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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ARE YOU THE BEST? PROVE IT!

Preparations are well underway for the annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards 2018, in Belfast’s Premier Venue – The Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Thursday 27th September, so now’s the time to enter what is the Irish industry’s premier awards event.

So, how do you enter?

It’s not as complicated as you might think. In fact, our advice as always is: Keep it simple.
Here are some points to consider:
Firstly, the following awards require only company or individual named entries with a brief overview or CV of the company or individual:

  • Technician of the Year
  • Transport Manager of the Year
  • Driver of the Year
  • Top Training Operator of the Year

The rest of the Award categories require short entries stating why you believe your company should win. Your entry will not be judged on presentation, but make sure it is easy for the judges to readily locate the necessary information. Any factual information, such as operational, service, financial or personal details, to back up any claims expressed in your entry should be clearly and concisely laid out.

You don’t have to be a big concern to enter. You could be an individual, a company with less than 10 employees or a large national/international outfit. You will be judged on merit, not size.

The judges are looking for excellence, outstanding qualities or contributions, unrivalled service and innovation, individuals and organisations who have gone the extra mile – so demonstrate all of that in your entry; make it stand out from the rest!

If you have faced any difficulties or obstacles in achieving your goals, make sure you note it on your entry.

If you need to provide any additional information to support your entry, keep it as brief and to the point as possible. Feel free to send customer testimonies to support your entries.

So to enter the awards yourself or nominate someone else, or if you wish to book a table, simply click to enter award below – or telephone Helen Beggs on 028 9268 8888; email: Helen@4squaremedia.net

Click on the link to below to download a table booking form for the Export & Freight Awards, then simply fill it in and post it back.

pdf_icon_testExport & Freight Awards Table Booking Form. Download the Awards Table Booking Form

 Click on the link to below to download a table booking form for the Export & Freight Awards, then simply fill it in and post it back.

pdf_icon_testDownload the Awards criteria

When entering the selected award please provide the company, organisation, project or individual nominated.

Followed by your address, telephone number & email.

Then using 400-800 words, tell us why should you/your company/project win?

(You can download the awards criteria above)

Safety Award

This award will be presented to a company involved within the transport & logistics industry who has demonstrated and implemented detailed safety measures within their organisation in compliance with health & safety regulations and accident prevention.

Driver of the Year

This Award will be presented to the commercial vehicle driver who offers a high standard of driving skills; excellent driving record and dedication to the trade. This will be a practical test held at Transport Training Services, Nutts corner, in August.

Please send a CV of the candidate. A practical driving test will determine the winner.

Technician of the Year

This Award will be presented to the best technician operating for a franchised dealer; own account operator; independent workshop; haulage fleet; or any other road transport related maintenance and repair facility, who offers unparalleled servicing skills, interpersonal relations, and recommendations. Telephone interviews will be held with candidates in July and August.

Please send a CV of the candidate. Telephone interviews will be carried out.

Excellence in Customer Service Award

This will be open to all companies who pride themselves in the level of their customer service including Dealers; Service Agents; Equipment Suppliers; Maintenance organisations etc. Entrants should show how they have gone the extra mile to service customers and outline why their company deserves the accolade of the best Service Provider in 2018.

PickUp of the Year

This Award invites all PickUp manufacturers to nominate one vehicle from their model range servicing this growing market. Judges will be looking for a PickUp that appeals equally to the working and lifestyle sectors. Entries will be judged on a number of points including performance, handling, payload, cargo space, towing capacity, and comfort and convenience features. One will be selected as PickUp of the Year by an independent panel of Judges chosen by the manufacturers.

Innovation Excellence Award

The Innovation Excellence Award is open to all companies operating within the transport and logistics sector who have invested in innovative solutions to make their operations more efficient, profitable and successful. This can be any type of innovation from the latest equipment and facilities to cutting edge technology or environmental solutions. Any type of transport operation is invited to enter from shipping lines to hauliers, van fleet operators to own account fleets. The contender is invited to illustrate in the entry their innovative solutions for their business.

