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 2017

Our 2015 and 2016 awards were held in Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground’s Hangar 42, a fantastic venue for this event, and the perfect arena to give elbow room to the super-size trucks and trailers that are the tools of your trade.

We are back there again for 2017 with a headline ‘A-lister’ host to draw the proceedings together on Friday 24th March 2017. They will be helping to celebrate the achievements of the industry’s premier operators, escorters, industry figures, policy makers, manufacturers and suppliers.

We 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.


Since 2016, The Heavies have been proud to support Transaid, an international charity that seeks to reduce poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries by investing in transport. Transport is essential for life but the reality for many of the poorest people across Africa and the developing world is that access to transport is poor, inadequate or non-existant. Transaid, recognise that transport knowledge is absolutely essential to the smooth running of any project involving movement of goods or people. Transaid seeks to identify, champion, implement and share local transport solutions to improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for people in Africa and in developing countries.