The UK’s next government must appoint a Minister for Logistics and Supply Chain if future growth is to be driven across the whole economy, according to Logistics UK.
Launching the organisation’s Election Manifesto, which is aimed at the political parties as they prepare for the next general election, Chief Executive David Wells OBE stressed that focusing on investment and growth in the logistics industry would bring dividends for the UK’s whole economy.
“Whether manufacturing or retail, healthcare or education, every part of our economy relies upon logistics to provide all the goods needed to generate business and growth,” explained Mr Wells. “Innovative, integrated infrastructure backed by a national logistics network will deliver efficiencies and opportunities that can benefit us all. Giving logistics a voice at the heart of government would ensure that the needs of industry and business are heard, and that our sector can work with government to drive up the country’s productivity.
Logistics UK launched its new manifesto, endorsed by senior leaders from across the sector, alongside publishing new survey data showing fewer than a third of adults think the government is doing enough to support this vital sector. The Ipsos survey of over 2,000 adults reveals that four in five adults agree that the strength of the UK’s economy depends on having an efficient logistics sector that delivers goods in a timely and cost-effective way. The survey also shows that the UK public believes growing the economy and creating jobs should be the government’s top priority around policies for logistics, followed by keeping the costs of goods down for customers.
“The public understands how vital logistics is and, rightly, does not think the government is doing enough to support the industry,” continued Wells. “Our sector, which services every part of the UK’s economy, would deliver up to £7.9 billion per year in productivity-led growth if backed by the right government policies, as well as creating jobs and trading opportunities both domestically and overseas.
“The establishment of a cross-Whitehall Logistics Productivity Forum, led by a dedicated logistics and supply chain government minister, would ensure that benefits from our sector can be delivered to the whole economy.”
To find out more about the asks of the logistics sector, the full Logistics UK 2024 Manifesto can be found at https://logistics.org.uk/research-hub/policies/logistics-uk-2024-manifesto