Successful Talent in Logistics 2017 Show Supported Transport and Logistics Industry

Following months of preparation and hundreds of award entries, the highly successful Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards 2017 took place on 22nd June in Telford, West Midlands.

The daytime conference, which was focused on providing resources and CPD for learning and development professionals in the logistics, warehousing and transport sectors, welcomed hundreds of attendees. From Training Managers and Instructors, to Transport Managers and Heads of HR, visitors enjoyed an extensive line-up of free conference sessions, as well as valuable networking in the Information Zone.

Check out pictures from the Conference in our online gallery.

During the day, they also enjoyed the exciting Grand Finals of the International Forklift Operator of the Year competition, partnered with UniCarriers UK and McCue Corporation. 12 top forklift operators from around the world, including more female entrants than ever before and the youngest ever finalist, took part in a number of practical challenges to find the best of the best.

The finals of the Lift Truck Instructor of the Year award, sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK, also took place the same day.  During the competition, which celebrates excellence in training and instruction, 10 finalists had to deliver a training lesson to an expert judge who assessed their skills.

The winners of the competition were announced later that night at the Talent in Logistics Awards, where over 200 people from the transport, warehousing and logistics industry came together for a very special evening.  13 other awards were presented by celebrity host, stand-up comedian Tim Vine, all of which celebrated excellence across our industry.

Who were the winners on the night? Find out here.

With a glamorous drinks reception, fantastic three-course meal and after-dinner entertainment from a brilliant live band, the Talent in Logistics Awards proved to be an enjoyable evening, even for those who weren’t lucky enough to take home a prize this year.

If you couldn’t join us, you can see photos from the Awards here.

Following the enormous success of the event, Talent in Logistics 2018 has already been confirmed! The event will take place on 21st June 2018 at the Telford International Centre – make sure you save the date in your diary now!

The Talent in Logistics team would like to thank all of the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, supporters, awards entrants and event attendees for making this such a successful event. We feel it will genuinely help to make a real difference in tackling some of our industry’s issues, and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Date for the diary 21st June 2018!

And the winners of the Talent in Logistics Awards are…

The winners of the hotly anticipated Talent in Logistics Awards were finally announced last night during a glamorous evening event at the Telford International Centre.

Excitement for the Awards built during a drinks reception, sponsored by System Group, and a delicious three course meal with wine sponsored by Transformotion, before culminating in the presentation of the trophies to all winners after dinner. Host for the night was stand-up comedian, and star of BBC TV’s ‘Not Going Out’, Tim Vine, who delivered plenty of laughs, as well as revealing the all-important winners.

So, who took home a trophy?

LGV Instructor of the Year – sponsored by the National Register of LGV Instructors

Winner: Mark Liggins from Goldstar Transport Ltd.

Mark plays an integral part Goldstar Transport Ltd. With ten years’ experience as a driver before becoming an instructor, he has driven the advancement of the company’s Training Academy through his knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry. He is an NRI registered instructor, RTITB instructor and an RTITB Master Driver CPC Instructor.

LGV Driver Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Merlin Supply Chain Solutions

Winner: Pertemps Academy

Since 2014, the Pertemps Academy has provided free LGV training to delegates with proven aspirations to start a career in logistics. This helps remove the cost barrier from the equation for excellent candidates who may otherwise miss out on a career in the sector. The Academy recently trained its 1000th driver and shows no signs of stopping as it goes from strength to strength.

Driver CPC Instructor of the Year – sponsored by Road Haulage Association (RHA)

Winner: Martin Ready from John Lewis Partnership

Martin Ready is tireless in his commitment and dedication to making a difference to the LGV community. Martin combines his knowledge and experience to educate drivers, employers and management alike. He is an inspiring and engaging character who promotes the value of drivers to the community and the economy, a champion of Driver CPC Periodic Training.

Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Women in Logistics

Winner: JK Transport Training Services Ltd.

JK Training Services Ltd. has delivered 5568 hours of Driver CPC training this year. With an emphasis on customer satisfaction through quality training provision and driver engagement, instructors are selected on the basis of their experience, competence and personal commitment to providing excellence in all aspects of CPC training.

