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Yesterday (Thursday) the great and the good of UK forwarding descended on London for the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) annual awards.

Double Olympic champion (and owner of a HGV licence) Dame Kelly Holmes hosted the event, giving a motivational speech on what it takes to be a winner.

Daily Groupage Services’ Luke Brown was the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year, while Panalpina’s Thomas Turner won the inaugural Apprentice of the Year award.

Both faced strong competition, with Peterson UK’s Christopher Carter, GAC’s Markus Knudsen, B&H’s Lisa North, Paige Baldwin of TPS Global, Unsworth’s Kyle Lawrence, Dachser’s Harry Underwood, and Jay Williams of K+N in the running.

Director general of BIFA Bob Keen said: “The awards are about rewarding excellence and the event provides an excellent opportunity to network, cement existing relationships and develop new ones.”

The full list of winners:

General categories

Project Forwarding Award – sponsored by Peter Lole Insurance Brokers

Winner – Specialist Logistics Services

Specialist Services Award – sponsored by Forward Computers

Winner: Charles Kendall Freight

Staff Development Award – sponsored by Albacore Systems

Winner: Hemisphere Freight Services

Supply Chain Management Award – sponsored by BoxTop Technologies

Winner: OIA Global

Modal categories

Air Cargo Services Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo.

Winner: Metro Shipping

European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club

Winner – Uniserve Group,

Ocean Services Award – sponsored by Corrigan Bentley Recruitment

Winner: NNR Global Logistics

Specialist categories

Cool Award – sponsored by American Airlines

Winner: Bermuda Forwarders

Extra Mile Award – sponsored by Descartes.

Winner: Freightport Logistics

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