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Logistics is one of the unsung heroes of the UK economy, HRH The Princess Royal tells industry leaders

Logistics UK welcomed a very special guest of honour to its Logistics Awards 2021 event last Thursday (9 December 2021) – Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Attending the awards ceremony in her capacity as Patron of transport charity Transaid, Logistics UK’s charity partner, HRH The Princess Royal delivered a welcome address and presented the Rising Star Award to Nicola Foley, Assistant General Manager, Wincanton.

“Celebrating the achievements of the logistics sector after two very challenging years is entirely appropriate,” she said.

Expressing the hope that the important work undertaken by the sector was now being appreciated on a much wider scale, she said: “Your industry has over the years been rather one of the unsung heroes of the British economy and it’s sadly taken a pandemic for a lot of people to realise just how vital your work actually is and comes under that heading of ‘essential’.”

Transaid has been a charity partner of Logistics UK since 2009 and in that time more than £235,000 has been raised for the charity through the generosity of the business group’s members. HRH The Princess Royal underlined how vital logistics was to the efficient delivery of aid to projects in the countries in which Transaid is currently working, including Ghana and Mozambique.

Remarking on the accelerated pace of change within the industry, which had been forced to ‘pivot’ by the pandemic, often changing the goods that it is supplying, HRH The Princess Royal said: “I think you should all be very proud of maintaining the supply chain, that has remained so resilient throughout this period.

“As we’ve seen throughout the last 18 months, your industry is one of the most flexible and resilient in the whole economy, constantly requiring agile thinking, innovation and a widespread pool of talent to make things happen. So thank you for the way you have responded to those challenges, and to those who work in your businesses to make it happen.”


Published On: 16/12/2021 16:00:53


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The introduction of HGV Skills Bootcamps will help to attract new individuals into the workforce and are another welcome measure to tackle the driver shortage, Logistics UK has said. The business group is looking forward to working with government to help deliver some of these camps. Alex Veitch, Deputy Director – Public Policy, Logistics UK, said: “With the driver shortage showing signs of easing, the government and DVSA must continue to build on its work to speed up the backlog of tests, to ensure these new drivers can enter the workforce as quickly and as safely as possible.”

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