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The Importance Of Maintaining Mental Health In Logistics

The logistics industry plays a critical role in keeping our global economy moving by transporting goods and products from one location to another. With the rise of e-commerce and online shopping, the demand for logistics services has increased significantly in recent years, leading to an increasingly competitive and fast-paced environment for those working in the sector.

While physical health and safety are important considerations for those working in logistics, the importance of maintaining good mental health is often overlooked. Here at Drivers Direct, we want to explore the importance of mental health in logistics and how drivers across the country can take care of themselves on the job.

The Impact of the Job on Mental Health

Working in logistics can be a demanding and stressful role. Drivers are often required to work long hours, drive long distances and manage tight delivery schedules. They may also face challenges such as traffic congestion, adverse weather and difficult road conditions.

Unsurprisingly, these challenges can have a significant impact on the mental health of drivers, for example, prolonged periods of driving can lead to fatigue, anxiety, and stress. Drivers may also experience social isolation and loneliness due to spending long periods of time on the road. These factors combined can cause depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

The Importance of Mental Health in Logistics

It is crucial for drivers to prioritise their mental health as it can directly impact their ability to perform their jobs safely and effectively. When drivers look after their mental health, they can make better decisions, stay alert, and react quickly to any situation that arises on the road, creating a safer environment for themselves and other road users.

In addition to the safety benefits, taking care of mental health can also lead to greater job satisfaction and improved performance. Drivers who care about their mental health can concentrate better, manage their emotions more effectively, and communicate clearly and positively with their colleagues and customers. This not only helps create a positive work environment but also improves the overall experience for everyone involved.

Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health

Now that we know that having good mental health is very important when working within logistics, we can discuss how we can maintain a positive outlook whilst on the road.

Prioritise Sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential for your mental health. After long hours on the road, drivers should try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

Stay Active: Regular exercise can help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood. Try to incorporate exercise into your routine by taking regular breaks to stretch or do simple exercises in your vehicle.

Eat a Healthy Diet: Whilst this can be difficult on the road, maintaining a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help to improve your mood and energy levels.

Connect with Others: Social support is essential for good mental health. It’s very important that you stay connected with family and friends whilst on the road. Take regular breaks from driving to contact family through phone calls, video chats, and even catch up with friends through social media.

Take Breaks: Taking regular breaks can help to reduce stress and prevent fatigue. You should aim to take a break every two hours to stretch your legs and rest your eyes.

Seek Help: If you are struggling with mental health issues, it’s imperative that you speak out. You can seek help from a mental health professional or even talk to your employer about resources that are available.

We hope you can take away some points from this blog to improve your mental health and continue a positive and effective journey whilst on the road!

Looking for more tips for being on the road? Check out some of our previous blogs.

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How To Be Involved In Veganuary As A Driver

At this time of year, many of us promise to improve ourselves one way or another. Whether it’s keeping a journal, hitting the gym, or starting a new diet! This month, we’re challenging some of you to take on the Veganuary challenge.

Healthy eating can be a difficult task for truck drivers. They spend up to 14 hours a day on the road, delivering goods and fuelling the country. But when it comes to mealtime it’s often about speed or doing the best with what they have.

It’s easy to forget about healthy eating or meal prep, but this doesn’t have to be the case. We’ve put together some quick tips on how you can get involved with Veganuary.

Start Small

As we mentioned before, baby steps! No one is expecting you to cut out all meat and dairy and never be tempted again, maybe start with one night a week you make a meat-free meal when you get back from a shift? Or, try a small change like swapping your regular milk for oat milk or almond or soy… Or whatever tickles your fancy (we’re partial to a little coconut milk).

Prep Your Meals

Prepping your meals the week / weekend before really does take the stress out of meal times, especially when you’re trucking. It also minimises food waste, washing up time and money spent on meal deals or takeaways too. Meal prepping, especially for Veganuary as a driver, can be an all-round great quick fix at mealtimes when all you have to do is heat up your food (or eat up cold if the dish you’ve prepared is better suited to that)!

