Forwarder group BIFA announces award finalists

By Damian Brett

Robert Keen, BIFA director general

UK freight forwarder association BIFA has revealed the finalists for its annual awards, due to take place in January.

Given social distancing requirements, BIFA will not host a live event and will instead release a series of videos to celebrate the finalists and congratulate the winners.

A total of 21 freight forwarding companies have been shortlisted as finalists for the eight service categories of this year’s British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards, with 12 individuals making the finalists shortlist in the Apprentice of the Year and Young Freight Forwarder categories.

Those shortlisted in the various categories are as follows:

Air Cargo Services Award – sponsored by ASM – DHL Global Forwarding, Kerry Logistics, Ligentia UK, Simarco International

Cool & Special Cargoes Award – sponsored by TT Club – Gist, Killick Martin & Company

Extra Mile Award – sponsored by Descartes – Kerry Logistics, Moto Freight, Pentagon Freight, United Worldwide Logistics

Ocean Services Award – sponsored by Port Express – Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics, Killick Martin & Company, Westbound Logistics Services

Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance Brokers –  Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics, DB Schenker, RIF Worldwide, Specialist Logistics Services, Ucargo 

Specialist Services Award – presented by Transaid – B&H Worldwide, In Time Worldwide Express, Lila International Logistics, NNR Global Logistics 

Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems – Morrison Freight

Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies – B&H Worldwide, Killick Martin & Company, Ligentia UK, Progressive 3PL 

The finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category – sponsored by Seetec Outsource are Chloe Hamlett (Charles Kendall Freight); Eloise Hill (DHL Global Forwarding); Stuart Lupton (DHL Global Forwarding); Ben Milligan (DHL Global Forwarding); Ryan Wilkes (Kuehne + Nagel) and Harry Wilson (Ligentia UK)

The finalists in the Young Freight Forwarder category, which is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo are: Jack Coope (B&H Worldwide); Sam Greenhalgh (Zencargo); Katy Hopkinson (Kuehne + Nagel); Zoe Lowe (Kerry Logistics); Keegan Starkey (Specialist Logistics Services) and Beckie Vallance (Geodis)

Robert Keen, BIFA’s director general, said: “In this extraordinary year, BIFA has been delighted with the range of entries received to the BIFA Freight Service Awards 2020. The fact that so many BIFA Members took the time to document their achievements while continuing to manage their businesses through incredibly trying times is a testament to the tenacity of BIFA members.

“It adds to the esteem in which the BIFA Freight Service Awards, which is now in its fourth decade and rightly seen as the blue riband event for the UK’s freight forwarding and logistics sector, is held. 

“I congratulate all the companies that have been shortlisted and look forward to watching the videos revealing the winners.”

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