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Logistics UK's full letter to the Welsh Minister for Economy

With skills shortages in Wales continuing to be a barrier to economic success, Logistics UK’s Chief Executive, David Wells, has written to Vaughan Gething MS at the Welsh Government to request a meeting to discuss solutions to the issue and explore areas of potential collaboration. The full letter is printed below.

Minister for Economy
Welsh Government
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

Via email: Correspondence.Vaughan.Gething@gov.wales

Thursday 23 November 2023

Dear Minister Gething

I am reaching out on behalf of Logistics UK to request a meeting to discuss current skills issues impacting on the Welsh logistics sector.

Logistics UK is one of the country’s largest business groups, representing the entire logistics industry and supporting, shaping and standing up for safe and efficient logistics. Our membership of more than 20,000 includes local, regional, national and global businesses and SMEs spanning road, rail, inland waterways, sea and air as well as the buyers of freight services, such as retailers and manufacturers. As an organisation, we deliver services, representation and thought leadership, helping members and policy makers to seize new opportunities for the sector and the economy as a whole.

In September we hosted a roundtable event in Cardiff with industry leaders, which was kindly attended by Deputy Minister Lee Waters, to discuss the Welsh government’s upcoming Freight and Logistics Plan. A key element of that discussion was how government and industry can work in partnership to deliver the skilled workforce required for the logistics sector in Wales to thrive, to drive the Welsh economy and realise our shared ambitions.

It is with this partnership working in mind that I am writing to extend an invitation for you to meet with a select group of members to discuss areas of potential practical collaboration. Our members would very much value the opportunity to positively engage with you on the issue of current and future skill needs in the logistics industry. I appreciate how busy you are, so we are more than content to arrange this for a date of your convenience. If officials in your Private Office could contact Jonas Keat in our Policy Team on jkeat@logistics.org.uk he can provide further details and hopefully we can secure a date early in the new year.

Yours sincerely,

David Wells
Chief Executive
Logistics UK

Published On: 30/11/2023 14:30:00


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