The aerospace industry is flying high, and the UK is one of the biggest players boasting the world’s second largest industry. As a major aerospace exporter, in 2013, almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of total British aerospace exports were outside of the EU. Consequently, aircraft manufacturers’ order books have never been so full, leading to a host of knock-on benefits, especially among Britain’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Such is the present government’s enthusiasm for apprenticeship schemes that companies that take on and train apprentices will soon be able to receive up to £28,000 per year in grants and subsidies.
This year’s Multimodal Show at the NEC promises to be even better than that of previous years. The range of products and services on show expands year on year covering all the modes of transport and products provided to the freight and logistics industry.
The battle lines have been drawn and in less than four months from now Britain could start the process of separating itself from the European Union (EU).
Technologies to enable effective, paperless operations have been in place for many years. Yet despite the proven benefits of reduced cost, improved efficiency and enhanced customer service, too many organisations wait until paperless processes are mandated through legislation or competitive pressures before making the move.