A new Regional Commercial Manager has joined Fortec Distribution Network, supporting the company’s transport and haulage members based in London and the south of England.
Gary Flight, who formerly ran his own transport company, joins fellow commercial managers Rebecca Wayte and Neil Adams. He has already brought new members to the network and is relishing the challenge of working with the Fortec team.
Gary said: “I sold my own company in 2009 on the back of the financial crash and continued managing the company for a couple of years.
“Logistics is in my blood and I love working at Fortec. The network is close knit, friendly and I am trusted to make decisions, to head up my own area of the country and to build relationships with depots. The personal touch is key to Fortec. I love people so this suits me beautifully.”
London, notoriously a challenging area for logistics companies, does not phase Gary and since joining Fortec he has enticed new businesses to join the Fortec network, LHR Logistics and Freightport Logistics.
“I live just 40 miles from the capital and used to run a depot covering central London, so I am sympathetic to the challenges,” said Gary. “I have five London depots on my patch and their challenges change every day.
“There is traffic, a congestion zone, London depots have had to spend thousands of pounds on Low Admission engines for the LEZ area and now the congestion charge has been increased. My job is to support our member businesses. Sometimes that is with practical support, at other times it is just by listening.”
Joining Fortec during the pandemic posed some unique challenges for Gary but has also thrown a spotlight on logistics: “Transport companies have been classed as ‘essential workers’ during this pandemic and this recognition is long overdue. Too often drivers are treated as second-class citizens and logistics is rarely taken seriously as a career choice. I hope, with the spotlight now on logistics, this will change.
“Let’s face it, the country would come to a standstill without our sector.”