Monday, July 13, 2015

The Big Name in UK Shipping and Freight Forwarding Awards Opens for Nominations

Annual BIFA Event is a Must for Many Involved with Logistics in Britain
Shipping News Feature

UK – Undoubtedly one of the big occasions in the year for the shipping and forwarding community are the annual British International Freight Association (BIFA) Freight Service Awards, and after 27 years, the competition is rightly seen as the leading awards scheme recognising the best in the UK freight forwarding industry. Now officially open for entries, the 2015 BIFA Awards will once again be held at the popular London venue, The Brewery in Chiswell Street on January 21, 2016.

Having entered into its second quarter century, the prestigious status of these Awards is demonstrated by the fact that all of the category sponsors from last year have decided to invest their support once again. They are joined by two new sponsors supporting two new categories, which have been introduced following feedback from last year's event.

The Cool Award is open to providers of specialist refrigerated freight services. The Extra Mile Award is open to companies that can provide specific examples of innovation and/or customer care by adding value and exceeding customer expectations.

Entries for any of the categories can be made through the event’s website where details of the entry process and deadlines can also be found. BIFA Director General, Robert Keen says:

“The Awards represent an annual opportunity for UK forwarders to demonstrate excellence and are the ultimate recognition of special achievement in different sectors of the freight forwarding and logistics industry.”

The ceremony luncheon continues to be a key annual event on the industry calendar and, with around 500 attendees, represents a great opportunity for networking. This event will take place on Thursday 21 January 2016 at its now traditional venue, the Porter Tun Room at the Brewery, London EC1.

Once again, the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder Award will receive a cheque for £1,000 and be nominated as the UK candidate for the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2015.

This year, every Young Freight Forwarder candidate who submits all their supporting documentation to BIFA by the deadline date, will also be entered into the Young Forwarder Prize Draw, where they will have the chance to win two economy tickets, with Virgin Atlantic, to New York.

The eleven categories of the BIFA Freight Service Awards 2015 are as follows:

General Categories:

• Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole & Co

• Specialist Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers

• Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems

• Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies

• Sustainable Logistics Award – sponsored by Red Recruit

Modal Categories:

• Air Cargo Services Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo

• European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club

• Ocean Services Award – sponsored by Cargoguide International

Specialist Categories:

• Cool Award – sponsored by American Airlines Cargo

• Extra Mile Award – sponsored by Descartes

Individual Category:

• Young Freight Forwarder Award – sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo

BIFA’s Freight Service Awards 2015 are open to full, and probationary Members of the trade association for UK freight forwarding companies. One loyal supporter of the Awards is Simon Lole of Peter Lole and Co., specialist trade insurers, who said:

“We continue to support what we consider to be the most important accolade for British companies attaining the highest standards in what is a very competitive market. Just to reach the finals of these Awards demonstrates that a company, or individual, is at the top of their game and showing professional qualities which give confidence to shippers and insurers alike.”