M&A Logistics Survey Results 2020, from CBW and Logistics UK


On Thursday 10th September at 2pm, CBW and Logistics UK will be announcing the results of our annual Logistics M&A survey via a webinar.

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Over the summer months, CBW and Logistics UK, in conjunction with the leading independent logistics research firm Analytiqa, have been conducting ground breaking new research to provide the UK’s senior logistics professionals with a highly valued and credible picture of the outlook for M&A activity across the sector over the next 12 months and beyond. Our survey will also address the outbreak of COVID-19, the main difficulties faced by logistics companies and the changes they will be making, particularly to their business models as they plan for the future.

As well as focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 for the sector, the timing of our survey will also give us an invaluable insight into the sector’s likely behaviour following the UK’s recent departure from the EU and the possible effects this will have on valuations and transactions now that Brexit has finally happened.

If you would like to attend this webinar, please register using the button below and we will send you the webinar link nearer the time. This event will be hosted by Logistics UK.

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About our panelists:

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Head of Logistics and Corporate Finance

CBW has built up an extensive amount of expertise in the logistics survey over the last few decades. Our annual M&A survey, which will provide anybody in the sector with a unique outlook into activity over the next 12 months, combined with the  experience and knowledge from CBW’s Head of Logistics, Philip Bird, aims to give our clients and contacts new information, insights and ideas for how they might review their M&A strategies and activity over the next year.


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Strategy Advisor & Executive Chair
Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd

We are delighted to have Kevin Appleton joining our panel at this event. Kevin is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director across the logistics, equipment rental and business services sectors. He is a former CEO/MD of Yusen Logistics and FedEx Logistics, Travis Perkins Builders Merchants and Lavendon Group plc. He is currently  Chairman or non-executive director of a number of companies, including the e-fulfilment business of Yusen Logistics, which he helped the group to acquire. He frequently assists in the assessment of acquisition targets.


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Chief Executive
Logistics UK

David Wells is Chief Executive of Logistics UK, one of the biggest business groups in the UK, and the only organisation which represents all of Logistics. With over 18,000 members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers, the members of Logistics UK operate more than half of the UK fleet of HGVs, and consign over 90% of freight moved by rail, and 70% of air and sea freight.

David joined Logistics UK in April 2009 as Finance and IT Director; subsequently taking on additional responsibility for the Association’s Vehicle Inspection Service, Training and Tachograph Analysis Service. David became Chief Executive in early 2015 and since then has seen membership grow by 10%.

Having completed an Engineering Degree in Liverpool, David studied for membership of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, qualifying in November 1993 whilst working in industry. His career has centered around engineering and service businesses and has both European and North American finance and operations experience.


About the organisers




CBW is a top 50, full service, firm of accountants, tax and business advisors. With only 20 partners and a team of over 165 professional and support staff, we are a firm that is small enough to care but big enough to create opportunities for our clients.

Our clients range from internationally based high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, to regulated businesses and multi-national companies with operations across the UK, Europe and all over the world. Our practical knowledge is relied upon for effective wealth management, business start-ups and sales, investment in assets and innovation, overseas expansion, tax efficiencies, regulatory compliance and profitable growth.

We have a dedicated team that specialises in the logistics sector at CBW, which is led by Philip Bird.  We understand all the issues facing operators on a day to day basis and as they plan for the future. The team works with both global and national companies, providing a full service offering to the sector.



Logistics UK


Logistics UK is one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for, efficient logistics. We are the only business group in the UK that represents all of logistics, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.