Transport Manager of the Year – sponsored by DFA Law

Winner: Mair Jones from NPT Homes

Mair Jones is a young woman (27) in a traditionally male dominated industry, running a fleet of 130 vehicles. An advocate of best practice, Mair is at the forefront of a van excellence accreditation scheme and carbon reduction efforts within the company. Later this year, she will oversee the introduction of a new fleet of vehicles.

LGV Driver of the Year – sponsored by Pertemps Driver Training

Winner: Emma Ryan from John Lewis Partnership

Since obtaining her licence 2 years ago, Emma has exceeded all expectations. A member of John Lewis’s Advanced Driver Program, she has had zero accidents and an incredible MPG return, combined with consistently high performing telematics scores. Over the last year Emma has upskilled to support apprentice drivers by helping with training and mentoring.

This was a very strong category this year and, as a result, in addition to the outright winner, Gary Newell of Wincanton was also highly commended. Having been employed by Wincanton for 11 years, Gary’s professional approach, attitude and consistency to all aspects of his driving career are reflected in his professional record, which includes 100% attendance, no reported RTCs, no reported personal injuries and fuel efficient driver of the year 2015/16.

Health and Safety Leader of the Year – sponsored by FSDF

Winner: Sandra Fisher from Royal Mail UK

Sandra is a driven professional who has been managing and leading the Safety role at Royal Mail for 2 years. During that time she has implemented structure and organisation, working closely with management and local safety representatives. She has made health and safety a priority and consistently receives high compliance audit scores.

Training/L&D Manager of the Year – sponsored by Specialised Training

Winner: Andy O’Neill from Nagel Langdons Ltd

Andy lives his company’s vision and values in everything he does. He has a huge passion for training and development and wants to make a real difference, not just in Nagel Langdons, but industry-wide. He works closely with external organisations associated with logistics and will always strive to overcome obstacles with outstanding results.

Training Program of the Year – sponsored by TJX Europe

Winner: XPO Logistics Operational Compliance Program

XPO Logistics approach to compliance training has changed in 2017. Mixing face-to-face training with e-learning, they have adopted a truly proactive solution that spans a range of opportunities, cultivating a ‘You Grow, We Grow’ culture that provides all operations with visibility of all available programmes. They have seen a 70% uptake across 120+ courses nationwide and an average feedback score of 4.7/5.

Training Team of the Year – sponsored by Abbey Logistics Group

Winner: XPO Logistics Driver CPC Training Team

Since the launch of Driver CPC, XPO Logistics (Supply Chain) has seen its internal training team grow exponentially. With 35 team members across the UK, they now deliver 2,000 CPC training hours every month. They are an enthusiastic, dedicated team, committed to supporting the XPO community through engaging and informative training.

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Qommunicate

Winner: Christina Wilcox from CEMEX UK Ltd

A career change at the age of 21 saw Christina leave an office job at a bank and go on to become the first female HGV driver apprentice at CEMEX. Now a fully skilled category C bulk cement tanker driver she is a highly valued member of the team and a great example of youth in logistics.

International Forklift Operator of the Year – sponsored by UniCarriers UK

Winner: Simon Bottomley from Nasaleze

The contest saw 12 top forklift drivers completing various live action-packed challenges, designed to test their practical skill and knowledge of theory.  Simon received the best score from the expert judges, finally winning the award having achieved second place in previous years.

Lift Truck Instructor of the Year – sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK

Winner: Andrew Blatch

During the competition, which celebrates excellence in training and instruction, Andrew delivered a training lesson to an expert judge.  His professional instruction skills were assessed by the judges and he achieved the best score of all 10 competition finalists.

Material Handling Equipment Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by McCue Corporation

Winner: Nesbitt Training Ltd t/a Phoenix Training

Phoenix Training was established in 1983 and has always strived to deliver quality assured MHE training locally and nationally. One of only a few ISO 9001 certified MHE trainers and with an ever-expanding course portfolio, Phoenix aims to provide all trainees with a faultless experience, from initial contact to training delivery.

Lifetime Contribution to Training and Development in Logistics – sponsored by Mentor FLT Training

Winner: Prof Richard Wilding OBE, Cranfield School of Management

Richard Wilding OBE has been inspiring and motivating individuals and companies through his passionate sharing of logistics and supply chain knowledge. His lifetime contribution to the sector is second to none. He is Professor in the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University and Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.

