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EXCITING NEW CATEGORIES ADDED TO EXPORT & FREIGHT’S 2020 TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS AWARDS

The 19th annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards may still be seven months away, but already plans are being drawn up to make this year’s the biggest ever in every which way!

The 2019 awards managed to break all records for the event which was first staged way back in 2001 and ever since it has grown year on year and today remains the premier event in the transport calendar on the island of Ireland.

Around 600 guests attended last year’s awards evening when winners in no less than 20 categories were revealed; the 2020 event is already guaranteed to surpass that with the inclusion of another TWO new categories.

The ‘Liveried Vehicle of the Year’ award is open to any company who owns and operates an individual vehicle with an outstanding livery and befitting a flagship vehicle within the company.

The second new category is for ‘Home and Business Delivery Operator of The Year’ which is aimed at operators in the Home and Business Delivery sectors who can clearly demonstrate high standards of operational compliance and customer service.

The awards is all about celebrating the achievements and recognising those operating in the transport and logistics sector across the north and south of Ireland; it is an industry that continues to meet its challenges head-on with resilience and perseverance.

Comments Export & Freight’s joint publisher and awards organiser Helen Beggs: “Last year’s event attracted the most entries ever and according to the judges, the quality was absolutely outstanding, proving that our industry is so resilient and continues to thrive.”

“Despite all the underlying difficulties and challenges, our industry continues to provide World Class leading solutions for the Transport & Logistics sector on the island of Ireland and beyond, so it is clear to see, that for such a small country, we operate at the very top level.”

Entering the 2020 awards is easy; you will find all the details elsewhere in this magazine issue, including how to book a table for the gala evening which includes a super four course dinner and some exciting entertainment!

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 – and good luck!

The 2020 awards ceremony will once again be staged at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Belfast, so mark the date – Thursday, December 10th – in your diaries because it promises to be another night to remember. Don’t miss it!

Your entry will not be judged on presentation but make sure it is easy to read and is filled by both reasons why you should win and evidence to support these reasons.

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.

  • Entries should state the category they are entering.
  • Entries must be made by emailing a word / PDF document stating the award category to helen@4squaremedia.net
  • A minimum of 2 high res images that best depict your entry to be supplied in high resolution (if an image is embedded in your entry, please also supply separately – this is for multi media use, should you be a finalist)
  • Entries should not exceed 1000 words (approx.)
  • Separate award entries to be emailed for each category entered.
  • Large files can be sent via WeTransfer – email to be sent to helen@4squaremedia.net to advise thereof.
  • Award entry enquiries can be made to Helen Beggs: helen@4squaremedia.net or M: 07779 713762

You can also submit supporting corporate material – brochures etc, including photographs of projects, services or products. You can enter any number of categories but bear in mind, it is left to the judges opinion to reallocate any entry which may be more suitable to another category or an additional category. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All entries are private & confidential. The winner will remain confidential until the event.

Deadline 29th May 2020

Safety Award

Each company will need to demonstrate how they manage, control, and monitor the quality aspects of their respective companies and be able to describe roles, responsibilities, and methodologies for ensuring compliance with all regulatory bodies. Review of the company’s strategy and controls currently employed, or to be developed and implemented by the company, to consistently deliver products and services that meet the requirements of the Safety Award. 

Companies will be required to submit a quality programme, which meets equivalent standards, which would include project personnel who will understand the programme’s impact from training, induction and the commitment evidenced by management. All personnel are responsible for performing safety activities in accordance with approved documents; identifying and participating in quality improvements, customer interface, supplier interface, and processes with which they are associated.

Documents received by the judges must be approved, are uniquely identified, and their distribution is formally established. Other essential policies, plans, procedures, decision, data and transactions produced by the company are documented to an appropriate level of detail. Site infrastructure, primarily the design control process is existing and well established. Safety aspects are planned and implemented in accordance with approved procedures, which include provisions for performing the assessments, environmental conditions, personnel qualifications and documentation requirements for record purposes. 

