Three courier firms from the North West dominated an annual awards ceremony, held by the Transport Exchange Group’s Courier Exchange this year by winning the top three awards.
Company of the Year was Liverpool based UK Couriers, St. Helens based LWS Transport won New Member of the Year and JEM Couriers, also from the North West, which is based near Wigan won Owner Driver of the Year.
It is the sixth year in which Courier Exchange, the UK’s leading online freight exchange, has held the awards which was attended by over 250 people.
The winners, whose businesses have benefited from being a member of the exchange, were selected by their 2000 plus fellow members beating off strong competition from their peers.
The freight exchange concept harnesses the networking power of the internet to enable collaborative working. It provides a means by which regional courier companies can not only maximise the use of their vehicles but broaden their offering to their own customers to provide a national and in some cases European service.
UK Couriers has been a member of the Exchange for nearly three years during which time it has seen its business grow from handling regionally based work to managing national accounts.
The company is one of the most active members on the exchange and has worked with over 50% of the membership since it joined.
Similarly Wigan based JEM Couriers has also benefited from being a member of Courier Exchange with proprietor Jim Latham commenting that ‘he wouldn’t be on the road without the Exchange’.
And New Member of the Year LWS Express describes their first six months with the Exchange as ‘fantastic’ and commented that they not only get more work but also don’t return empty.
UK Couriers Managing Director Andy Cookson commented: "Being a member of the Exchange has been great for us as it has opened up a whole new avenue of business enabling us to work with multinational companies who use our operation as a ‘hub’.
"Had we not joined the Exchange this simply would not have been possible and so we would have only just been able to operate as a regional courier company servicing our immediate locality.
"The fact that we have won the title Company of the Year is the icing on the cake and we look forward to a long association with the Courier Exchange for many years to come."
The Courier Exchange is tailored for operators to post loads and available capacity to find vehicles to move their goods. Its services therefore enable member companies to virtually eradicate empty journeys and unprofitable backloads, and share the many costs of transporting goods.
Furthermore, by enabling member companies to do everything from booking loads and confirming orders to approving invoices and making payments electronically, they provide an efficient and seamless trading hub that offer tangible business benefits.
Lyall Cresswell, Managing Director, Transport Exchange Group of which Courier Exchange is a part commented: "Using our services, transport operators can work together and share the cost burden of rising fuel prices, congestion charges, tolls and complying with onerous legislation.
"Each of our award winners are an excellent example of what a freight exchange such as ours is all about.
"They are utilising it to the full and as a result have considerably boosted their business which is fantastic. We extend our warm congratulations to them all and wish them continued success."