There are many meal prep ideas online, on social media and in print. A few of our favourites include Quorn Bolognese, ‘Chicken’ Tikka Masala and Noodle dishes.

Stop And Swap

Shopping is often draining and most of us can switch to autopilot, buying the same / similar things week in and week out. At Drivers Direct, we’re challenging you to stop and swap. Stop and think about what easy changes you can make, and swap a few things in your basket for their vegan alternatives for Veganuary. See how it goes.

Keep An Eye On Your Options

Vegan Meats

When adjusting your diet to try our Veganuary, looking at meat-alternatives is a great place to start as there are SO MANY options! Whether you’re looking for a thick burger or a vegetable fritter alternative, the supermarkets will have you covered. Look out for brands like Quorn, Meatless Farm, The Tofoo co., and Linda McCartney, as well as supermarket own brands.

Don’t forget companies like Richmond that do meat-free sausages that are some of the best alternative sausages on the market too. There are also high-protein options and non-soya products for those with allergies.

Rice & Legumes

For days when you’re off the road and you feel like cooking or have no meal preps left, rice and legumes are a great way to feel full and satisfied after a quick and easy vegan meal. It’s always great to have some on hand for when you find yourself in a pinch or parked up for the night with no shops in sight.

Now that you have a bit more information on how you can get involved with Veganuary, see if there are any simple and easy swaps you can make to your weekly shop. Even if it’s one meal a week, every little decrease in meat consumption helps lessen the impact that the meat industry has on the environment. We’d love to hear about how you get on via our social media on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Why Our Team Love Drivers Direct!

If you’re looking at a career in logistics, it can be difficult to decipher which companies are not only going to give you the most out for your role, but which businesses go that extra mile (every pun intended) to ensure employees have job satisfaction.

At Drivers Direct we pride ourselves on providing our employees with roles that not only challenge their skills, but also inspire development and growth throughout their careers. If you’re thinking of a new role in the logistics industry, here’s a list of reasons why you should choose Drivers Direct!

Best Workplace Award 2022

Did you know, we achieved an award for ‘Best Workplace’ in this year’s WorkL Employee’s Voice Best Workplace Awards?! We’re pretty proud of that one! Our wonderful employees independently entered Drivers Direct into the awards, then undertook a test, answering questions on how satisfied they were within their job roles. We achieved the best work place award in November and are proud to be recognised as a positive and engaging workplace. Which is a fantastic reason to join us if we do say so ourselves.

Outstanding Reviews

When applying for any new role, it’s important to do your research as it will benefit you in the long run. Many use external sites like Indeed or Trustpilot, to look for reviews from past and current employees on their experience with a company.

At Drivers Direct, we have positive reviews across all external platforms online including an overall 4.4-star review on the employee review site Glassdoor, which feature some fantastic testimonials!

Experience and Stability

When considering a logistics recruitment agency consider that it’s important to review their level of experience and stability. Going for an organisation that has long term experience will be able to give you more opportunities with less risk involved. At Drivers Direct, we’ve been in the business for over 12 years, and are growing from strength to strength every day with over 20 branches across the UK now!

Are you Interested?

With so many branches across England, and transport becoming one of the fastest growing employers within the UK, Drivers Direct will always have a role to best suit you. if you are interested in applying for a role with us, you can visit our website. Otherwise, you can also keep up-to-date with all things logistics on our LinkedIn and Twitter.

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It’s Been A Year Since The Driver Shortages, What’s Changed?

It’s been a year since the impact of Covid 19 and Brexit brought havoc to the supply chain and HGV recruitment across the country. Though we at Drivers Direct have been banging the ‘skills shortage’ drum for some time now, it seemed overnight the country turned on and began asking “where have all the drivers gone?”. Regrettably, a year on, we’re still asking the same questions.

We’re hoping to change this at Drivers Direct, and are seeing things that encourage us to feel more positive every day, including being involved in exciting training programmes and exercises that reinforce the benefits of working in the logistics industry.

At points in 2021, the HGV driver shortage became chronic, and goods were left undelivered and shops empty. However, with the number of drivers in employment not falling as significantly more recently, the group Logistics UK has expressed cautious optimism that initiatives introduced by the Government and transport industry in the latter part of 2021 and into 2022 are starting to yield results.

