Welcome to the June 15th Warehouse & Logistics News, with the focus on talent and ability. In this edition we’re proud to preview the Talent in Logistics 2018 Awards, taking place on Thursday 21st June at the Telford International Centre, presented by Jeff Stelling, the host of Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday.

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With an impressive list of sponsors including Unicarriers, Doosan, Linde and Pearson, the ‘Talents’ are Britain’s only event that recognises gifted professionals at every level of learning and development in our transport and logistics industries. The shortlisted finalists showcased in our Talent in Logistics Supplement include apprentices, materials handling equipment operators and LGV drivers, as well as managers, trainers, instructors, training teams and training providers, from companies of every size across the supply chain. And with Jeff Stelling as master of ceremonies it should be an entertaining evening.

In other awards news in this issue it’s congratulations to Culina Group, who won the Award for Driver Excellence for the third year running in the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards, honouring the UK’s most talented HGV drivers.

The focus is also firmly on talent at Narrow Aisle, as John Maguire, their Commercial Director reveals in our interview. Narrow Aisle is recruiting more staff, with the emphasis on bringing in more young people. They will be increasing their number of apprentices and taking on various graduates, to add to their multi-lingual and highly qualified engineering skills base. Flexi trucks now operate in 80 countries worldwide, but the company’s enduring commitment to its Black Country roots and location is reflected in the fact Narrow Aisle is one of the latest businesses to sign up to Made in the Midlands, an association for manufacturing and engineering firms in this part of England where the Industrial Revolution began but its spirit lives on.

This industry is famous for its flair for innovation. On our front cover we have the story of how Crawley-based Elekta, a leading medical IT supplier, called in sara LBS to replace an ageing roller shutter door deemed beyond repair. Rather than simply install the same type of door, Nick Cox of sara LBS’ inventive solution was to fit a high speed curtain door normally designed for exterior use inside Elekta’s main entrance, so they could keep the existing roller shutter on the outside.

In other news leading UK packaging supplier Kite Packaging has been awarded a place in the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Barometer, which tracks the county’s top growth companies. With its fast-working product development team, the employee-owned company has shown an outstanding growth rate throughout its 16-year history, particularly over the last three years.

And finally, rounding off this issue’s focus on talent, in our Quote Unquote section Eric Hiser, Vice President at the Internal Safe Transit Association reveals he’s a pilot in his spare time and has been flying since he was 16. Do you have an unusual ability you’d like to share in Quote Unquote? Get in touch and let us know.