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One month to enter the 2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

One month to enter the 2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

With new categories introduced for 2018, this year’s awards will also recognise the achievements of men advancing the progress of women working in transport & logistics.

Currently in its eleventh year, the awards programme will shine a light on the vital role women play in the future of transport and logistics and the wide range of new opportunities available in the sector. The transport and logistics industry currently employs 2.54 million people, accounting for 8% of the total UK workforce*. However, women occupy only 22% of these job roles**, which is why demonstrating the breadth and variety of career opportunities available to women within the sector is so important. The logistics industry alone delivers a staggering £121 billion Gross Value Added to the national economy, making it a major player in the extent and speed of the UK’s future growth. ***

Past finalists and winners of the awards have remained everywoman ambassadors, reshaping the traditional perception of the transport and logistics industry as one that is male-dominated.

The awards will recognise two winners per category; one successful industry “Leader” and one individual at any stage in their career who has truly gone “Above and Beyond” for their organisation. All nominees should demonstrate how they are innovating and excelling in their roles and are welcomed from all sectors, from aviation and shipping to road and rail infrastructure.

In addition, the Industry Champion Award will recognise a woman, or man, who is championing the progress of women working in transport and logistics. A brand new category has also been added – Male Agent of Change – recognising a man with an active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in transport and logistics.

The 2018 Award Categories are as follows

  • The Freight Award – Entrants for this Award should demonstrate how they are innovating in the sector.
  • The Passenger Award – Entrants for this Award should demonstrate how they are improving the customer experience.
  • The Infrastructure Award – Entrants for this Award should demonstrate how they are improving road or rail infrastructure.
  • The Supply Chain Award – Entrants for this Award should demonstrate how they are improving processes within supply chain.
  • The Warehousing Award – Entrants for this Award should demonstrate how they are innovating and improving warehouse operations.
  • Industry Champion Award – Entrants for this Award should demonstrate the impact that they have had on attracting and retaining women in the industry. Awarded to one individual only, male or female.
  • Male Agent of Change Award (new for 2018) – Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in transport and logistics

Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman, comments, “Every year we look forward to uncovering the exceptional women whose achievements will truly inspire those aspiring to work in transport and logistics and importantly motivate those who have never considered the industry, to take a fresh look at it. The variety of industries represented by past finalists and winners shows just how many interesting and fulfilling opportunities are available, completely reshaping the perceptions many have about the industry.”

David Wells, chief executive of the FTA adds: “Logistics is one of the UK’s biggest employers with more than 2.54 million people working across the industry, yet only a small proportion of that number are women. FTA is delighted to once again sponsor the everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards to recognise the women really driving change and acting as role models in a wide range of roles, and to showcase the opportunities that exist for the next generation to join this vibrant area of a sector, which underpins every aspect of modern life.”

The winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony on Thursday 14 June 2018 at Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.

For further information, please visit www.everywoman.com/tlawards

Sources

*FTA Logistics Report 2017 – FTA (2017)

** Accelerating Diversity in the Transport Industry – JGF (2017)

*** FTA says seamless trade and logistics must be priorities as Brexit talks begin – FTA (2017)

**** Christmas under threat from Home Office proposals to reduce EU workers in logistics sector – FTA (2017)

Latest figures revealed as part of the TomTom Traffic Index reveal congestion is costing UK businesses approximately £915 million a year in lost productivity, up from £767 million in last year’s study.

Traffic across the UK’s 25 most congested cities and towns increases the time each vehicle spends on the road by an average of 129 hours a year (up from 127), which means an average commercial vehicle driver wastes more than 16 working days while sat in traffic.1 This translates to an approximate loss of £915,239,5202 for businesses across the country.3

To compound the situation, traffic has been getting continuously worse since 2010, with an average journey now taking 30%4 longer than it would in free-flowing conditions, up from 25%.

