Exceptional Businesses Confirmed as 2024 Multimodal Award Finalists

Exceptional Businesses Confirmed as 2024 Multimodal Award Finalists

19.4.2024 | Logistics

Exceptional Businesses Confirmed as 2024 Multimodal Award Finalists

Multimodal has announced those nominated as finalists of the modal section of this year’s eagerly anticipated awards. 

The awards recognise outstanding air, road, rail, maritime, and freight achievements. Voting for this year’s finalists has opened earlier than usual to give the industry more time to vote. With votes cast from registered visitors and exhibitors attending Multimodal 2024 (11th—13th June at Birmingham’s NEC), Porttalk congratulates all the nominated finalists.

Event Director Robert Jervis says: “Awards fever is in full swing. We’re thrilled to announce that our Awards event is reaching its pinnacle, with just 75 seats remaining. It’s a testament to the incredible support from our community that we’re nearing a sell-out, and if the current trend continues, we anticipate being fully booked by the end of the month.

“Moreover, registrations are soaring, up by over 30%. It’s fantastic to see such enthusiastic participation from our industry peers. Our exhibition space is also in high demand, with only 20 stands left. This level of interest speaks volumes about the value and significance of our show.

“As Event Director, I’m excited to share that the voting process is live, allowing everyone to have their say in determining the winners. Remember, the deadline for casting your vote is Friday, May 24th.

“At the heart of the Multimodal Awards is inclusivity and recognition of excellence across all business sizes. Thanks to opening the process earlier, we’ve witnessed unprecedented nominations. Our commitment to fairness remains steadfast, employing an independent nomination and voting system to ensure every nominee can take pride in their recognition.

“Entries for the seven judged awards, which require a written nomination (and are judged by an independent panel of industry experts), remain open until Wednesday, May 1st, and the list of these finalists will be announced around May 6th, ahead of judging by the independent panel.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this year’s Awards a resounding success. Let’s continue to celebrate the outstanding achievements within our industry together.”

Full details of categories and how to enter the judged awards can be found here.

To vote for one of the six finalists, click here. Voting closes on May 24th.

The organisers will select two further award winners—the Multimodal Exhibitor of the Year and the Multimodal Personality of the Year—and reveal them at the awards evening.

As per Multimodal tradition, all winners will be announced at the glittering ceremony on June 11th. Football legend and event favourite Kevin Keegan will host this year’s awards evening. With the event almost sold out, click here to book your place at the industry’s favourite evening.

Your Multimodal 2024 Finalists

Air Freight Company of the Year sponsored by ASM:
CEVA Logistics
Chapman Freeborn Air chartering
Davies Turner
DHL Global Forwarding
Kuehne + Nagel
Maersk Air Freight
Speedy Freight

Road Freight Company of the Year sponsored by Dennison:
ATL Haulage
CEVA Logistics
Davies Turner
Efret Ltd
Ewals Cargo Care
Howard Tenens
Kuehne + Nagel
LKW Walter
Maritime Transport
Speedy Freight
Maritime Transport
Pentalver Transport
R Swain & Sons
Speedy Freight

Rail Freight Company of the Year, sponsored by Howard Tenens Logistics:
Davies Turner
DB Cargo
GB Railfreight
Maritime Transport
The Russell Group

Sea Freight Company of the Year sponsored by Freightliner:
Ellerman City Liners
ONE – Ocean Network Express
Stena Line
WEC Lines

Port Company of the Year sponsored by Malcolm Logistics:
Associated British Ports
DP World
Forth Ports
PD Ports
Peel Ports
Port Atlantique de La Rochelle Port
Port of Dover
Port of Felixstowe
Portico Shipping
Solent Stevedores
The Bristol Port Company

3PL of the Year sponsored by HMM:
Advanced Supply Chain
CEVA Logistics
Davies Turner
Delamode International Logistics
Howard Tenens
Kerry Logistics
Kuehne + Nagel


Multimodal Awards 2024 – your chance to shine

Multimodal Awards 2024 – your chance to shine

19.3.2024 | Logistics

Multimodal Awards 2024 – Your Chance To Shine

Porttalk shares why it’s such a good idea to enter the Multimodal Awards and details all you need to know to make a submission.

With bookings for the June exhibition going through the roof this year, event director Robert Jervis says: “The Multimodal awards are one of the fairest industry awards. With peers of those nominated or self-nominated selecting the winners in the modal categories and industry experts taking on the other judging, it ensures that winning a Multimodal award is a genuinely independent endorsement of a company’s excellence. It is then left to the team here to decide on whom to extol the award of Multimodal Exhibitor of the Year and Multimodal Personality of the Year.”

