Ten thousand words of nominations for the 21st year of the National Courier Awards. Transport Minister John Hayes, TfL’s Leon Daniels and a host of govt dept heads were followed by thousands on-line as the event ran live web.
Recognition from apprentice to lifetime achievement as Express sector rattled their clappers for the final mile. Transport Minister John Hayes stood with Hon fellow of the IoC, Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell on stage to present a lifetime services to industry award to Kate Lester of Diamond Logistics. It was a standing ovation for West London courier company Point to Point in recognition of professional support for the Grenfell Tower.
Vice Chancellors were on stage to present Watford-based Top Flight Couriers’ graduate apprentice Peter Daniel the Apprentice of the Year award for management in an apprenticeship of express. Full winners of the 21 silver Cs are on the IoC web at www.ioc.uk.com Step change award was taken in 2015 by Hermes for Sunday delivery.
In 2016, Hermes returned to win again with order by midnight for next day delivery on the Next Contract.
2017 – Tesco delivered the step change with same day delivery for final mile food nationally across the UK. APC collected the safety award and Hermes picked up the team award. Military distinctions drew a standing ovation as RLC full Colonel Andy Moffatt read citations for the former soldier now working in express, Paul Cross MBE with Rico.
Reserve forces Lcpl David Wilkie 151 regt and regular army SSgt Stevenson 29Regt ‘ highly secure, protectively marked mail; to the operational theatre.’ TfL scooped the education award for a blended learning LoCity package. Check the whole list of 21 courier silver C winners on the IoC web.
IoC president Lord Falkland, ‘Twenty one years of the National Courier Awards, Express is an evolving sector and the awards have driven recognition of excellence. Tonight we see recognition from start to finish with apprentice to lifetime award and a national step change win for same day nationwide.
IoC chair, Carl Lomas The Three Ts, Transport / Taylor / Trailblazer. He spoke ‘Continued retail shift from High Street to home deliver has brought challenge to a sector evolving to deliver customer chain excellence, those at the forefront are here for awards this evening and have been recognised by our independent panel of judges.’.
The sold-out gala courier industry event organised by the Institute of Couriers and hosted at the Institute of Directors will be long remembered for Tracey Worth’s words, ‘rattle your clappers’ as the Express industry indulged in recognition of excellence with some crazy hand clappers to raise the roof for their best of the best. The sector celebrated excellence from two wheels to four, two ambassador awards and a community spirit award for Point to Point working at the Grenfell Tower site. Representations from courier companies large and small, regional and national, an independent panel of judges without sponsorship to recognise the very best of the best final mile express from ten thousand words of nominations.
The winners were greeted by stilt walkers and applauded by final mile clappers as the world tweeted them to receive twenty-one prestigious Courier ‘Silver C’ awards in the twenty first year of the National Courier Awards.
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