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Ports deliver five-point plan for growth

[ November 19, 2018   //   ]

The UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) has launched a five-point plan to build growth in the sector.

It calls for policies that will ensure the UK has a ports sector than can continue to thrive in a changing world; promote; create a positive planning and development framework; deliver a balanced environmental approach; and ensure that the UK is well placed to develop the ports of the future

The group says that its members invest more than half a billion pounds in the UK every year but are ambitious for more.

UKMPG chair and chief executive of Forth Ports, Charles Hammond, commented:  “This is the time for ports. The current focus on Brexit and the UK’s trade with the world has shone a light on ports and their importance to the UK.”

Moreover, he added, the industry was “on the cusp of major technological change to radically transform the business models of major ports and many of our customers and supply chain partners. So, it’s never been a more important or exciting time to be in the ports sector.

“The members of the U.K. Major Ports Group are ambitious to invest more in the U.K. and grow the £7.6bn of value we directly contribute to the U.K. as well as the vital enabling role facilitating trade we provide for the rest of the economy. That’s best achieved by industry and government working together and today’s 5-point plan identifies the key areas where that needs to happen.”

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