Check out more details on our amazing winners and some brilliant photos which really capture the spirit of this fantastic evening for our industry.


Our judges, including our event media partners SHD Logistics, TJ – Training Journal, Health + Safety at Work, and Transport Operator, had a really tough time picking the winners as the standard was so high, so all of the winners really deserve our huge congratulations!

It’s great to see how much talent exists within the industry and we hope that it will encourage the future success of the transport and logistics industries.  However, to help ensure that employers continue to be able to reward and celebrate their skilled, professional team members, the Talent in Logistics Awards for 2018 have already been confirmed.

Save the 21st June 2018 for the next Talent in Logistics Awards at the Telford International Centre!

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What to expect at Talent in Logistics 2017 Awards and Conference

On June 22nd, hundreds of learning and development professionals from the warehousing, transport and logistics sectors will gather in Telford, West Midlands, for the Talent in Logistics Awards and Conference 2017.   


The free-to-attend Talent in Logistics Conference, provides a unique opportunity for Learning and Development Managers, Instructors, H&S Managers, and HR and Training Managers to come together to discuss ways to overcome important issues such as the acute skills shortage.

Taking place at the Telford headquarters of event supporter RTITB, a comprehensive range of resources will help organisations to better procure and deliver the training that is right for their people and their business objectives.

Seminar sessions

Speakers are confirmed from CIPD, Cranfield University, Mentor FLT Training, Health and Safety Executive, Department of Workplace Pensions, and charities MIND, Brake and Transaid, to name a few. Sessions will address topics such as ‘Making strategic L&D work in practice’, ‘How distracted are your drivers?’, and ‘LGV Drivers: How Can We Support and Improve their Mental Health?’.

There is also a session in response to the increased terror threat level, a briefing by the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters to help prevent vehicles being used as weapons.

Information Zone

Alongside the seminar sessions, visitors will have chance to drop in to the Information Zone.  Exhibitors will be on hand to provide information about the latest products, services and technology to help address the unique challenges around talent, training and development within the logistics sector. Exhibitors include: TJX Europe, Tockwith Training Services, Business on the Move, Think Logistics and ALM Training. All exhibitors can be found here.

Competition Grand Finals – LIVE!

Talent in Logistics will also host the exciting live Grand Finals of the ‘International Forklift Operator of the Year’ and ‘Lift Truck Instructor of the Year 2017’ competitions.

The ‘International Forklift Operator of the Year’, which is sponsored by UniCarriers and partnered with McCue Corporation, recognises drivers who display outstanding skills and safety in counterbalance lift truck operation.  Visitors can watch 12 top forklift operators compete in a number of live challenges including practical operating tests supported by safety company Pyroban, AvantiGas, B&B Attachments and charity Transaid.

The event will also include all the action of the ‘Lift Truck Instructor of the Year 2017’ contest sponsored by Doosan Industrial UK Ltd. Celebrating excellence in lift truck training and instruction, some of the top instructors from across the UK and Ireland will take part in a series of challenges that demonstrate their training skills.

The winners of each competition will be announced at the Talent in Logistics Awards which will take place that evening.


Taking place at the Telford International Centre, the Talent in Logistics Awards 2017 will celebrate the unique skills and achievements of people and teams across the transport and logistics training and development sector, recognising and rewarding those who are striving to improve safety and efficiency.

Following a champagne reception, the inaugural Talent in Logistics Awards ceremony will be hosted by special guest, stand-up comedian, and star of BBC One sitcom ‘Not Going Out’, Tim Vine. With a deluxe three course dinner and live band, the evening will provide the valuable opportunity to socialise and network with learning and development professionals from within the industry.

Those shortlisted for the 15 Talent in Logistics Awards categories, include managers, instructors, trainers and apprentices from training providers, in-house training departments, and organisations, both large and small, across the supply chain. Individuals and teams from several well-known companies, including Tesco, Royal Mail, XPO Logistics and John Lewis Distribution, are among the finalists.

See the full list of Talent in Logistics Awards 2017 finalists here:

Finalists have been selected by a panel of industry experts, including event media partners SHD Logistics, Transport Operator, Health and Safety at Work and Training Journal, and representatives from the CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport), RHA (Road Haulage Association), FLTA (Fork Lift Truck Association), Women in Logistics and charity Transaid. Please join us in wishing all finalists the best of luck!

