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Annual Transport Awards Aim to Dispel the Viral Gloom and Push Onward Past Brexit

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Shipping News Feature

UK – With the whole world rocked to its foundations by the Covid-19 pandemic it's good to know that some in the world of logistics are unfazed, and looking forward to celebrating the year in transport just before Christmas, and the terms for Brexit, finally arrive.

This week the call has gone out for nominations for the Freight Transport Association (FTA) annual awards, this year sponsored by the Port of Dover, an apt choice as, during the month of the ceremony, being held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London on December 10, many will be focusing on Britain’s most important RoRo port.

Doug Bannister, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover clearly understands the importance of logistics in keeping society running, ensuring deliveries of food for the shop shelves, industry with vital supplies and the NHS with pharmaceutical goods, commenting:

“Whatever challenges we may face, we all have a major role to play in keeping the supply chain flowing seamlessly. That has never been more apparent than now, as we tackle the Covid-19 crisis together with professionalism and optimism. This is why these awards are so pertinent this year in recognising the achievement of our industry, the Port of Dover is proud to be headline sponsor.”

Also sponsored by Brigade Electronics and FTA Recovery, the awards celebrate the companies and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the logistics and supply chain industry through their dedication, innovation and diligence during the past 12 months. The deadline for applications is midday 12 June 2020.

The following categories are open for submissions:

  • Most Innovative Company of the Year
  • Most Innovative Product of the Year (open to all)
  • Road Freight Operator of the Year
  • Rail Freight Operator of the Year
  • Air Business Operator of the Year
  • Water Business of the Year
  • International Shipper of the Year (for manufacturers or their logistics partner)
  • Public Services Operator of the Year
  • Van Operator of the Year
  • Logistics Partner of the Year (consultants, recruitment, technology, services)
  • Diversity Champion of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year

In addition the FTA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to an individual for services to logistics and is nominated by the FTA Board. David Wells, Chief Executive of the FTA, observed:

“While this year is shaping up to be one of the most challenging the logistics industry has ever faced, difficult times inspire creativity, resilience and innovation. I am so impressed with how the sector has faced its battles head on over the past few months and I believe this strength should be recognised and rewarded by the wider world.

"Now in their fourth year, FTA’s Logistics Awards are a chance to celebrate the dedication and hard work of an industry determined to keep the UK trading against all odds. I encourage everyone to submit their applications to be considered for an award, don’t miss out!”

For more information on the criteria for each award, and the application process click HERE.

Photo: The Port of Dover is a principal sponsor of the Awards (Courtesy of Dover Harbour Board).