Such initiatives include the increase in funding to allow for more HGV driving tests to be completed, the relaxing of test rules, increased monetary incentives to attract more drivers to the field, and a call for retirees to take the wheel once more. All of which, we wholeheartedly agree are the positive changes our industry needs.

The Numbers

The industry, in cooperation with the Government, worked hard to address the key issues which have affected the recruitment of HGV drivers in the past as shortages really started to make headlines last August.

The reduction in numbers of HGV drivers in employment slowed in the first quarter of 2022, compared with the second half of 2021, which illustrates how the actions we’ve all taken are beginning to address the loss of skilled workers.

Figures revealed by Logistics UK indicate that while the number of HGV drivers in employment is estimated to have fallen by 30,300 in the first quarter of 2022, this is less of a reduction than in Q3 and Q4 2021 which saw falls of 44,000 and 49,000 respectively. 

Meanwhile, improved throughputs at DVSA testing facilities have shown that 26,388 practical HGV tests were conducted in Q1 2022, an increase of 43% compared with the same period in 2019. March 2022 saw a record 10,481 tests undertaken, with a 60% pass rate.

HGV driver wages have also increased, helping to retain existing staff and attract new drivers, with advertised salaries for those qualified to drive the heaviest vehicles increasing by an average of 25% in Q1 2022 compared with a year ago.

Such a large increase in the number of HGV tests being undertaken is testament to the work being done by DVSA to address its testing backlog, alongside the industry’s commitment to encourage new recruits to join the industry. Simultaneously, the very low number of HGV drivers claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell 70% from Q1 2019 to Q1 2022, indicating that there are hardly any surplus HGV drivers available for work.

That’s a lot of numbers to digest, but to break it down, the stats tell us that there are more drivers joining the industry, and just as important – more staying put!


Attracting and retaining new recruits and existing HGV drivers in the sector remains a critical priority for the logistics industry to secure a skills pipeline for years to come.

It’s vitally important that these initiatives continue to maintain recruitment levels and ensure that a sustained future flow of skilled drivers can be available to support the supply chain as the economy recovers after the impact of the pandemic.

Future Focuses

What we believe at Drivers Direct, is that the industry needs a renewed focus on the improvement of facilities for drivers across the strategic roads network, to provide the services and support which key workers deserve during their business hours.

To this effect, the government recently invested £20 million in the development of HGV facilities – with a focus on facilities for women in the hopes of more women drivers in the future! Naturally, this is a very welcome change for us all, and particularly the female members of our team.

We’d like to hear from our fellow drivers too though, what do YOU feel has changed in this past year in regard to the industry? Get in touch via our Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Your Questions Around Driving Careers Answered

If you’re thinking about becoming an HGV driver, you probably have a lot of questions about the recruitment, application, or entry requirements, don’t worry – we’ve got all the answers for you! Read on to find out the answers to your driving questions…

Your Questions Around Driving Careers Answered

What training do I need to become a driver?

To become a qualified HGV driver, you must:

  • Have a full car licence
  • Be over 18 – but there are some exceptions
  • Get a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

You must have the full Driver CPC if you drive an HGV, bus, or coach as the main part of your job.

There are 5 tests that make up the full Driver CPC. You might not need to take all 5 tests, for example if you previously qualified as an HGV driver and you want to retrain.

Head to the Government’s website to read the full list of requirements.

What skills will I get from a career in driving?

There an endless number of skills you will obtain from becoming an HGV driver. As it involves both working both in a team and independently, you’ll develop the ability to be a team player as well gaining the initiative required to work by yourself.

It’s also highly likely you’ll become a very skilled driver – if you aren’t one already! From extreme patience in traffic, to being able to navigate tricky situations safely, you’ll be a guaranteed whizz on the road thanks to your new role. With the supply chain more important than ever, skilled drivers are an essential workforce, which means that this will likely guarantee you a job for life.

Other ‘softer’ skills such as communication and problem solving are also a dead cert for those becoming an HGV driver. So, what are you waiting for?!

