Monday, September 9, 2013

UK Shipping and Freight Forwarding Community Has Last Chance to Shine This Year

BIFA Award Nominations Must be in Soon! Meanwhile Guest Host Will Add a Touch of Glamour
Shipping News Feature

UK – Undoubtedly one of the big occasions in the year for the shipping and forwarding community is the annual British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards and those considered worthy of a place on this year’s shortlist for one of the coveted prizes have just a few days left to be nominated in one of the nine categories. This year’s guest host has just been revealed and BIFA must receive registrations to enter the Freight Service Awards 2013 by 17:00 hours on Friday 20th September 2013 (these can be made online HERE) with submissions and supporting documentation due in to BIFA by 17:00 hours on Friday 11th October 2013.

Judging meetings will be held in mid-November to select and reveal four finalists in each category, while winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony itself, taking place on Thursday 16th January 2014 once again at the popular London venue, The Brewery in Chiswell Street, EC1. More than 500 people including BIFA Members and their guests are expected to attend the ceremony. The luncheon will provide a valuable opportunity for attendees to acknowledge the winners as well as networking with key figures from within the industry.

This year's host sponsor is DP World London Gateway, the new deep water port currently under construction on the River Thames whilst this year’s list of category sponsors will look like a mirror image of last year’s to those who follow these awards proving the popularity extends not just to regular attendees at the event. The nine BIFA Freight Service Awards 2013 are as follows:

General Categories: 

Environment Award – sponsored by Red Recruit 

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

Modal Categories: 

Air Freight Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo 

Ocean Freight Award – sponsored by CargoWise 

European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club

Individual Category:

Young Freight Forwarder Award – sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo

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.

Further information relating to ticket bookings for the luncheon ceremony on Thursday 16th January 2014, can be obtained by visiting the BIFA Awards web pages HERE.

The guest speaker and host for the BIFA 25th Freight Service Awards 2013 luncheon ceremony is a television star who has brought the beauties of our nation’s countryside into the front room of every house in Britain. In a neat twist of fate, noted long-distance walker and BBC Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury will take to the podium at the glittering Awards luncheon to be held in London, just as Countryfile reaches its own Silver Jubilee. Julia will entertain guests with an after-lunch speech, and present Award finalists with their certificates, and the nine deserved winners with their trophies. Peter Quantrill, BIFA Director General, commented:

“Julia Bradbury is one of the most well-known and popular presenters on British television, especially famous for her no-nonsense approach on BBC1’s prime time consumer series Watchdog, and I am sure she will bring a little bit of television stardust to our event.”