“Traffic remains a serious issue for business and the resulting delays have potential implications for productivity, customer service standards and even employee wellbeing,” said Beverley Wise, Director UK & Ireland for TomTom Telematics. “Unfortunately, congestion levels continue to rise and the UK economy is paying the price for this at a time when the landscape is already challenging enough, with the growth rate now expected to be just 1.5% this year.5

“But, although solutions to the wider traffic problem are incredibly complex, businesses can take action now to mitigate its effect by using data to develop smarter working schedules and shift patterns that help employees avoid driving at peak times. Technology such as telematics can help in the move towards a more dynamic model of routing and scheduling that uses data on traffic and journey times to develop plans that minimise time on the road and can be quickly adapted in reaction to delays or changing circumstances.”

The biggest financial hit was felt in London, where £264 million is lost to traffic each year, followed by Manchester (£169,256,880) and the Birmingham area, including Wolverhampton (£144,184,320).

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients a prosperous and Happy New Year for 2018. Thank you for your custom in 2017.

We looking forward to working with our existing customers and any potential new customers in the new year.

Best wishes from Jay and all the team at L12 Couriers.

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Merseyside Pension Fund is among investors in a real estate fund that will focus predominantly on distribution warehouses in the UK.

The UK pension fund has committed capital to Barwood Capital’s UK regional property fund, which raised £42m (€48.1m) in a first close.

High-net-worth individuals and family offices also invested in what is Barwood Capital’s fourth fund.

The fund will focus on markets outside London and deploy 70% of its capital in distribution warehouses.

The balance will be invested in alternative sectors and offices in high growth and undersupplied locations, with a limited allocation to small residential sites where housing demand continues to outstrip supply.

Barwood Capital will seek distribution warehouse sites it identifies as having potential to add value through planning, development and asset management.

Joanna Greenslade, managing director at Barwood Capital, said industrial and logistics “was the best performing commercial property subsector in 2016 and is widely regarded as having the strongest growth prospects across all sectors over the next five years”.

She said: “This is driven by the unprecedented occupier demand we are seeing for distribution warehousing due to the move to online retailing, as well as structural changes in the supply chain across all sectors changing the way we buy and are supplied with both raw materials or finished goods.”

Barwood Capital will aim to deliver a net internal rate (IRR) of return of 15%. It delivered a 12% IRR from its first fund, the Income Fund launched in 2009.

Story courtesy of https://realestate.ipe.com/news/investors/merseyside-pension-fund-invests-in-vehicle-targeting-uk-logistics/10019262.article

Requests by private parking companies for vehicle-keeper records rose 28% last year to 4.7m, RAC Foundation finds

Parking tickets on a vehicle’s windscreen
Parking tickets on a vehicle’s windscreen. Photograph: Alamy

The number of drivers fined by private parking companies in the UK has risen by more than a quarter in the past year, research by the RAC Foundation suggests.

Private parking companies requested more than 4.7m vehicle-keeper records from the DVLA in 2016-17, a rise of 28% from the previous year. The vast majority of these requests are likely to have been for the purpose of issuing fines to drivers of up to £100, the motoring research organisation says.

The data suggests private parking providers are issuing a ticket every seven seconds on average. The RAC Foundation director, Steve Gooding, called the figures “eye-watering”.

The government banned private car park operators from clamping vehicles in all but the most extreme circumstances in the 2012 Protection of Freedoms Act, but this also introduced the power for operators to fine owners of vehicles rather than having to prove who was driving.

Requests from private parking companies to the DVLA have trebled since then, the data shows.

Gooding said: “We all hoped the problems associated with parking on private land would go away when clamping was outlawed. It turns out we hoped in vain. Since the ban there has been a surge in ticketing. Something is clearly going awry.

“Of course, the rights of private landowners need to be protected, but where landowners invite people to park on their property, often to benefit from their trade, the rules need to be fair to both parties. Time and again we hear stories of people who feel that the terms were unclear, the tone of communication intimidating and the price of even the shortest accidental overstay extortionate.”

