Members of the UK’s leading palletised distribution network travelled from across the country to London to celebrate at a glamorous evening at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Palletforce hold the awards every year to recognise those members who go the extra mile throughout the year.
"We only work with the top transport companies in the country and the Gala Awards are all about recognising the absolute best of the best," said Palletforce Chief Executive Michael Conroy.
"Because we are a shareholder network all our members are committed to providing top quality service and ensuring the success of the network."
"There are a few that stand out by going that extra mile over the course of the previous year and that dedication and passion is what we are rewarding with our awards."
The award for Sales and Marketing, which recognises significant increase in sales, maintaining business and promotion of Palletforce, was won by Avon Freight.
"It is fantastic that we won this award out of more than 100 depots nationwide, especially as we have a small sales team," said Julie George, Sales Director at Avon Freight.
"We’ve really turned the gas up and seen the fantastic results this year."
"It’s fabulous that Palletforce have these awards because it really does spur you on, they’re a brilliant brand and fantastic company to work for."
Winner of the Members Service Committee award, awarded for significant improvement year on year in the provision of quality service to the network, was Westfield Transport.
The New Member award was presented to Gazelle Transport for their excellent performance since joining the network. Palletforce members voted for the Members’ Depot of the Year Award and chose Online Roadways. Palletforce Depot of the Year, The Robert Bedford Award, was won by Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd – winner for the seventh year running.
"It’s all down to the staff who deliver the quality of service and we are all very proud to win the award," said Mike Farrall, Managing Director of Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd.
"Failing is not in our vocabulary, we have procedures in place and as long as we stick to those procedures it works".
"We are proud to be a member of the quality network that recognises its members."
Networkers of the Year awards were given to representatives from White Logistics, W J Capper Transport, Owens Road Services, Stones Distribution, Archbold Logistics, Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd and Fagan and Whalley.
Ian Truswell, Managing Director of new member Truswell Haulage, was the lucky winner of the golden raffle prize draw and won a trip to Las Vegas – presented by none other than the city’s best-known icon, Elvis. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was in the building to entertain the guests with a tribute performance. Guests were also treated to a performance from a Frank Sinatra tribute band and the chance to ride a bucking sheep.
"It was a fantastic evening, full of laughter and plenty to celebrate," said Michael. "After 10 years in the business we are stronger than ever and it was a brilliant chance to thank all our members who work so hard for the good of the entire network."