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Kicking the can down the road

24 April 2019

Neither the UK nor the EU are particularly known for decisiveness. Perhaps the only thing they really share over Brexit is a deep-seated fear of being blamed if they do make a decision… and it all goes wrong. 

Thus, it’s not a great surprise that businesses face further uncertainty as we still don’t know quite what kind of Brexit we will have, when it will happen, and there is even a chance (a small chance) that it won’t happen at all. For politicians, it is, as always, much easier to say what they don’t want, than it is to take a chance of what they do want.

This means businesses must remain agile. I had a recent chat with Andy Butters, MD of temporary building specialist Aganto, and he made a lot of sense as he explained his company’s outlook to Brexit, and how he is helping companies hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

Safer Logistics

Just last week (at the time of writing), our parent company Nineteen Group held The Health & Safety Event at the NEC. For the fifth year, I chaired the Safer Logistics seminar area, and we had more than 600 people attending the sessions, which tackled topics such as forklift training myths, safer rack management, helping HGV drivers operate safely at night, looking out for the potential failure of ageing cranes, and understanding the dangers repetitive work can pose to forklift operators. Thank you to our partners CILT, FLTA, LEEA, RTITB, SEMA and Southalls, and special thanks to sponsor Toyota Material Handling UK.

I also recently attended the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) Awards for another fantastic and exciting night. We are so proud to be the media partner for the event, from taking a role on the judging panel to publicising the event and enjoying the night itself. From Page 24 you can read about all the winners from the night, from the innovative products scooping highly coveted Archies, to the teams being rewarded for going the extra mile on safety, and the individuals recognised for service at the end of distinguished careers as well as those highlighted for promise at the beginning of theirs.

Your warehouse: service & repair

Also check out our new feature, which highlights an excellent viewpoint from Siemens on effective monitoring and maintenance of automated warehousing - set to become an increasingly important issue. This feature also sees a report on an A-Safe customer day, and how Mainmark fixed the subsiding floor of a warehouse.