The latest forecasts by PricewaterhouseCoopers show that Scotland’s economic growth is outpacing the rest of the UK – it is predicted to reach 1.2% in 2019, compared with the 1.1% forecast for the UK as a whole. But in order for this growth to be delivered, the economy needs its supply chain to remain robust and resilient, despite outside factors which could curb expansion.
To provide leaders from across the sector with the chance to examine and discuss all the issues affecting Scotland’s logistics businesses, FTA is holding a unique multimodal one-day event, Logistics Scotland 2019, on 30 May 2019 in Falkirk. FTA, which represents more than 17,000 businesses across the sector, has compiled a comprehensive programme of expert speakers for the event, who will provide industry and government viewpoints affecting all modes of transport. There will also be plentiful opportunities for discussion and feedback, as well as networking with other likeminded professionals from across the industry.
“Scotland’s logistics sector is at a crossroads,” says Mags Simpson, FTA’s policy manager for Scotland, “with great potential for growth, as well as numerous potential threats posed by a changing trading environment and, of course, Brexit. Logistics Scotland 2019 will give business leaders from across the sector a unique opportunity to discuss and debate the issues of the day, as well as identifying areas for growth and development. FTA’s relationships with industry influencers are second to none, and the line-up of speakers and topics under discussion we have assembled will provide a comprehensive overview of our ever-changing marketplace. This is one event that logistics leaders in Scotland cannot afford to miss.”
The one-day conference, which will be held at the MacDonald Inchyra Hotel in Falkirk, is open to senior representatives from across the logistics sector, with places costing £295 for FTA members and £350 for non-FTA members. Those booking before 12 April 2019 will benefit from a 25% early bird discount on these prices.
“The Logistics Scotland 2019 programme will cover a wide range of topics, including the international connectivity of Scotland’s modal hubs, the skills shortages facing the industry, how we can make the transport weather efficient and resilient, and both urban and environmental issues,” continues Simpson. “Thanks to FTA’s knowledge across all transport modes, this really will be a unique event, and one that should not be missed by logistics professionals, regardless of whatever sector they represent. It promises to be a great opportunity for discussion and debate, and to shape the future of Scotland’s logistics industry.”
Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.
For more information about Logistics Scotland 2019 and to book your place at the event, please visit https://fta.co.uk/logisticsscotland19