Freight chiefs back continued EU membership

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Freight industry chiefs are among of the business leaders signing a letter backing continued UK membership of the European Union. The letter has been signed by Ian Baxter, chairman of Baxter Freight; Christian Salbaing, deputy chairman of Hutchison Whampoa which owns the Port of Felixstowe; and Adam Shuter, managing director of Exact Logistics.

Other signatories, to the letter which appears in “The Times” on 23rd February, come from major corporations across both manufacturing and retail. They include, Andy Clarke, chief executive, Asda; Pascal Soriot, CEO, AstraZeneca; Sir Adrian Montague CBE, chairman, Aviva; Bob Dudley, CEO, BP plc; Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo; Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport Ltd; and Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever.

In the letter, they said: “The businesses we lead represent every sector and region of the United Kingdom. Together we employ more than one million people across the country.

“Following the Prime Minister’s renegotiation, we believe that Britain is better off staying in a reformed European Union.”

Ian Baxter sold his previous company, RH Freight to Kuehne+Nagel in March 2011, and launched Baxter Freight in October 2013 with the ambition of building it into a £100m turnover business in three years. His brother Andrew Baxter, who was also a director of RH Freight, is now the owner of Europa Worldwide.

In a separate move, motor manufacturer Nissan has made it clear that it believes that the UK should stay with the European Union. The company employs 8,000 people directly, and a further 32,000 indirectly through dealerships and its supply chain.

In a statement on the EU referendum which is due to take place on Thursday 23rd June, Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “We are a global business with a strong presence in Europe. We have a rich heritage in the UK with 30 years of manufacturing and engineering presence, and remain committed to building and engineering cars in the country. Last year we produced more than 475,000 vehicles in the UK – 80 per cent of which are exported.

“Our preference as a business is, of course, that the UK stays within Europe – it makes the most sense for jobs, trade and costs. For us, a position of stability is more positive than a collection of unknowns. However, this is ultimately a matter for the British people to decide.”

This is the full list of signatories to the letter:

Nicholas Judd, Founder & Head of Investment, 90 North Real Estate Partners LLP

Matt McLaren, Executive Director, Access Ambition Consultancy Services Ltd

Tony Fernandes, GCEO, AirAsia and Founder, Tune Group

Paul Kahn, President, Airbus Group UK

Jacqueline Gold CBE, CEO, Ann Summers

Andy Clarke, Chief Executive, Asda

Pascal Soriot, CEO, AstraZeneca

Sir Adrian Montague CBE, Chairman, Aviva

Paul Evans, Group CEO, AXA UK & Ireland

Peter Rogers, CEO, Babcock International

Sir Roger Carr, Chairman, BAE Systems

Saghir Munir, Partner/Director, Baker & Coleman Solicitors Ltd

Richard John Carter, Managing Director, BASF plc

Ian Baxter, Chairman, Baxter Freight Limited

Una Driscoll, Managing Director, Belt up Kidz Ltd

Helen Gibbons, Director, Bizlang Limited

Dr Ian Robertson, Board Member, BMW AG

Helena Boas, Co-Founder, Bodas

Bob Dudley, CEO, BP plc

Chris Grigg, CEO, British Land

Sir Alan Parker, Chairman, Brunswick Group

Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Group plc

Sir Mike Rake, Chairman, BT Group plc

Christopher Bailey MBE, CEO, Burberry Group plc

Sir John Peace, Chairman, Burberry Group plc and Standard Chartered

George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and CEO, Canary Wharf Group

