Export & Freight Sept-Oct 23

Welcome to what is our biggest and best issue of the year, marking the 20th annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics awards, which attracted around 600 guests for a celebration of the achievements of a resilient, innovative and progressive industry.

This showcase event honoured the companies and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their pursuit of excellence and in this issue we bring you who won what in a record 19 separate categories. It was also a very special night in that we broke away from tradition to present the ‘Transport Personality of the Year’ award to one of the industry’s leading stalwarts who passed away suddenly earlier in the year: Dickie Curran, founder of D Curran & Sons Transport.

Away from the awards, we report on the PRM Group which has been celebrating 35 years of continued growth, offering a wide range of specialist services; the company was set up by CEO & Founder Philip Morrow along with his wife Lynne in 1988. We focus, too, on those companies taking the lead in the Contract Hire & Rental sectors, as well as highlighting the significant progress being made by Translink in investing in zero emission bus technology, with a mix of battery electric and hydrogen powered buses in operation.

We hear from the Northern Ireland Health & Safety Executive who has launched an awareness campaign to promote its ongoing inspection programme aimed at reducing the number of people killed or injured as a result of incidents involving workplace transport.

We also find out from Nichola Mallon, Head of Trade and Devolved Policy, Logistics UK, about how the logistics sector is outperforming the rest of the economy, with overall employment numbers growing by 15% over the past 10 years. Figures from Logistics UK’s Skills Review show that the logistics sector currently employs around 2.7 million people directly and indirectly in logistics roles, representing 8.2% of the UK workforce. Across Northern Ireland, there are 67,761 logistics employees, accounting for 7.9% of the NI workforce.

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