UKWA: The Voice of Warehousing

As UK’s leading trade Association for the warehousing sector, UKWA provides a voice for the industry, representing members’ interests and views to policy makers and influencers.

Our community needs the support of Westminster, Holyrood, Cymru and Stormont that not only understand the challenges we face but, more importantly, are prepared to take appropriate steps to address them.

Accordingly, UKWA has a dedicated and experienced policy team, focused on ensuring that the governments from our four nations, their agencies and devolved authorities, listen to our proposals, and provide opportunities for members to help shape and engage the policy making process.

Election Manifesto of the UKWA

On 23 April 2024, we launched our Election Manifesto at the very first UKWA Parliamentary Reception, held at the House of Commons.

We were joined by parliamentarians, members and leaders from across the logistics and supply chain sector, as we officially launched our Election Manifesto and announced our eight key asks of Government:

  1. Appoint a cross-departmental Logistics Minister, dedicated to unlocking our sector’s potential for driving economic growth across manufacturing, retail, health, automotive, defence & more.
  1. Empower the Connected Places Catapult to promote innovation in warehousing, as set out in the Future of Freight Plan and agreed by the Freight Council; and continue funding Generation Logistics.
  1. Establish a successor to the Solar Taskforce, to ensure momentum continues with the commercial rooftop initiatives in the Solar Roadmap, decarbonising the electricity network at pace.
  1. Reform the planning system to validate the link between industrial land and quality of life, recognising that sustainable warehouse development meets the needs of workers, consumers and businesses.
  1. Modernise apprenticeships by adding the new UKWA Warehouse Manager CPC qualification to the existing L3 standard and allowing the Trailblazer group to identify short courses which can become eligible for levy funding.
  1. Partner with employers in logistics to promote the wide range of high-quality jobs and careers in warehousing; and release funds to pilot sector-specific initiatives where skills shortages are acute.
  1. Encourage UK-based tech companies to design and manufacture the automated and systemic solutions we need, to achieve productivity gains in all the warehouse tasks that support the circular economy.
  1. Restructure the business-rates system to provide an equitable regime of caps and reliefs for large buildings and a simpler process for challenging unfair valuations.

Our Key Focus Areas Include:

Digitisation & Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • AI
  • Cyber Security
  • Automation and Robotics
Energy & Net Zero
  • Rooftop Solar
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
People & Skills
  • Apprenticeships and Internships
  • Social Mobility
  • Migration Advisory Committee (Shortage Occupation List)
Property & Planning
  • National Freight Network
  • Business Rates
  • National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
  • MHE
Trade & Borders
  • Windsor Framework
  • Freight Crime
  • Excise Duty
Young People
  • Generation Logistics
  • Education and the National Curriculum

UKWA Advisory Boards

Our Advisory Boards identify trends, provide expert insight, and share knowledge and best practice. Individuals on the Advisory Boards are drawn from leading experts, practitioners and pioneers in their respective fields and comprise a mix of UKWA members and independent advisors.

The Advisory Boards represent a diverse cross-section of industry, allowing us to develop the most relevant and practical policy proposals to support a fast-changing, innovative sector.

UKWA currently has six Advisory Boards, that reflect our key focus areas:

  • Digitisation & Technology– to explore the impact of evolving technologies including IT systems, AI and automation;
  • Energy & Net Zero– to address climate change, feed into the government’s Freight Energy Forum concerning future energy requirements needed to support electric vehicle charging and support our drive for Solar PV on warehouses;
  • People & Skills– to support our work on training and tackling labour and skills shortages;
  • Property & Planning– to cover the National Freight Network and the considerable challenges logistics businesses face in relation to their properties including planning permission and business rates;
  • Safety – To raise industry standards and explore how improvements in MHE can help to make our workspaces safer;
  • Young People– to support the industry’s involvement in the Generation Logistics campaign and help to promote careers within the sector to a younger, more diverse demographic.

The Advisory Boards enable UKWA to respond to consultative documents on behalf of the membership and ensure that the Association is equipped to provide the best possible up-to-date advice and support to our members.

The Advisory Boards will help to inform UKWA policy and will be reflected in the Association’s ever-evolving Policy Manifesto.

Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more about our Advisory Boards, or would like to get involved.