Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has hosted the inaugural meeting of a new business group which has been established to get the Sheffield City Region moving.
Airport managing director Steve Gill chaired The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Logistics Sector Group, which met together for the first time since the group was established in June.
The group will act as an ‘official advisor’ to the LEP – making sure that opportunities for growth and jobs in the logistics sector can be supported and developed to their full economic potential.
More than 20 people attended the first meeting of the group representing both the private and public sector from right across the region.
The group’s first tasks are to create a strategy for the region’s logistics offering and feed into the LEP’s regional growth plan.
The logistics sector has an economic output of £930 million and employs 31,000 people in the Sheffield City Region. The growing sector is forecasted to continue to expand, creating hundreds of additional jobs every year in the Sheffield City Region.
Mr Gill, managing director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and interim chair of the LEP Logistics Sector Group said:
“We were delighted to host the inaugural meeting of this group. The logistics sector is now recognised by the LEP as a critical component of the region’s growth plans which indicates what a key role our group members have.
“It was pleasing to a see such a diverse range of representatives from both the private and public sector becoming involved in the group.
“I am sure that we can successfully work together to ensure that the City Region becomes a key player within the national and international logistics industry.
“The group’s area of focus will be industry challenges and how we can overcome these, access to finance, infrastructure projects, training and education as well as research and branding.
“With recent news that the development of the FARRRS link road has taken another step forward, it is an exciting time for the regional logistics sector. I am very much looking forward to the continued development of this group and ensuring that the sector is properly represented and has a voice with the LEP.”