October 2016 - Verdion

Skills and Education in Logistics put firmly in the spotlight

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Skills and education in logistics is now firmly on the agenda in the Sheffield City Region following an event of private and public sector representatives of the industry.

The Logistics Hub UK (LHUK) event heard from business professionals and academics about the skills shortage in the area and about initiatives and drives that are available to tackle this.

Mike Hughes, CEO of Verdion, who has developed an inland port in Doncaster told the group why he chose to locate in the Sheffield City Region: “This region had the availability, it had the infrastructure and importantly it had the ambition.”

The iPort has already attracted big names including Amazon, Fellowes and CEVA and with the rail freight project on the horizon, it will continue to create jobs for people living in the area.

“We need to be looking at supply chain trends, identifying new growth industries such as life sciences and digital industries and ensuring that the local work force is geared up to meet the needs of the employers in these sectors,” added Mike.

Doncaster’s iPort Academy has been created to be a hub bringing together local people who are looking for work and meeting the needs of businesses. Work is already taking place to identify skills gaps and create training.

Hazel Sykes from the iPort Academy said: “We have a real job to do to raise awareness of the types of jobs that are available in the logistics sector. Projects that we are undertaking are about inspiring the next generation and showcasing the wide variety of roles needed to keep this sector moving.”

Dr Erica Ballatyre from the Sheffield University Management School spoke about the importance of the logistics sector, which contributes over £90 billion to the UK economy and currently employs 8 percent of the nation’s workforce, approximately 2.2 million people.

Her message was clear that more needs to be done to address training and that there was an opportunity to get people excited about logistics, technology and the future.

Steve Swann, project manager of the LHUK project, said: “This was a fantastic meeting which has firmly put skills and education on the Sheffield City Region agenda.

“Our members were very interested to hear about the training and help is already available via the iPort Academy, the Sheffield University Skills Bank and Career Transition Partnership. I also know that further discussions are already taking place between some of our private sector businesses and the University and other training partners.

“Meeting the needs of business by having a workforce that is capable of delivering the roles on offer is key. This event was a step in the right direction for the logistics industry in the Sheffield City Region.”

The LHUK group is a membership group established to represent powerful partnership marketing for Sheffield City Region’s logistic sector. It is a partnership of private sector companies committed to the ongoing growth, development and promotion of the logistics and distribution sector in the Sheffield City Region initially, with a view to developing improved activity with other city regions i.e. Leeds, Manchester and Hull.

To find out more about LHUK visit www.logisticshubuk.com

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About the Logistics Hub UK (LHUK)
The LHUK currently has a core group of members which include Peel, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Verdion, Harworth Estates, Eldred Group, Shepherd Distribution and Anglo World Cargo. A number of strategic partners are also members / supporters including Doncaster MBC, Barnsley College, Doncaster College and the University of Sheffield Management School.

Verdion to Speculatively Develop a further 565,000 sq ft at iPort, Doncaster

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Verdion has announced its plan to speculatively develop another 565,000 sq ft (52,489 sq m) of logistics space, following the successful year of letting activity at its £500 million iPort development in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Due to significant demand in the market and a shortage of Grade A warehouse space, Verdion, with its funding partner the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), has pushed the button on the development of up to 565,000 sq ft (52,489 sq m) of warehouse space. The first new unit, part of Phase One of the 6 million sq ft (570,00 sq m) intermodal scheme, will comprise 190,000 sq ft (17,651 sq m) and will be available from Q3 2017.

Michael Hughes, CEO of Verdion, comments: “It’s been a great year for iPort. We have let over 1.65 million sq ft (153,285 sq m) to some of the world’s largest companies, with a further deal announcement involving a household name coming very soon.

“This new tranche of speculative development demonstrates our strong confidence in the UK market and the very real location and commercial strengths offered at iPort.”

iPort is a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) which will deliver over 6 million sq ft (570,000 sq m) of Grade A logistics warehousing, linked with a high specification rail freight intermodal container facility providing rail freight services with continental gauge clearance to all major UK ports and the Channel Tunnel. The scheme also offers design and build warehouse/logistics units from 50,000 (4,645 sq m) to 1.1 million sq ft (102,190 sq m).

Verdion is developing the scheme on a 337 acre (136 hectare) site in Rossington, Doncaster. The site is linked with Junction 3 of the M18 via the Great Yorkshire Way.

Gent Visick, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield are letting agents for iPort.

For more information visit www.iportuk.com.

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