go about their work.

Miles Vartan, Managing Director of compliance specialists VARTAN, says: “The Department of Transport has confirmed that employees in the logistics sector are considered ‘essential workers’ and so it is very much ‘business as usual’ for the industry that keeps the country moving.

“As such, responsibility rests with employers of all sizes to ensure protocols are in place to safeguard their employees, sub-contractors and site visitors alike.

“This pandemic has seen the development of risk assessments to cover previously unimaginable scenarios. For example, what do you need to do if an employee working in your warehouse tests positive; or if an agency driver needs to drive one of your vehicles? It’s not enough to speculate about what procedures would need to be implemented; full assessments with innovative solutions need to be put in place and reviewed regularly.”

VARTAN’s Return to Work Risk Assessment Package consists of a comprehensive risk assessment document together, with a robust checklist to ensure that all key risks are covered. Miles Vartan continues: “This package has already been purchased by a number of companies and provides valuable advice which is applicable across all workplaces. However, if you would like a more bespoke approach to your Covid policy, our specialist advisers are on hand to assist.”

To purchase and download the Return to Work Risk Assessment Package or find out more about VARTAN, visit