The Modal Awards
There are six modal awards recognising companies’ excellence in:

• Air
• Road
• Rail
• Sea
• Port
• Freight Forwarding

Nominated either by the company itself or by another, entries are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal newsletter, exhibitors, and show visitors.

The nomination and voting process is now open, and nominations close on 29 March. Finalists will be announced on 9 April, when voting commences. Voting will close on 24 May, and winners will be announced at the Awards evening on 11 June. To enter the modal awards, click here.

The Judged Awards
In this section, there are seven categories.

• Shipper/partner
• Sustainability
• Young Logistics Professoinal
• Technology Company
• Best warehouse operation
• Customs Technology Partner
• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

With each category scored against a different set of criteria, following entry requirements to the letter increases the chance of success.

A short-written submission is required for awards in this section, and a panel of industry experts independently judges all submissions. The deadline for entries is 1st May. Finalists are announced on 6th May, and winners are announced at the Awards evening on 11th June.

For full details of the awards and how to enter the judged awards, click here. Click here to view Multimodal’s very helpful top tips on writing an award-winning entry.

Multimodal 2024 Preview Event coming to Felixstowe

Multimodal 2024 Preview Event coming to Felixstowe

20.2.2024 | Logistics

Multimodal 2024 Preview Event coming to Felixstowe

Logistics professionals invited to an exclusive gathering for an insight into Multimodal show plans. 

Multimodal, the UK and Ireland’s leading freight and transport, logistics and supply chain management exhibition, is set to give industry insiders a glimpse into its upcoming 2024 show at an exclusive preview in Felixstowe.

Scheduled for the evening of February 27th 2024, from 5-8pm, the event will take place at The Brasserie, Alex Cafe Bar, located at IP11 2AF in Felixstowe. Attendees can expect an evening of networking, refreshments, and insights into what Multimodal 2024 has in store.

“We’re excited to offer this sneak peek into Multimodal 2024,” said Clarion events director Robert Jervis

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for those in the freight transport, logistics, and supply chain sectors to come together, learn about our plans, and connect with peers.”

The evening promises attendees the chance to enjoy drinks and lite bites while gaining valuable insights into the industry’s latest trends, innovations, and developments.

With Multimodal 2024 poised to be the calendar highlight for professionals in the sector, the get-together offers a unique opportunity to get ahead of the curve.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to RSVP by the close of play today to secure their spot. Those who plan to be in the Felixstowe area on February 27th are invited to join the gathering and discover what Multimodal 2024 has in store, including its commitment to sustainability and plans to halve emissions by 2030 and achieve Net Zero by 2050.

“We’re looking forward to seeing you there and sharing our exciting plans for Multimodal 2024,” Robert added.

With anticipation building for another successful edition of Multimodal, the preview event in Felixstowe promises to be an evening of networking and collaboration for industry professionals.

Multimodal – NEC Birmingham – 11-13 June 2024

Developer seeks go-ahead for 70-acre Ipswich business park

Developer seeks go-ahead for 70-acre Ipswich business park

13.12.2023 | Logistics

Developer seeks go-ahead for 70-acre Ipswich business park

Churchmanor Estates have submitted an outline planning application for a new Business Park of approximately 70 acres on a site to the southeast of junction 58 of the A14, at the Seven Hills interchange of the A12 and A14 in Ipswich. 

The site is allocated in the 2020 East Suffolk Local Plan, and the planning application has been made following 5 years of engagement with the Local Authority, surrounding Parish Councils, and local stakeholders.

The proposed scheme, known as Seven Hills Business Park, is for a high-quality landscaped business park, allowing for a total of about 88,000 sqm of offices, industrial and warehouse uses, along with park facilities to support the development, a new junction on Felixstowe Road, and improvements to public transport, cycling, and pedestrian facilities.

The masterplan for the development creates a sustainable new business park destination enhancing and developing the existing tree belts and perimeter landscaping to increase biodiversity. Green infrastructure and spaces are to be provided throughout the Business Park alongside carefully designed buildings in a range of sizes to create an exceptionally high-quality environment to serve local, national, and international businesses.

Churchmanor has a long-standing track record for building successful business parks in the region, including Colchester Business Park, Chelmsford Business Park, and Suffolk Business Park.

Matt Cloke, Development Director at Churchmanor, comments, “We are very pleased to have submitted a planning application which we believe will provide the opportunity for the development of a new and highly strategically located business park. This site will create an exciting and much-needed new employment destination to support growth in the East Suffolk area and promote new business opportunities”

Alistair Mitchell, Fenn Wright said, “Fenn Wright represents the land owners, the Orwell Settlement Trustees and are working closely with Churchmanor in progressing the application, which we are confident will be well received.”