He called on the government to respond to the results of a 2015 public consultation on tackling unfair practices in parking. “The number of vehicle-keeper requests that private parking companies make on behalf of their landowner clients is a barometer for how well the private parking system is working, and we believe that the barometer is reading ‘stormy weather’ for ministers who have had the responses to the 2015 public consultation on their desks for two years now,” he said.

A government spokesman said: “We’re committed to reforming unfair parking practices and have already taken steps to tackle rogue private parking operators, including the banning of wheel clamping and towing.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has proposed that a daily charge for the “most polluting” vehicles in London should begin on 8 April 2019.

sadiq_person_profileAccording to the new proposal, diesel vehicles that don’t meet Euro 6 standards will be charged £100 a day if they are a HGV, bus or coach.

Khan has also proposed an expansion of this charge across Greater London for HGVs in 2020.

The ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) will be located in the same area currently covered by the congestion charge.

“The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing,” said Sadiq Khan. “Today I’m announcing bold proposals which are critically needed to safeguard Londoners from our air quality health crisis.

“I am introducing a new T-Charge this October and subject to consultation, I want to introduce the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London in April 2019. This alone will mean the capital has the toughest emission standard of any world city,” said Khan. “But the scale of our air quality challenge is so big that I need to go further. I want to expand the ULEZ from 2020 for heavy vehicles such as buses, coaches and lorries so that all of London will benefit from cleaner air.

“Then from 2021, I want to expand it up to the North and South Circular roads for light vehicles, including cars and vans. These measures will help improve the air that millions of Londoners breathe.

“I want to announce my intention to consult on these proposals in good time so that business and those affected by new charges will have time to make changes they need to adapt to our low emission requirements.”

The RHA has said that hauliers will be hit hardest by the new scheme.

“Air pollution levels in London have actually been consistently dropping since 1970, and hauliers have continued to do their bit to increase air quality: by 2019, 52 per cent of HGVs entering London will be the ultra-clean Euro 6 model,” said Richard Burnett, RHA. “However, the remaining 48 per cent will not, and will face fines of £100 per day for entering the capital, equating to around two billion pounds in fines per annum.”

The FTA said that the confirmation the ultra low emission zone will start in 2019 is “troubling” for small business and specialist hauliers.

“We need to continue the improvement in London’s air quality which is happening anyway, but this regulation taking effect in 2019 will severely disadvantage small businesses working in the capital’s centre,” said Natalie Chapman, FTA’s head of policy for London and the South East.  “The impact will be especially hard for van users, as by 2019 there will only be two and a half years’ worth of compliant vehicles in the fleet – and no second hand compliant vehicles available for purchase at all.”

A consultation on the new proposal on bringing forward the start date of the central London ULEZ launched on 4th April and runs until 25th June 2017.

Story courtesy of logisticsmanager.com

Below is a list of some of the locations we’ve collected from and delivered to, w/c 6th March 2017:

Liverpool to Manchester

Ormskirk to Manchester

Prenton to Manchester

Manchester to Speke

Liverpool to Southport

Clatterbridge – Manchester

Kirkby to Manchester

St. Helens to Speke

Arrowe Park – Manchester

Crosby to Salford

Burscough to Melmerby

Liverpool to Salford

Runcorn to Sheffield

Rotherham to Manchester Airport (cargo)

Bolton to Lancaster

Lancaster to Skelmersdale

We’ve moved a lot of medical supplies, equipment and samples again this week. We’ve also moved engine parts, food products, school equipment and university printware to name a few.

If we can be of any help in moving your goods next week, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

New vision of the future revealed for Liverpool’s Albert Dock

At an informal lunch held for key property and business media this week, Aberdeen Asset Management shared its vision for the future of Albert Dock’s evolving retail and leisure offer.

As the most visited free tourist attraction in the North West, the docks welcomed 6.3m visitors in 2016.

Designed by civil engineer Jesse Hartley and opened in 1846, Albert Dock represents the biggest cluster of Grade I-listed buildings in the UK and forms the centrepiece of Liverpool’s UNESCO world heritage waterfront.

