13 May 2011
Licensee members of the Fortec Distribution Network have celebrated a ream of outstanding achievements over the past 12 months in the company’s annual awards ceremony.
The glittering event, held at the Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire, was attended by representatives from the 65-strong network of licensees from across the country.
The prestigious Depot of the Year Award was won by Ipswich-based IP Pallets. Voted for by principals of fellow licensee companies, IP Pallets is only the second company in the history of the awards to win the accolade two years running.
Licensees Alan Davie, based in Forfar, and Leicester-based Mitchell Storage and Distribution (MSD) were joint runners up in the Depot of the Year category.
This year was the second time the Fortec Distribution Network presented the Rod Abrahams Award, in memory of the company’s former Managing Director who died from cancer in September 2009.
The award is given to licensees in recognition of consistently going the extra mile for the benefit of their business, the Fortec network and customers. This year’s award was jointly won by Glasgow-based M&H Logistics and Alan Davie & Son transport.
Both companies were presented with the awards for their heroic efforts during the extreme winter weather which brought much of the UK to a standstill between November and January. M&H Logistics opened a new temporary depot in Edinburgh to ensure the best possible service during the snow, and also offered their Glasgow office for use as accommodation by staff stranded at the height of the snow, while Alan Davie & son were officially thanked by Tayside Police for helping them to clear a traffic jam, in which several lorries became stuck on a steep hill, causing long tailbacks.
Mitchell Storage and Distribution also picked up the award for the International Depot of the Year category. This was the second year running the company had won the award, in recognition of the number of international consignments handled by MSD on behalf of the Fortec’s European network. In the past year the company has put more than 3,000 pallets through the network.
Preston-based Ainsworth and Martin was voted the Best Newcomer in this year’s award. The company was highlighted for embracing the Fortec brand, delivering exceptional volumes and a first class service to customers.
Fortec Birmingham, opened just six months ago, was highlighted as the Best Newcomer runner-up.
The Commercial Contribution to the Network award was won by Team C Logistics for not only consistently inputting high quality volume and freight but also adopting a company ethos synonymous with that of the Fortec brand. Joint runners up were Wyvern Cargo and Devereux Developments.
Neil Hodgson, Managing Director of the Fortec Distribution Network, said: “Congratulations to all licensees who won awards in this year’s ceremony. It is their consistent effort and determination to provide the very best service that makes the Fortec Distribution Network the success it is. We are very lucky as without exception all our licensees are run by ultimate professionals with staff that are only too happy to pull out all the stops for the sake of providing a first class service for customers.
“I am proud to be at the helm of such a successful network. I look forward to continuing to work with our licensees in the future for the benefit of the Fortec brand and of course all our customers.”
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