Handsfree Group attend FTA Logistics Awards 2017

The Awards

Handsfree Group were delighted to attend the Freight Transport Association Awards (FTA) Awards which took place on December 13th 2017.  

The awards were a great gathering of representatives of all modes of freight transport in a spectacular setting.  The representatives ranged from air, sea and road transport, as well as the industries buyers and support sectors.

The event was hosted by leading entertainer Alistair McGowan and the FTA Chief Executive, David Wells and celebrated supply chain leadership and excellence, recognising leaders who have made a significant contribution to the industry, either as individuals or as businesses. The awards were an absolute pleasure for the Handsfree Group to attend.

The Freight Transport Association

The Freight Transport Association is the UK’s largest and most influential membership association in the freight and logistics sector, with more than 16,000 members operating over 220,000 goods vehicles – half the UK’s fleet. Established in 1889, FTA’s members move goods by road, rail, sea and air, consign over 90 percent of the freight moved by rail and 70 per cent of sea and air freight.

At a time when the economy is under pressure, the performance of the logistics industry is something to be celebrated according to the Transport Minister, Jesse Norman MP. During his presentation, Mr Norman praised the contribution of the logistics sector to the UK economy as the event recognised the achievements of the country’s leading supply chain organisations.

What the Chief Exec had to say

FTA Chief Executive, David Wells, says the event showcased the very best of British industrial delivery and innovation:

“FTA is the only organisation to represent all of the logistics industry, so we are ideally placed to recognise the achievements of our sector’s  leaders.  The inaugural FTA Logistics Awards have proved a great success, celebrating outstanding performance in multimodal supply and logistics from businesses both big and small.  It’s wonderful to see multinationals such as Thyssenkrupp AG being recognised alongside household names like Tomtom Telematics and local government heroes, such as the London Borough of Croydon’s pollution team.“

“The logistics sector often goes unrecognised and yet its work forms the backbone of British industry – without it, Britain simply would not keep trading. Our members supply everything from raw materials for our factories, to high-tech devices and medication for hospitals, along with food to every single supermarket and corner shop in the UK. These awards have given companies and organisations the opportunity to highlight their achievements and it’s particularly heartening to hear the Transport Minister speak so highly of the sector’s role in driving the future growth of the UK economy.”

The Winners

Handsfree Group were delighted to see so many of their customers winning awards. Congratulations to everyone who went home with an FTA Award, the full list is as follows:

Freight Carrier of the Year sponsored by The Port of Dover: Delamode

Retail Shipper of the Year: John Lewis Partnership

Manufacturing Shipper of the Year sponsored by Santander Corporate and Commercial: Thyssenkrupp AG

Logistics Partner of the Year sponsored by Howard Tenens: TomTom Telematics

Most Innovative Product of the Year sponsored by ASB Law: Cartwright Group

Most Innovative Company of the Year sponsored by Associated British Ports: Freightliner

Logistics Champion of the Year for Essential Services sponsored by Romex: Flogas Britain Ltd

Logistics Champion of the Year for Public Services: London Borough of Croydon – Pollution Team

Logistics Lifetime Achievement Award: James Cooper of Associated British Ports


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