BIFA Freight Service Awards 2011 open for business

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) - www.bifa.org - is seeking entries for its annual Freight Service Awards competition, celebrating 23 years of recognising the best in the UK freight forwarding industry.

Entries to any of the categories can be made through the event’s website at: www.bifa.org/awards (Enter Now). BIFA’s Freight Service Awards are open to all full and probationary trading Members of the trade Association.

According to BIFA Director General, Peter Quantrill, the Awards represent an annual opportunity for UK forwarders to step up to the plate. He says: “The awards are the perfect platform for showcasing to the industry, and to your competitors, successful projects which you have executed.”

He adds: “The competition is now officially launched so this is the moment to take the time to seriously consider entering any of the categories that reflect the best your company can achieve. As well as encouraging and rewarding high standards and professionalism, the awards represent the ultimate recognition of special achievement in different sectors of the freight forwarding and logistics industry.”

Each of the nine award categories is recognised as very prestigious, and winning an award has become more coveted year-on-year. Judging meetings will be held in mid October to select four finalists in each category. Finalists will be announced at the end of October, while winners will be announced at the awards ceremony early next year.

The ceremony luncheon continues to be a key annual event on the industry calendar. This event will take place on Thursday 19 January 2012 at London’s popular venue, the Chiswell Street Brewery. The celebrity host for the event will be announced shortly.

The winner of the Young Freight Forwarder Award will receive a cheque for £1,000 and be nominated as the UK candidate for the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2012.

More than 450 people including BIFA Members and their guests are expected to attend. The luncheon will provide a valuable opportunity for attendees to acknowledge the winners as well as networking with key figures from within the industry.

Comments Mr Quantrill: “Since we established these awards 23 years ago, we have never been let down by our Members. Each year, we have seen improvements in the standard of entries received. We are always delighted at the quality of the entrants who are aspiring to be recognised as the best in the industry. This aspiration continues to drive standards to improve each year. That is why we are looking forward to another successful competition with a large number of entries.”

The nine BIFA Freight Service Awards 2011 are as follows:

  • Air Freight Award – sponsored by British Airways World Cargo
  • Environment Award – sponsored by Red Recruit
  • European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club
  • Ocean Freight Award – sponsored by CargoWise
  • Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole & Co
  • Special Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers
  • Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems
  • Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies
  • Young Freight Forwarder Award – sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Further information about entering, including luncheon ceremony reservations, can be found on the BIFA Awards 2011 web pages at www.bifa.org/awards

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