Measuring all the activities would have a metric system implemented by means of specific criteria and the appropriate point system applied.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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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, immaculate vehicle and dress code and dedication to the trade. This will be a practical test held at Transport Training Services, Nutts Corner, in August. Please send a CV and hi res image of the candidate. A practical driving test will determine the winner.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

 

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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, Hauliers, Shipping companies etc. Entrants should show how they have gone the extra mile to provide the highest level of excellence in their service to all customers and outline why their company deserves the accolade of the best Service Provider. Customer testimonies, though not essential, are advised, as these will show examples of quality customer service. These will be totally confidential and shredded once the judging has taken place.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Liveried Vehicle of the Year

This Award is open to any company who owns and operates an individual vehicle with an outstanding livery and befitting a flagship vehicle within the company. Entries must be accompanied by hi res photographs of the vehicle and details of the livery, what the vehicle is used for operationally and why the company invested in the unit.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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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.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Transport Manager of the Year

a.  This award will be presented to the applicant who demonstrates the highest levels of up to date knowledge, professionalism and ability in managing all aspects of a modern transport undertaking.

b.  The applicant will be assessed against all aspects of transport management including – driver recruitment, maintenance, driver licensing, operator licensing, drivers hours/rest periods, vehicle testing, contracts of employment, vehicle excise, financial management, use of IT, fuel efficiency and disciplinary procedures.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Trailer Fleet of the Year

This award will be presented to an operator whose trailer fleet consistently offers 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. Please send details of your trailer fleet including any specialist operations offered.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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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.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Top Training & Development Operator of the Year

This award will be presented to the operator who demonstrates the highest standards of in-house training programmes developed in line with best practice and leading edge training providers to ensure compliance, enhance safety and develop staff. The training must be designed and provided for delivery to staff solely within the business and not for delivery to external 3rd party customers.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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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. The judges will be looking for an operator who complies with all temperature controlled regulations and service options.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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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.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Transport Personality of the Year

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

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Own Account Operator of the Year

a.  This award will be presented to the applicant who operates under an own account (Restricted) operator’s licence and demonstrates the highest levels of up to date knowledge, professionalism and high quality service to their respective customer base.

b.  Judges will pay particular regard to all aspects of the business including a well-presented modern fleet who deliver a highly efficient and effective service to their customer base. Other aspects on the business will be assessed including business planning, employee retention and recruitment, training, fleet compliance, operator licensing, contracts of employment, use of IT, fuel efficiency and environmental issues

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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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, and distribution. The winner will prove a total commitment to providing an excellent range of logistics services and exceptional levels of customer care.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Haulier of the Year (Over 20 Vehicles)

a.  This award will be presented to the applicant who operates under a standard operator’s licence with 20 or less vehicles specified on their operator’s licence and demonstrates the highest levels of up to date knowledge, professionalism and high quality service to their respective customer base.

b.  Judges will pay particular regard to all aspects of the business including a well-presented modern fleet who deliver a highly efficient and effective service to their customer base. Other aspects on the business will be assessed including business planning, employee retention and recruitment, training, fleet compliance, operator licensing, contracts of employment, use of IT, fuel efficiency and environmental issues.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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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. Judges will be looking for carefully planned maintenance systems, low levels of downtime, well-kept vehicles and drivers and investment in the latest models, driving aids and technology.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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National & International Haulier of the Year (Over to 20 Vehicles)

a.  This award will be presented to the applicant who operates under a standard operator’s licence with more than 20 vehicles specified on their operators licence and demonstrates the highest levels of up to date knowledge, professionalism and high quality service to their respective customer base.

b.  Judges will pay particular regard to all aspects of the business including a well-presented modern fleet who deliver a highly efficient and effective service to their customer base. Other aspects on the business will be assessed including business planning, employee retention and recruitment, training, fleet compliance, operator licensing, contracts of employment, use of IT, fuel efficiency and environmental issues.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Fleet Truck of the Year

This award invites all truck manufacturers to nominate one vehicle from their model range over 18 tonnes GVW 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.

Please supply hi resolution images to illustrate your entry.

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Apprentice of the Year

This will be awarded to an Apprentice, someone not certificated at Level 3 before Sept 2019, who has demonstrated skill and determination in the course of their training and working in a workshop.

Home & Business Delivery Operator of the Year

This award is aimed at operators in the Home and Business Delivery sectors who can clearly demonstrate high standards of operational compliance and customer service.  Operators will be required to provide evidence of safe and efficient best practice in the areas of; vehicle maintenance and standards; driver licencing, competence and behaviour; safe working environment including working practices and fuel efficiency; demonstrate how peak flows in demand are handled; proven on-time delivery statistics; and customer service. Entries are encouraged from companies who consider themselves the delivery operator of choice for the retailer, business owner and consumer.

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