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.
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.
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.
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?
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In all honesty I found the evening fantastic. Very well organised with a great ambiance! What I particularly enjoyed was the perfect balance between the official proceedings and ample networking opportunities. The speeches were short but with enough content, and the winners were certainly given their moment to bask in the glory. We look forward to adding this exciting event to our event calendar in future years!
Han Rekers , Sales Director at Nooteboom
The Heavies was met with eager anticipation and did not fail to impress. The venue was amazing, with vehciles and trailers surrounding diners in the spectacular Hangar 42. Heavy haulage remained the main focus of the evening, enabling me to meet with fellow hauliers and exchange stories and business cards.
Simon Griffiths , Director at Smiths Heavy Haulage
A high quality of guests attended with great networking opportunities throughout the night. New and old faces to heavy haulage filled the venue. With special thanks to our represented customers: Charles Russell Transport, Herbies Haulage and Ford & Slater. We will be back next year!
Chloe Hignett , Marketing Manager at King Trailers Limited
The first ever Heavies awards was a resounding success, the Collett team had a fantastic evening and our congratulations go to Andy, Vicky and everyone else involved in the planning, organisation and execution of the event. The Heavies is a welcome addition to the industry’s calendar and we look forward to its continued success in the coming years.
Michelle Grieves , Marketing & PR Manager at Collett & Sons Ltd
As a world market leader we are very proud to obtain the ‘Trailer Manufacturer of the Year’ award at The Heavies 2015. Thanks for the great ceremony and excellent event!
Mirjam Weber , Marketing & Social Media Manager at TII Group
Well organised and a nice location to pass a diverting evening.’ The Heavies 2015’ was a nice experience for Faymonville and our partners in the United Kingdom. To win the prize for the ‘Innovation of the Year – Manufacturer’ was further recognition of our CombiMAX and its outstanding and unique character for the transport sector. This event was a proof of the moving transport business in the UK – a market where Faymonville Trailers occupy the leading position.
Marco Andres , Press & Communications Manager at Faymonville Trailers
Volvo Trucks were delighted to be part of the inaugural ‘The Heavies’ event, in support of the HTA. From an organisational standpoint the whole event proved an excellent showcase for the industry and one that was enjoyed by invited customers and staff alike. We look forward to “The Heavies 2016”
Nigel Hanwell , Press Officer at Volvo Trucks
Finally an awards dinner for the hard working UK heavy haulage companies! Long overdue, but definitely worth the wait. A fantastic evening was enjoyed by Faymonville representatives and their guests. We look forward to next year’s event which we sincerely hope will be even bigger and better.
Peter Dougan , Director at Traffco Ltd (Faymonville UK)
I believe that a lot of hard work went into the evening and I would like to congratulate Andy and Vicky on a wonderful event. From the moment I walked in – surrounded by the industries finest equipment and a unique venue, I knew it would be a great night.
Stuart Rawcliffe , Director at JB Rawcliffe & Sons Ltd