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Winners 2017

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 2017. Trophies were awarded to the winners at the luncheon ceremony held at The Brewery, London EC1.

BIFA Freight Service Awards Ceremony - Thu 18th January 2018 - The Brewery, London EC1


Award Winners

Air Cargo Services Award Air Cargo Services Award If your company has excelled in sending goods by air or you have a story about customer fulfilment where logistics in the air is involved, this category is for you. Air Cargo Services Award Winner: Metro Shipping Ltd
Sponsor: Stuart Forsyth of IAG Cargo (L)
Winner: Laurence Burford of Metro Shipping (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  Metro Shipping Ltd
Metro led a successful collaborative approach with Birmingham Airport that demonstrated material benefits to the supply chain: reducing costs, reducing transit times, reducing carbon footprint and growing Birmingham Airport as an air freight centre. This winning submission is a shining example of the benefits of air freight.
IAG Cargo IAG Cargo
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Cool Award Cool Award This category is for specialist refrigerated freight services 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: Pharmafreight Ltd
Sponsor: Tristan Koch of American Airlines Cargo (L)
Winner: Andy Hughes of Pharmafreight (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  Pharmafreight Ltd
Pharmafreight has consistently proven to be an innovator and leader in providing logistics solutions to the pharmaceutical business. Its collaborative approach, involving suppliers, clients, and end users has resulted in leading-edge technologies and processes.
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Extra Mile Award Extra Mile Award This category is for Members that can provide specific examples of 'innovation' and/or 'customer care' by adding value and exceeding their customer's expectations. Extra Mile Award Winner: Morgan Cargo Ltd
Sponsor: Martin Meacock of Descartes (L)
Winner: Herman Bosman of Morgan Cargo (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  Morgan Cargo Ltd
Morgan Cargo worked extremely closely with their customer and the customer’s suppliers to deliver better quality products to the CIS market, improving sales and profitability. Managing the UK operations completely, they also saved miles in unnecessary transit movements.
Descartes Descartes
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Ocean Services Award Ocean Services Award If you have used ocean services either stand-alone or as part of a multimodal shipment or service we want to hear about something exceptional. Ocean Services Award Winner: Moto Freight Ltd
Sponsor: Nicolette van der Jagt of CLECAT (L)
Winner: Roddy Warriner of Moto Freight (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  Moto Freight Ltd
The winner of the Ocean Services category presented an innovative solution addressing the needs of a niche market. Moto Freight demonstrated sound knowledge and expertise in its field. Recognising the need for best practice in the stowage and shipping of a challenging cargo.
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Project Forwarding Award Project Forwarding Award We are looking for companies who have completed an out of gauge project or co-ordinated a complex movement needing specialised attention. Project Forwarding Award Winner: Superior Freight Services UK Ltd
Sponsor: Tracey Meaney of Peter Lole Insurance Brokers (L)
Winner: Clive Smith of Superior Freight Services (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  Superior Freight Services UK Ltd
A true door-to-door multi charter project of out-of-gauge rolling stock. Superior helped an overseas client to breakthrough into the UK/EU market, assisting with the set up of UK VAT numbers and translation of over 2,000 US tariff codings to EU Commodity codes. The “superior” project planning demonstrated results in their also being awarded the parts fulfilment contract. This clearly demonstrates the full package of services available and varied skill set a project forwarder is required to provide to its customers.
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Specialist Services Award Specialist Services Award This category is for services that are not modal specific which could include warehousing, pick and pack, technology service, air or shipping line agency, or express services. Specialist Services Award Winner: Cargo Forwarding Ltd
Sponsor: Peter Kibble of Forward Computers (L)
Winner: Paul McKeown of TR Logistics Group (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  Cargo Forwarding Ltd
(TR Logistics Group) The presentation from TR Logistics Group detailed a service which went over and above for customers. TR has looked to develop more functionality – thinking outside the box, and beyond the normal offering.
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Staff Development Award Staff Development Award Many BIFA Members have comprehensive staff development programmes or have created their own academies. In this category we are looking for the firm producing the freight forwarders of the future. Staff Development Award Winner: Dachser Ltd
Sponsor: Cliff Atkinson of Albacore Systems (L)
Winner: Rachel Bussey of Dachser (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  Dachser Ltd
Recruiting bright, dedicated, and motivated young people, and then nurturing and developing their talent in a highly-supportive environment to release their fullest potential, is at the heart of Dachser’s strategy.
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Supply Chain Management Award Supply Chain Management Award This category focuses on provision of a customer focused, innovative solution enabling a more efficient and cost effective management of the supply chain. Supply Chain Management Award Winner: B&H Worldwide Ltd
Sponsor: Shane Paddington of BoxTop Technologies (L)
Winner: Stuart Allen of B&H Worldwide (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  B&H Worldwide Ltd
B&H Worldwide’s purpose-built, visibility tool has streamlined their customers’ time critical supply chains and delivered substantial cost savings.
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Young Freight Forwarder Award Young Freight Forwarder Award This prestigious category is for those outstanding individuals working for a BIFA Member and must be under the age of 32, with a minimum of two years’ employment in the freight industry. Young Freight Forwarder Award Winner: Louis Perrin
Sponsor: Steve Buckerfield of Virgin Atlantic Cargo (L)
Winner: Louis Perrin of Hemisphere Freight Services (C)
Host: Levi Roots (R)
Category Winner:  Louis Perrin
Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd Shipping and logistics is in Louis’s blood, and his interest in the industry began in childhood, when he would accompany his father on port visits and business trips overseas. Determined to understand the shipping world from the ground up, Louis began his career in the warehouse whilst studying a degree course in Logistics and Transport. In the relatively short period of ten years, Louis has worked his way up to director level within Hemisphere Freight Services.
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Lifetime Achievement Award Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Colin Joyce
Category Winner:  Colin Joyce
Host: Levi Roots (L)
Sponsor: Kevin King of TT Club (LC)
Winner: Colin Joyce (RC)
Trophy Presenter: Robert Keen of BIFA (R)

In addition to the regular awards, this year BIFA made the decision to recognise a stalwart of the freight forwarding industry, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This was announced by Kevin King of ceremony sponsor, the TT Club, and awarded to Colin Joyce of Stansted Training Services. Having found himself redundant following the demise of the forwarder Thomas Meadows, Colin set up Stansted Training Services, specialising in the delivery of training in the areas of freight forwarding, exports, imports, and customs procedures. For over 30 years, Colin has delivered courses on behalf of BIFA and retires this year having trained hundreds of individuals and leaving a huge legacy of knowledge.
Lifetime Achievement Award
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