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CILT Annual Awards for Excellence 2014 - NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

The CILT Annual Awards for Excellence have raised the bar by recognising outstanding achievements in logistics and transport, by encouraging organisations large or small and also individuals, to strive towards the highest possible standards.

Widely acclaimed by the press and business community, the Annual Awards are a celebration of the pioneering spirit that forges growth and leadership in the industry. Whether your organisation is an international giant or a small local company, CILT believes that exceptional performances should be highlighted and applauded.

Entrants do not need to be an individual or corporate member of CILT. Entries will be accepted from international based organisations and most important of all, there is no charge to enter the Awards!

Each finalist will have one representative invited to a Gala Dinner on Thursday 2nd October at the Lancaster London Hotel, an exceptional networking opportunity.

The importance of winning an award cannot be underestimated – in these uncertain economic times, organisations need to maximise their appeal and boost their profile – what better way than being nominated as a finalist in the Institute’s awards.  An entry form will be enclosed in the March edition.

Entries are invited for the following categories:-

Development of People  

Sponsored by Syncreon

For any aspect of education, training and development of people within the world of logistics and transport that has demonstrably contributed to the organisation's prosperity.
Entries will be expected to present a new and/or innovative approach to staff development, supported by an overall commitment to people development within the organisation.
Entries MUST include an indication of the resources devoted to training as a percentage of payroll or total employee days paid.
Environmental Improvement
Sponsored by Road Haulage Association

For outstanding achievement in the reduction of environmental impact and promotion of sustainable development.
The judges will be looking for evidence of reductions in energy and materials used, better use of resources and a reduced carbon footprint. In the latter case the judges will consider percentage reductions, rather than actual reductions of CO2. The judges will also be looking for proven benefits to business and the environment and a holistic approach.
Freight Transport Best Practice  

Available for sponsorship

For outstanding achievement in any aspect of the transportation of freight. This can be across any or multiple freight modes (e.g. road, sea, and air), can be within any sector (e.g. raw materials, finished goods, retail distribution etc.) and can be regional, national or international in scope.
Entries may cover a specific initiative/project or a demonstrable improvement in performance over a sustained period, supported by data. Entries should demonstrate a step change in performance (cost, service or environmental) and a clear move to “best in class” performance in the physical movement of goods.
Information Management  

Sponsored by BiS Henderson

For outstanding development in information technology or management.
Developments can include the use of new or existing technology in an innovative manner. Entries will be judged with particular regard to how the innovation enhances the business process and to the creative use of effective user interfaces for all involved.
Logistics and Transport Journalist

Sponsored by Norbert Dentressangle

For the journalist/broadcaster who can demonstrate an outstanding contribution to the promotion and understanding of logistics and transport in the previous year including the investigation and disclosure of news and information regarding currently important, controversial and developing issues.
Entrants should have contributed to the cause of intelligent debate in any sector of transport and logistics. Contributions from specialist, business and professional magazines, newsletters and websites are particularly welcomed.
Operations Management Sponsored by Institute of Operations Management
For outstanding improvement in Operations Management in Manufacturing.
This award is aimed at recognising the importance and impact of Operations Management in maintaining the competitiveness of UK Manufacturing. The judges will not only be looking at new innovations but also at the smart use of teams to achieve significant improvements. Entries should include measures of improved performance outcomes, particularly the positive impact on customers.
Passenger Transport Best Practice Sponsored by GHD  
For outstanding achievement in the transport of passengers by road, rail, water or air.
Achievements can include improvements in organisation, technology, equipment and physical assets, human resources, information management or any other aspect of passenger transport; policy development, infrastructure, quality of recommendation, excellence of implementation and environmental sensitivity.
Sponsored by Great Bear

For outstanding achievement in any area of safety improvement.
This may include programmes which lead to a demonstrable improvement in safety standards either within one organisation, trading partners or the wider community; particularly those which are sustainable, transferable or which demonstrate an innovative approach.
Supply Chain Best Practice

Sponsored by Unipart Logistics

For outstanding achievement in managing complete supply chains from procurement through manufacturing to final delivery to the consumer, including reverse logistics.
This award recognises the efforts of organisations in achieving significant improvements and efficiencies within their supply chain leading to cost reduction, improved product availability, improved customer service or a combination of these factors. This can be achieved through collaboration with other companies within the supply chain, outsourcing arrangements or internal improvements such as improved forecasting, company restructure or insourcing.

Transport Policy, Planning and Implementation         


Available for sponsorship

For outstanding achievement in transport planning which may include:
  • Improved methods used for planning, development and evaluation of policies, plans or projects
  • A particular outstanding policy, plan or project which has been adopted for implementation
  • Improvement in the quality of transport and local environment through implementation of a specific scheme
Vulnerable Road Users Safety  

Sponsored by Transport for London

For outstanding achievement within initiatives which stop death or injury to vulnerable road users.
Achievements can include road safety initiatives, transport planning solutions or operational developments which raise awareness of all parties sharing the road network. The entry should show measures that demonstrate the significant improvements from the initiative.
Warehouse Operations Sponsored by Toyota Material Handling (UK)  
For delivering world class performance in warehouse operations that demonstrates continuous improvement and productivity utilising the most appropriate equipment and software and a fully engaged workforce.
Projects could include both improvements in internal warehouse operations, and in the wider aspects of operating a warehouse or establishing a new warehouse.
Young Manager Sponsored by Hays  
For outstanding achievements beyond that which is normally expected from managers of this age and experience.
This award is for excellence in any of the functions relating to the management of logistics and transport; including both operational management and supporting functions.
‘Young’ is defined as a Manager who, on 31st December 2014, is not more than 35 years old.

Other Awards to be presented at the evening include:-

CILT(UK) Certificate in Logistics and Transport Student of the Year      Sponsored by Page Personnel Logistics      
 CILT(UK) Diploma in Logistics and Transport Student of the Year  Sponsored by Michael Page Logistics  
 The Sir Robert Lawrence Award  
Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain



Click here to view the 2014 Annual Awards Entry Brochure

Click here to view the Entry Form for all categories 
(other than Logistics and Transport Journalist)


Click here to view the Entry Form for the Logistics and Transport Journalist of the Year

For further information on this year’s Awards please contact: Tara-Chelise Betts, tel: 01536 740151 or email:

For further information on sponsorship opportunities please contact: Allison Glandfield, tel: 01536 740125  or email: 

Closing date for entries: Friday 30th May 2014


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