On Friday 24th November 2017 Woodfines, together with MacIntyre Hudson, hosted our annual road transport conference, which took place at Cranfield University.
The conference, which was titled “Protecting Your Business and Your Profits: A Review of Financial and Regulatory Compliance for Your Business” attracted a record number of Transport Managers, Finance Directors, HR Managers and business owners, making it our largest conference in the area to date.
Mike Hayward, Partner and Head of our Crime and Regulatory department, opened the conference by welcoming our delegates, giving an overall update on the industry and speaking about the importance of brake testing. Following Mike, Adam Young, Partner and Head of Logistics and Transport at MacIntyre Hudson gave an overview of the services that they offer to the transport sector and what we could expect to hear from their speakers today.
We were then pleased to be joined by our key speaker, Caroline Hicks, Head of National Enforcement Group at the DVSA who focused on compliance and enforcement, as well as covering safety recalls, vehicle related terror threats, legal obligations, financial considerations and security.
After refuelling at the mid-morning break, our employment specialist, Maria Gallucci, brought our delegates up to speed on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018. Maria spoke about what GDPR actually means for businesses, the potential effects it will have and how organisations should start to prepare now to ensure they are compliant, with specific focus on hauliers.
Next up was Nigel Morris, Tax Director at MacIntyre Hudson who gave an employment update covering opportunities, pitfalls and the budget.
Michelle O’Garro, Road Transport specialist went on to speak about the importance of financial standing, telling our delegates everything that they need to know, from what is required, the level of finance, and how and when it needs to be demonstrated.
Claire Potter, Solicitor from our Commercial Litigation team then spoke about the importance of avoiding unnecessary and costly litigation and the steps that can be taken by businesses to avoid this.
Before breaking for lunch, Nathan Taylor-Allkins, Solicitor and Crime and Regulatory specialist took our delegates through Notices of Intended Prosecution; including what to do if one is received, what to look out for, and the penalties involved if the correct action is not taken.
During the lunch break, we were joined by DHL who brought along a 4 tonne lorry to promote the safety demonstrations they are currently giving to school children. Many of our delegates braved the cold to watch and also took the opportunity to get in and have a look!
After filling up on the tasty lunch provided by Cranfield University, we heard from Alison Horner, VAT Partner at MacIntyre Hudson who gave a review of Brexit, VAT and customs duty.
Our final guest speaker of the day was Dr Lisa Dorn, Associate Professor of Driver Behaviour, who joined us from across campus and gave an interesting presentation on how human factors can be managed to improve fleet safety, including hazard perception training, driver training and behavioural interventions.
During the course of the day we were pleased to be supported by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the Institute of Directors (IOD) and Towergate Insurance.
We are delighted to have received positive feedback on the conference which has been described as “All round excellent and very relevant/topical”.
Our next Road Transport Conference will take place at Duxford on 3rd May 2018. To register your interest, please contact Kerry Ransby at firstname.lastname@example.org