17 Good Reasons to Attend Talent in Logistics 2017 – Final Agenda Announced

Talent in Logistics 2017 is almost here, but there’s still time to book one of the last few tickets to the daytime conference in Telford, West Midlands. The agenda includes 17 free conference sessions that make this an event not to be missed. 

Alongside the conference sessions, there are fantastic networking opportunities and a chance to talk to logistics and transport industry experts, plus attendees will receive 3 hours CPD from CILT (UK) – yet more reasons to book your ticket today!

The unmissable line up of conference sessions includes:

  1. Crowded places: protect and prepare – Scott Gibbons & Matt Burgess, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ

Up to date advice around the current counter terrorism threat, what NCTPHQ are doing with regards to crowded places, and some of the work that is taking place with the road transport industry.

  1. Driving better Health & Safety – Victoria Whitehouse, Health & Safety Executive

This session will explain the HSE’s model outlining the influences on human behaviour, regardless of the risk or behaviour concerned. It will look at how businesses can categorise the influences and reflect on what they provide to their employees to ensure they are more likely to follow health and safety.

  1. How will innovation in materials handling equipment affect training in the future? Paul Watson, Doosan Industrial Vehicles (UK) Ltd

Paul will discuss innovations in safety enhancements for materials handling equipment and how these features will affect training requirements in the future.

  1. How distracted are your drivers? – Abi Smith, Brake

In this session, Brake will present a hard hitting approach to the reality of distracted driving, with victim accounts, latest research, and initial guidance on the first steps a company can take to tackle this issue.

  1. Making Strategic L&D work in practice – Stuart Haden, CIPD

This session will look at L&D from a strategic perspective and offer insights into how L&D practitioners can balance the need to develop people under increasing resource and time constraints, and how to use and embrace a range of available technology.

  1. HSE strategy and sector plans – Imran Siddiqui, the Health & Safety Executive

Imran will be discussing the background to the draft Transport sector plan which currently focusses on improving load security, reducing the rate of ill health caused by musculoskeletal disorders and increasing engagement on work-related road risk.

  1. Discovering your strategy for sales in your training business – Peter Swanson, Dynamix / Cranfield University

Before starting any sales planning or execution, it is important to know who it is you want to sell to, what it is they are really buying from you, and how you can get the best financial outcome which is tidy, comprehensive and sustainable. We can then think about specific sales and marketing strategies and tactics, based upon your understanding of what your customers and prospects want to buy.

  1. The truth about forklift safety & how to make a difference – Stuart Taylor, Mentor FLT Training

Stuart will highlight the role of human error and explain how risk can be minimised with proper supervision and safety awareness training. He will explore the causes and consequences of accidents and will outline the real practical and financial costs of accidents to business, making recommendations for reducing the risk of accidents.

  1. The importance of correct pre-use inspections – Alex Samson, RTITB

According to the HSE, over 18% of lift truck incidents occur as a result of mechanical failure yet RTITB statistics show some 60+% of operators cannot carry out and record a robust pre-use inspection. Alex will look at the importance of operators completing pre-use inspections and how failure to do so can have devastating consequences.

  1. The latest developments in Large Goods Vehicle driving legislation, regulation and best practice – Richard Brewer, NRI

Are you up to date with the latest legislative and regulatory developments in the road freight transport industry? Richard will be talking through some of the key changes to our industry laws and best practices from the last 12 months and exploring some of the potential changes coming in the near future that the industry needs to keep an eye out for.

  1. Mental health is everyone’s business – Emma Mamo, Mind

About 1 in 4 people in the UK experience mental health problems, and this includes people from all backgrounds, working in every industry. Emma will be discussing the importance of understanding mental health, and offering practical advice and insight into the particular challenges faced by LGV drivers with regards to mental wellbeing.

  1. The New Apprenticeship Standards and How Employers Can Get the Best Out of Them – Allan Birch, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeships, & John Bowman, JohnB Consulting

An overview of new apprenticeship standards and End Point Assessment, as well as useful things to consider when formulating an apprenticeship strategy for levy paying employers.

