BIFAlink February 2023


BIFA Awards


Celebrating the finalists BIFA has always been keen that it is not just the winners who get their moment in the spotlight. So, in a move that is perhaps unusual at such ceremonies, the finalists in each category were all welcomed on to the stage to receive their certificate from BIFA President Sir Peter Bottomley MP and event host Kevin Keegan. A quick word of congratulation, a handshake and a photo to mark the occasion will live long in the memory of the recipients. Announcing the winners Following a delicious three-course meal and an entertaining speech from Kevin Keegan, in which he regaled the audience with stories of football,

All photos: Event host Kevin Keegan All pictures ©

Air Cargo Services Award: Winner, Danielle Hales, Noatum Logistics – Sponsor, Jacqui Brohi, IAG Cargo

European Logistics: Winner, Martin Keens, Westbound Logistics Services – Sponsor, Michael Yarwood, TT Club

hairstyles and past business ventures, attention turned to the sponsors and the announcement of the award winners.

First up were the three modal categories: Air Cargo Services, European Logistics and Ocean Services. For work with its customer to regain control of complex supply chains, Noatum Logistics received the Air Cargo Services Award from sponsor IAG Cargo. The other finalists for this award were: Deugro (UK) Ltd, GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK Ltd and Mandarin Global Logistics. Westbound Logistics Services caught the eye of the judges with a relatively high-risk, but ultimately successful, strategy to achieve its goals, winning it the European Logistics Award , sponsored by TT Club. The other finalists for this award were: Brunel European Ltd, Ewals Cargo Care Ltd and NNR Global Logistics UK Ltd. The Ocean Services Award , sponsored by Port Express, went to Uniserve which did not just find a solution to issues on the Asia-Europe trade lane, it created one by way of setting up and launching its very own shipping line. The other finalists for this award were: DG International Group Ltd, Ligentia UK Ltd and Mapcargo International Ltd. Next were the two Specialist categories, for Cool & Special Cargoes and the Extra Mile Award. Taking home the trophy for the Cool & Special Cargoes Award sponsored by American Airlines Cargo, for the second time in two years, was JCS Livestock with its case study involving the movement of critically endangered orangutans from the UK to Germany for conservation breeding programmes. Seafast Cold Chain was the other finalist in this category. The Extra Mile Award , sponsored by Descartes, went to the team at Anchor Freight whose commitment to deliver an end-to-end

Ocean Services: Winner, Scott Baker, Uniserve – Sponsor, Karl Dawson, Port Express

Cool & Special Cargoes: Winner, Philip Knowles, JCS Livestock – Sponsor, Emma Oliver, American Airlines Cargo

Extra Mile: Winner, Carl Day, Anchor Freight – Sponsor, Howard Marsh, Descartes

Apprentice of the Year: Winner, Thomas Low, OIA Global – Sponsor, Marnie Rose, Seetec Outsource

Young Freight Forwarder of the Year: Winner, Thomas Frost, GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK – Sponsor, Joe Ellis, Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Project Forwarding: Winner, David Richardson, Deugro UK – Sponsor, Danial Wright, Macbeth Insurance Brokers

Specialist Services: Winner, David Halliday, Seafast – Sponsor, Steve Breen, Thyme IT

Staff Development: Winner, Marzelle Benade, GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK – Sponsor, Cliff Atkinson, Albacore Systems

Supply Chain Management: Winner, Paul Gallagher, Killick Martin & Co – Sponsor, Shane Paddington, Boxtop Systems

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