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FTA celebrates 125 years as the voice of the industry at the 2014 CV Show

The freight and logistics industry raised a glass to FTA today at the CV Show in celebration of the Association’s 125 anniversary. Throughout 2014 FTA is commemorating its rich heritage, and its standing today as ‘The Voice of the Industry.’

FTA is one of the UK’s largest, most established and now long-serving trade associations and represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air.

Congratulating the FTA on its 125 anniversary – Ian Veitch, FTA President said:
"It is a fantastic privilege to be the President of FTA whilst we are marking its’ 125th anniversary. For any organisation to enjoy such longevity the foundation laid by its’ members, its staff and its officers have to be both sound and relevant. I would like to thank the current generation of stakeholders and acknowledge with gratitude the dedication of past generations in leaving us a successful platform upon which to build the next 100 years. This is also a time to look forward with great optimism and to embrace what I believe will be an exciting future. This has always been a ‘can do’ industry which will continue to provide the flow of goods that underpins our industry and our society. Happy Birthday FTA."

The freight and logistics sector has evolved considerably throughout the past 125 years, with transport playing a vital part to the UK economy and beyond; similarly FTA has developed and continues to build its reputation as ‘The Voice of the Industry. As a trade association FTA helps its members deliver safe, sustainable and efficient logistics through:
Representing the needs of the logistics sector at local, national and European level.

Campaigning to raise awareness of the freight and transport industry
Informing and preparing FTA members about the latest compliance requirements.
Training schemes to improve skills and knowledge of drivers and managers
More recently FTA has developed as an Association reaching several milestones including the opening of the FTA Brussels office, acquisition of Freight on Water, creation of the Member Advice Centre (MAC), providing the secretariat for the Global Shippers’ Forum, establishing Van Excellence and setting up FTA Ireland. This demonstrates how FTA is as important today to the freight and logistics industry as it was when it was first established.

FTA has been supporting the interests of the transport industry since 1889, when it was first established as the Mansion House Association on Railway Rates (MHA). FTA has since undergone changes to become the recognised face of the freight transport industry today.

In celebration of this remarkable achievement FTA will be marking its anniversary with a number of special events, offers and activities which have scheduled throughout 2014.

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