UKWA History

1944 – First established when representatives from warehousing companies formed a Committee to discuss the storage and distribution of food and materials in wartime Britain. Originally known as the National Association of Inland Warehouse Keepers – its role was to protect and further the interests of public warehouse keepers operating outside the major ports.

1952 – After the war, the Association’s name was changed as many members by then were operating facilities within the ports as well as ‘Inland’.

1982 – National Association of Warehouse Keepers merged with the British Public Warehouse Keepers Committee, further strengthening the Association’s base.

1994 – The Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary and changed its name again to the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA).

1997 – UKWA changes status to Limited by Guarantee

2015 – New training & education programme developed and rolled out

2017 – UKWA adds new Logistics Users category to membership and launches warehousing space portal, MarketSpace

2019 – Next year UKWA will be celebrating its Diamond Anniversary, for which a schedule of commemorative events are planned

Today – UKWA is a well-respected trade association, representing over 700 member companies, who together operate around 100 million square feet of warehousing and distribution centre space, with some 2000 locations across the UK.

The Association now embraces all companies operating in the logistics sector and, as the voice of the industry, fulfils the following key roles:

  • Representing members’ views to government departments and agencies, the European Commission and Parliament and other relevant organisations
  • Promoting the warehousing and wider logistics industry
  • Protecting the interests of members by offering effective Conditions of Contract
  • Raising the standards of the industry through training and best practice
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