BIFAlink February 2023

BIFA Awards



Apprentice of the Year Special Recognition: Kelly Bell, Good Logistics – Sponsor, Marnie Rose, Seetec Outsource

Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Special Recognition: Jenna Speed, Kuehne + Nagel – Sponsor, Joe Ellis, Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Staff Development Highly Commended: Kevin Noble, Speedy Freight – Sponsor, Cliff Atkinson, Albacore Systems

GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK Ltd for the broad-reaching and inclusive scope of the GEODIS training programme which developed staff at all levels within the organisation. Highly commended in this category was the submission from Speedy Freight, which also impressed the judges with investment in three regional training hubs and a learning and development team whose aim is to grow and empower all colleagues within the business. The other finalists in this category were: LV Shipping Ltd and Uniserve Group. The final award of the day went to Killlick Martin & Co Ltd which collected the Supply Chain Management Award , sponsored by BoxTop Technologies, for its work with a relatively new online leisurewear supplier and the development of its KM Insight software that was used to demystify the supply chain and provide real-time tracking and milestones. Summing up 2022, and the end of his tenure as Director General, Robert Keen spoke of his pride in the industry that has given him a lifelong career and passion. He highlighted that the number of BIFA Members continues to increase and the industry has received greater recognition from both government and the public in recent years. During the luncheon, guests heard from Sam Clarke of Transaid with a round-up of activity in Africa. The Transaid raffle, featuring prizes donated by BIFA, London Freight Club and the Woodland Group, raised £3,540 to continue their road-safety training campaigns. To view the full photo gallery and the video from the ceremony visit BIFA Awards 2023 In the coming months BIFAlink will publish profiles of each of the award winners – the publicity surrounding the BIFA Freight Service Awards is just one of the benefits to winners and finalists; make a resolution now that 2023 will be the year that your enter the awards. The BIFA Freight Service Awards 2023 competition will launch in the summer.

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logistics solution for charitable donations to the people of Ukraine was a real inspiration to the judging panel. The other finalists for this award were: Coyote Logistics Ltd, Deugro (UK) Ltd and Unsworth UK.

Recognising individuals Having reached the halfway point of the

ceremony, the spotlight was turned to the hard- working and innovative individuals making a name for themselves in the industry. Whittling the initial entrants down to six finalists in each of the individual categories had been a task in itself for the judges, and selecting the winners was tough. Each finalist was interviewed by the sponsors and given the opportunity to impress with his or her knowledge of the industry, passion and ambition for the future. BIFA and the sponsors believe that all 12 finalists have bright futures ahead of them in the ever-changing logistics industry. In the Apprentice of the Year Award , sponsored by Seetec Outsource, previous finalist Thomas Low of OIA Global proved that perseverance will pay off as he lifted the trophy this year. The sponsor also felt that Kelly Bell of Good Logistics deserved Special Recognition for her career to date. The other finalists for Apprentice of the Year were: Joel Amado (Aramex UK Ltd), Elliot Haldane (GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK Ltd), Jacob Kennerley (Cargo Overseas Ltd) and Cameron Smith (Ligentia UK Ltd). Another young man making his presence felt is Thomas Frost of GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK Ltd who was announced BIFA Young Freight Forwarder of the Year 2022 . The judge from sponsor Virgin Atlantic Cargo commented that Thomas has worked hard since joining the industry and takes a strong interest in all aspects of his work, analysing trends and suggesting new ideas to improve efficiency and cut costs. Having actively sought a career in freight forwarding following an online personality test, fellow finalist Jenna Speed of Kuehne + Nagel,

was given a special recognition award. The other finalists in this category were: Dalya Henry (ITD Global), Kyle Lawrence (OIA Global Ltd), Jordan Prangnell (Ligentia UK Ltd) and Cheryl Sullivan (Ucargo Pacific Logistics Ltd). General categories The four general categories were then announced. First up was the Project Forwarding Award sponsored by Macbeth Insurance Brokers, which saw Deugro (UK) Ltd collect the trophy for a project requiring goods to travel 213,000 nautical miles from 30 different countries. The other finalists for this award were: Good Logistics Ltd, Ucargo LLP and Wallis Shipping Services Ltd. New sponsor Thyme IT had the pleasure of announcing Seafast Logistics as the winner of the Specialist Services Award for its submission that showed excellent dedication and commitment to provide a service to a remote region where there were many political and logistical obstacles. The other finalists for this award were: ChannelPorts Ltd, Freight Logistics Solutions and Ucargo LLP. The penultimate category to be announced was the Staff Development Award . Sponsor Albacore Systems presented the trophy to


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