What should I look for in a logistics recruitment agency?

When applying to different companies, it can be a minefield – especially if you don’t know the background of each one. At Drivers Direct, we are proud of our good reputation and hope to keep it as positive as it is.

Try to find references and testimonials from past customers or employees to truly figure out the work culture and expectations of each agency. For example, you can find a lovely testimonial on our past blog here, from a happy employee – you can also read more details about what to look for in a logistics recruitment agency. Happy hunting!

Can I become a driver from a career in something else?

The job market is particularly unpredictable right now, and it might be that you’ve decided, for whatever reason, to change career. There’s nothing wrong with that – in fact, it’s encouraged!

When you change jobs, you’re bringing with you a wealth of experience from your previous roles, and are able to apply it to the new challenge of becoming an HGV driver – or any other role in the logistics industry.

Whether you were an accountant, a bricklayer, or a CEO, we’ve put together a list of skills you can use from your prior role that will ensure you fit in perfectly in the world of logistics…

  • Commercial awareness
  • Numeracy
  • Good problem-solving capabilities
  • The ability to think quickly, logically, and analytically
  • An appetite for learning new
  • Project management
  • Team working skills.

Check out our blog on career backgrounds that have the perfect skills for logistics.

Do I need a university degree?

Lastly, while university can be a great step forward into the right career for you, it’s not a route you need to take when becoming an HGV driver.

There are plenty of reasons why you might opt to become an HGV driver as opposed to going to university – read all about it in our previous blog!

Got any more questions? 

That’s just some of the questions you might have answered – there may well be more! To get in touch with us, you can find us on Twitter and LinkedIn, or get in touch with one of our friendly team via our contact form.

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5 Perks Of An Apprenticeship In Transport

Looking to make your first foray into the world of work? Maybe you’re considering a move to university, but aren’t sure what to study? You wouldn’t be blamed for being unsure of what to do with regards to your future – there are so many options out there, each with their own pros and cons lists!


For those considering a career in the logistics industry, here are 5 reasons to choose an apprenticeship in transport. With a bit of luck, you’ll be knocking on our door soon!


5 Perks Of An Apprenticeship In Transport


  1. An alternative to university


University is not for everyone, but sadly it is often touted as the be all and end all when it comes to the next step young people should take after finishing their studying. While there are many valid reasons for choosing to pursue a degree, there are other options available to you – and many reasons why you might not feel like studying for another 3 years, minimum!


From the large fees to the heavy workloads, university isn’t an attractive option for some people. Fortunately, apprenticeships don’t require any fees – in fact, you are paid while you learn! It’s a great way of starting to earn money whilst bypassing the loans that a degree would cost you, while giving you a head start in the work force.


  1. An (almost) guaranteed job


Provided you’re reliable, keen to learn, and work well with others, there’s little chance you won’t be guaranteed a job after an apprenticeship in transport. That’s not just due to the current drivers shortage in the UK! HGV drivers will always be needed, so you’re unlikely to have to struggle through the hiring process.


There’s also the likelihood that you’ll be hired by the company that’s going to provide your apprenticeship. While this isn’t always a guarantee, it’s the perfect chance to prove yourself!


  1. Transferable skills


Further education might provide someone with a qualification, but it doesn’t necessarily provide them with the transferable skills needed in the world of employment – so-called ‘soft skills.’ From working in a team, to dealing with customers and clients, there are some things that simply can’t be replicated in a classroom.


You’ll be able to take the skills learned in a transport apprenticeship forth throughout your entire working life, making connections with others and developing your personal abilities. It’s a win-win!


  1. Buy yourself some time


You might be truly stuck as to what to do with your career, but the beauty of apprenticeships is that it provides you with thinking time. If you don’t like the one you’ve chosen to do, then there’s no need to panic! You can always change your mind.


There are many different options out there for you, from practical work to less traditional avenues. You can do an apprenticeship in almost anything nowadays, so even if you opt out of your original plan, there’s nothing lost but a bit of time. You may end up finding that you want to go to university after all – which many people do after spending some time in the work force. Apprenticeships are still an important stepping stone to getting you where you need to go.