Philip Green, Chairman, Carillion

Alex Mitchell, Director, Causarma Limited

Iain C. Conn, CEO, Centrica

Sarah Golding, CEO and Partner, CHI & Partners

Christopher Satterthwaite, Chief Executive, Chime Communications Group

Laurent Lacassagne, Chairman and CEO, Chivas Brothers

Phil Smith, Chief Executive UK and Ireland, Cisco

Sonny Leong, Chief Executive Officer, Civil Service College Ltd

Stephen Clarke, Partner/Director, CJCH Ltd

Ian Breminer, Managing Director, Complete Coffee Ltd

Professor Geeta Nargund, Founder and CEO, CREATE Health Limited

Tidjane Thiam, CEO, Credit Suisse

Cathy Owens, Director, Deryn Consulting Limited

Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo

Peter Callahan, Director, Diamond Dispersions Ltd

Seb James, CEO, Dixons Carphone

Martha Lane Fox CBE, Founder, Doteveryone and co-founder, Lucky Voice and

Tim Gentles, Chief Executive Officer, Drill Board Worldwide Limited

Dame Carolyn McCall, CEO, EasyJet

Lindsley Ruth, CEO, Electrocomponents plc

Liz Weatherill, Managing Director, Enable2 C.I.C

Amjad Bseisu, Chief Executive, EnQuest plc

Damien Croft, Director, Esplora Limited

Charlie Shaw, Managing Director, Esteiro Business Solutions Limited

Adam Shuter, Managing Director, Exact Logistics Limited

Roland Rudd, Chairman, Finsbury

James Farley, Executive Vice President and President, Europe, Ford

Nacho Morais, Director, Frank Consulting Ltd

Michael Keegan, Executive Director EMEIA Region, Fujitsu

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport Ltd

Mark Elborne, UK CEO, General Electric

Nigel Stein, Chief Executive, GKN

Hazel Pegg, Director, Glastonbury Online Ltd

Richard Gnodde, Co-CEO, Goldman Sachs International

Michael Sherwood, Co-CEO, Goldman Sachs International

Tom Gosnell, Managing Director, Gosnells Beverages Ltd

Juliette Polge de Combret, Director, Green Rendez-Vous Ltd

Rooney Anand, CEO, Greene King

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO, GSK

Jenny Halpern Prince, CEO, Halpern

David Atkins, Chief Executive, Hammerson plc

John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow

Allen Hogan, Managing Director, Hogan’s Cider Ltd

Ashley Govier, Managing Director, Hotel Services Group Ltd

Stuart Gulliver, CEO, HSBC

Douglas Flint CBE, Chairman, HSBC

Mark Hutchinson, Managing Director, Hutchinson Aerotech

Christian Salbaing, Deputy Chairman, Hutchison Whampoa

Julian Smith, Director, I Am Enterprises Ltd

David Stokes, CEO, IBM

Dan Hydes, Managing Director, Ignite Data Ltd

Ralf Speth KBE, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover

Mahmood Faiz, Director, James William Estate Agents

Jane Field, Owner/Founder, Jonny’s Sister

Katharine Pooley, Chief Executive and Owner, Katharine Pooley Interior Design

Kelly Hoppen MBE, Director, Kelly Hoppen Interiors

Martin Dare-Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Ketonex Ltd

Veronique Laury, CEO, Kingfisher plc

Neil Clifford, Chief Executive, Kurt Geiger

Ian Walker, Director, LaundryRepublic Ltd

Sir Julian Horn-Smith, Advisory Board Member, LetterOne Technology

John Nelson, Chairman, Lloyd’s of London

Christopher Parker, Managing Director, London and Scottish International Ltd

Xavier Rolet KBE, CEO, London Stock Exchange

Debbie Wosskow, Chief Executive Officer, Love Home Swap Ltd

Tim Allen, Managing Director, M J Allen Group Ltd

Jess Burley, Global CEO, M/Six

Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive, Mace Group

Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive, Manchester Airports Group

