A Lancashire business leader has hailed the response of the county’s haulage industry in responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “the nation is recognising the importance of the sector in keeping everything from food, medical supplies and other essentials moving around the country throughout the ongoing shutdown.
She added that there was a need for regulatory burdens to continue to be relaxed as hauliers tackle the challenges of a downturn in deliveries.
The Chamber is the organiser of The Be Inspired Business Awards, The BIBAs, which has extended its application window until the end of July to allow firms to apply for categories including its Transport and Distribution Business of the Year.
Babs added: “We have seen restrictions lifted on the haulage industry to allow them to get vital supplies where they are needed and this type of support needs to continue.
“Now the nation has stocked up on supplies, we can expect to see volumes decrease and that is going to put pressure on this sector and therefore more radical measures need to be considered.”
Since the coronavirus outbreak, the Government has ordered a temporary relaxation on the hours which haulage firms can operate and suspended the MOT testing of lorries and trailers for three months.
The BIBAs confirmed last week that it was extending its application window until the end of July to allow firms to apply for its 20 awards categories whilst concentrating on supporting their businesses.
It will host its judging rounds in September and cancelled its second round of judging, The BIBAs, which normally sees judges visit businesses in their own premises.
The awards’ ceremony will now take place in December.
All entries received by The BIBAs are valid and will be considered by the judging panels later in the year, but firms from Lancashire can continue to apply.
The awards offers categories for businesses of all sectors and sizes including categories for specialist industries such as Engineering Business of the Year and Manufacturing Business of the Year.
For full details visit the awards’ official website at www.thebibas.co.uk.