In the past, removing wrecks from an area of coastline was conducted from a pragmatic perspective. Local authorities would make an assessment of the likely dangers to navigation and the impact on the natural environment and then decide if the wreck should be left in situ or taken away for disposal. Today’s different approach requires almost all wrecks to be removed and the natural environment restored to its original condition.
Posted on: October 13th 2014
We live in an age of fast moving business and virtual transactions, where the explosion of the internet and social media has permanently changed how businesses operate; however for those organisations that have expanded into the Middle East, the corporate world is a very different place.
Business is personal and having the best product or service is simply not enough. In the Middle East, a key area for many UK companies, including those in the supply chain sector, people prefer to do business with people and organisations they know and trust.
Posted on: October 8th 2014
In June 2012, alongside the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) represented the world’s shipowners at the United Nations ‘Rio+20’ Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.
Posted on: September 25th 2014
Lorry driving is one of the most difficult professions in the world. Drivers spend many hours on the road, logging millions of miles, to make sure freight is delivered on time and – most importantly – safely.
Unlike the majority of work environments, the road is a dangerous place. In fact, in its most recent update in 2012, the World Health Organisation pushed ‘road injury’ to one of its global top ten causes of death – the only cause not originating from disease.
Posted on: September 15th 2014
Recent research carried out for the Campaign for Better Transport1, which used existing Government criteria, found that HGVs pay less than half of the costs associated with their activities in terms of road congestion, road collisions, road damage and pollution. The Government’s average cost across different road types is 83.9 pence for mile based in 2010 prices; for example on A roads congestion is 76 pence, accidents 6 pence, infrastructure damage 11 pence, pollution 3 pence and climate change 4 pence.
Posted on: September 10th 2014
Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won’t get a vote (even if they’re Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.
Posted on: September 9th 2014
According to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer, 15% of UK transport businesses are in favour of zero-hours contracts despite the widespread controversy surrounding their introduction.
Of the above figure, 59% believe that these contracts would allow them to respond quickly to fluctuating demand for their services, while almost a third (29%) believe that it would grant their employees greater flexibility in the workplace.
Posted on: September 5th 2014
The road freight transport sector is finding it difficult to recruit the new drivers that it urgently needs. Having cut its cloth during recession, the industry must meet greater demand for more loads to be moved during the current economic growth or the consequence will be felt across all industries.
Posted on: August 14th 2014
A ‘yes’ vote in the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum could have significant ramifications for the logistics industry and the wider business community.
If Scotland votes ‘yes’ on 18th September, it will force businesses and tax collectors to re-think their control methods for the movement of alcohol, tobacco and oil – products subject to high duties and fraud – which currently bring in well over £40 billion a year to the public purse.
Posted on: August 6th 2014
Most businesses that export to overseas countries understand the importance of having a relevant and engaging website that allows them to market their produce effectively to their target audience.
In an increasingly competitive digital landscape, savvy businesses will be constantly harnessing new e-marketing and online tools in order to remain competitive. For many businesses trading internationally, the internet is the most powerful channel of communication available, and when utilised fully, it can help companies to grow at an unprecedented rate.
Posted on: July 29th 2014