Some 120 senior personnel from UKWA member companies, key suppliers to the logistics industry and supply chain directors from some of the leading UK retailers that belong to UKWA’s Warehouse Users Group – including John Lewis, Sainsbury/Argos, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer, mingled on the House of Lords terrace in the October sunshine before UKWA’s recent Annual Parliamentary Lunch.
The event brought warehousing and logistics industry professionals together with a number of influential Government advisers, so, it was perhaps no surprise that the dominant theme of the day was Brexit.
Speakers included Karen Wheeler CBE, Director General for Border Co-ordination at HMRC and Head of the Cross Government Border Delivery Group, Lesley Bachelor OBE, Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade, Debbie Shandley of The Real Apprenticeship Company and Fiona Jenkins, Senior Policy Advisor to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), the body charged with reviewing the options required to improve existing infrastructure and recommend ways to use new technologies and processes to transform how freight moves by road and rail and into and out of ports and airports.
UKWA’s CEO, Peter Ward, commented: “The House of Lords is a fitting venue to host an occasion with so many prominent members of the UK’s logistics community as well as key policy influencers.
“As the voice of the logistics industry, UKWA is constantly exploring how best it can work collaboratively with the policy makers and other stakeholders to overcome the challenges confronting our sector and the Association has been actively advising the Government on our industry’s requirements as the Brexit clock ticks down.
“Our Parliamentary reception provides a chance for our members – the people who, after all, will be at the ‘coal face’ when it comes to ensuring that the UK’s post-Brexit supply chains don’t break down – to meet with government advisors and discuss their concerns to help to shape the current negotiations.”