Tuesday, September 11, 2012

UK Freight Forwarding and Logistics Competitors Await the Starting Gun

Last Chance to Get on the Blocks for Prestigious Award Nominations
Shipping News Feature

UK – The guest speaker and host for the always eagerly anticipated British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) Freight Services Awards 2012 luncheon ceremony is already in the starting blocks for what promises to be a gold medal event. Former Olympian, Derek Redmond, who achieved gold medals at World, European and Commonwealth levels will take the podium at the Awards luncheon to be held in London in January 2013 and all in the British logistics industry are reminded that the time to nominate for one of the sought after awards is itself fast running out.

Derek Redmond, who in 1986 was Commonwealth and European Champion in the 4x400 metre relay team and became a world gold medallist in the 4x400 metre relay team in 1991, will entertain guests with an after-lunch speech and present Award finalists with their certificates, and the nine deserved winners with their trophies This year's host is again being sponsored by industry problem solvers SDV which provides global logistics management services through its network of 525 offices in 92 countries. Peter Quantrill, BIFA Director General, said:

“Summer 2012 will always remain the Olympic summer for Team GB and Paralympics GB. We approached Derek as a perfect champion of the Olympic spirit and a speaker who will be able to share with our members his memories and pride in competing at the highest levels.

“We are on our marks to provide a runaway success with these Awards again this year. Get set for the best of British forwarding to be celebrated and go to our website to book your table. I have always believed that excellence in sports, like excellence in freight forwarding, does not come by accident. Derek worked hard to get to the podium and typifies all that is highly admirable in Team GB and Paralympics GB.

“We’ve loaded the starting gun on what promises to be a great afternoon of socialising and networking. Derek’s career is truly an inspiration: European junior finalist, top GB competitor in 1984 who broke the British 400m record in 1985. He then reclaimed it two years later from Roger Black in a time of 44.5 seconds, which he held until it was broken again in 1992.

“This sporting achievement is all the greater as Derek was dogged by serious injury. In fact, no less than 13 operations on his Achilles tendons and knees forced him to pull out of many major competitions. I am sure I am not the only one to remember Derek for his sense of pride, passion and sheer determination, when in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games in Barcelona, he hobbled the last 250 metres, accompanied on the track by his father after a serious hamstring injury struck mid-race.”

BIFA continues to seek entries for its annual Freight Service Awards competition, celebrating 24 years of recognising the best in the UK freight forwarding industry, and entry registrations for any of the categories can be made online. Registrations to enter the Freight Service Awards 2012 must be received by 17:00 hours on Friday 21st September 2012; with submissions and supporting documentation due in to BIFA by 17:00 hours on Friday 5th October 2012.

Judging meetings will be held at the end of October to select four finalists in each category, at which stage finalists will be informed if they have made the shortlist. Finalists will be announced at the end of October, while winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place on Thursday 17th January 2013 once again at London’s popular venue, the Brewery in Chiswell Street, London EC1.

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 2013.

The nine BIFA Freight Service Awards 2012 are as follows:

Air Freight Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo

Environment Award – sponsored by Red Recruit

European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club

Ocean Freight Award – sponsored by CargoWise

Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole & Co

Special Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers

Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems

Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies

Young Freight Forwarder Award – sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Further information relating to ticket bookings for the luncheon ceremony can be obtained by visiting the BIFA Awards web pages.