Logistics giant Pall-Ex Group has once again united its membership of independent hauliers to celebrate the achievements of the previous year with a ‘Greatest Showman’ themed event
The Leicestershire-based pallet distribution network held its annual awards event on the weekend of 25th February to recognise the hard work of its employees, network members across the UK and international partners.
Pall-Ex has expanded on an international scale since its founding it 1996. It has gone from moving 117 pallets on its first night of operation to moving 45,000 pallets per night across the globe through its network of over 600 European members. Since 2019, it has been owned by its UK shareholders and senior management team, uniting the network in its goal of achieving excellence.
Over 700 guests attended Pall-Ex Group’s ‘Greatest Show’, including guests from its membership of over 170 independent UK hauliers, Pall-Ex’s international partners and employees from its hub and head office. The event was held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole and was sponsored by insurance company Gallagher along with 17 other reputable businesses sponsoring various parts of ‘The Greatest Show’ throughout the evening.
Hosted by special celebrity guest, Jason Manford, the glamorous event saw many awards given out to Pall-Ex Group’s highest performing members, including the prestigious Member of the Year award.
In addition to the celebrity host, guests were treated a variety of spectacular performances including a contortionist, a hula hoop artist, some close-up magic, and a breathtaking fire show.
During the awards ceremony, Severn Transport Services (STS) was presented with the highly sought-after Pall-Ex Member of the Year award, sponsored by The Algorithm People. It is the second consecutive year that STS has won this prestigious award, voted for by its fellow network members. The Welshpool-based business was founded in September 2019 and has gone from strength to strength ever since, steadily increasing pallet volumes and continuously delivering service excellence.
The New Member of the Year award, sponsored by The Barcode Warehouse, went to 4PLinks while the Business Development award, sponsored by Gateley went to Bottrills Transport.
The weekend also saw Regional Operational Excellence awards, sponsored by Tile Mountain, handed out at the Diamond Excellence Dinner the night before the main event. Only the network members who had achieved at least one Diamond Excellence certificate were invited to this exclusive event, to reward them for their contribution to helping the Group achieve service excellence.
Regional awards were presented to the top performing member in each region within the network, who had continually exceeded and improved their performance over the previous 12 months. J T Leyland picked up the award for Scotland and the North East, Advanced Delivery Services won for the North, Trucklink.EU claimed the award in the Central region, Churchill Freight Services won for the South East and for the South West Intercounty Distribution claimed the prize.
Pall-Ex Group Star awards, sponsored by Allports Group, were also awarded to staff members, nominated by fellow colleagues and network members for striving to achieve excellence in everything they do.
The International Partner of the Year award, sponsored by Honeywell, went to Pall-Ex Romania, which has been instrumental in establishing the pallet network model in Eastern Europe since becoming operational in 2011.
In addition, Hannah Bywater was highlighted with the DMC Outstanding Contribution Award, recognising her hard work and commitment to the Pall-Ex network and Alan Moody was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award to thank him for the dedication he has shown to the network for a number of years.
Kevin Buchanan, Group CEO at Pall-Ex Group, comments: “It’s always fantastic to bring together what we consider to be the greatest team and the greatest network as we strive to achieve our principal objective of excellence, so what better way to celebrate this than by putting on the greatest show.
“2022 was another challenging period for the logistics industry, so I am proud to see how everyone has united to overcome the hurdles we have faced.
“Our network members, staff and international partners all deserve recognition for their commitment to Pall-Ex Group and the role they have played in its success and I look forward to the next 12 months of our journey to excellence.”
For more information on joining the Pall-Ex network, visit www.pallex.co.uk/become-a-member/.