As transport industry awards go, the What Van? Awards is amongst the most high profile, attracting more than 200 of the industryâ€™s most influential players from fleet managers to chief executives.
This yearâ€™s ceremony â€“ due to be held at The Brewery, London, in December â€“ looks likely to carry on the tradition of combining a fun networking event with a display of some of the very best light goods vehicles on the market.
Set up more than a decade ago, the annual gongs have become one of the key transport industry awards in most fleet managersâ€™ calendars. Celebrating areas across more than 16 categories, the plaudits cover all aspects of the transport and light commercial vehicle market.
What the Day Will Involve
The ceremony, which is a full day of celebration and consideration of some of the best light goods vehicles of 2017, kicks off with a champagne reception at 12.30pm to welcome the guests and allow time for networking and catching up with old friends.
Before lunch, guests will take their seats for an address by the editor of What Van? Magazine, James Dallas, who will talk about the industry and the cutting edge developments he has witnessed over the last 12 months. The editorâ€™s opening address will be followed by a three-course lunch during which guests can relax and enjoy the company at their tables.
At 2.30pm the ceremony will begin, with all gongs and Highly Commended certificates being handed out to industry leaders. Following the ceremony, and a closing speech thanking all those involved, there will be further time for networking and mingling as industry professionals enjoy a few drinks in a relaxed, fun environment.
Categories to be Celebrated
Although not all categories for the transport industry awards have yet been finalised, with some extras likely to be added in the coming months, the line up of awards and Highly Commended certificates will include:
â€¢ Small Van of the Year
â€¢ Light Van of the Year
â€¢ Medium Van of the Year
â€¢ Large Van of the Year
â€¢ Pick-Up of the Year
â€¢ 4×4 Van of the Year
â€¢ Risk Management
â€¢ Best Website
â€¢ Converter of the Year
â€¢ Used Van of the Year
â€¢ Hall of Fame
â€¢ Editorâ€™s Choice
â€¢ LCV of the Year
Details of the Day
This yearâ€™s sponsors include Alphabe t, FORS, Scotseats, Sortimo and Trucksmith. The awards will take place on Wednesday 13 December at The Brewery, London. For more information, contact Chris Milton, publishing and events director.
Make sure you donâ€™t miss out â€“ keep an eye on the What Van?â€™s website for more information on when tickets are likely to become available to this fantastic annual event.
Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day courier jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Courier Exchange provides a valuable service, updating members with the latest information on issues affecting road safety, fuel costs, technology, transport industry awards and other news from the industry. Over 4,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.
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