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Palletised distribution network Pall-Ex CEO Hilary Devey honored by University of Leicester

Hilary Devey awarded honorary degree by University of Leicester

Pall-Ex CEO and entrepreneur Hilary Devey has been recognised for her contribution to business in Leicestershire with an honorary degree from the University of Leicester.

Hilary â€" who founded the UK’s number one network for the distribution of palletised freight in 1996 â€" was presented with her degree of Doctor of Laws by the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday 13 July.

Over the past 14 years, Hilary has transformed Pall-Ex from a one-woman, one-truck operation to a multi-million pound business with more than 100 depot locations across the UK, a purpose-built £12million hub in Leicestershire and a regional hub situated in Cumbria.

She said: “It’s a real privilege to be recognised by the University of Leicester with an honorary degree for which I am tremendously grateful.

“The university is an immensely forward-thinking, innovative learning institution which achieves excellent results through challenging conventional boundaries â€" and we share a similar approach to our business at Pall-Ex, always looking at new ways to grow and prosper.”

Hilary’s triumphs include the 2007 Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur Award, NatWest Everywoman of the Year in 2008 and Vitalise Business Woman of the Year in 2004 and 2008.

In 2009 Hilary made history as the first ever woman to be presented with the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport’s most prestigious award, The Sir Robert Lawrence Award.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: “We are delighted to honour such a distinguished group of people, some of whom have worked closely with the University while others have brought distinction to the region and in their various fields. All of them are an inspiration to our students.”

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