The Highways Agency’s winter preparation team will be providing details of its severe winter weather preparations, and how operators can be prepared for severe conditions, at the remaining seminars in the Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager series.

    Extreme winter weather caused massive disruption to the UK’s supply chain last year.  The winter preparation session will give managers all the information they need to minimise this disruption and to assist their drivers when the weather is becoming more unpredictable, and delegates will also learn about the work FTA does to pass on winter campaign messages to its members.

    The nationwide seminar series, aimed at preparing transport managers for the year ahead, has already passed the 1,000 delegate mark – a significant increase on delegate numbers from 2010.  The seminars are supported by leading tyre manufacturer Goodyear and one of the world’s leading energy providers Shell, and are aimed at arming transport managers with the tools they need to meet the challenges of an increasingly pressured environment in which their role is often changing.

    Perrin Baker, Senior UK Marketing Manager for Shell UK Oil Products Ltd, said:

    “Shell is delighted that FTA’s Transport Manager 2011 series has already had over 1,000 delegates, especially as a number of events are still to run.  FTA Transport Manager goes from strength to strength in what are still very difficult economic times.  Our partnership with FTA is vital to help ensure that transport managers have the most up-to-date facts and figures at their fingertips and that’s why we are proud to be their partner on the road.”

    Adam Stanton, Product Marketing Manager – Commercial Tyres at Goodyear said:

    “This phenomenal success for FTA is great news for us as sponsors.  We have been present at all of the events so far and feedback has been very positive.  The series has been the perfect way to speak to transport managers about tyre related topics and news that this is now over 1,000 delegates is wonderful.”

    The Transport Manager seminar series, which has been touring the UK since September and finishes at Ascot Racecourse at the end of November, has received ringing endorsements from attendees, with 98 per cent of those surveyed saying they would definitely attend in the future.

    Attendance is open to FTA members at £325 plus VAT for the first delegate and £275 plus VAT for subsequent delegates; and to non-members at £385 plus VAT for the first delegate and £345 plus VAT for subsequent delegates.