The abnormal load movement family are an industry within an industry. While the vanilla-flavoured 44-tonne tractor-trailers are sailing up the motorways with everything from baked beans and teabags, to breeze blocks and bricks, yes, they are keeping UK plc moving. But it’s you, the specialists who move the nation’s infrastructure into place, who lay the foundations for it all. You more than deserve recognition for that effort, expertise and professionalism, and ‘The Heavies’ awards is where you’ll find it.

Now in their third year, The Heavies awards prides itself in seeking out effort and excellence, regardless of size. Our judges have handed out the gongs, not just to the headline names we all know in the industry, but to some of the less well-known operators who are raising standards, and showing that small can be beautiful too.

There are a total of fourteen awards that aim to seek out the innovators and the best performers in the widest range of operations; after all, it’s a hugely diverse sector.

If you are dithering about entering, a comment from last year’s judges is worth bearing in mind. They said, “Entries do not need to be full of glitz and snappy presentations. We can see through that, to the essential value of the submission.”

That philosophy means that the door is truly wide open to large and small companies alike.

Sally Traffic

The Heavies is proud to announce the return of radio royalty, our host Sally Boazman. Better known to BBC Radio 2 listeners as ‘Sally Traffic’.

Sally is certainly no stranger to the sector, as her 2016 welcome address quipped “Your industry keeps me in a job”!

Bringing sparkle and glamour to the event, Sally will be helping to celebrate the achievements of the industry’s premier operators, escorters, industry figures, policy makers, manufacturers and suppliers.

Sally will be recognising innovation, outstanding service, efficiency and quality. To win, or just to be shortlisted, is evidence of the highest achievement in the industry, as judged by an international panel of industry experts.

Napkins and Networking

All industries have their premier event, where they get together and meet their peers and friends. The Heavies is that opportunity for you.

It’s a chance to make new business contacts too, and whether you are a winner, you’ve been shortlisted, or you are at the event as a guest, it’s the evening this sector of the industry is now talking about.

It’s also a great way to entertain clients and reward staff for their efforts over the past year. It’s important to remember that last year’s winners cannot rely on submitting the same projects for an award, and neither can they assume that their title is safe from an operator they might never even have heard of.


The Heavies are proud to support Transaid, an international development charity that identifies, champions, implements and shares local transport solutions which improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for poor people in developing countries. Through combining the expertise of the UK Transport and Logistics industry with our experience in international development, we partner with local community organisations, governments, institutions and donors to achieve our aims. This collaborative approach enables Transaid to provide innovative solutions to some of the key challenges facing transport and development today. Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and our Patron is HRH The Princess Royal.

The Host

Our returning host Sally Boazman (affectionately known as ‘Sally Traffic’) delivers traffic news for the Steve Wright, Simon Mayo and Jeremy Vine shows on BBC Radio 2.

Sally is a popular guest at the UK’s Truckfest events, and was awarded ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ as voted for by UK truckers, for her great work on BBC Radio!


Becoming a Heavies sponsor allows your company to reach this niche market. Providing a powerful complement to other marketing programs, whilst delivering dramatic influence on customer relations both new and old. The audience is made up of key decision makers, operators, policy makers, manufacturers and suppliers representing the entire heavy and abnormal load industry. You will also reach our website visitors with your brand messages.

Supporting the awards demonstrates your industry leadership and active commitment to a professional and high quality industry. In 2016, and as a bold move to innovate this high profile event, The Heavies provided the opportunity for one trailer manufacturer to gain front of house exposure: Your trailer as the main stage! In 2017, the Headline Sponsor will receive this and many more sponsorship benefits. Who will it be?