Following the continued escalation of the Coronavirus outbreak across Europe, The Heavies (2020 and 2022) has taken the difficult decision to once again reschedule the event to the later date of Friday 14 October 2022.

The organiser, Nimble Publishing Ltd, publishers of the UK’s leading specialist transport title, HeavyTorque, has once again been closely monitoring updates on the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Like many event organisers, the health and safety of our guests has to be our number one priority and this is particularly pertinent for the UK’s abnormal lift and transport industry who are essential to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

In addition, given the restrictions on international travel, it’s fair to suggest that several sponsors could struggle with travel plans, and much more. Moreover, we cannot host an event without our international partners! It is with this in mind that the decision has been made to postpone the event, yet again. While this is not a decision that has been taken lightly, we do feel that it is the right one – not just for our specialist sector – but for industry and community as a whole. We do believe that the new date will enable sufficient time for the situation to improve, and for the event to run successfully for all involved.

Thank you for your understanding and support and we look forward to seeing you all in October this year. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Adams, or a member of the team on +44 (0) 1572 504006.

For those wishing to Enter our 2022 event, once again, there are a total of fifteen categories – each aiming to seek out the innovators and the industries best performers.

Entering could not be simpler. Simply click The Categories 2022 in the above navigation bar. Herewith you will find a précis on all 15 awards – together with a link to submit an online entry, or if you prefer, complete your submission and address it via email to


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 fifth 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.

The Heavies 2017

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.

There are a total of fifteen 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 two legends of BBC radio royalty, Ms. Sally Boazman and and Mr. Jon Harle: your evenings hosts. Sally better known to BBC Radio 2 listeners as ‘Sally Traffic’, is certainly no stranger to the sector, as her 2018 welcome address quipped “Your industry keeps me in a job”!

Meanwhile, keeping Sally in check is regular HeavyTorque contributor Jon Harle. Again, Jon is no stranger to our industry having spent 10 years at Pickfords Heavy Haulage before picking up his microphone and then latterly his pen. Between them they will bring sparkle and glamour to the event, whilst helping to celebrate the achievements of the industry’s premier operators, escort operators, industry figures, policy makers, manufacturers and suppliers.

Together they 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.

OUR CHARITY FOR 2020 & 2022

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 2022, the Headline Sponsor will receive this and many more sponsorship benefits. Who will it be?