Transport Manager of the Year

This Award will be presented to the Irish Transport Manager who demonstrates the highest levels of operational ability; professionalism; fleet knowledge; fleet management and personnel skills. Please send a CV of the candidate. Telephone interviews will be carried out.

Trailer Fleet of the Year

This award will be presented to an operator whose trailer fleet proves itself in consistently offering exceptional standards in every aspect of operation, including use of innovation, safety performance, vehicle efficiency and operational uptime. The winner will also be able to demonstrate how their trailer specification is tailored to their operational requirements and supports their business objectives.

Van of the Year

This Award invites all van manufacturers to nominate one vehicle from their model range with a 900-1700 kg payload which they see as the ultimate fleet van for the UK and Ireland. The only conditions are that the nominated vehicle must be reasonably new and a proven workhorse for a wide range of locally, nationally or internationally running fleets. One will be picked as Van of the Year by an independent panel of Judges picked by the manufacturers.

Top Fleet of the Year

This will be presented to an outstanding fleet of vehicles based on appearance, quality, maintenance programmes, driver efficiency, skill and professionalism

Top Team of the Year

This award is open to all companies and businesses in every sector of the logistics industry – from transport and logistics operators to exporters, warehousing experts, shipping companies and dealerships – and recognises teams within the organisation who by working together on a project, initiative or strategy have made a significant and positive contribution, perhaps by overcoming difficulties and challenges to do so. A ‘team’ by definition could be made up by just two people or a hundred; size is not important. What is important is that the team can demonstrate outstanding achievement or accomplishment in their area or field of expertise.

Top Training Operator of the Year

This award will be presented to the company who operates the highest standards of in-house training programmes developed in line with both Government directives and leading edge training providers. Site visits will determine the winner.

Chilled Operator of the Year

This award will be presented to the best Chilled Operator who presents an up-to-date modern fleet with a high quality distribution service.

Transport Personality of the Year

This award will be presented to the individual whose personal achievement deserves industry recognition.

Own Account Operator of the Year

This award will be presented to the Own Account Operator who demonstrates a high quality distribution service throughout his customer catchment area.

Logistics & Warehousing Specialist of the Year

This will be presented to a national organisation with bases in Ireland/UK and/or Europe offering a high level of international logistics service covering all aspects of the supply chain including haulage, warehousing, distribution etc. The winner will prove an ongoing commitment to providing an excellent range of logistics services and exceptional levels of customer care.

Excellence in Maritime Logistics

This award category honours and acknowledges the contributions made by individuals and organisations involved in the maritime logistics sector – from shipping lines and shipping agents to freight forwarders and Ports throughout the island. The award will be presented to the company/organisation/individual who has shown consistent excellence in their approach to business, in their implementation of measures and strategies to further enhance their business model to meet customers specific needs and in their engagement with and support for their client base.

Excellence in Compliance

This Award will be presented to a company providing evidence of tachograph analysis with a low level of infringements and/or showing continuous improvement; offering a proactive voluntary training (not DCPC) by staff aimed at improving understanding of O licence undertakings and compliance and a system for managing payload weights to avoid overweight vehicles; evidence of a daily check system for drivers with a clear process showing actions taken when defects are found; evidence of checking drivers licences at least once per annum and detailed reports of regular safety inspections for vehicles

Haulier of the Year (up to 50 Vehicies)

This will be presented to an operation running a high quality, well maintained fleet of up to 50 vehicles. The company must have a good reputation for efficient, respected service and offer good business practice in all aspects of their operation.

National & International Haulier of the Year 

This will be presented to a medium to large haulier operating
a high quality fleet of well-maintained vehicles and providing an excellent independent distribution service throughout the island of Ireland and/or UK and Europe. They must have a proven high-level infrastructure to the national and/or international marketplace.

Truck of the Year

This award invites all truck manufacturers to nominate one vehicle from their model range which they see as the ultimate fleet truck for the UK and Ireland, the only conditions being that the nominated vehicle must be reasonably new and a proven workhorse for a wide range of locally, nationally or internationally running fleets. One will be picked as Fleet Truck of the Year by an independent panel of judges.

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