HEROES of the Palletforce member network have been recognised for their contribution to the leading palletised distribution network at an annual awards dinner.
Palletforce members attended the 2009 Palletforce Awards Dinner at the iconic Deansgate Hilton Hotel, Manchester, which took the theme of ‘We are all Heroes’ to recognise members’ individual efforts, as well as working together, to build the UK’s leading palletised distribution network.
More than 275 people from the 85 member depots attended the event on Saturday, June 13.
Palletforce is owned by its members, which means everyone takes equal interest and responsibility for the success of the business, and during the year some member depots manage to go the extra mile in support of Palletforce leading the market in service and quality provision.
The award for Sales and Marketing, which recognises significant increase in sales, maintaining business and promotion of Palletforce, was presented to John Jempson & Son by Palletforce Sales and Marketing Director Dave Holland.
Winner of the Members Service Committee award, awarded for significant improvement year on year in the provision of quality service to the network, was RCS Logistics, which was presented by Palletforce Operations Director Carl Worgan.
Palletforce members voted for the Members’ Depot of the Year Award and the winner was Abacus Transport. Palletforce CEO Michael Conroy presented this award for quality of service, communication, speed of response to enquiries and flexibility.
Palletforce Depot of the Year, The Robert Bedford Award, was presented by Janice Bedford and Michael Conroy to Edwin C Farrall, which won the award for the fifth year running.
Michael said: "To win Depot of the Year you need to be in the top five members year-to-date on the performance table. It cannot be overstated how difficult it is to get it right week in week out, month in month out over a whole year, but Farralls Transport succeeded in this."
A Special Recognition Award was handed to Palletforce Operations Director Carl Worgan for overseeing months of detailed planning for the network’s move to its new £30million distribution hub at Burton-upon-Trent.
Palletforce CEO Michael Conroy said: "To me all our members are heroes because they all add value and support to our network every day. As a result we have the best network with the most potential to grow and stand out against the competition.
"It is always important to recognise and reward the outstanding efforts of our members, but particularly so in the current trading conditions.
"Our network is the strongest in the industry and we value the importance of working together. It is great to be able to come together for a celebratory event like the annual awards dinner."
Palletforce is made up of 96 strategically located depots across the UK and Europe, which together serve thousands of customers – including major brands and well-known high street retailers.