Martin Lamb, Director, Maple Consulting Ltd

Christopher Peer, Managing Director, Maritime House Limited

Rick Haythornthwaite, Chairman, Mastercard

Ron Dennis CBE, Chairman and CEO, McLaren Technology Group

Clare Hornby, Founder and Creative Director, ME+EM

Sir Nigel Rudd, Chairman, Meggitt

Doug Dooley, Managing Director, MICC & TRM Ltd

Byron Dixon, Chief Executive Officer, Micro-Fresh International

Kanya King MBE, CEO and Founder, MOBO Organisations Ltd

Rana Harvey, Managing Director, Monster Group (UK) Ltd

Fraser Smeaton, Chief Executive, Morphsuits

Alan Parker CBE, Chairman, Mothercare

Dean Finch, CEO, National Express Group

Mary Nelson, Director, Nelson Browne Management Ltd

Sam Laidlaw, Chairman, Neptune Oil and Gas

Miisa Mink, Chairperson, Nordic Bakery Limited

Andrew Mitchell, Chief Executive, North East Finance Ltd

Geeta Sidhu-Robb, CEO and Founder, Nosh Detox

Tim Steiner, CEO, Ocado Group

Stuart Rose, Chairman, Ocado Group

Christina Richardson, CMO, Openr

Charlie Thuillier, Managing Director, Oppo Brothers Limited

Pia Marocco, Managing Director, Osborne & Partners

Luke Brynley-Jones, Managing Director, Our Social Times Ltd

Paul Simpson, Director, Paul Simpson Ltd

John Fallon, CEO, Pearson

Ayman Asfari, CEO, Petrofac

Graham Spencer, Executive Director, Plants for Europe Ltd

Scott Rowland, Chief Executive Officer, Precept (UK) Ltd

Mike Wells, Group Chief Executive, Prudential plc

Steve Wadey, CEO, QinetiQ

Mary Quicke, Managing Director, Quickes Traditional Ltd

Raman Sehgal, Director, Ramarketing & PR Ltd

Sir Peter Rigby, CEO & Chairman, Rigby Group PLC

Jan du Plessis, Chairman, Rio Tinto Group

Warren East CBE, CEO, Rolls Royce

Ben Van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell

Stephen Hester, CEO, RSA Insurance

Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive, Ryanair

Alan Clark, CEO, SABMiller

Alison Edgar, Managing Director, Sales Coaching Solutions Ltd

Nathan Bostock, CEO, Santander UK

Shriti Vadera, Chair, Santander UK

Caroline Cole, Director, Savoir Faire Accounting Ltd

Tori Chilcott, Co-Founder, Scoota

Rupert Soames OBE, CEO, SERCO

Juergen Maier, UK CEO, Siemens

Mark Lyndon, Director, Signature Marketing Limited

Simon Barrow, Director, Simon Barrow Associates

Melanie Goldsmith, Director, Smith & Sinclair Ltd

Jonathan Grubin, CEO, SoPost Ltd

Doug Squires, Director, Squires Gear and Engineering Limited

Bill Winters, CEO, Standard Chartered

Ian Barnett, Director, Surfanic International Ltd

Dr Heather McGregor CBE, CEO, Taylor Bennett

Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive, Telefonica O2 UK

Sara Bell, CEO, Tempus Energy

Billy Walker, Managing Director, The Benriach Distillery Company Ltd

Daniel Williams, Managing Director, The Bottle Shop (Penarth) Ltd

Jay Risbridger, Director, The Green Stationery Company Ltd

Sally Greene OBE, Chief Executive, The Old Vic

Margo Marrone, Co-Founder, The Organic Pharmacy

Rory Curnock Cook, Director, The Profs Tuition Ltd

Lady Ruth Rogers MBE, Owner, The River Café

Niamh Barker, Managing Director, The Travelwrap Company Ltd

John Harries, Proprietor, Three Horseshoes Inn

Stephen Weil, Managing Director, TI Partners

Bernardo Ivo Cruz, Global Managing Partner, True Bridge Consultancy

Peter Long, Supervisory Board Member & former Chief Executive, TUI Travel

Olivier Dochez, Chief Executive Officer, Two Guys From Brussels

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

Lucian Grainge CBE, Chairman and CEO, Universal Music Group

David Joseph CBE, Chairman and CEO, Universal Music UK

Kate Unsworth, Founder and CEO, Vinaya

Peter Berry, Managing Partner, VIP Labels

Tom Mockridge, Chief Executive, Virgin Media

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money

Ian Taylor, CEO and President, Vitol

Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone

Sir Peter Kendall, Director, W J Kendall Contracting Limited

Kasim Ali, Director, Waterloo Tea Limited

Keith Cochrane, Chief Executive, Weir Group

Sir Terence Matthews, Chairman, Wesley Clover

Karren Brady, Vice-Chairman, West Ham FC

Dr Uwe Kruger, Chief Executive, WS Atkins

Rich Clothier, Managing Director, Wyke Farms


These individuals have stated they are signing in a personal capacity:

Greg Hodkinson, Chairman, Arup

Andrew Mackenzie, CEO, BHP Billiton

Paul Walsh, CEO, Compass Group

Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder and CEO, Decoded

Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat

Richard Reed, Co-Founder, Innocent Drinks and Jam Jar Investments

Patrick O’Sullivan, Chairman of ERS Ltd, Lloyds of London

Marc Bolland, CEO, Marks and Spencer

Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman, MediaCom

Steve Holliday, CEO, National Grid

Gail Rebuck DBE, Chairman, Random House UK

Graham Chipchase, Chief Executive, Rexam

Dido Harding, Chief Executive, TalkTalk

Lloyd Dorfman, President, Travelex

Rakesh Sharma, Chief Executive, Ultra Electronics Holding

Stefano Pessina, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP

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