Eleven winners in UK freight service awards

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Air Cargo Services – winner: Elliot Carlile of Metro Shipping, Sponsor: Stuart Forsyth of IAG Cargo with Col Dame Kelly Holmes

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has revealed the winners of its Freight Service Awards Competition 2018. Double Olympic champion Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes hosted this year’s awards luncheon. She gave a motivational speech about what it takes to be a winner whilst dealing with physical and emotional issues.

BIFA president Sir Peter Bottomley MP again welcomed guests to the luncheon ceremony, which was attended by 500 people, and along with Dame Kelly presented all finalists with their certificates.

Robert Keen, BIFA director general, says: “The BIFA Freight Service awards are all about rewarding excellence and the luncheon is an excellent opportunity for members and guests to network, cement existing relationships, and develop new ones.

“All the companies that entered this year’s awards could have no finer example to follow than someone who struck Olympic gold twice in Athens in 2004.

“A BIFA Freight Service award, like an Olympic gold, is the ultimate reward for endeavour and professionalism and demonstrates high standards, determination and professionalism. Both represent the ultimate recognition of special achievement.”

The air cargo winner in the Air Cargo Services Award, sponsored by IAG Cargo, was Metro Shipping. The finalists were Bermuda Forwarders, Dimerco Express Group, Ligentia.

Metro expanded and diversified its bespoke “Virtual Airlines” concept, demonstrating collaborative working across multiple carriers and introducing sea to air integration into this model. Not only was this successfully implemented within a capacity constrained market it also delivered direct cost reductions.

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) represents UK companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport.