The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) Annual Awards luncheon has been held this week at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in London’s Park Lane.
The event saw senior figures from the UK’s warehousing and logistics sector as well as decision makers from the retail industry come together to recognise the achievements and innovations in the sector over the past year.
The awards themselves comprised of ten individual categories covering all aspects of the industry including environmental performance and customer service.
Concluding the event, the UKWA Chairman, Tony Mohan presents the Chairman’s Award, a special presentation to an individual whose outstanding contribution to the industry deserves particular recognition.
This year, Abbey Logistics CEO Steve Granite collected the Award for his work on industry initiative Think Logistics.
Presenting the Award, Tony Mohan said:
“Steve Granite joined Abbey Logistics at the age of 15 and progressed from a role as a trainee accountant to become Managing Director of Abbey Logistics by the age of 29.
“In 2013 and concerned by the shortage of young people joining the logistics industry, Steve created ‘Think Logistics’.
“Think Logistics involves experts who work in the logistics sector visiting schools and colleges to educate 16-19-year-old students about the logistics industry and the career opportunities that it offers.
“So far, nine ‘Think Logistics’ centres have been established, supported by more than 40 companies who visit over 250 schools and colleges each year to promote logistics industry careers to thousands of students.
“Plans to have 20 ‘Think Logistics’ centres this year are well advanced, and it’s Steve’s aim to have 50 such centres up and running by the end of the 2018/9 academic year.
“Steve Granite is a fine example of all that is good about our industry, and it is fitting that we can recognise his successful career and contribution to logistics with this Award.”
Steve said of winning this award: “I’m delighted that the Think Logistics project has been recognised at such an important event and one which directly benefits from the work we do.
“The support we have had from the industry has been good but as we continue to grow we need more employers to support the new centres. Our projects involve companies that are often competitors, working together to promote our sector to young people which is great to see.
“Think Logistics has gone from strength to strength and awards like this are an important way to increase the profile of the initiative and tell people that this is a great industry that is full of opportunities.”
“A special mention has to go to Career Ready who we partner with to help deliver the Think Logistics initiative. Career Ready has a network of nearly 300 schools and colleges, we bring the employers, they bring the young people – it’s a great partnership.”