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The 2011 MAN everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards open for entries

The 2011 MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards with a fast growing reputation within the industry are open for entries from 1 December 2010. Having enjoyed a successful past three years, the awards, in association with Skills for Logistics, identify women who are positive role models in the industry, demonstrating the breadth of career opportunities available in this sector.

Awards categories include those responsible for managing warehouses, those starting out in the industry, commercial drivers, directors and women leading successful teams. There is an award for the overall woman who stands out from the crowd in her achievements and ability to go that extra mile in her role. This year an exciting new award has been added to the programme, the Green Champion Award, which will be awarded to an individual who has addressed and reduced the impacts of an operation on the environment and/or engaged employees in a Green agenda. The MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistic Awards is the only programme of its kind showcasing the industry’s most talented and inspirational women.

The awards will shine the spotlight once again on the women who are succeeding across the various sectors of this industry. These are role models who contradict any pre-conceived ideas that the industry is a place that offers few opportunities for women where only men can make it to the top. They are women that others can aspire to, women who are breaking down barriers and succeeding in the industry and by highlighting their achievements it will inspire more women to consider a career in transport and logistics.

Maxine Benson, MBE, Co-founder and Director of everywoman, comments "We’ve made strides to identify the positive female role models within the industry, however it’s apparent that it remains a non-traditional sector for women, with many females not realising the wealth of career opportunities available. We look forward to continuing to help re-address the balance with this year’s finalists."

Des Evans, Chief Executive of MAN Truck and Bus UK adds, "Once again it’s a great pleasure for MAN Truck & Bus UK to be sponsoring the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards for the fourth consecutive year. Our association with these awards dates back to 2008 and we are delighted and proud to be asked to be part of their success in 2011. MAN has a long established reputation of encouraging women to enter and excel in what by many is seen as a traditionally male dominated industry. However this perception is continuing to diminish fast as growing numbers of energetic, career minded women choose to make a new start in the transport and logistics sector. If the high standard of the previous year’s nominees and winners are anything to go by these awards are proof to all the women working within this sector of what can be achieved. Good luck to all this years entrants in their chosen category".

Dr Mick Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Logistics comments, "Skills for Logistics is proud to support the everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. Workforce diversity is a key factor in ensuring that the sector moves forward. There are not enough women represented in logistics, so it is exciting to see so many women that are contributing to the future of such a vital sector to the UK and indeed the global economy. The women that have been nominated for these awards have demonstrated a wide range of skills that are helping to ensure the ongoing success of our industry. By celebrating these achievements and encouraging the recognition of women working in logistics these awards help to raise its profile and demonstrate the opportunities and the wide-ranging roles that are available within it."

The winner of the Commercial Driver of the Year title will receive, on behalf of their company, a year’s free use of the Fleet Management system offered by MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd. MTBUK is delighted to award the service, which monitors driver behaviour reflected by fuel consumption and examines driving manners such as harsh braking, engine idling time and over revving. The observations highlight key areas that require further training, aiming to result in long-term savings for the operation.

A glittering awards ceremony and lunch will be held at The Savoy Hotel in London on May 4 2011, when politicians, media, captains of industry, companies who recognise the value of a diverse workplace, and the industry’s most successful women will gather to honour outstanding female success. Supported by trade associations and industry bodies across the sector, the MAN everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards are uncovering the industry’s most talented employees.

Nominations will close on Friday 11 February 2011 and entries can be made online from 1 December at www.everywoman.com. For table bookings please contact everywoman on 0207 981 2574.

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