Wincanton: taking steps to address driver shortage
Wincanton plc, a supply chain partner for UK business has confirmed sustained growth in the first quarter.
At its Annual General Meeting today, Dr Martin Read CBE, Chairman, will make the following statement:
“The Board confirms that the strong revenue performance recorded in the second half of the prior year has continued into the first quarter of this financial year, with sustained growth and an attractive pipeline of opportunities in each of the Group’s four sectors. Wincanton continues to make operational and strategic progress and it is trading in line with expectations. Profits are up significantly on the same period last year.
The award of two contract extensions by Ikea to operate its customer distribution centres in Kent and Essex underlines the sustained progress in the development of Wincanton’s Digital and eFulfilment offer. While the Group has maintained its positive momentum in the early part of the financial year, it is mindful of the sector-wide pressures related to the availability of drivers. Wincanton is taking steps to address this, including increased recruitment of permanent colleagues and the acceleration of training programmes.
As set out in the Full Year results, a final dividend of 7.50p per share in respect of the year ended 31 March 2021 will be payable, subject to approval at today’s AGM, on 6 August 2021 to those shareholders on the register on 9 July 2021.”