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THE HEAVIES 2016

HeavyTorque Issue Four: The Heavies 2016

IT MAY BE COLD OUTSIDE BUT THE HEAT IS ON!

THE ABNORMAL LOAD MOVEMENT FRATERNITY IS AN INDUSTRY WITHIN AN INDUSTRY. REGULAR 44-TONNE TRACTOR-TRAILERS PLOD UP AND DOWN MOTORWAYS, FILLED WITH EVERYTHING FROM BAKED BEANS TO BREEZE BLOCKS, TEA BAGS TO BRICKS. THEY KEEP UK PLC MOVING. BUT THE SPECIALISTS – WHO MOVE THE NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE INTO PLACE – LAY THE FOUNDATIONS FOR IT ALL. YOU DESERVE RECOGNITION FOR THAT EFFORT. THE HEAVIES IS WHERE YOU’LL FIND IT.

Last year’s inaugural Heavies awards handed out plaudits not just to the great and the good in the industry – but to some lesser well-known names among their peers. They are raising standards, showing that small can be beautiful too.

VARIETY AND EXCELLENCE

Nineteen awards in total, each aiming to seek out the innovators and the best performers – in the widest range of operations. It’s a hugely diverse industry after all. But perhaps you are dithering about entering, not even sure if you qualify? A comment from last year’s judges is worth hearing again: “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 the field is truly wide open – to large and small companies alike.

HANGAR 42 & 'SALLY TRAFFIC'

The 2015 awards were held in Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground’s Hangar 42 – a fantastic venue and the perfect arena to showcase the super-size trucks and trailers that are the tools of your trade. We are back there for 2016, adding sparkle and glamour. Radio royalty is hosting the event. Sally Boazman, better known to BBC Radio 2 listeners as ‘Sally Traffic,’ has agreed to host The Heavies 2016, on Friday 18th March 2016. Sally will help celebrate the achievements of our industry – with the premier operators, escorters, industry figures, policy makers, manufacturers and suppliers. We will recognise innovation and outstanding service, efficiency and quality. To win – or even be shortlisted – is evidence of the highest accomplishment, judged by an international panel of industry experts.

NAPKINS AND NETWORKING

All industries have a standout premier event where they get together and meet their peers and friends. The Heavies 2016 is that opportunity for you. It’s an ideal venue to make new business contacts. And whether you’re a winner, or you’ve been shortlisted, or you are at the event as a guest, the evening is the talk of this sector of the industry. It’s also a great way to entertain clients and reward staff for their efforts over the past year. Last year’s winners shouldn’t rely on submitting the same projects for an award. Nor can they assume their title is safe – there’s real competition from operators few (till now) may have heard of previously.

CHARITY AUCTION

Our chosen Charity in 2016 is TransAid. They are an international development charity for people in Africa and in developing countries. They identify, champion, implement and share local transport solutions, improving access to basic services and economic opportunity. They raise safety standards, and save lives. The evenings charity auction will be hosted and conducted by none other than, Mr Jeremy Martell. A familiar face and resident to those who regularly attend auctions, Jeremy has been plying his trade across Europe and is a regular at auction houses such as Mannheim and BCA – his speciality being HGV sales.

With over 20 prizes pledged thus far (novelty and specialist), The Heavies ‘charity auction’ will provide fantastic entertainment value, whilst raising some serious funds for our international charity partner, TransAid.

ENTRTY DEADLINE

If you’ve not had chance to submit your entry thus far – please don’t worry! We are still collating all entries and will be able to accommodate your submissions up till 22nd January 2016. If you feel you still need a couple more days grace, please contact Vicky Binley on +44 (0) 845 1 700 300 for guidance.

THE AWARDS

HeavyTorque Magazine, founder and sponsor of The Heavies, is inviting entries for the following categories:

  • Job of the Year (CAT1) Vehicle and load under 50 tonnes GVW
  • Job of the Year (CAT2) Vehicle and load under 80 tonnes GVW
  • Job of the Year (CAT3) Vehicle and load over 80 tonnes GVW
  • Job of the Year (BE16 or VR1)
  • Pilot Car/Escort Operator of the Year
  • Project of the Year
  • Employee/Team of the Year
  • Environmental Initiative of the Year
  • Most Significant Safety Initiative
  • Operator of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year – End User
  • Innovation of the Year – Manufacturer
  • Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year – Open Poll voting/nominations (online)
  • Trailer Manufacturer of the Year – Open Poll voting/nominations (online)
  • The Earl Attlee Award*
  • Judges Special Award

* The Earl Attlee Award has new angle for 2016. It will be awarded to a business demonstrating excellence in a minimum of three of the following areas: Environment, Engagement, Community, Charity, Supply Chain, Life Cycle and Governance.

The Heavies 2016 are very proud to announce its latest sponsors, many of whom are returning ambassadors from the launch event in 2015. Notably, the TII Group have confirmed their participation as the Champagne Reception sponsors yet again. Our returning Category sponsors include: King Trailers, Nooteboom Trailers and West of Scotland Heavy Haulage. Mercedes-Benz Trucks and DOLL will also be exhibiting their latest technology within the Hangar. Regular readers will note the participation of BITC, whose last two articles – on corporate social responsibility, and charity at work – have promoted constructive discussion and interest.