Strategic ambitions for 2022 set out at Fortec conference



Members of Fortec have travelled from across the UK to attend the Fortec Conference, which set out the business’ strategic ambitions for 2022 and beyond.

Members and other stakeholders travelled to the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island from the four corners of the UK, and for what was the first conference to be held in person since the onset of Covid-19 in March 2020 and the Fortec network was acquired by Pall-Ex Group in August 2021.

The conference was sponsored by The Barcode Warehouse, the UK’s leading specialist technology provider of barcode and RFID solutions and industry-leading mobility managed services, and is a longstanding partner of Pall-Ex Group.

During the event, presentations were made by senior members of the Pall-Ex Group and Fortec team, including Group CEO Kevin Buchanan and Managing Director of UK Business Units, Barry Byers.

The conference was the perfect opportunity to engage with the membership and deliver key messages that will drive success in the years to come as Fortec looks towards the future.

The message at the heart of all the presentations was “achieving excellence”.

The theme, which is aligned to the strategic ambitions of Pall-Ex Group, was chosen to inspire both Fortec staff and the network of members to strive for excellence in everything they do on a daily basis.

This was reinforced in every presentation throughout the day, with all aspects of the business covered, including operations, commercial, network compliance and marketing.

Managing Director of UK Business Units for Pall-Ex Group, Barry Byers, is responsible for the Fortec network.

Barry delivered the closing of the conference and took time to speak to members throughout the day in order to listen to their thoughts and suggestions on how the Group can further increase its success going forward.

When asked about the value of events such as the annual conference, he said: “This has been the first real opportunity I have had to speak to the Fortec membership on this scale, so it was a pleasure to do so.

“Holding conferences such as this is the best way to communicate our strategic ambitions to our stakeholders and get them onboard with what we what we will achieve together. Excellence is at the heart of Pall-Ex Group’s business and making sure our members understand our ethos and want to contribute to achieving excellence is critical to the success of Fortec and the wider Pall-Ex Group”

Barry continues: “After such a long time, it is great to see so many people together again and being able to speak to and listen to them is important as it allows us all to learn and develop together.”

In addition to the presentations at the conference, members were able to put questions to the senior management team of Pall-Ex Group, ensuring they were kept as informed and updated as possible.


Pall-Ex Group CEO, Kevin Buchanan gave a short presentation to open the conference last week and shared his vision for 2022 and beyond.


Speaking about this, he explained: “When the senior team discussed the direction we want to go in, we had two choices – mediocrity or excellence.

“By choosing to strive for excellence, we are building a better future for Fortec and that of our shareholder members.”

Fortec continues to grow its UK membership and is always looking to speak to quality, likeminded transport companies who are dedicated to achieving excellence.

To find out more about becoming a shareholder member of Fortec, please visit: https://www.fortec-distribution.com/become-a-member.