They say that bad luck comes in threes, first came the Coronavirus outbreak, second we were hit with operational restrictions, and now Peterborough Arena, the previous home of the Heavies Awards, has closed for events pending planning permission for a leisure development.

Sadly, this means that our planned Heavies Awards on 10th November has to be postponed yet again.  The Heavies Awards, since its inception in 2015 has celebrated excellence across the heavy transport and abnormal load industry. From our beginnings, our judges have delivered industry recognition to operators across the UK, an honour we hope to continue to deliver for many years to come.

That being said, unfortunately, due to the uniqueness of The Heavies awards, good (truck friendly!) venues are hard to find, and we can’t simply rehome our industry celebrations at the drop of a hat.

With this in mind, we’ve taken the decision to press the pause button whilst we work behind the scenes to find our beloved Heavies Awards a new home.  Throughout the heavy haulage and abnormal load industry, operators work exceptionally hard to deliver awe-inspiring transport projects, and  we believe that our event and our industry deserve the best.

The Heavies will re-launch in 2024, bigger and better than ever and entries will open early next year.  For those entries already submitted, we’ll happily roll them across to the 2024 awards, or accept new submissions.  We will contact entrants individually in due course.

Alongside these awards, we were also planning to finally reveal the winners of the 2020 awards, which we never got to celebrate due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  All the lucky winners have long since been chosen by our panel of judges – we just haven’t been able to celebrate!  So, rather than roll this over for yet another year, we’ll be announcing the winners via our social media channels over the coming weeks, and we’ll send our lucky winners their silverware directly.

So, for the time being, watch this space and rest assured, The Heavies will return, bigger and better than ever!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Adams, or a member of the team on +44 (0) 1572 504006.



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 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.


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 2024, the Headline Sponsor will receive this and many more sponsorship benefits. Who will it be?