GGR Haddenham and Oldham depots attend the fourth annual FORS Members’ Conference in Birmingham
This year’s conference theme Safer, Smarter, Greener reflected the triple purpose of FORS accreditation, and its ongoing commitment to help its ever-growing membership base to lessen their environmental impact and in turn, help reduce costs.
The one-day event at the National Conference Centre in Solihull featured interactive polls and audience questions and answers throughout, with speeches from major industry stakeholders including Highways England, Kier, Michelin and Rexel.
Along with the full presentation programme, visitors could access a unique exhibition of 36 FORS Associates and four FORS Affinity Partners, showcasing products or services designed to help members meet the requirements of the FORS Standard and assist in driving-up industry best practice, with headline sponsor FORS Associate Tachograph analysis software specialists Aquarius IT taking centre stage.
Adrian Richards GGR Group Head of Transport commented “On attending pervious FORS conferences I could see the positive impact FORS has had on the transport industry, the chance to network with the other FORS members was a key feature along with meeting the exhibitors and associates.”
Marlon Elliott GGR Group Transport Manager Haddenham said “This was my first FORS conference and it was good to see the positive impact FORS and its other members are have on the transport industry, it was also good to meet and interact with the exhibitors to see what they have to offer”.
Kieron Harrison GGR Group Transport Manager Oldham commented “As this was my first FORS exhibition it was nice to put a face to some of the names I have been dealing with over the past few months and to see how companies are striving to better vehicle and logistic technology for the good of everyone within the transport sector. I would say for me, the biggest part of the exhibition that hit home the most was the impact that mental illness & stress has within the industry. With this being a predominantly male orientated industry it is hard for certain people to come forward and speak their minds on personal topics or past psychological trauma, so it is comforting to know that there is now specifically trained personnel in the workplace that are there to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. I really believe that this is something we can all get on board with and benefit from”.