According to Aberdeen Asset Management, there is no better backdrop for the development of a prime retail and leisure destination.

Richard Wilson, asset manager at Aberdeen Asset Management, said ahead of the lunch: “Albert Dock is a unique space and we have been working closely with our partners in Gower Street Estates since we acquired the commercial spaces in 2016.

“We want to create a new vision of the future of the retail and leisure offer for this one of a kind destination.”

He continued: “We are really pleased with the direction of travel and will be introducing the scheme to planners and to the market in the next few weeks.

“We are working with existing tenants to reconfigure some of the smaller units and create interesting spaces for fledgling businesses to grow.”

Image: A CGI of how the Colonades could look

At the lunch Gavin Tuck, creative director of design agency Small Back Room, presented the proposed new creative direction and vision for Albert Dock.

He commented: “We are embarking on a journey of change, one that will improve the overall attraction of Albert Dock. It’s the creation of a vision for the future direction of Albert Dock, to meet the needs of all of the customers that we serve in this incredible waterfront location.”

The plans include enabling double-height retail units along The Colonnades.

Sue Grindrod, Albert Dock Liverpool’s chief executive, said: “As the freeholders of Albert Dock, Gower Street Estates welcome the investment being made into the retail and leisure offer by Aberdeen Asset Management.

“We are very excited to see this vision unfold and see it realised as part of the longer term plans for the Dock.”

Story courtesy of https://bdaily.co.uk/environment/03-03-2017/new-vision-of-the-future-revealed-for-liverpools-albert-dock/

Below is a list of some of the locations we’ve collected from and delivered to, w/c 27th February 2017:

Liverpool to Manchester

Ormskirk to Manchester

Prenton to Manchester

Manchester to Speke

Liverpool to Southport

Clatterbridge – Manchester

Kirkby to Manchester

St. Helens to Speke

Arrowe Park – Manchester

Crosby to Salford

Burscough to Inverness

Burscough to Northampton

Liverpool to Salford

Bolton to Lancaster

Lancaster to Skelmersdale

We’ve moved a lot of medical supplies, equipment and samples again this week. We’ve also moved engine parts, food products, school equipment and university printware to name a few.

If we can be of any help in moving your goods next week, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Penalty points and fines to double from Wednesday, meaning newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught.

Newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel, under tougher penalties that come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.

Penalty points and fines for using a phone while driving will double, to six points and £200, in what the government said it hoped would act as a strong deterrent to what motoring organisations call an “epidemic” on the roads.

Drivers can have their licence revoked if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test. Those caught using their mobile twice, or who accrue 12 points on their licence, will face magistrates’ court, disqualification and fines of up to £1,000.

Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in road accidents where drivers were using a mobile phone last year in Britain.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “Our message is simple and clear: do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving. It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.

“Doubling penalties will act as a strong deterrent to motorists tempted to pick up their phone while driving and will also mean repeat offenders could find themselves banned from our roads if they are caught twice.

“Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving – it is as inexcusable as drink driving.”

Reaction times are twice as long for drivers who are texting compared with those who have been drinking, according to the Transport Research Laboratory.

Police forces across the country will be increasing patrols and cracking down on mobile use until 7 March. A coordinated national enforcement week in January saw about 3,600 drivers handed penalties.

A consultation last year on proposed tougher penalties for using a mobile while driving received almost unanimous support, the Department for Transport said. Chief constable Suzette Davenport, the head of roads policing on the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “These new penalties reflect the seriousness of the offence and will strengthen the deterrent against using a mobile phone at the wheel. We need people to understand that this is not a minor offence that they can get away with.”

The RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “The use of handheld mobile phones is at epidemic proportions and sadly the attitudes of many drivers have relaxed towards this illegal and dangerous activity. The new tougher penalties will therefore be welcomed by law-abiding motorists as a better deterrent.”

Story Courtesy Of https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/01/six-points-licence-200-fine-drivers-mobile-phone