Centre of Logistics, Education and Research (CLEAR)
In light of the growing emphasis on efficiency in supply chains driven by the digital economy, continued investment in education and research is essential for the United Kingdom to remain the forefront of the sector. To maintain Leicestershire’s position as European leader in logistics in Europe, GLP proposed the creation of the United Kingdom’s first dedicated Centre of Logistics, Education and Research (CLEAR).
The Centre for Logistics, Education and Research (CLEAR) will be launched in Spring / Summer 2021, located at Bittesby House in Magna Park, Lutterworth. Aston University, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC), GLP, Wincanton, Holovis, and East Midlands Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to deliver this unique research, innovation, education and training facility.
Our aim is for CLEAR to deliver the ‘must have’ knowledge, skills, behaviours and talent for supply chain success, providing employers with a single, local access point for all their support needs. We want to support employers in developing the workforce for the future, by providing training and professional development programmes to support the development of both new entrants into the profession and those already employed within the sector and whose employers recognise they have the talent to progress.
Delivery of training will be by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) and Aston University, working in partnership to ensure that CLEAR offers training pathways of progression. Together they have complementary skills and expertise that allows for the ‘one stop shop’ delivery of a fully integrated and holistic programme of applied research, education, training and professional development.
NWSLC as a Further Education College will inspire and train a new generation of learners from as young as 16, providing a gateway to accessing the profession. NWSLC will also support more mature learners through training programmes from starter up to Level 5 (Higher National Certificate level).
Learners will be able to progress onto higher levels of provision as offered by Aston University including undergraduate and post graduate opportunities. The courses offered by NWSLC and Aston University will be interconnected to ensure seamless progression and maximising the expertise to learn while they earn via a portfolio of work based, facility based or on-line learning options. CLEAR also has the potential to create a pipeline of new talent for businesses located here.
The first phase of provision commencing in 2021 will provide the platform for a future national centre of excellence with a campus to accommodate, when fully operational, a throughput of up to 1000 students, as well as providing applied research and associated facilities.
Community and Economic Benefits (relating to expansion proposals):
- Create approximately 5,800 new jobs, the majority of which will be full-time and targeted at those living in the local area
- Institute dedicated to Logistics for 400 students with 83 jobs
- Generating an additional £12.4 million per year in business rates
- Total operational and construction: 7,435 jobs and £353.1 million GVA.
Key Magna Park Statistics:
- Development value £800 million
- Over one million trees planted to create a landscaped parkland environment
- 9,300 jobs
- £12 million funding for infrastructure by GLP
Other Magna Park Projects:
- Magna Park Website
Magna Park benefits from its own dedicated website. The website provides the ideal forum for communication and liaison with local communities. Magna Park related news items and other information relating to upcoming events is posted on the website in an easy to find and accessible manner.
Details relating to Community Funding initiatives, access to public transportation services and the Magna Park site-wide car sharing scheme can all be found on the website using the following link:
- Magna Park Community Radio
In collaboration with Cross Counties Radio, Magna Park benefits from its own Radio Service.
Cross Counties Radio Network is a local news and information live broadcasting service aimed at audiences across Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas. Cross Counties Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day live from Magna Park.
The project helps to deliver a broadcasting service which has the unrivalled potential to promote local businesses, services, transportation and activities to Magna Park businesses and staff and make Magna Park a bigger part of a wider community.
- Community Liaison Group Forum
GLP remains committed to being a good neighbour and to engaging local community representatives. As part of this we have established a Community Liaison Group (CLG) for the purposes of providing information and updates on current development proposals and operations at Magna Park.
We invited local representatives to form a CLG with GLP and Magna Park Management Limited. The membership includes local parish councils and local interest groups. Members of the CLG have agreed that minutes of their meetings will be published on this webpage.
Meetings will encourage discussion and allow members to raise issues with GLP, obtain feedback and share the views of the local community in relation to developments and operations at Magna Park.
- Magna Park Community Fund
GLP established the Magna Park Community Fund (MPCF) in 2013. Since the fund was established over £150,000 has been donated to supporting over 60 different community projects, voluntary organisations, parish councils and schools. Supported activities include education, well-being and health, sport and recreation, environment, community connectedness and youth activity.
In November 2020, a new Community Fund was launched by GLP in response to the on-going expansion of Magna Park. The Community Fund initiative is aimed at supporting community and voluntary organisations to deliver local projects within the geographical area surrounding Magna Park.
The fund forms an important part of our corporate social responsibility and is entirely on a voluntary basis. Lutterworth Area Community Projects Limited (LACPL) has been set up to administer and manage the distribution of financial contributions on behalf of the local Community. Appointed Directors drawn from the local community will formally convene to consider all grant applications received on a quarterly basis.
- Magna Park Community Open Day
Over the four last years, GLP has hosted a Magna Park Community Fun Day. On average the event held in September attracts over 1,500 people from the local communities. The action-packed day attracts families from across the local community, who enjoy a variety of activities including face painting, bouncy castles, mountain biking, family amusements and fairground rides, as well as a complimentary hog roast and drinks. Families also have the opportunity to explore parts of Magna Wood on a woodland nature trail.
GLP also takes the opportunity to present an exhibition on the history of the site as Bitteswell Aerodrome during World War II and the subsequent evolution of Magna Park.
- Magna Park Local Business Directory
GLP is committed to supporting local businesses. The local business community provides significant support to the burgeoning logistics sector, and its contributions to the success of the park and the local economy are extremely valuable.
In order to facilitate and foster strong and meaningful relationships between Magna Park and local businesses we have developed a Local Business Directory whereby local businesses are able to promote their businesses to the 29 existing blue chip businesses currently operating at Magna Park.
In addition, wherever possible, the service of local businesses are always prioritised by GLP at events such as the Community Open Day.