Name and job title: James Bowes, Commercial Director
Company: Linkline Transport Ltd
Category sponsored: HGV Driver of The Year
Your business: How many people do you employ in Northamptonshire and, in a few words, can you tell us what your company does?
We currently employ 67 staff and offer a complete third-party logistics service. We work with some of the biggest manufacturers and retailers in the UK.
Why have you chosen this particular category to sponsor and what aligns your business to the Northamptonshire Logistics Awards?
We feel that drivers in our industry do not get the recognition they deserve. We strongly believe that drivers are the forefront of any logistics business and therefore should be shown the gratitude they deserve.
What major challenges do you think the logistics sector/ your sector faces?
The major challenge at the minute is driver shortage. There aren’t enough / any schemes designed to develop and train the youth and get them excited in our industry.
And how will your company tackle these challenges?
Linkline Transport is in the process of developing a “Young Driver Academy”, we are looking to go into colleges and universities across Northamptonshire and get the youth of today excited about our industry and the big careers that they could have. We are in the planning stages at the minute but hope to have this live by end of 2018.
What country, other than the UK, is your business most closely aligned to?
Germany, where everything is run with efficiency in mind.
We want to encourage as many businesses in the logistics sector to enter these awards – what words of encouragement can you share with us? Why do you think these awards are so important?
These awards are important as they spread great awareness about our industry. It allows the top decision makers from small, medium and large firms to get together in an informal environment and discuss the challenges the industry faces. Logistics should be a group effort, we all share the same challenges therefore we should all try to deal with them together.
What advice or words of wisdom do you have for a successful career and business?
Be a good middle man.
In three words what does Northamptonshire mean to you?
Potential, Growth, Presence.
Linkline Transport is a privately-owned haulage firm with over two decades experience in the logistics industry.
From humble beginnings in Northampton, we have grown from strength to strength. Starting out with just one small vehicle back in 1994, we have expanded to acquire a large fleet of vehicles including vans, 7.5, 18, 26 and 44 tonne curtainside and rigid lorries, with tail lifts fitted to all vehicles as standard. So no matter the scale of the job, we can handle it.
To ensure your peace of mind, all our vehicles also come equipped with the very latest in online vehicle-tracking and we offer all our clients an integrated software solution so you can locate your shipment at the click of a button.
As a family-led company, we understand the importance of a loyal, stable and happy workforce. Our dedicated and well-trained management staff have a wealth of experience in the transport and warehouse industries, and constantly aim to provide the highest level of customer care and professionalism you deserve.
At every stage of the supply chain you can be secure in the knowledge that your goods are in safe hands.