Businesses worrying about how their supply chains will stand up to the strain of Brexit should take confidence from the fact that the UK food and drink logistics industry as we know it came into being in the dark days of 1944, when representatives from warehousing companies formed a Committee to discuss the storage and distribution of food and materials in wartime Britain. The Committee developed into the National Association of Inland Warehouse Keepers (NAWK – catchy!), and changed its name to the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) in 1994.

Currently celebrating its seventy fifth anniversary, today UKWA is the leading trade body dedicated to serving the needs of the UK’s logistics industry and has over 700 member companies – including third party logistics operators together with leading retailers and manufacturers – who, between them, control nearly 100 million square feet of warehousing space from nearly 1,300 locations across the UK and have coped with many a crisis.n

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