  1. A great career path ahead of you


Finally, you’d be equipping yourself with a great career path. We might be a little biased, but we think that working in logistics is a fulfilling career that provides you with camaraderie, job satisfaction and great security! Why not give it a go and see if it’s for you?


Plus, it’s a great option for younger people too. Just take this story for example, of 19 year old Jack who loves his career in transport.


At Drivers Direct, we’re dedicated to providing a great working environment for our employees. To learn more about working for us, head to our contact page. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, too!



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National Careers Development Month: Creating A Career in Logistics from Early On

Thinking about getting your foot on the logistics ladder? You’re not alone. Since early 2020 the focus has been on logistics to keep the country running during the hardest of times. The sector’s resilience over the past 18 months has shown it to be an attractive career choice.


The pandemic has increased the importance of the supply chain, and strengthened the need for job seekers to improve their supply chain skill sets. The focus on logistics is bound to increase as top business brains grapple with ways to control the havoc wrought by the pandemic and plot a way forward so that these lessons can be learned for good.


Just What Does a Logistics Worker Do?


In the simplest terms, those connected to the supply chain industry are involved in one way or another in contributing to, or managing the process of, making or procuring goods and ensuring they reach the end-customer on time and in good order, with customer satisfaction and profitability being a priority.



What is the Entry Point for Supply Chain Jobs?

But how can you get into logistics? There are numerous ways to get your foot in the door early on, or even break into the industry at entry-level:


Using a Recruitment Agency

When starting out, many people talk to recruiting companies and head-hunters. This is of particular benefit if you wish to test the waters before committing to one job and one employer. A recruitment agency may be able to find you a temporary position, which, if you prove to be a good fit with the company, could lead to a permanent job.




Look out for industry-type events in your area, as these provide an opportunity for you to meet lots of people. Speak to as many professionals as you can—discuss your various options with them. And don’t be afraid to ask their advice on how to start out in the industry.



Marketing Yourself

LinkedIn is the best platform for this. Put your profile up so that managers can find you. Be sure to include all the keywords for the type of work you want to do. Recruiters and managers are increasingly using social media, LinkedIn in particular, to assess prospective candidates through their links and posts. You can significantly raise your profile by writing and sharing posts—the more the merrier. You can also use LinkedIn to scour the many logistics jobs that are advertised on the platform.



Logistics Companies

Some of the best ways to get stuck in are through logistics companies. You could pick up a job as a warehouse picker, a forklift driver, or even a truck driver. If you lack the qualifications to drive a HGV, don’t worry, pass schemes are easy enough to find and relatively affordable. Many companies are even offering joining incentives which often make up for the cost of training.


Whichever way you decide to join us, welcome! The logistics industry is a great place to work. Join the conversation over on our Twitter or LinkedIn pages and let us know how you got into the industry. For more blogs, click here.

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Considering a career in logistics instead of university

You’d be forgiven for thinking that, after leaving school, your only option is to go to university in order to find a career you enjoy, or make a decent living. But this simply isn’t the case!


Here’s why there’s no reason not to consider a career in logistics in place of going to university.


Spend wisely


It is true that the number of people going to university in the UK has increased in recent years. Data shows that in 1990, the number of people going to university stood at less than 20%. That number has now more than doubled to 40%.


However, in that time the monetary cost of going to university has also exponentially increased. In 1998,university fees were introduced at £1000 per year, where they had previously been free. In 2004 they were raised to £3000, now converted into loans repayable on an income-contingent basis. After the 2010 election, the basis of university finance was radically transformed, as student fees were raised to £9000.


Though university is often an essential road to go down for those pursuing particular careers, such as in scientific fields, medicine, law and academia, there are often other viable options for those who are looking into a career that doesn’t require degrees. Apprenticeships and training courses are great ways to learn new skills without spending 3 years studying – and don’t come with the costly fees of a university degree.


A logistics career doesn’t require a degree – for the full list of requirements, head to the government website.


