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Logistics industry on the rise

By: Ashley Curtis
12 April 2011

The logistics sector managed to fend off spending cuts, tough trading conditions and natural disasters to record increased growth and progress, reports logisticsmanager.com.

According to The FTA's Logistics Report 2011, published in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2010 was a decent year for logistics recruitment and companies alike. The report as a whole bases its figures on the consequences for transport policy following the General Election and logistics' agility and responsiveness to severe winter weather and the volcanic ash cloud.

Figures revealed that while 2009 was "plagued with redundancies", fewer companies made staff redundant in 2010.

James Hookham, FTA managing director - policy and communications, is pleased with the progress of the sector, stating: "The Logistics Report 2011 tells the story of the past 12 months and presents an account of how the millions of people employed in the sector are responding to the challenges of fast changing commercial, political and natural environments.

"We have made good progress influencing the transport policies of the Coalition government - witness the reduction in fuel duty announced in the Budget. However, public perception of the sector shows there is still much to do. The Love Logistics campaign, of which this report forms part, aims to raise awareness and understanding of logistics and the vital contribution it makes to everybody's lives."

BBC News are reporting that ministers have set aside £200m for road repair to make driving for both industry and pleasure a safer experience.

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