The first event of 2020 got under way as ever with a few words from MD Jason Roper who was delighted to run through a few pieces of news supplied my our partners including UHY Hacker Young, Landmark Development Solutions, Watts, Purple Bricks, Fiona McKay and Assetz Capital.
Next up was one our founding partners and ever continued supporter Clive Gawthorpe, Tax Partner at UHY Hacker Young in Manchester to provide a very brief view on what could be expected when the Budget is revealed in March, the first since leaving the EU.
The points Clive thinks may be relevant are, Inheritance Tax and some potential changes which have been earmarked and Entrepreneur Relief, it has been highly speculated that this could change or be reduced, if that is the case you don’t have much time left to look at alternatives, but as we all know nothing is certain as it may well remain unchanged come the Budget.
Various other changes have also been suggested, many of which are radical with only a month left for you to make changesso if you have any concerns from either a personal or business perspective it could be worth getting in touch with Clive or a member of his team for their view:-email@example.com.
Next was to our guest speaker, introduced by Jason and given a warm welcome was the Founder and Owner of Artez Group Mike Banton.
Mikestarted by giving a refreshing open and honest account of the early days when he first started Artez back in November 2010, some of the hurdles he’s had to overcome, from doing the small extension jobs no one in construction really wanted to securing contracts upwards of £35m.
Trading his prized 3 Series BMW in for a pick up truck back in 2010 Mike gave an insight into the risks he initially had to take recalling times working on projects away from home where he even slept in that same truck to save money.
Setting up in a time where the market was trying to find it’s feet post-recessionArtez was able to gradually grow by picking up larger jobs and making the most of contacts built up over may years working in the industry as an employee of others to eventually becoming the employer of around 40 staff as it stands today.
Arteznow work with many larger and well established developers including Urban Splash and Peel for whom they undertake projects not only in the North West but also nationally, project ranging from refurbs to full builds and everything imaginable in between.
A subject close to Mike’s heart he wished to discuss was way we can all help to try and get young people into the industry, especially with skilled trades. Something all the other developers in the room could relate to is the constant battle to find skilled worker in the construction industry so he really is keen to get involved and ensure apprenticeships and similar options remain open to allow these skilled trades to get the recognition they deserve.
The winner of the Champagne in February sponsored by Landmark Development Solutionswas Mark Geaneywith the meal for 2 at Alberts going toRoger Dean.
MPG Race Day – Wednesday 6th May 2020
It’s Boodles Ladies Day at Chester Races and MPG will be running a trip for Members and Partners, places will be on a first come basis. The price will be £100 per person which includes transport to and from Chester, lunch and drinks in Chester pre Races and Concourse entry.
Please contact Chris to secure your place:- Chris@mpg-nw.com
Our next event is taking place on Thursday 5thMarch at Albert’s Chop House, Manchester when our main speaker with be Clive Gawthrope who has offered to do a Q & A type session based around the Budget and post Brexit changes to look out for.
If you are not a member but are interested to get involved with MPG please contact us today firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to provide information on our membership options and upcoming vents.
We look forward to seeing you at March’s Event!!!
One hundred and twenty thousand vans in the room at the IOC Heads of Industry Round Table Feb 4th
Sir John Hays CBE, MP opened the IOC heads of Industry.
Univ West London launched the Express manager degree, paid for by levy.
TFL talked owner van driver final mile for van scrappage.
DfT briefing - Employment tribunals, courier says No.
City of London, cargo cycles and clean air.
DVSA, driver CPC future of vans.
More than one hundred and twenty thousand vans at the table, A sector-wide express and courier briefing- national, regional, network and independent. Owner van driver at the heart of clean air with hot of the press TFL GLA briefing for the new money to scarp last mile vans to euro six doubled to seven thousand pounds. Employment status to education and the latest levy paid wins for drivers to managers in express courier. National Apprenticeship week, Univ west London launched the new Express manager Degree at the IOC round table. It was a full house hosted at the IOD Pall Mall with a whos who of sector, express courier welcomed to the IOD by the IOD London chairman, David Stringer- Lamarre and opened by the IOC Vice President, Sir John Hayes CBE, MP.
Welcome by IOC Vice President, Sir John Hays CBE, MP
Sir John stepped out of Westminster to talk election, Brexit and new government with transport and final mile, welcomed DFT and DVSA to the key notes.
Introductions and sector summary - Carl Lomas & Tracey Worth
Clean air, employment status and education at the core of the Institute, the Sunday email briefings, quarterly heads of industry round tables exceeding a hundred thousand vans each. Lobby for the owner driver and latest van scrappage money doubled. Feb 28th fellows gowning, research into customer promise for time of delivery, The National Courier awards and 2020 sector trade shows.
A new IOC group chair announced, Richard England, Cambridge Courier Co is to take the role as IOC chairman for the SME and regional courier company group.
