Forwarders celebrate excellence at freight industry ‘Oscars’
The winners of the British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards 2019 have been revealed.
The awards, held at The Brewery in London on Thursday (16 January), were hosted by Ade Adepitan (pictured above), one of the UK’s most well-known Paralympians and broadcasters.
Adepitan announced eight winners from the 33 freight forwarding companies that were shortlisted as finalists, as well as three individual award winners.
The winners of the eight General, Modal, and Specialist categories in the Awards, which has established a benchmark of quality for the British freight forwarding industry for more than a quarter of the century, were: Brunel Air Cargo Services, Core Management Logistics Ltd, Davies Turner, Morgan Cargo, Noatum Logistics, Spatial Global, Westbound Logistics and Zencargo.
In the Individual categories, the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder Award was Jenna Morgan of Wallis Shipping. In the Apprentice of the Year category, which was first introduced in the 2018 awards, the judges declared Thomas Frost of Geodis Freight Forwarding and Jack Reddington of Hemisphere Freight Services as joint winners.
During this year’s Awards luncheon, Adepitan delivered a motivating speech, which gave some clear insight into how challenges need to be overcome if success is to be achieved.
Once again, BIFA President Sir Peter Bottomley MP welcomed guests to the luncheon ceremony, which was attended by almost 550 people, and – along with Adepitan – presented all the finalists with their certificates.
Robert Keen, BIFA Director General, says: “After 30 years, the BIFA Freight Service awards have established a reputation as the Oscars of the UK freight and logistics industry. Whilst the awards are all about rewarding excellence, the luncheon once again proved to be an excellent opportunity for Members and guests to network, cement existing relationships, and develop new ones.
“Having achieved success in the Athens Paralympics, the European Championships, Ade’s sporting career culminated in a world championship gold medal. His drive is an example for all the companies that enter the BIFA awards, as they seek reward for endeavour and professionalism, whilst being able to demonstrate high standards, determination and professionalism.”
The finalists and winners in the ten categories were as follows:
The Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance Brokers
Winner - Spatial Global
Finalists – Moto Freight, OIA Global, Pentagon Freight
The Specialist Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers
Winner: Morgan Cargo
Finalists – Asap Cargo, Regional Express, Tigers Global Logistics
The Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems
Winner: Core Management Logistics
Finalists – Dachser, Morrison Freight, Unsworth
The Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies
Finalists – B&H Worldwide, Davies Turner, Unsworth
The Young Freight Forwarder Award – sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo
Winner: Jenna Morgan - Wallis Shipping
Finalists – Jamie Abbott - Morrison Freight; Sophie Rye - Kerry Logistics; and, Mitchell West - DB Schenker
The Apprentice of the Year Award - sponsored by Seetec Outsource
Joint Winners: Thomas Frost – Geodis Freight Forwarding, and Jack Reddington – Hemisphere Freight Services
Finalists - Holly Herron – Dachser; and, Sarah Griffiths – DPD Group
The Air Cargo Services Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo.
Winner: Noatum Logistics
Finalists – Charles Kendall Freight, Dimerco Express, Evolution Forwarding, Metro Shipping
European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club
Winner - Davies Turner
Finalists - Nextday Freight, Noatum Logistics, Simpex Express
The Ocean Services Award – sponsored by Port Express
Winner: Westbound Logistics
Finalists – Spatial Global, Ucargo, Unsworth
The Extra Mile Award – sponsored by Descartes.
Winner: Brunel Air Cargo Services
Finalists – Hemisphere Freight Services, Jordon, Ligentia
Keen concluded with a thank you to all the award category sponsors, as well as the following organisations for their support of the BIFA Freight Service Awards.
Agency Sector Management (ASM) - Ceremony host sponsor
American Airlines Cargo - Event sponsor
CNS – sponsor of the multimedia presentation
MCP plc – sponsor of the finalists’ certificates
Menzies – sponsor of the AV relay monitors
Simpex Express – sponsor of the ceremony tickets
Wisetech Global – sponsor of the ceremony programme
Woodland Group – sponsor of the winners’ trophies
For more information, visit https://awards.bifa.org/winners/winners-2019
Posted on: January 17th 2020