Welcome to The Heavies Awards, The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. Friday 25th October 2024.

We’re delighted to announce that The Heavies Awards 2024 is now open for entries! Since 2015 The Heavies Awards have celebrated excellence across the heavy transport and abnormal load industry. So, pick out that perfect project, shout about your successes and tell us about your teams! We have sixteen awards celebrating all the successes across the heavy transport industry, with new categories introduced for 2024 including the Crane Operator/Manufacturer of the Year, Heavy Lift Project of the Year and Overseas Operator of the Year.

We’re excited to welcome you all to our new venue, at The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, so don’t delay, and submit your entry and book your table today!


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.

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 sixteen 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 our 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.


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, so make sure you join us for 2024!