Image: CGI of Suffolk Business Park, credit Churchmanor Estate.

Festive fundraising begins at home

Festive fundraising begins at home

12.12.2023 | Logistics

Festive fundraising begins at home

Christmas cheer as the logistics industry goes above and beyond to support those in need.

Porttalk is delighted to update you on the efforts of the FPUA Christmas Charity Ball and how, this year, KWL Logistics has been supporting the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.

Getting the month off to a fabulous start, the FPUA Christmas Charity Ball was held on 1st December at the Orwell Hotel.

Jason Flower, chairman of the FPUA, says: “The highlight of our events calendar, a massive thank you goes to all those who attended the ball, which was a standout affair, and to those who generously provided raffle prizes or helped with arrangements.

“Exemplifying the industry’s team spirit and support of others, I’m delighted to report that with the profit secured from ticket sales and the funds raised on the evening from the raffle and  the Heads and Tails game, the FPUA are delighted to be able to donate £5,000 to our chosen charity for the event, the Ipswich Diabetic Centre.”


Heading over to Felixstowe’s Schneider Close, the team at KWL Logistics has been busy donating funds to help contribute to Operation Christmas Child on behalf of Samaritan’s Purse UK.

Brooke Flower of KWL Logistics says: “When we came up with the idea of supporting the Christmas Shoe Box appeal, we hoped to raise sufficient funds to fill and donate five shoe boxes. Smashing this target, and as a result of the generosity of the whole KWL team, we’re delighted to have raised sufficient funds to fill eighteen shoe boxes.

“The boxes have been dropped off to the Operation Christmas Child team and are now, along with thousands of other donated boxes, on their way to be distributed to over 100 countries worldwide. It’s been a joy to support this  fantastic cause, and we are thrilled that our boxes will bring happiness to 18 young children on Christmas morning.”

Details of the work of the Ipswich Diabetic Centre can be found here.

Government Funding comes to roadside facility operators

Government Funding comes to roadside facility operators

20.9.2023 | Logistics

Government Funding comes to roadside facility operators

39 roadside facility operators to receive a share of UK Government’s £8m lorry driver facilities fund.

Last week (11 September 2023), the government announced that lorry drivers across England will benefit from better roadside facilities, more secure parking and improved rest areas thanks to £8 million in government funding.

A total of 39 roadside facility operators across England will each receive a share of £8 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) and a further £11 million from the logistics industry to significantly upgrade truck stops for lorry drivers.

The improvements will boost welfare facilities like showers, rest areas and restaurants and increase heavy goods vehicle (HGV) parking capacity while improving security for drivers.

The funding comes from the government’s HGV parking and driver welfare grant scheme and forms part of the up to £100 million joint investment between government and industry to support the logistics sector, helping to boost economic growth.

Last week’s announcement also marks the launch of the second window for roadside facility operators to bid for further funding to continue boosting lorry roadside facilities across England. Bids close on 20 November 2023.

The measure is part of the government’s 33 actions to address the shortage of HGV drivers and boost recruitment and retention.

Roads Minister Richard Holden said: “Day and night, our lorry drivers and hauliers work tirelessly to deliver essential food, goods and medical supplies up and down the country.

“As we continue supporting the haulage sector in playing its crucial role in helping to grow the economy, these first winners will help ensure lorry drivers have great facilities where they can safely park, sleep and rest.”

The scheme draws on The National Survey on Lorry Parking, which provides significant evidence as to what improvements are needed and where to boost the nation’s roadside infrastructure.

With hauliers required to take mandatory breaks and rest periods, building better roadside facilities will improve the quality of HGV drivers’ rest and recovery, ensuring everyone can feel safe on our roads.

Britain’s roads are already among the safest in the world, and the government is committed to helping the sector improve driver welfare, boost drivers’ security and continue to guarantee road safety.

In total, both government and industry will look to spend up to £100 million through to March 2025 to improve lorry roadside facilities for drivers.

Policy director at Logistics UK, Kate Jennings, said: “This announcement is a positive step forward, and our members operating in England will welcome the planned improvements to accessible facilities for them to access during the course of their working days.”

Richard Smith, Road Haulage Association Managing Director, adds: “We are pleased that the first tranche of grants has been announced and that lorry drivers will soon benefit from the improvements this scheme is helping to fund. 

“We would encourage other operators to apply for funding to help them upgrade. Better facilities and more safe and secure parking for truckers are a key priority for our industry.”

Details of HGV parking and driver welfare grant scheme round 1 winners can be found here.