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Granby join UKWA at House of Lords as Year of Warehousing is launched

Last week, Victoria Pittman of Granby had the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion on the future of warehousing in the UK, alongside other members of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA).

UKWA Year of Warehousing 2024

This event took place in London and was followed by the prestigious UK House of Lords Luncheon, where the UKWA made a big announcement.

The UKWA declared 2024 will be recognised as the Year of Warehousing, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the UKWA.

80 years of the UKWA

The main focus of the round table discussion was to determine how the UKWA membership can best support the Year of Warehousing. Naturally, one of the key areas of concern was reducing the carbon footprint and embracing responsibilities within the circular economy. Additionally, the group explored strategies to gain wider recognition for the industry. They discussed initiatives to raise awareness among the government, media, and the general public. One of the specific tasks under discussion was educating everyone about the numerous job opportunities available within the industry, including roles for job seekers in our disability communities.

House of Lords Luncheon

Following the round table, Victoria was joined by Caroline Noblett, Director of Finance and People at Granby and other industry colleagues at the House of Lords for an event hosted by Honorary President, Baroness Pickering.

This event served as a platform not only to launch the Year of Warehousing but also for the UKWA to highlight current industry issues and advocate for action in a convivial setting. It brought together members, logistics sector representatives, MPs, peers, and key policy makers.

Victoria expressed her enthusiasm about the event, stating

“The event provided a fantastic opportunity for all of us at the UKWA to look at ways to gain wider recognition for our industry. We discussed strategies to engage with the government, media, and the general public, ensuring our voices are heard. We are particularly pleased to help put Social Value on the UKWA agenda. We hope to be closely involved in supporting industry efforts to bridge the education gap in all our communities throughout the year.”

While everyone enjoyed the House of Lords Luncheon, it is important to remember that the real work begins now.

The Year of Warehousing presents an exciting opportunity for the industry to make significant strides in various areas, and Victoria, Caroline, and their colleagues are ready to take on the challenge.

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