  1. Compliance, Training and How to Avoid a Public Inquiry – Jared Dunbar, Dyne Solicitors

Jared will discuss your obligations under the Operating Licensing Regime with regards to driver training, assessing drivers and Driver CPC, amongst other things, advising how to ensure you stay complaint, what you need to do to monitor your drivers and how to prevent being called to Court.

  1. Closing the disability employment gap: How logistics can help – Steve Orton, DWP Jobcentre Plus

What challenges are facing the sector and how can DWP help? The session outlines recruitment, training and, support available for people with new or acquired disability, and introduces solutions for helping to access resources and funding.

  1. 21st Century Careers: Careers of the Future – Sharon Walpole, CASCAID Ltd

Sharon will discuss the issues facing UK industry, such as an ageing workforce and the impact of technology, on careers of the future.

  1. Digital marketing for your training business – Jonathan Wagstaffe, Struto

Digital marketing, video marketing, content marketing, inbound marketing, social media marketing, AdWords, SEO – it can all appear very confusing. So, what should you care about? In this session, Jonathan will look at a digital marketing plan which you can apply to your business.

  1. The importance of material handling training in economically developing countries – Gary Forster, Transaid

In a country like Zambia, a forklift truck accident could have ramifications for the availability of medicines across the entire country. Transaid works in countries, such as Zambia, to improve HGV, passenger vehicle and forklift driver training standards. This talk will explain how companies are helping to support this life saving initiative.

Don’t miss out. 

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What does the Apprenticeship Levy mean for your logistics and transport operations?

The “Apprenticeship Levy”, introduced in April, is seen by some as an unnecessary “training tax”, but as a business owner or manager, did you know it could be used to your advantage?  A conference session at Talent in Logistics will explore “The New Apprenticeship Standards & How Employers Can Get The Best Out Of Them”.

Introduced by the government to help tackle the nation’s skills shortage this “payroll tax” (set at a rate of 0.5%) applies across all industry sectors, to businesses in the public and private sectors with an annual payroll bill exceeding £3 million. This will include many businesses in the logistics sector or with large transport operations.

But, rather than seeing this as “yet another tax”, managers and business owners are encouraged to see the value in it and how it can be utilised to actually benefit their businesses and tackle the driver shortage facing our industry.

For instance, this tax is expected to raise £3bn for direct investment in apprenticeships, which can be accessed by employers for training. Starting this year, levy-paying employers can use the apprenticeship service to receive levy funds. Employers will have an annual allowance of £15,000 (along with an uplift of 10% from the government), which can be used towards apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices. Employers who don’t qualify to pay the levy won’t be able to register for an apprenticeship service account until at least 2018.

According to the Government* this funding will help employers to offer more training opportunities for people of all ages to gain high-quality skills and experience, contributing to an expanding skilled workforce.

If you want to learn more about the Apprenticeship Levy, and how it impacts your business, why not attend the Talent in Logistics conference, where the topic of “The New Apprenticeship Standards & How Employers Can Get The Best Out Of Them” will be presented Allan Birch of Pearson BTEC & Apprenticeships and John Bowman of JohnB Consulting.

Various informative and inspiring conference topics relating to logistics and transport will be presented on the day, hosted at the UK’s only specialist Instructor Training Academy in Telford, West Midlands on 22 June, from 9am till 3.15pm.  Only 20 or so places remain, so don’t miss out – book your free conference tickets now.

The prestigious title of ‘Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Qommunicate ’ will be awarded at the Talent in Logistics Awards, alongside other accolades that celebrate the development of people and skills in logistics. A few tickets are still available for the awards evening, which also takes place in Telford on 22 June.  If you would like to join in the celebration of some of the brightest stars in our industry, book your tickets now.

*Source: Skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector: Government response to the Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2016–17

Are you going to Talent in Logistics?

It’s less than two weeks until the Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards 2017 on 22nd June in Telford – have you booked your place?

If not, there are still a few tickets left. Visit to book your free conference ticket.

Or to book a ticket or a table at the Talent in Logistics Awards here.

If you’ve already booked, we can’t wait to see you there!

To help you plan your trip, find some useful information below.

Where and when is the conference?

