Thursday, November 8, 2012

Newcomers Feature Strongly in British Freight Forwarding Awards Finals

BIFA Celebrates Twenty Third Year Rewarding Excellence
Shipping News Feature

UK – Cynics often comment that trade awards ceremonies trot out the usual suspects in terms of vested interests winning every or alternate years so it is refreshing to note that once again the same criticism cannot be made of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) 2012 Freight Services Awards which this year includes a finalists’ shortlist with no less than one quarter of new forwarding and logistics suppliers names appearing amongst the nine categories.

Some of these companies are first time entrants whilst others have doubtless used their previous experience of entering to propel them into the final lists for their inaugural appearance in this the twenty third year the awards have been made. Previous winners have told us the higher profile which winning an award bestows plus the credibility gained by winning has resulted in tangible benefits for their companies. The finalists in the nine award categories are as follows:

General categories:

Environment Award, sponsored by Red Recruit:

Damco UK, Seafast Logistics, Uniserve Group, World Transport Agency

Project Forwarding Award, sponsored by Peter Lole & Co:

Asco Freight Management, Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics, Denholm Global Logistics, Sound Moves

UK Special Services Award, sponsored by Forward Computers:

Belville Rodair International, CRM Logistics, James Cargo Services, Uniserve Group

Staff Development Award, sponsored by Albacore Systems:

512, DSV Road, James Cargo Services, SDV

Supply Chain Management Award, sponsored by BoxTop Technologies:

Allport, Freedom Logistics UK, Meachers Global Logistics, The PSL Group

Modal categories:

Air Freight Award, sponsored by IAG Cargo:

Geodis Wilson UK, MOL Logistics, NNR Global Logistics, Uniserve Group

European Logistics Award, sponsored by TT Club:

Delamode, Freigthex, Ital Logistics, UFS

Ocean Freight Award, sponsored by CargoWise:

Allport, Brunel Shipping & Liner Services, Ideal International, PFE Express

Individual category:

Young Freight Forwarder Award, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo:

Greg Barnes, Panalpina; Charlotte Bartup, Kuehne + Nagel; Adam Blakemore, Insped; Uzma Ruhi, Globetrotters (GB)

The competition is being judged in late 2012, during the Olympian year, where UK freight forwarders played a significant role in delivering cargo to support the running of the Games and the category winners will be announced at the BIFA Awards Ceremony Luncheon to be held at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1 on Thursday 17th January 2013 with a suitably appropriate and popular host. Peter Quantrill, Director General of BIFA, said:

“This year, the entries from new Members and first time entrants, show the strong interest in the Awards that have come to represent the best of British forwarding. The BIFA awards are inclusive and encourage entries from small, medium and large companies. I applaud the effort put into all the entries that were, as ever, of the highest quality. It is not luck, but hard work and determination to provide customers with first-class service every time, which is key to winning one of the BIFA awards.

“Even if you didn’t enter, our Awards Luncheon in January is much more than a lunch – I always view it as a chance to put aside competitive pressures and meet with other forwarders to network, make friends and catch up with BIFA and its staff and other industry figures.

“We are delighted that former Olympian, Derek Redmond, who achieved gold medals at World, European and Commonwealth levels, has accepted to be the host at the BIFA Awards ceremony. The spirit of the Olympians and Paralympians, who fought the clock and their own pain barriers just a few miles from the lunch venue, remain an inspiration for all our Members."

The BIFA luncheon does indeed provide an excellent networking opportunity and tickets are available from the BIFA Awards web pages HERE.

Photo: Painting in 1793 by George Garrard - Loading the Drays at Whitbread Brewery, Chiswell Street, London. Regular award goers will recognise that (without the horses) little of the external features have changed in over two centuries.