Shadow Transport Minister discusses raising shipping industry’s profile

Shadow Transport Minister discusses raising shipping industry’s profile

Jean Winfield with Gordon Marsden MP and Andrew Pakes.

During a pre-election campaigning visit to Milton Keynes the Shadow Minister for Transport, Gordon Marsden MP, met with Jeanius Consulting to discuss raising awareness of the shipping industry.  He was accompanied by the local Labour Party candidate Andrew Pakess.

After the politicians were introduced to the PR and marketing company’s ‘all girl’ team, talks centred on the challenges facing the global and UK maritime industry, including the sector’s lack of public profile for the industry.

Jean Winfield, Jeanius Consulting’s Managing Director, commented: "Shipping really needs to be getting 'out there' by every medium possible and that means speaking up and speaking out about what a great industry we have.

"If shipping unites and collectively gains awareness, this will only serve to help both the public to appreciate our amazing industry, and future governments to understand and legislate for what our industry truly needs, to remain the great powerhouse behind the UK economy.  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to personally discuss this with Gordon today."

The Shadow Minister added: “It’s been absolutely great to be here and discuss shipping with Jeanius Consulting because they are spearheading a lot of amazing work for the maritime and seafaring community.

“I feel that raising the profile of shipping is a joint responsibility between government, the Department for Transport and the private sector; and what I mean by the private sector is not only the large companies and organisations, but also the great opportunity available for smaller businesses to get involved, as there is obviously a supply chain involved.

There are some fantastic niche, small maritime companies that need to be brought on-board.  There needs to be a structure that involves people, including the various employee representatives and unions, who all have a key role to play.  It is important everyone signs up to a strategy and works together.”