BIFAlink November 2021



is far from a box-ticking exercise. The case studies presented show the ability to think fast and explore all options to get the job done and BIFA Members have much to be proud of. It was inevitable that in 2021 many submissions would focus on the work carried out to mitigate the potential for disruption following the UK exit from the EU. BIFA Members have worked tirelessly to inform and educate customers, create new teams and services, and ensure that cargo continued to flow. Amongst the multitude of entries received there are stories of penguins on the move, logistics support for the build of a nuclear power station and digital solutions to managing supply chains. The sponsor judging panel will convene in November to select their winners and we look forward to sharing these with you at the BIFA Awards ceremony in January. Celebrate with us Tickets for the BIFA Awards ceremony luncheon at The Brewery are now on sale at 202122 and we invite you to celebrate with us on Thursday 20 January 2022. BIFA is delighted that the host for the ceremony will be England and British Lions scrum-half and TV personality Matt Dawson, MBE. Matt was a key part of the England rugby team that won the 2003 World Cup. One of England’s most capped players of all time, he is now as well known for his media appearances including A Question of Sport, Strictly Come Dancing and Masterchef. As a player, Matt played over 70 times for England, and famously his pass in the dying moments of the World Cup final resulted in the kick that won the game. He also captained England and played on three Lions’ tours. Revolutionary set-up As part of the world-beating team he was involved in a revolutionary set-up that introduced new ideas and professional attitudes. He witnessed first-hand the organisation and team structure, the handing of responsibility to individuals and coaches, the culture of team and player accountability and the analysis of performances – all principles that apply to business as much as to sport. Some COVID-19 safety measures will be in place at The Brewery and are likely to include the requirement for attendees to present COVID-19 passes to gain entry. Details will be provided when tickets are issued.

The case studies received – almost a third from companies entering the awards for first time – show an ability to think fast and explore all options in order to get the job done A lot to be proud of

In spite of the well-documented pressures on the industry over the past year, BIFA Members have responded in their droves to the annual BIFA Freight Service Awards Call for Entries.

All entries will be reviewed with a shortlist of finalists for each award being announced as BIFAlink goes to press. See for the full list. From penguins to PPE The range of entries received across the board demonstrates that BIFA Members are much more than package delivery agents and that the smooth running of the international supply chain

The competition seeks to recognise innovation and excellence within the

international logistics sector and places finalists and winners firmly in the spotlight. At the time of writing, 77 entries had been received from 38 companies with almost one third of those entering the BIFA Awards for the very first time.


November 2021

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