Building a first text book for the express and courier sector with fellows input of real world final mile. We will be asking operators to polish the pages, this will be a real world sector text.
Lauren Preticelle TFL - Van Scrappage - double money / owner drivers.
'I also want to ask you for powered two wheeler data?'
Owner van drivers can step to a euro 6 with a seven thousand pound scrappage payment for their old van, it's a big win for the final mile driver. Lauren delivered the detail hot of the press from the launch only weeks ago.
'We have taken on board the value of an owner drivers van, we have doubled the grant, I can also mention 7.5 million of funding for low emission neighbourhoods. We will be tightening the ULEZ with zone extensions and there will be lots of this sent via the IOC Sunday emails. - Road safety and vision zero, causal factors are at the heart of our concerns, we want to get to the route of powered two wheeler accidents.' 'I want to ask you for two wheel data
Alan Lewis Constantine Law - Employment tribunal - Courier says No
Worker status still a hot topic with the courts and tribunals - Lessons learned from the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Stuart Delivery Ltd v Augustine were shared at the Heads of Industry meeting on 4 February by Alan Lewis, employment lawyer and partner with Constantine Law.
Alan talked IR35 and focused on that part of the worker status test that asks, "Is this a contract for the individual to perform work or services personally?" In particular, he shared the approach the courts are taking when considering the right to substitute someone else to perform the work. Delegates learned that there will be a strict examination of not just what the contract itself says, but what actually happens in practice. In the Stuart Delivery case, for example, the ability of a courier to "drop" a fixed slot he had opted for to provide services in the hope that another of the company's couriers would pick it up instead, did not constitute an unfettered right of substitution to prevent worker status.
City of London Corporation - Thomas Parker,
Ambitions for clean air final mile - Healthy streets
Cargo cycle parking at the express delivery point.
City of London Corporation have developed an innovative non-motorised commercial season ticket system for their public car parks to support the storage of cargo cycles near their collection and delivery points for express courier services. This received a 2019 National Courier Award.
Thomas Parker talked detail, 'We are trying to consolidate freight using planning permission.' 'We want to see more cargo cycles in the City of London.' 'We are working towards last mile sites, van to cycle.' 'From our stats half of the vans in the city are not delivery, they are service vans.'
'With over half a million people commuting into the Square Mile each day, the City of London Corporation has taken a bold approach to improving air quality and road danger. In their 25=year Transport Strategy, freight and servicing vehicles are recognised as essential to the functioning of the City but that their impact must be reduced. Along with consolidation and retiming, supporting the uptake of cargo cycles for deliveries is essential to achieve this. One method is the release of larger parcels of land as dedicated logistics hubs for use of cargo cycles and pedestrian porters, the first of which will be released in March 2020.'
'We need to illiminate death and road traffic accidents from the city, we want more trips by cycle, we need to make the most efficient use of our restricted road space in the City Sq mile. Everything in the City is listed, we have the first zero emission streets. Fear not we realise all freight vehicles cannot yet be zero emission.'
We want to reduce the number of motorised freight vehicles by 15% 2030 , 30% by 2044. Reducing peak freight by 50% by 2030. Consolidation is at the heart of our vision. 'We are trying to consolidate freight using planning permission.' Longer term, We are asking for advice on consolidation site success and looking at returns and re-timing. Last mile logistics hubs, we have looked at assets for such use. Vans in, bikes out. We hope to see more cargo bikes in the City of London.
Thomas talked future vision for markets, Barking power station site and moving goods via jetty on the river.
DVSA Driver CPC Elizabeth Heaton Charles Wright
'Hands up for in house driver training.'
'We don't want to see last minute training for driver cpc compliance.'
Hands were in the air for Liz Heaton & Chris Wright as the asked the in house driver training questions for the DVSA agenda. In a cool double act of delivery they brought detail and numbers from driver CPC and where the heavy vehicles sat in the final mile client chain. More than a decade of DCPC, over 1200 centres while a small number deliver the most numbers. 3200 approved courses for dcpc, aprox 600,000 drivers in scope. 26 million driver training hours uploaded but a lot at the last minute. We are finding large vehicle operators not planning the training regime in the correct way, 'we don't want to see last minute training for compliance.'
Vocational driver training, safe urban driver, operator tacho, working hours, reducing fuel cost with better driving are what we want, we don't want to see drivers tacking the same course. 'We want to drive forward one day a year planned driver training for DCPC.' First aid, driver hours and dangerous goods remain at top of the courses offered for driver cpc. We are working on a voluntary DCPC trainer register.
DVSA Enforcement recognition. A five year strategy to recognise best practice, carry a logo for anything relevant to road safety. This should go live in April this year, ongoing evaluation will be at the heart of the impact on products on road safety.
University of West London - the Express manager degree.
Launched here in the National Apprentice week.
Delivery of your next generation managers in the Heathrow Logistics Hot Spot.
