Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is at the forefront of a new group that plans to put the City Region’s logistics sector on the world map.
Airport managing director Steve Gill has been named interim chairman of the new Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Logistics Sector Group, which will encourage the development of the sector which employs 31,000 people and contributes £930 million to the local economy.
Mr Gill’s job will be to develop the new sector group’s membership, so that it can create a logistics development strategy for the region and make that strategy part of the LEP’s regional growth plan.
Mr Gill said: “As an airport we are fantastically placed to play a key role within the new sector group.
“I feel that as a group we can work together to ensure that the City Region is a real centre of excellence and a key player within the national and international logistics industry. We have got a great story to tell in terms of our logistics expertise and the group is an excellent opportunity for people working within the sector to join together to share ideas, expertise and network in order to potentially influence the economic agenda.
“The feedback at the launch was incredibly positive and we have already had a number of businesses show an interest in becoming a member of the group – which is fantastic news.”
Mr Gill says that with work due to start soon on the new Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme – or FARRRS – it is an exciting time to work in logistics.
FARRRS promises to cut journey times from Sheffield to the airport to around 25 minutes for both passengers and cargo operators, which could be a significant boost for the sector.
Sheffield City Region LEP chairman James Newman said: “As a City Region in the centre of the UK and with excellent road and rail links to ports and distribution centres, we have one of the best logistics hubs in the UK and this sector is of major economic importance.
“We chose to launch the group to ensure that logistics as a sector is properly represented and has a voice within the LEP. One of the first roles for the new group will be to input into the LEP’s growth plan and bring industry expertise, issues and ideas to the table.”