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In May this year Gavin Roser and his co-host Garth Thorne were delighted to host the prestigious European Freight & Logistics Leaders Forum conference in Glasgow.

The theme was "Trends in UK Logistics and Their Impact on the Other Member States in the EU".

The event was deemed a superb success by all.


The Scottish Minister for Transport, Nicol Stephen MSP (pictured right), talked about the major changes in the Scottish Transport sector with particular reference to their impact on the freight and logistics industry.

Garth Thorne chaired the Conference on Friday in the Trades Hall, where F&L members heard a number of high-calibre Speakers. Chris Green, Chairman of Virgin Rail gave a fascinating presentation on the lessons rail freight can learn from the highly successful long distance passenger sector. Derrick Potter, Chief Executive of the Potter Group, one of the most successful UK intermodal companies, outlined the impact of transportation on the supply chain and showed how his company distributes traffic throughout the UK by combining the best aspects of road and rail.

Above: The Minister (second from left) chats with F&L Members during the Conference


Lord Tony Berkeley, Chairman of the Railfreight Group, focused on the UK initiatives that have Continental applications and stated that rail must be brought into contention for freight flows currently carried by road.

David Ross, President of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, passed on a positive message about the state of Scottish business and the potential to expand exports to the European Single Market.

Dr Harold Mills, Chairman of Caledonian MacBrayne, explained the lifeline service his company provides to those who live on the remote islands of Scotland and illustrated his presentation with some charming pictures of his ferries carrying freight many years ago.

Garth Thorne (second from right) welcomes the Speakers and chairs the Presentations in the Trades Hall, Glasgow


Stephen Fitzgerald, CEO of Infratil Airport Holdings and newly in Scotland from Australia, talked in particular about Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the importance of air freight in the global economy.

In addition, Bill Burns, Managing Director of the proposed Hunterston Container Terminal on the Clyde, discuss the role of Scotland in the context of international container shipping.

Gavin Roser is delighted to welcome the F&L Management Committee, in the Clydeport Building of Glasgow.


After a Civic Dinner generously hosted by the Lord Provost, F&L members were entertained by Gavin Roser's account of the many , many products invented in Scotland by the Scottish people - aside, of course, from Scotch whisky! See below left.

Above: Gavin speaking in the Glasgow City Chambers

Mary McLaughlin, Director of Transport at Scottish Enterprise welcomed the Conference to Glasgow and sponsored a dinner on the Tall Ship in Glasgow. After the dinner Garth Thorne spoke eloquently and humorously, and thanked the Sponsors for their contribution to the event.

Members were further treated to a superb presentation by Mr Richard Paterson, Master Blender at Whyte & Mackay, who educated us in the fine art of Scotch whisky tasting (see below).

Richard Paterson (left) and Wout Pronk (right) of Geest North Sea Line B.V).


Garth and Gavin thank once again the Sponsors of the Conference

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