The Talent in Logistics Conference takes place at Access House, Halesfield 17, Telford, TF7 4PW. Click here for a Google Map.

Registration is from 9.00am and the Information Zone will be open so you can network with other visitors and chat to our expert exhibitors.  The International Forklift Operator of the Year and Lift Truck Instructor of the Year competitions start shortly after the doors open. Conference sessions start at 10.15.

Doors close at 3.30pm so if you’re attending the Talent in Logistics Awards that evening you have plenty of time to get ready.

Can I reach the event by public transport?

The nearest railway station is Telford Central which is a 10-minute taxi ride to the Conference venue and a 5-minute taxi ride to the Telford International Centre if you’re only attending the Awards that evening.

Is there parking?

There is free parking for event attendees at the Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford TF3 4JH. Click here to see directions to the car park. This will be clearly signposted on the day as well. A shuttle bus will take you from the car park to the venue – this only takes a couple of minutes.

There is also free parking directly outside the Telford International Centre for those attending the Talent in Logistics Awards in the evening.

What happens at lunch time?

A catering area at the event provides a range of options that you can buy for lunch including sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads. Lunch will be available at the cash-only restaurant from 11.30am until 2pm. Free drinks will be available all day.

Which hotels are closest?

There are several hotels which serve the Telford International Centre and are ideal places to stay if you’re attending the Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards. We recommend:

The International Hotel, St Quentin Gate, Telford

The Ramada Hotel, Telford

Holiday Inn, St Quentin Gate, Telford

How do I book conference sessions?

Conference seminar sessions and presentations are allocated on a first come, first served basis and it’s not possible to book them in advance. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time to attend the sessions you’re interested in.

You can see the Agenda here to plan your day.

Remember, if you’re a CILT (UK) member attending the conference you can be awarded with 3 CPD hours!

If you’ve not booked yet, don’t miss out – book now.

When and where is the Talent in Logistics Awards?

The Talent in Logistics Awards takes place at the Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford, TF3 4JH.  Click here for a Google Map.

This is just a short drive or taxi ride from the Conference venue. From the local hotels it is a short walk or taxi ride.

What will be happening on the night?

The winners of the 15 Talent in Logistics Awards winners will be announced on the evening of 22nd June, recognising excellence in the warehousing, transport and logistics sector.  It’s a great chance to celebrate with your team, entertain your valued customers and network with other guests.

If you’ve not bought your ticket yet, make sure you book now to snap up one of the few remaining tickets or tables.

From 6pm there will be a drinks reception at the Telford International Centre.

From 7.15pm to 10.30pm there will be a deluxe three-course meal and the Awards presentations by comedian Tim Vine.  A table plan will be displayed on the night so you can easily find where you and your team are sitting.

From 10.30pm there will be a live band, with doors closing at 1.00am.

What if I have dietary requirements?

If you told us about your dietary needs when you booked your Conference place or Awards tickets, then we’ll have already made special arrangements for you.  However, if you have any special dietary requirements that you’ve not yet told us about, such as allergies or if you’re a vegetarian, please make sure you let us know at least 48 hours before the event so that we can make sure that you’re catered for.

Just email and let us know.

For more information about the Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards visit

Only 3 weeks until Talent in Logistics 2017!

Talent in Logistics 2017 is just 3 weeks away and there is plenty for transport, warehousing and logistics to look forward to.  Highlights include 18 free CPD conference sessions, a glamorous Awards evening with a celebrity host, and the International Forklift Operator and Instructor competitions, so don’t miss out!

Book your free place at the conference now:

Or purchase your tickets or tables for the Awards here:

So, what can you look forward to on 22nd June 2017 in Telford, West Midlands?


Benefit from a fantastic, relevant professional development opportunity at the conference with speakers from CIPD, Cranfield University, National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters, Health & Safety Executive, Mentor FLT Training, the National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI), Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK, and charities Mind, Brake and Transaid. All seminars are completely free to attend, and CILT (UK) has awarded this event 3 CPD hours. See the agenda here.

Not only a brilliant networking opportunity, but also a chance to talk directly to industry experts about key issues in the sector. Exhibitors include the National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI), Driving Test Success, the RTITB Instructor Academy, Think Logistics, and Brake. Find out more about the exhibitors.



