UK forwarders welcome industrial strategy but look for action

Robert Keen, the voice of British freight
Robert Keen, the voice of British freight

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by UK Prime Minister Theresa May that the Government plans to build an industrial strategy to deliver a high-skilled and competitive economy.

BIFA’s director general, Robert Keen (pictured above) says the initiatives should provide a welcome boost for British industry and have a positive impact on activities of BIFA’s members that deliver supply chain services across a range of industrial sectors.

He says: “Among other things, the Government has identified the need for capital and infrastructure investments, research and development, as well as skills training.

“BIFA has frequently said that there is a pressing need to improve the country’s transport infrastructure across all modes.

“We have been very vocal on the need to address skills shortages, especially within the logistics sector.

“Our thoughts on the importance of free trade to the businesses that our members’ serve is well documented.

“So it is pleasing to hear that the Green Paper delivered by the Prime Minister has recognised the pressing need to address those issues.

“Now we look forward to seeing some action on the words delivered yesterday.”