Olympian Kelly Will Host Major UK Freight Forwarding Awards Ceremony

Logistics Event Again Sees a Gold Medal Winner in Charge

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UK – Entries to the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) Freight Service Awards are now open and BIFA Director General, Robert Keen says that any logistics associated company looking to prove their industry prowess in these awards can have no finer example to follow than someone who struck Olympic gold twice in Athens in 2004, with double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes as the host for its annual awards, now in their 30th year.

BIFA’s Freight Service Awards are open to all members of the trade association, which represents UK companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport. Sponsored by a number of blue chip companies, each of the ten award categories is recognised as very prestigious, and winning an award has become more coveted year-on-year.

The 2018 awards ceremony luncheon is an annual event on the industry calendar, much anticipated by regular attendees. The event will take place, as ever, at The Brewery in London on Thursday 17 January 2019, when Dame Kelly Holmes will host more than 500 BIFA members and their guests. It will provide a valuable opportunity for those attending to acknowledge the winners as well as networking with people from within the industry. Keen commented:

“Olympic gold is the ultimate reward for endeavour and professionalism. Our awards also encourage and reward high standards and professionalism. Both represent the ultimate recognition of special achievement.

“The awards represent the chance for the best in the UK freight forwarding and logistics industry to be recognised by their peers, and every year the standards of entry improve. As we organise the awards for their 30th year we are looking forward to yet another successful competition with a large number of entrants.

“Every year, after the awards have taken place, I get members who say that they wish they had entered. So I would urge all members to think about their applications now, so they don’t have any regrets later. The awards are an important part of BIFA’s mission to encourage our members in their pursuit of improved standards and excellence within the logistics and supply chain industry.”

The selection of Dame Kelly follows something of a pattern with other Olympians Derek Redmond in 2012, and ex-wife Sharron Davies a year later presenting the trophies. With logistics, the ‘hidden industry’ desperately seeking young talent she is an inspired choice, running as she does the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping young people to achieve their potential through a programme of mentoring by Olympic, Paralympic and world class athletes.

Nominations for the BIFA Freight Service Awards closes on October 8 with entry for the eleven categories via this link. This year’s categories are as follows:

General categories

Modal categories

  • Air Cargo Services Award – sponsored by IAG Cargo
  • European Logistics Award – sponsored by TT Club
  • Ocean Services Award – sponsorship package available

Specialist categories

Individual category


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