2B Interface tackles skills shortage with opening of logistics division
Andrew Kunman, newly appointed head of logistics division at 2B Interface, said, “The UK logistics industry is worth over £74 billion and employs around 2.2 million people. Despite its status as a heavyweight industry, recruiting HGV driving labour has been a serious issue for companies over the last four years. We will address this challenge, assisting local talent in securing employment and helping breathe new life into the industry in general.”
The launch of the division comes as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) announces the result of its annual skills survey, which warns that a skills shortage on both a local and national level is “threatening to starve economic growth”. The study found that more than two-thirds of businesses in the UK are expected to need more high-skilled staff in order to perform, particularly in manufacturing, engineering and associated sectors.
The new division, based in Northampton, will facilitate recruitment of HGV drivers, driving support and a variety of other services in the logistics industry. Central to this philosophy is the company’s commitment to offering high-quality pre-employment programmes, including apprenticeships and traineeships on both a full- and part-time basis. Kunman added, “Nurturing young talent is a crucial part of the 2B Interface ethos, and the logistics division will be no different. In addition, it will enable us to further grow our Franchise Now programme, encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs to take the plunge and set up their own businesses in a rewarding industry.”
2B Interface’s foray into logistics marks a significant expansion of its services, which focused on sourcing skilled manual labour in highly-sought after specialist techniques in joinery, metalwork and welding. Beatrice Bartlay, founder of 2B Interface, commented, “The opening of the new logistics division marks a proud moment for the company. We are consistently ambitious in our approach, and feel our expansion will provide fresh impetus to an industry in need of a boost. Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties’ central location is ideal from a logistical point of view, and will allow us to assist recruitment on both a local and national level.”