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The British International Freight Association (BIFA) hosted its annual Award Ceremony last week, celebrating the hard work and successes of UK Freight Forwarders in 2019. The Awards, which were hosted by broadcaster and Paralympian Ade Adepitan, took place at The Brewery in Chiswell Street, London, the host venue of the ceremony since its inauguration in 1989. 33 Freight Forwarding companies were shortlisted for awards in categories including General, Modal, and Specialist.
The winners included Brunel Air Cargo Services, Core Management Logistics Ltd, Davies Turner, Morgan Cargo, Noatum Logistics, Spatial Global, Westbound Logistics and Zencargo. In the individual categories, Jenna Morgan of Wallis Shipping was named Young Freight Forwarder of the Year, whilst Thomas Frost of Geodis Freight Forwarding and Jack Reddington of Hemisphere Freight Services were announced as joint winners of Apprentice of the Year.
BIFA President Sir Peter Bottomley MP welcomed guests to the luncheon ceremony. Describing the BIFA Freight Service Awards, which this year were awarded for the 31st time, BIFA General Director Robert Keen said that "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." Mr Kean also paid tribute to Adepitan as the award's host, explaining "Having achieved success in the Athens Paralympics and 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."
For further details on the BIFA Awards, including entry forms for the 2020 Awards which will be released Autumn 2020, head over to www.bifa.org
The winners were:
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
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