In the fast-paced and ever evolving courier industry the best-of-the-best who are setting the standards were recognised in The National Courier Awards.

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The sold-out gala courier industry event organised by the Institute of Couriers and hosted at the Institute of Directors, at Pall Mall in London was a huge success for all things express delivery.

Celebrating excellence from two wheels to four, from courier companies large and small, regional and national, this event was the network event of the year.

The winners were greeted by stilt walkers to receive the prestigious Courier ‘Silver C’ award, received in recognition of coming out on top in each category from almost 150 nominations made nationwide.

Viscount, Lord Falkland, IOC President handed out the corporate and distinction ‘Golden Triangle’ awards.

Gwnet for Industry collaboration on final mile electric. Yodel ‘Have your say’ data looking in to future peak. DX, technology, image capture at delivery.

IOC fellow, Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell was on stage to present the Vice President’s Safety Award to Sarah Barnes MCIA for her contribution to two-wheel road safety.

Peter Richardson from the inspirational D2N2 LEP was on stage to present apprentice of the year to CEVA for the achievements of Daniel Blay.

Terry Room, CitySprint carried off an award for his 50 years of excellence.

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During the gala dinner there was much discussion of the retail shift from high street to home delivery. Heads of industry event had taken place earlier in the afternoon and fuelled discussion on driver workforce strategy and solutions alongside the new BIS trailblazer apprenticeship.

Defence Minister Penny Mordaunt was on stage to handout ‘silver Cs’ of 2015 to logistics for military distinction, both reserves and regular forces.

The first in line for a 2015 award was a civilian, Mark Cunningham, who had made the step from army to excellence into network logistics with Pallex franchise Provincial Logistics.

Claire Williams, based at 562 TA Southall was nominated by Lt Col Michael Taylor for heavy vehicle licence excellence.

A standing ovation to regular army member James Brennan, with a citation of support from Brigadier Alistair Deas RLC commended by full Colonel Tim Blackmore.

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He was recognised for ‘remaining at post, exceptional duties of post office support in theatre of war Afghanistan.’ He ensured mail delivery when all else had failed.

Traffic commissioner Sarah Bell, IOC fellow was on stage to present awards of the silvers Cs with the Master Carmen and Derby University dept Vice Chancellor, Prof Rod Dubrow Marshal.

A gala celebration of best of the best from two wheels to four, contract and office, get every detail of the winners from the ioc web at www,ioc.uk.com.

Final award of the evening went for step change, bringing midnight cut to next day delivery on the Next contract went to Hermes.

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