Logistics Skills Alliance host national FORS Governance Group meeting at Heathrow logistics hot-spot.

FORS Fleet operator recognition scheme National governance meeting Oct 2017

FORS racing towards its five-thousandth member.

Eyesight checks have been a big reason for audit failures.

Two wheel working group has had a first meeting to review options for a FORS audit programme.

FORS is a quality standard for operators; operators are audited and checked for best practice, from management of the vehicle fleet to driver checks beyond the normal practice. A quality platform, the governance group meets four times a year.

For October the FORS group was indulged by the logistics hot-spot.


Carl Lomas Logistics Skills Alliance chairman ‘Van numbers are big’

Rich in national and regional operators of express, Carl Lomas chairing opened with numbers, transport sector around one and a half million and today a third of that is in the express sector - van numbers are big

Clean air, alternative fuel van discussion hosted at London Met University, Moorgate. Perfect mix of guests list with operators alongside tech, manufacturers and govt to talk clean air, electric centric but other fuels on the table. TRL, TfL and DfT in the mix for discussions.

Logistics Skills Alliance Chairman was in the City of London for Friday 13th transport history.

History in the making as transport livery sign for their very own home in the heart of London.

Another milestone in the Logistics 2025 vision as transport focus lands in new home for the Carmen.

Five hundred years in the making, Carmen livery of transport signed a 125-year lease today for their first proper home - at St Dunstans in Fleet Street, London.

A new copper roof, lift access, lots of space for meetings in transport, the new hall of the Carmen was signed today and blessed by the Bishop.

Shirt and tie, no Lycra for cycle run by LSA chair in Transaid cycle run from TfL HQ to final mile in Paris via courier company pit-stops with a hundred thousand tweets of energy and support of the family of express sector, Sunday celebration when Carl removed his Carmen tie from a job well done for Transaid transport charity.

Carl returned to the UK Sept 27th for the Heathrow Logistics Skills Alliance 2025 vision launch.

LSA Chair Carl Lomas vowed to complete the Princess Royal's Transaid charity cycle run from London to Paris at the May Microlise conference. Having never been on a cycle for twenty five years, it was a big ask for the LSA Chair, who has completed 500 miles training in the last six weeks, matching the 500 year celebration of the Carmen Livery with support from Carmen master Marsha-Rae Ratcliff.


TfGM - Freight in Greater Manchester - compliance an impact - golden freight routes

Helen Smith head of freight for Transport for Greater Manchester hosted her national freight forum for Greater Manchester to a full house audience that included TNT, Tarmac, Adidas and Warburtons, Trafford teams, local councils mixed with academics.

Highways England talked data on the golden freight routes, LSA Chair Carl Lomas asked the Red Star rail question for consolidation.

LoCity talk was 1200 electric new vehicles last year, a small number in the pool of all vehicles but the growth graph was like a ski slope for Eddie the Eagle.

There was Manchester Mayor input for the forthcoming freight strategy, a great lunch and interactive afternoon workshops in a diary date not to be missed.


 Akabo Media organised the two-day multi-channel conference at the Connaught Rooms London WC1 as a strong retail mix to final mile logistics that was a diary must-do in the heart of London.

Dr Jonathan Gorst Sheffield Hallam University and return logistics expert chaired, opening speech by Ben Farrell, head of operations at John Lewis, ‘How to manage omni-channel from single channel, asymmetric retail and the customer experience.

LSA chair Carl Lomas followed, ‘measures to consider for retail deliveries’

Body Shop supply chain manager Simon Pattenden spoke on benefits of automation, Vinesh Patel, Sky covered the formula for better returns.

A host of network opportunities and panel discussions were then expertly orchestrated by Jonathan Gorst where retail met logistics to form next generation solutions to final mile.

Sunshine record for Heathrow cargo

Air freight numbers on record growth in both UK logistics hot-spots Heathrow and East Midlands.

A twelve month full year run of records at Heathrow as cargo goes up another 13%  for the month of August.

Logistics Skills Alliance, James Billingham is on top of the World for levy lock-down preview Sept 27

James Billingham LSA was on top of the World for the UK Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for the MIND charity and polish his Levy thoughts for the Logistics Skills Alliance round table at Heathrow on Sept 27.

As James cleared all three peaks it was time to focus on Levy solutions in Logistics and review what is set to be a top level answer to levy paying employers at the Heathrow event hosted at West Thames College; it's free to attend, free car parking and a must-do diary slot.