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Published 5th Mar 2012

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Clipper, the UK’s leading specialist in high value and retail logistics is urging businesses operating within the sector to come together to help tackle mutual barriers to growth and share key opportunities for success.

Carl Muir, Head of Port Centric Logistics at Clipper Group is attending a sector engagement session for the logistics industry organised by Tees Valley Unlimited and believes a strong level of participation will facilitate a new way of working for Tees Valley.

Carl explained;

“The industry is caught within a real sandstorm of tough economic conditions and minimal regional funding coupled with rising fuel costs and rapidly advancing technologies.

“If we can come together in an open forum to share best practice and confront challenges head on as a combined force, I believe that we can address the issues we face now and ready ourselves for the future.”

TVU is hosting several sector specific workshops – including advanced manufacturing and healthcare. The logistics forum will be held at The Centre for Enterprise at Teesside University on Tuesday 13th March from 3.30pm until 5pm. Delegates are asked to register their interest via

Carl continued;

“While we operate across different levels of scale, we share the same objectives and across the supply chain we can only see real success if companies regardless of size can offer a similar level of service.

“We all need a capable workforce, we all need to minimise our carbon miles and we all need to maximise the support that’s available. I think the forum workshop is a great idea and anticipate genuine value in attending – not just for the sector but for the Tees Valley as a whole.”

Upcoming events

A Healthcare Industry Forum will be held on Friday 9 March, 830am until 10am at Teesside University’s Darlington Campus.

The Advanced Manufacturing Forum takes place on Tuesday 13 March, 8.30am until 10am at The Centre for Enterprise at Teesside University.

The TVU workshops are free to attend with findings due to be published in April. The intelligence will direct the work of the Local Enterprise Partnership and be used on a national scale to influence Central Government.

Online survey is available for those who can't attend

Those unable to attend in person are invited to participate in an online survey available at

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