Eurozone manufacturing industry results at a nearly six-year high

Markit Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data released this morning showed that figures are at nearly a six-year high, with a boost in growth for Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Final PMI figures were posted at 55.4 for February, a healthy increase on January’s 55.2, showing a marked increase in production, new orders and employment. There was growth and improvement in operating conditions in all countries, except Greece, although

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council launches new trade platform in House of Commons to boost UK growth and international trade

A new business and trade platform designed to increase trade between the UK and the rest of the Commonwealth launched at the House of Commons recently. The Maritime Connects Initiative is a new initiative developed by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, in partnership with business trade platform experts AMPP Group. It has been designed to bring companies from across the Commonwealth together on a members-only digital platform to form

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) have revealed the Freight Service Award winners of 2016

The winners of the nine General, Modal and Specialist categories in the Awards, which has established a benchmark of quality for the British freight forwarding industry for more than a quarter of a century, are: Delamode, DSV Road, Greenshields Cowie, MIQ Logistics, Panalpina, Priority Freight, U Cargo, Uniserve Group and Unsworth Global Logistics. In the Individual category, the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder Award was Nikki Hall of Embassy

First freight train travelling from China to the UK has arrived in London

The first container train travelling between China and the UK has arrived on the 18 January at the DB Cargo UK terminal at the London Eurohub in Barking. The train is operated by the InterRail Group, a multinational transport operator headquartered in Switzerland, on behalf of China Railway subsidiary CRIMT (China Railway International Multimodal Transport). Various freight railways handle traction along the 12,000 kilometre route; DB Cargo is responsible for

Brexit fallout continues to impact UK Government and the EU

UK manufacturing orders rose to a post-Brexit high according to figures released yesterday by the Confederation of British Industry. Manufacturing order books improved to the highest level since February, but export order books and output growth slowed. Manufacturers mentioned that although their order books are at promising levels, the depreciation of the Pound has led to many expecting to raise their prices at the sharpest levels since January 2014 in

Heathrow expansion deal met with a cautious welcome

The trade association that represents the UK’s freight forwarding and logistics businesses has given a cautious welcome to recent news that the government has approved a third runway at Heathrow. When discussing this recent news Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association said that the “news appears to be the beginning of the end of years of procrastination over the expansion of UK aviation capacity. “If that is

Let's get the UK economy flying high

CBI President Paul Drechsler discusses the important role of big infrastructure projects and why they are needed now more than ever Building a new runway in the South East would send the world the clearest signal yet that the UK is open for business. Even the Government recognises it’s necessary – but two weeks ago it announced the decision will be delayed yet again. Without this project, we risk losing

UK logistics companies should target Nordic countries

By Mark Elward, Managing Director of DK Fulfilment Consumers in the Nordic countries – Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway – have embraced online shopping with the same enthusiasm as their counterparts across mainland Europe. Indeed, according to ‘E-commerce in the Nordics 2014’ – a report by PostNord, a leading logistics company in the region, almost one-in-three Nordic residents shops online each month. But while e-commerce has become an accepted feature