The driver shortage becoming more acute drove CM Downton’s profit down in the 2016/17 financial year, and the operator said it’s having its “most difficult commercial conversations” with clients to date as it moves to increase fees. MD Andy Downton told MT that its 9% pre-tax profit drop to £5.1m in the year ended 30 June 2017 was “symptomatic of increased driver costs and increased agency costs” but that the business had the situation in hand. He said: “The driver […]
CM Downton is to extend its 100,000ft² Quedgeley warehouse, after a surge in business and new contract wins.
The government’s apprenticeship levy will come into force in April 2017. This means in just four months, companies with a payroll of £3m or more will be paying 0.5% of that cost into a pot, which UK businesses will be able to draw from for staff training.