Monday, November 4, 2019

Freight Forwarding Awards Finalists Announced - and All Get a Bonus Prize This Year

Being Nominated Wins an Individual Space at Multimodal Exhibition
Shipping News Feature

UK – The nervous wait is over and the 33 freight forwarding companies nominated for the British International Freight Association's (BIFA) Freight Service Awards can relax and look forward to even more than the plaudits which a mention in this prestigious event normally warrants.

An ever present at the Multimodal Exhibition, BIFA announced in September it would be hosting a special Freight Forwarders Village within the halls of the NEC during the exhibition which runs between 16 and 18 June, to provide a marketplace for members to show their wares and network with customers, both current and potential.

In addition to BIFA’s own stand and workshop arena, break-out and refreshment zone, the Village will feature bespoke Logistics Services Provider Pods, known as Logpods, making the exhibition facilities available to its members and associate members at a cost way below the normal price of a larger individual stand.

As part of the agreement with Multimodal events organiser Clarion, every one of the 33 finalists in the BIFA 2020 Awards is eligible for one of the Logpods free of charge, saving them £950 on the normal booking price for build costs, lighting and power supply.

Nominated or not, the BIFA Awards luncheon is always a favourite, offering a chance to network and discuss the industry, entertain clients and the like. Once again, the venue of choice is the Brewery, Chiswell Street in London with the date set at Thursday January 16, 2020. The celebrity host this year, sponsored by ASM (UK) Ltd, is Ade Adepitan, MBE, one of the UK’s most well-known Paralympians and broadcasters.

So, who are the lucky 33 and what are they up for? The complete list for the BIFA Freight Service Award nominations are:

  • Air Cargo Services award – sponsored by IAG Cargo - Charles Kendall Freight, Dimerco Express, Evolution Forwarding, Metro Shipping, Noatum Logistics
  • European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club - Davies Turner, Nextday Freight, Noatum Logistics, Simpex Express
  • Extra Mile Award – sponsored by Descartes - Brunel Air Cargo, Hemisphere Freight Services, Jordon, Ligentia
  • Ocean Services Award – sponsored by Port Express - Spatial Global, Ucargo, Unsworth, Westbound Logistics
  • Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance Brokers - Moto Freight, OIA Global, Pentagon Freight, Spatial Global
  • Specialist Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers - Asap Cargo, Morgan Cargo, Regional Express, Tigers Global Logistics
  • Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems - Core Management Logistics, Dachser, Morrison Freight, Unsworth
  • Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies - B&H Worldwide, Davies Turner, Unsworth, Zencargo
  • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Outsource - Thomas Frost – Geodis Freight Forwarding; Holly Herron – Dachser; Jack Reddington – Hemisphere Freight Services; Sarah Griffiths – DPD Group
  • Young Freight Forwarder – sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo - Jamie Abbott - Morrison Freight; Jenna Morgan - Wallis Shipping; Sophie Rye - Kerry Logistics; and, Mitchell West - DB Schenker
The submissions from the finalists now go to the Sponsor Judging panel for adjudication and BIFA also thanked its six other sponsors, MCP plc – sponsor of the finalists’ certificates, Menzies for the AV relay monitors, CNS, the multimedia presentation, Wisetech Global the ceremony programme, Simpex Express for the ceremony tickets and the Woodland Group, sponsor of the winners’ trophies. Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, commented:

“With 93 entries from 46 companies, we are pleased with this year’s response to the BIFA Freight Service Awards, which is now in its fourth decade and rightly seen as the blue riband event for the UK's freight forwarding and logistics sector. I congratulate all the companies that have been shortlisted and look forward to hearing Ade reveal the names of the winners at our keenly anticipated luncheon in January.”

Photo: Wheelchair athlete and presenter Ade Adepitan, MBE cuts an unmistakeable figure.