Downton was proud to host a visit from Stroud MP Neil Carmichael last week at our headquarters in Moreton Valence.
The visit began with Mr Carmichael meeting some of Downton’s young apprentices, who joined the company last month when we launched our nationwide apprenticeship scheme.
After seeing the apprentices in action at Downton’s Operations Centre, Mr Carmichael met with company directors Andrew, Richard and John Downton to discuss some of the key issues facing the logistics sector – including the driver shortage.
Mr Carmichael has been a staunch campaigner for greater investment in transport and infrastructure, both for Gloucestershire and the UK as a whole. This week, he submitted a written question to the House of Commons calling for support for HGV driver training – something that Downton fully supports as a business.
The written question follows the Road Haulage Association’s submission to the Treasury earlier this month, calling for more investment in HGV training and a scheme of grants to be put in place to help hauliers secure HGV licences for UK drivers.
The full RHA submission can be viewed here.