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Winners 2016

The following organisations and individuals have been recognised by the British International Freight Association as the ‘best in industry’ for each category in the Freight Service Awards 2016. Trophies were awarded to the winners at the luncheon ceremony held at The Brewery, London EC1.

Winners of the 2017 competition will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in January 2018.

BIFA Freight Service Awards Ceremony - Thu 19th January 2017 - The Brewery, London EC1:


Award Winners

Air Cargo Services Award Air Cargo Services Award is open to companies providing air freight, or sea/air, services. Air Cargo Services Award Winner: Uniserve Group
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Leighton Bonnett of Uniserve Group (C)
Sponsor: Stuart Forsyth of IAG Cargo (R).
Category Winner:  Uniserve Group
The judges felt that Uniserve’s use of the 360ULD was an excellent response to changing logistics sectors and economic pressures. Showing clear evidence of cost savings, customers in the supply chain benefitted in both product integrity and profitability.
IAG Cargo IAG Cargo
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Cool Award Cool Award Open to providers of specialist refrigerated freight services for any types of goods ranging from small high-value pharma products through to a large reefer container, by any mode of transport. Entries should demonstrate good practice and an important contribution to the advancement of the 'Cool' Chain. Cool Award Winner: Panalpina World Transport
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Dominic Neal of Panalpina (C)
Sponsor: Tristan Koch of American Airlines Cargo (R).
Category Winner:  Panalpina World Transport
Through its “Pan Cool” product, Panalpina has proven itself to be the global leader in the cool chain sector. Using its own freighter aircraft it is able to offer unique cool chain solutions at a global level. Its continued commitment to innovation and development of the “Pan Cool” product is testimony to its professionalism and ambition.
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European Logistics Award European Logistics Award Open to companies providing road, rail and short sea services. European Logistics Award Winner: Delamode
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Dave Gladen of Delamode (C)
Sponsor: Michael Yarwood of TT Club (R).
Category Winner:  Delamode
The judges agreed that Delamode had demonstrated the successful implementation of an innovative solution in providing a cost effective parcel delivery service to the Romanian and Baltic state markets. The service solution provided cost saving benefits to the business whilst clearly benefitting the customer base in offering a more efficient delivery service.
TT Club TT Club
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Extra Mile Award Extra Mile Award Open to companies that can provide specific examples of 'innovation' and/or 'customer care' by adding value and exceeding their customer's expectations. Extra Mile Award Winner: MIQ Logistics
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Matt Fullard of MIQ Logistics (C)
Sponsor: Martin Meacock of Descartes (R).
Category Winner:  MIQ Logistics
MIQ Logistics went the extra mile by providing direct customer support on behalf of its client. An area not traditionally supported by a logistics provider in the B2C supply chain and added valued to their client by securing increased purchases and ensuring customer satisfaction as a result.
Descartes Descartes
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Ocean Services Award Ocean Services Award Open to companies, including NVOCs, providing ocean freight services and multi-modal transport operations. Ocean Services Award Winner: Greenshields Cowie & Co
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Ron Hooper of Greenshields Cowie (C)
Sponsor: Maartje Driessens of Port of Antwerp (R).
Category Winner:  Greenshields Cowie & Co
The company demonstrated an effective use of ocean services from four continents in order to manage the delivery of solar panels and associated equipment to remote areas of Africa in a bid to bring clean energy to health facilities and schools in developing regions. The judges were impressed by the presentation and the “green” spirit of the team at Greenshields Cowie.
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Project Forwarding Award Project Forwarding Award Open to providers of project forwarding services or companies who have handled a special project in order to meet the requirements of the customer. Project Forwarding Award Winner: U Cargo
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Tony Kennedy of Ucargo LLP (C)
Sponsor: Tracey Meaney of Peter Lole Insurance Brokers (R).
Category Winner:  U Cargo
Having secured the project, the company found itself in the unusual position of having not one, but 35 clients as the owner operators of the carnival equipment, all of whom had a vested interest in seeing their equipment handled correctly and returned to them safely. Ucargo demonstrated exceptional supervision and planning with a very hands-on approach throughout this project.
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Specialist Services Award Specialist Services Award Open to providers of services, which are not modal specific, including: customs brokerage, warehousing, transit shed operation, packing, technology services, air/shipping line sales agency, and express/courier services. Specialist Services Award Winner: Priority Freight
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Neal Williams of Priority Freight (C)
Sponsor: Nigel Smith of Forward Computers (R).
Category Winner:  Priority Freight
The judges felt that Priority Freight demonstrated a high level of skill and specialism in the automotive industry by completing a multi-faceted challenge in an extremely tight timeframe. The team at Priority Freight coordinated a charter aircraft, flight permits and overland transport to destination in extreme weather to deliver on time and prevent a major manufacturing shutdown.
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Staff Development Award Staff Development Award Open to companies who are developing, or have implemented, a new comprehensive staff development programme. Staff Development Award Winner: DSV Road
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Jesper Hansen of DSV Road (C)
Sponsor: Charlie Frost of Albacore Systems (R).
Category Winner:  DSV Road
Demonstrating a commitment to staff from day one the Young DSV programme sees trainees follow a two-year apprenticeship combining on-the-job training with classroom learning and examinations. Trainees are coached on all aspects of the industry as well as the DNA of DSV ensuring true engagement with the DSV brand and reducing attrition.
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Supply Chain Management Award Supply Chain Management Award Open to companies who have provided a customer-focused innovative solution enabling a more efficient and cost-effective management of the supply chain. Supply Chain Management Award Winner: Unsworth Global Logistics
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Charles Hogg of Unsworth Global Logistics (C)
Sponsor: Paul Richardson of BoxTop Technologies (R).
Category Winner:  Unsworth Global Logistics
Unsworth demonstrated a pro-active approach towards identifying bottlenecks in its customer’s supply chain. Its focus on improving efficiency far exceeded the customer’s expectations and consequently provided its customer with substantial cost savings, reduced its carbon footprint and streamlined the delivery process.
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Young Freight Forwarder Award Young Freight Forwarder Award Open to individuals working for a BIFA Member company who are under the age of 32, with a minimum of two years’ employment in the freight industry. Young Freight Forwarder Award Winner: Nikki Hall
Host: Sharron Davies MBE (L)
Winner: Nikki Hall of Embassy Freight Services (C)
Sponsor: Steve Buckerfield of Virgin Atlantic Cargo (R)
Category Winner:  Nikki Hall
Embassy Freight Services Nikki joined Embassy Freight on leaving school and has not looked back. Her go-getting personality has enabled her to progress from trainee to Business Development Manager with special focus on the India market which she has visited frequently in order to meet with customers and suppliers.
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