Enjoy the live action of the International Forklift Operator of the Year Grand Finals, partnered with UniCarriers and McCue, and featuring tests sponsored by Pyroban and Transaid.  The contest will see 12 top forklift drivers completing various live action-packed challenges, designed to test their practical skill and knowledge of theory.
At the same time, some of the country’s best forklift instructors will be battling it out in a bid to win the Lift Truck Instructor of the Year contest, sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK.




Taking place over a gourmet three-course dinner at the Telford International Centre, special guest Tim Vine, stand-up comedian and star of BBC sitcom ‘Not Going Out’, will present the Awards. But who will be the winners? See the full list of finalists here:

As well as celebrating the talent and achievements within the logistics and transport industry, at the Awards you’ll also have a chance to socialise and network with peers, suppliers and potential customers.  Why not attend the Awards with your team or customers to show your commitment to the development and retention of logistics talent?

To buy individual tickets for the Awards evening, or to book a table, visit:

Limited conference spaces are still available, register for your free place now at:

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Speakers you can’t miss at Talent in Logistics

With just weeks to go until the Talent in Logistics Conference 2017, a line-up of fantastic speakers and conference seminars has been announced. All sessions are completely free to attend, and are focused on the topics around learning and development, legislation, and business strategy that professionals within the logistics, transport and warehousing sector really need to know about.

Make the most of this unique, free, professional development opportunity and book your conference place now.

Meet some of the expert speakers for Talent in Logistics 2017

Scott Gibbons & Matt Burgess, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ – “Crowded places- protect and prepare”

Scott has been a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police Service for over 23yrs. He has spent 15 of these as a firearms officer and took up a post in the National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ. Post the attacks where a vehicle as a weapon has been used, Scott has been engaging with the transport industry and partners to jointly work on mitigating this threat.

Matt has been a police officer for over 27 years and recently joined National Counter Terrorism policing HQ from the City of London Police on a secondment. He has an extensive operational policing background including command experience at major events. He is also a Counter Terrorist Security Coordinator (CTSECCO) with experience of providing protective security advice for State visits and other significant events.

Stuart Haden, Programme Manager, CIPD – “Making strategic L&D work in practice”

Stuart is the Programme Manager for the CIPD, building proposals and designing courses for UK and International clients. Managing the delivery of face to face and digital programmes, continuously refreshing content and new product development.


Abi Smith, Corporate Fundraiser, Brake – “How distracted are your drivers?”

Abi’s role is about engaging with people and their initiatives, including working with corporations to develop effective partnerships with Brake, communicating all opportunities and developments within the charity. Abi works to understand the problems on roads, and because the mission of the charity has a personal relevance to her, she is proud to be part of a passionate team determined to make a difference.

Stuart Taylor, MD, Mentor Training – “The 3 essential elements of training & why companies shouldn’t overlook them”

Stuart has a wealth of experience in sales, service and management – predominantly for the logistics and supply chain industries. Since joining Mentor, he has driven the development of safety management courses designed to maximise productivity, reduce risk and make businesses more profitable. Stuart is also an active Fork Lift Truck Association board member.

Gary Forster, Transaid – “The Importance of Material Handling Training in Economically Developing Countries”

Gary began volunteering for Transaid in 2006, after 3 years with the P&G chemicals logistics team. He first spent two years in Zambia working on road safety programmes before moving to Nigeria to support some of Transaid’s rural health work. Gary was appointed as Transaid’s CEO in 2011 and is responsible for representing the organisation to both the international development community and also the UK transport and logistics industry.

Peter Swanson, Dynamix Technology – “Discovering your strategy for sales in your training business”

Peter Swanson is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University School of Management, as part of the team delivering development and growth programs to small- and medium-sized enterprises. He counsels business owners through strategic business planning. He has a particular interest and passion for sales and marketing for SMEs, and helping owners, directors and managers develop and utilise strategies and tactics for business growth.

To see these speakers, and many more, book your free place at the Talent in Logistics Conference today.

The Talent in Logistics Conference takes place on 22nd June in Telford, West Midlands.  That same evening, the Talent in Logistics Awards will reward some of the professionals excelling in the transport, logistics and warehousing industry.  With a three-course dinner, celebrity host Tim Vine and after-dinner entertainment, the evening promises to be an unmissable networking opportunity, and lots of fun too.  Book your place at the Awards now.

