BIFAlink June 2022

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BIFA’s Young Forwarder Network gets back on track

cutting-edge systems and technology. During his talk, Ackers gave guests an overview of his career, which started in the warehouse at Birmingham Airport. When asked about advice for young people starting out, he responded that he had a ‘passion’ for aviation – living close to the airport as a child – and he still has it now. “Whatever you do, do it with passion”, he said. Carl Hobbis, executive director, BIFA, said: “The Heathrow event was our 73rd YFN event and it felt good to see some of the established young forwarders again, as well as some new faces who have all started their careers since the pandemic, at both events. “The working world is different now, but I would encourage employers to see the value in these free events and give employees time to attend. At them, young people will build knowledge, increase their confidence, and learn something new and bring this back to the business – guaranteed.” BIFA has been running popular virtual YFN events every two weeks and these will continue, but they will move to every three weeks now that we have restarted the regional events. In May there were more face-to- face events in Manchester (11th) and in Anglia (24th) – photos and a write-up will be available in the next issue of BIFAlink . You can find a listing of all future events at

One year after being formed, BIFA’s Young Forwarder Network (YFN) face-to-face events came to a grinding halt at the start of the pandemic, like almost everything else. Two years on and the association, working with the regional organising committees, has been determined to get these valuable networking events re- established as part of a regular events calendar. In April two events were held. The first was in the Midlands region when guest speakers from Kuehne+Nagel, the official logistics provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, gave a fascinating insight into the logistics and operations around the biggest multi-sports event in the UK since London 2012. Andy Blundell and Alex Walton explained the differences between deliveries and timelines to a high- profile event versus normal day-to-day shipments. They also shared their experience of event logistics from Delhi 2010, London 2012 and Glasgow 2014, as well as from a host of other events around the world. The very next day, YFN members from the Heathrow region gathered to network and hear from Mohammed Akhlaq (Ackers), chief commercial officer at dnata, who gave a presentation entitled ‘dnata City: from concept to reality’. Founded in 1959 and employing

From left to right: Sophie Hammond, Mathew Harvey, Mohammed Akhlaq, Bobbie Costin and Thomas Frost

From left to right: Nathan Ainsworth, Georgia Sumner, Andy Blundell and Alex Walton

34,000 people around the world, dnata currently handles 7,300 tonnes of air cargo daily, which equates to 2.6 million tonnes annually, 706,000 tonnes of which are handled in the UK at 13 cargo facilities.

In 2014, the dnata city development began at Heathrow to replace out-dated and cramped sheds with purpose-built and tailor- made modern facilities incorporating the vision to be “better by design” and utilising

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