CTS Logistics

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by CTS Logistics's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from CTS Logistics is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


Specialist worldwide
logistics by road, sea and air
Based in Berkshire, CTS Logistics is a globally recognised
name in its field, specialising in the delivery of hazardous
goods, sensitive shipments and high-value items. In the
past, it has worked with government departments, the defence
industry and large commercial corporations delivering goods
by air, road and sea. Managing Director Nick Collins founded
the organisation in 1997 and he tells the
more about
the skills and services behind its motto – dangerous, delicate,
difficult, CTS delivers.
Moving the most dangerous cargoes in the world takes a different kind of
logistics company. General supply chain businesses typically build in a reasonable
percentage of lost, damaged and misdirected freight. The industry standard for
this is normally around two per cent. While this can appear quite low, at CTS these
factors simply can’t exist. A single failure of this nature has the potential for huge
consequences, some of which don’t bear thinking about.
Standing out from the crowd
So, when there’s no place for failure, what makes us different? When it’s
mission critical, you don’t leave it to chance. We ensure nothing short of a total
commitment to getting it right first time, every time, and an uncompromising
approach to compliance, governance and values and standards. CTS’ growing
list of clients, from governments to defence industry giants, bears testament to
the strength behind the brand and reputation we’ve forged over 21 years of
»Founder and Managing
Director: Nick Collins
»Founded in 1997
»Based in Berkshire
»Services: Specialised supply
chain logistics for dangerous,
delicate and difficult goods,
secure road and warehouse
services, global freight
forwarding, threat detection
and screening
»No. of employees: 75
CTS Logistics
Founder and Managing
Director Nick Collins
Highlighting best practice
From our inception as a road courier
company in 1997, I have led the
business through each stage of
growth and diversification. We now
occupy a niche space as one of the
foremost recognised specialised
logistics businesses in the country,
moving some of the most challenging
freight being transported today. With
services spanning road, air and sea,
complemented by our in-house threat
detection and screening capabilities,
CTS is the proven partner of choice
for discerning clients who themselves
won’t entertain compromise in
Further comparisons can be drawn
when considering the movement of
urgent shipments. Receiving rapid-
response, time-critical calls from
customers is nothing new or out of
the ordinary across the industry. It can
be the same for operational-critical
consignments of high-consequence
dangerous goods or uniquely sensitive
items destined for our armed forces
in an active war zone. We realise how
important it is to get it right, first time,
every time.
Raising training standards
We have adopted a control tower
approach to managing our operations.
This in turn requires a robust set of
processes and procedures to exacting
standards honed over many years of
complex moves, managed by highly
trained, disciplined and committed
people. I have spent 21 years building
a team of dedicated professionals
with unique subject matter expertise
and experience, often ex-military. For
us, our success can be put down to
creating the right business culture,
and the UK military has perfected the
skill of developing great people with
a fantastic work ethic and team spirit,
who get the job done. As a prime
contractor to the Ministry of Defence
for over 14 years, it is inevitable
that this has helped shape our
Training and developing a workforce
can be a challenge for any business.
Driving improvement in this regard
was a decision to introduce our own
academy. Now in its fourth year,
the academy provides tailored and
Security cleared drivers,
trained and qualified in
ADR UN Classes 1-9
CTS’ growing
list of clients,
to defence
giants, bears
testament to
the strength
behind the
brand and
we’ve forged
over 21 years
of specialist
refresher training to key staff in
everything from vocational certification
for the movement of dangerous
goods (ADR) to NVQ and diploma
qualifications. The sole aim of this
initiative is to provide our customers
with the best people the industry has
to offer.
Performing challenging and
dangerous jobs
As one of only four companies in the
UK certified by the Office of Nuclear
Regulation to transport Category III
Class B nuclear material, CTS is tasked
with performing some of the UK’s
most challenging transportation on
British roads. Meticulous planning
and execution ensure the safety and
security of the general public, our
clients and staff. Regular safety and
security drills overseen by the watchful
eye of our resident compliance team
help keep the business, its people
and equipment primed and ready for
Day-to-day planning for the movement
of unique cargoes requires thorough
project planning, with each element
broken down into its component
parts. These include specialised vehicle
selection and its supporting legislation,
responsible persons involved and their
certification and qualifications for the
task in hand, which will often include
security vetting to very high standards.
In terms of the freight itself, some
consignments can often take between
eight and 12 weeks to organise and
to obtain the relevant country-specific
permits, permissions and security
escorts. All of this is on the basis that
the predetermined route selection
meets all domestic and international
compliances, which will often include
transiting the English Channel. Not
surprisingly this is a particularly
challenging section of water with its
own complex issues.
While no one particularly likes
getting delayed when trying to get
somewhere, transporting special
cargoes internationally inherently
comes with its challenges, and border
verification of loads and licences is
certainly one of them. Add to this
potential delays forecast becasue of
our changing relationship with Europe
and we wait with bated breath to
see if our task has just got that little
bit harder. That said, we welcome
higher scrutiny on all operators and
forwarders involved with complex
freight types as our compliance
standards set the bar high, and
we believe we can capitalise on a
compliance-driven market.
As one of only
companies in
the UK
certified by the
Office of
Regulation to
Category III
Class B nuclear
material, CTS
is tasked with
some of the
UK’s most
on British
CTS’ dedicated fleet is
satellite-tracked and
meets specialist safety


This article was sponsored by CTS Logistics. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster