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Logistics UK urges Scottish government to reflect scale and importance of logistics sector


Logistics UK Deputy Director, Michelle Gardner and Senior Policy Manager – Scotland, Alexandra Herdman met with Cabinet Secretary for Transport Fiona Hyslop MSP, Thursday 20 06 to discuss how logistics underpins the Scottish economy, and how Scotland can unlock the power of the sector to drive inclusive growth.

During the meeting, Gardner and Herdman were joined by Logistics UK members, to discuss with the Cabinet Secretary where progress on policy would enable the sector to thrive and support a just transition to a green economy.

Logistics UK explained that there are almost 11,000 logistics businesses in Scotland and over 200,000 people employed in logistics roles – 7.8% of the Scottish workforce and Logistics UK members stressed the need for Scottish government policy to reflect the scale of the sector.

The meeting also provided the opportunity for Logistics UK to outline four key areas where the Scottish government must focus attention to drive inclusive growth: a close partnership between the Scottish government and the logistics sector; innovative and integrated infrastructure, with Scotland playing a key part in a UK logistics network; a just transition to a green economy that keeps costs down and supply chains resilient; and skills partnerships to support a thriving sector and resilient supply chains.

Outlining the vital role logistics plays in the Scottish economy, Logistics UK’s Senior Policy Manager - Scotland, Alexandra Herdman, says, “We are grateful that the Cabinet Secretary was able to meet with our members, who highlighted the importance of the logistics sector to Scotland.

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"The contribution that logistics makes cannot be understated and we were able to show it can provide additional significant growth for the Scottish economy with a targeted focus on the country’s infrastructure pinch points, electric vehicle charging network and opportunities for modal shift.

“We were encouraged to hear that the Cabinet Secretary recognises the vital role of the sector and her commitment to improving road safety.”

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Published On: 27/06/2024 15:30:00

 

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