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Helen Smith TfGM comments,

Greater Manchester is committed to delivering a vision to ensure our city region has a world-class transport network that supports long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunities for all. On behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is currently developing the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040. This strategy will be supported by a number of sub-strategies which are at various stages of development. These include the Greater Manchester Freight and Logistics Strategy.


Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge wins the London Marathon (2hrs 3mins 5secs) started in outer space by British astronaut Tim Peake as TNT were firmly on the roads to showcase of logistics excellence as the millionth runner sets to cross the line.

200 tonnes of drinks, more than a million drinks bottles, finishers packs & medals.

All done while London is full and the roads are closed !

A marathon effort swung into action behind the scenes to support Race Day for Virgin London Marathon.

Ben Cox - Senior Contract Manager - TNT UK, describes the mammoth effort that goes into preparing for Race Day.

Our team at TNT is already working round the clock to ensure everything is ready, whether it’s the bottle of water runners reach for at the mile markers, the revitalising supplies handed to runners as they cross the line, or the finisher medal around their neck that makes it all worthwhile.


IOC were on the M25 ring north of London to take a look at Top Flight, they have a consolidation option for clients to Central London postcodes and ring all the bells for TfL with Carbon Neutral and Crossrail compliance.


Association of education and learning providers, AELP were in the hot spot of East Midlands for logistics, hosted by Matthew Watson Scania at their national truck training centre Loughborough for the specialist sector group responsible for logistics. Chair James Billingham had a host of speakers from LEP to employers. Sue Tilley spoke for LLEP & the midlands engine, Matt Agnew for Scania, this is the largest Scania training centre in the World. Sarah Bell for Univ of Derby spoke about apprenticeship degrees a step to management in the logistics with clear sector focus. Stephen Ram Kissun rounded up with SFA and gave an update on AELP before thanking sponsor SQA.

Sarah Wixey, project manager freight & fleet programmes says congratulations to both Carl and Nigel. Carl Lomas from the Institute of Couriers has been selected as the Chair of the van working group and Nigel Base from SMMT will be the Vice-Chair – There will be a conference on May 25th in London and the first van group sector meeting needs to be in your diary for June 15th.

It was great to be part of this successful transaction.” The management team was led by Colin McCarthy and the transaction was backed by Lloyds Development Capital and Santander. Colin McCarthy Managing Director of Panther, said: “This is an exciting point in the business’ journey ...

Clarke Willmott has advised the management team on the £17 million management buy-out of nationwide, Northampton-headquartered, Panther Logistics. Panther, which has eight regional hubs throughout the UK was recently named as one of the Sunday Times/ Virgin Fast Track 100 Companies.

A busy forum, opened by TfL boss Mike Brown, well-attended with a big slant to politics, 50 days to the new mayor, blue-sky thinking. Carl Lomas IOC spoke of exploding e-retail home delivery numbers, ‘half of retail, home delivered  by 2020’ setting the question to Ian Wainwright, ‘is it sustainable and are we ready?’


Institute of Couriers at the IntraLogisteX show, Ricoh Arena Coventry, March 16/17th

Answer our survey - ‘How do Logisticians shop on-line?

Derby Univ, Manchester Met University and Sheffield Hallam University will crunch the numbers to find the answer.

Carl Lomas IOC chair delivered a key note lecture to a full house, ‘Implications of the evolving home delivery market for the UK courier industry’

Jamie O’Hara, chief political advisor for TfL talked elections, "50 days to the mayoral election; it's going to be a new mayor. Vote on May 5th,new Mayor takes office on the sunday"


TfL Commissioner Mike Brown opened the 2016 Freight Forum

I want to work collaboratively with you. Enjoy the 'Streets Ahead' exhibition in the room. Put LoCity Conference - May 26th - in your diary...


Ian Wainwright then spoke about the continuing TfL action plans, up to and beyond the London Mayoral election.