UK has 10 days to save Christmas, retail industry says

Truck drivers wanted as UK supply chains buckle
Lorries are seen at an HGV parking, at Cobham services on the M25 motorway, Cobham, Britain, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The lobby group that represents Britain's retail industry said on Friday that unless more drivers are found in 10 days to alleviate an acute shortage then significant disruption in the run-up to Christmas is inevitable.

“HGV drivers are the glue which hold our supply chains together. Without them, we are unable to move goods from farms to warehouses to shops," said Andrew Opie, director of food & sustainability at the British Retail Consortium.

"Unless new drivers are found in the next ten days, it is inevitable that we will see significant disruption in the run up to Christmas."

Reporting by James Davey; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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