The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, has visited the Tunbridge Wells HQ of one of the UK’s largest membership associations to celebrate its influence and industry expertise.

Mr Clark, who is the Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, visited the offices of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) in St Johns Road today (17th November) in an event to celebrate the organisation being based there for more than forty years. He also held talks with the FTA Chief Executive David Wells, to discuss Brexit and other key issues for the logistics industry.

Mr Clark told staff that having such a high-profile organisation, with a wealth of expertise in the constituency had proved a valuable resource for him and his team:

“I’ve always thought it was fantastic to have such a prestigious national association in Tunbridge Wells. Representing the whole country, that resource of expertise on the doorstep is something I have always really valued.  And for me as Business Secretary, that is a particularly happy coincidence.”

FTA represents more than 16,000 freight and logistics companies and its members move goods across the UK and the rest of the world by road, rail and sea. They operate more than 220,000 commercial goods vehicles on the road, more than half of the UK fleet and its team of experts have a wealth of knowledge, which is used to provide regular briefings for politicians and civil servants in the UK and Europe and influence the UK’s trading arrangements.

The association is one of the largest private employers in Tunbridge Wells, with more than 140 people based at its headquarters in the town. During his visit, Mr Clark planted a tree in the grounds of its offices on St John’s Road and met some of the longest-serving members of staff. He also praised the organisation for its record of employment and community work in the town:

“It makes me very proud that our town is associated with an organisation as prestigious as the FTA. Lots of people have had, not just good jobs here, but good careers here and they’ve contributed to an organisation which has been an important part of the life of the town. This has always been a very philanthropic employer and the employees have been very active in the community.”

For more information about the work of the Freight Transport Association, please visit www.fta.co.uk, where vacancies within the business can also be found.