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Top Tips to Optimise Your Logistics Training

Training is an important part of any logistics, warehouse or transport operation – but how can you make sure you are getting the best return from the time and money you’re investing in it? Here are three essential tips for optimising your training department.


Keep up-to-date with industry developments

Do you know the current legislation surrounding LGV or HGV driving? Are you using the most up-to-date training methods and resources for your materials handling operators? To deliver effective and relevant training, it is important to be up to date with current laws and regulations, as well as any developments that will help to deliver your training.  Keep informed to stay ahead of the game!

An easy way to do this is to attend the free full day conference of dedicated sessions at Talent in Logistics, which includes a number of relevant topics, such as “The Latest Developments in Legislation, Regulation and Best Practice” for Large Goods Vehicle Driving.

The Talent in Logistics Conference provides a valuable opportunity to find out more about the latest developments, discuss challenges you might be facing with industry experts, and to learn about new ways of delivering training.

Relate to your people

Whether it is through adopting a new style of training to suit preferred learning methods, or by adding more relevant content to your programs, try to consider what your people will get out of training.

Engage your people with training courses that incorporate a mix of materials and methods, such as video, presentations and role play, as well as the traditional theory and practical elements, for example. Addressing specific health and safety issues, or other challenges that your people face in their daily operations, shows that you value them and the work they do. There are many training resources available now that can be tailored to suit the needs and preferences of your people.

Align your training with your business objectives

People should be a key consideration in any training program but it is also important to focus on the needs of your business.  Training is an investment after all, and you want to see a return.

Any logistics training must cover the specifics of an operation from a health and safety perspective, but if, for example, one of your business objectives is to reduce fuel expenditure, you could also implement training that encourages more fuel-efficient driving.

A conference session at Talent in Logistics titled “Making Strategic L&D Work in Practice”, presented by Stuart Haden, Program Manager for CIPD, aims to help training providers and training managers to achieve this.

To learn more about ways to get the most from your training and your people, come to the free Talent in Logistics Conference on 22nd June 2017 in Telford, featuring fantastic speakers and a comprehensive agenda to inspire and inform!


Why not also attend the prestigious Talent in Logistics Awards, on the evening of Thursday 22nd June 2017? The Awards event is not to be missed as you’ll have the chance to network with industry leaders and celebrate success, plus enjoy a glittering evening of dining and entertainment.

Tickets for this much-anticipated event are on sale now but are limited and selling quickly. Tickets can be purchased from

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Top Tips in the Talent in Logistics Information Zone

It’s just a few weeks until the Talent in Logistics Conference 2017, with a range of fantastic, free CPD opportunities for learning and development professionals in the transport, warehousing and logistics sectors.

As well as enjoying a line-up of expert speakers, if you attend the Talent in Logistics Conference, you’ll also have the chance to drop into the Information Zone, an exhibition taking place alongside the free conference.

The Information Zone will enable you to talk directly to industry leading organisations about some of the key issues that logistics and transport businesses face, such as training procurement, legislation and the apprenticeship levy. It’s also a great way to meet potential new suppliers and only the most knowledgeable and professional organisations will be showcasing their businesses.

Confirmed exhibitors include the National Register of LGV Instructors, the RTITB Instructor Academy, Think Logistics, Driving Test Success, and Brake, the road safety charity, with many more to be announced shortly.

If you’ve not booked your place yet, make sure you get your free ticket to the Talent in Logistics conference now – spaces are filling up fast!


Would you like the chance to speak to hundreds of senior HR, training and L&D professionals in the warehousing, logistics and transport sectors?

If so, why not exhibit in the Information Zone? From your exhibition space you’ll have a fantastic targeted networking opportunity with National Training Managers, Health & Safety Managers, HR Managers, Transport Managers, Driver Development Managers, Training Providers, and more. You’ll also gain exposure to hundreds of senior logistics professionals via a range of excellent promotional opportunities around the event.

Show your commitment to improving talent and skills in this important industry and support Talent in Logistics 2017. Contact us now on or call us on +44(0)1952 520 216 to book one of the few remaining Information Zone places.