A degree apprenticeship for next generation managers without any student loan, paid by levy, delivered both in the express final mile workplace and via blocks at the University, off the job delivered outside of the express sector peak periods. Three years including a manager CPC and FORS practioner qualification fitted around the diary of final mile.
Janet Rowson and James Goodman, 'We have a start date for the very first students in May, its time to call us.
The two talked route to the new degree, application and gateway to the end point assessment. It will also be possible to use prior learning from the job. Hons degree in Express manager is the goal for your employee. 'How much will it cost and how do you pay for it, the degree fee is set at twenty one thousand pounds, it comes from your levy payments.
The degree works well with existing staff, three years long it builds retention of your next generation managers. Productivity lies in the degree entry level of your express courier business. Delivery at heart of West London, M4 corridor in the logistics hot spot of Heathrow.
DFT Phil Martin, man from the ministry.
E-scooters, the law does not allow use anywhere except private land.
From Ministerial portfolios, the Future of Freight project, additional weight and MOTs for electric vans through to eScooters and data collection were discussed in a roundup of current Department for Transport initiatives that impact on the Express sector.
Phil Martin DFT talked about the dept, its ministers and responsibilities from Grant Shapps Sec of State to the roads minister. 'We want to understand the whole freight journey, not just parts of the journey. We are looking at the way demand is driving your sector. Freight strategy, 'you cant endlessly deliver over shorter and shorter timescales. '
Phil moved to regs for new alternative fuel vehicles, further explaining electric at the MOT and licence weight for battery vehicles. E-scooters, the law does not allow use anywhere except private land.
Our van survey, we are trying to understand the use of vans on the road, knowing the numbers between service vans and delivery vans, what those vans are really used for, where, when and for what distance.
Summary - Tracey Worth
One hundred and twenty thousand vans in the room.
This sector is busy, I think fellows for attendance and I thank the speakers for their final mile delivery here today with one hundred and twenty thousand vans at this heads of industry round table.
Univ West London, launching the Express Manager degree here at the IOC round table during National Apprentice week. Todays applauses have been loud, the speakers have been focused on our sector. DFT man from the ministry talked govt dept to alternative fuel van regs. DVSA spoke driver cpc, City of London spoke consolidation centres, Barking and the markets. It was employment status form Alan Lewis, a network of networks from nationals to London regionals.
Your next round table date is May 14th, we have a special SME focus with cloud accounting to the final mile. Fellows gowning is Feb 28th and we are already thinking National Courier Awards to find your best of best for 2020.
Please set your diary for the next round tables of the IOC,
May 14th, September 29th
2020 key dates
Feb 10th: Leeds clean air forum. 'Leeds Inclusive Growth Delivery Partnership workshop takes place on February 10. The event will be centred around "Place"
Feb 11th: TfL LoCITY - alternative fuel clean air round table London SW1 - TfL ULEZ update.
Feb 14th: 2020 Peak One Valentines.
Feb 28th : IOC fellows' Gowning at the House of Lords.
March 10th: Mansion House Carmen Transport industry awards Banquet.
March 22nd: 2020 Peak Two - Mothers Day.
March 31st / April 1st: Intralogistex - Ricoh Arena Coventry.
April 1st & 2nd: IRX internet retail logistics show at the NEC.
April 28th - 30th: CV show NEC - 19,000 visitors, hundreds of exhibitors spanning the whole road transport, distribution and logistics supply sectors. Everything from truck, van, pick-up and trailer manufacturers through to fork-lift trucks, insurers, tyres, telematics and training providers.
May 5th: TfL LoCITY round table on clean air final mile.
May 14th: IOC Heads of Industry - fellows' Round table - John Tilbrook / Graham Negus, Renault EV Vans - Stuart Jackson TyreSafe, Neena Day HSE van focus.
May 20th: Microlise -Europe's largest freight conference at the Ricoh Arena Coventry,
June 2nd: 14th Transaid Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride. Have you got a cup of tea ready for IOC Chair Carl Lomas to pit-stop at your depot on his 25-year-old courier cycle?
June 3rd-4th: CiTTi exhibition Ricoh Arena Coventry, multi-modal transport solutions, real time traffic management, smart parking, autonomous vehicles, EV charging, congestion charging.
June 16th - 18th: Multimodal - all modes of logistics trade show at the NEC.
July 14th: DfT STAT - Strategic transport apprenticeship taskforce event.
July Carmen livery Cartmarking vehicle event 500 years of transport ceremony in the City of London.
Sept 8th: TfL LoCITY round table on clean air final mile.
Sept 22nd: IOC Heads of industry round table - One hundred thousand vans at the table.
October 20th 2020: National Courier Awards at the IOD pall Mall.
Nov 10th: TfL LoCITY round table on clean air final mile.
Nov 27th: Peak Three - Black Friday, Sortation Sunday, Cyber Monday.
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