Opportunity knocks


Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of HGV drivers. That means there’s a likelihood you’ll be able to find a job with hours and a wage that suits you. For example, you might be limited to only working certain days, or may be looking for a temporary role while you consider what you want to do in the future. The great thing is that you can do this while providing an exceptional service as a key worker.


A common struggle amongst those who have left university is the scarcity of roles that are available for new graduates. Sometimes, those with degrees find themselves unable to find a role for months or even years after finishing university – and even the role that they do find might not be the kind they had in mind, often not relating to their specialised subject.


It’s important to really think about what you want to do in the future, and there’s no rush to go to university: while 18 might be the most common age to attend, there’s no reason at all that you can’t go a little further down the line. In the meantime, you might just find the career you’d like to be in for life in the form of an HGV driver.


For more reasons why you should consider a career in driving, check out our other blogs! And for regular updates on the world of logistics, be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.








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Why The Covid-19 Drivers Shortage Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

The impact of the logistics sector on the UK economy is seemingly simple to understand, but its importance is, unfortunately, regularly overlooked. With this being the case, it’s easy to ignore the catastrophic snowball of events that a driver shortage can lead to. Without goods making it to their intended destination, supermarkets and restaurants aren’t able to serve food, shops aren’t able to sell their wares, prices for goods increase, and small businesses are no longer able to compete with larger competitors that have the ability to pay more for merchandise. In short — the entire economy quickly slips into a rut that has the potential to turn into something much larger and we’re already seeing that issue today. Only recently has the sheer impact of the driver shortage been fully contextualised, one only needs to take a look at the empty supermarket shelves to understand.


The driver shortage in the UK has reached a critical high, with demand increasing across supply chains as the country recovers from Covid-19. The logistics industry is currently experiencing an estimated shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers due to the pandemic and following Brexit.


At this point, figures are too damning to be overlooked. Aside from the obvious lack of food and supplies, there are many other knock-on effects the driver shortage can have on the UK. Below, we explore this, and cover why the current driver shortage, shouldn’t be overlooked as an ongoing and serious problem.


Strikes Are Planned


Currently, lorry drivers are planning a nationwide strike over their working conditions, promising to wreak even more havoc on the already stunted supply chain. The proposed “stay at home” day next month is a response to low pay and poor working conditions. The event is designed to compound the effect of the UK’s lorry-driver shortage, which is continuing to cause widespread stock shortages across the country. A whole day of reduced deliveries will certainly magnify food shortages and cripple the country’s already damaged supply chains. So far, the “stay at home” pledge on 23rd August has attracted nearly 3,000 HGV drivers with another 340 joining last week.


Loss Of Local Businesses


If the situation continues, it’s possible that local retailers will begin experiencing missed shipments. Shelves will not be fully stocked, and if these products aren’t quickly restocked, many consumers may turn to larger stores to find what they’re looking for. Therefore, small businesses may be in an even larger bind, possibly resulting in loss of jobs for their employees. The driver shortage should not be overlooked for this reason, not now or not ever. The skills gap and lack of HGV talent is an ongoing issue, and one that needs to be tackled.


Increased Weekly Shop Cost


The majority of British diets are based on foods that aren’t grown locally; meaning that hauliers often deliver food from suppliers hundreds of miles away and even overseas. If a producer is unable to find a driver to transport their goods, they might lose them. Highly perishable foods such as fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, milk, and eggs would likely see a significant price hike due to the higher cost of delivery.


Less Imported Goods


The effects of Brexit are believed to have forced around 25,000 truckers to return to the EU.

This issue can’t be solved overnight. Even by allowing eastern European drivers to enter the UK on short-term work visas, the shortage is still going to take at least an estimated six months to two years to fix. This means a lack of imported goods all the while. Those nice oranges we import from Spain and the entire Amazon EU directory, we will have to go without.


The current driver shortage debacle only highlights a wider problem in the industry, and one that we at Driver’s Direct are actively hoping to tackle by recruiting fresh talent in the sector. We cannot afford to overlook this anymore. Have your say via Twitter or LinkedIn and have your say. For more information on what we do, visit ou

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