Lord-Lieutenant of Kent presents Priority Freight with Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Leading provider of time-critical logistics, Priority Freight, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020. Her Majesty the Queen and the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, recommended that Priority Freight received the UK’s most significant award for business performance.
The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Lady Colgrain, presented the award to Neal Williams, Group Managing Director at Priority Freight at a special celebratory ceremony held at the company’s Head Office in Dover. Staff gathered to welcome the esteemed guest who is Her Majesty’s personal representative for Kent.
Priority Freight’s highly experienced multilingual logistics specialists are committed to providing the fastest, most cost-effective and reliable solutions, time and time again. With an industry-leading reaction time of under 15 minutes and an on-time delivery rate of 99.6%, it is this dedication that has seen the company achieve the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The coveted accolade was announced in 2020 but the awards reception at Buckingham Palace was unable to take place due to the pandemic.
The Queen’s Awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive social mobility programmes or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable development practices. Priority Freight was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which recognises excellence and consistent growth in international sales.
Neal Williams commented, “We are delighted that the company has received recognition for our contributions to international trade. Winning this award is welcome recognition of our hard-working team members and their ongoing commitment to our customers. Our clients know they can trust us to deliver even when the options are limited or time-critical.
“This has been particularly apparent during the COVID-19 crisis where we have been supporting governments and companies to bring PPE in from around the world.”
Priority Freight’s exports/international sales have continued to grow over the past year despite the recent period of uncertainty for British business due to Brexit. Priority Freight has, this year, added further services to help its customers speed up their supply chains. The company has gained AEO certification across its global operation and is uniquely positioned to provide Faster Clearances by Priority Customs. This innovation permits Priority Freight to clear goods through customs at one of their sites without the need to attend inland border facilities. This has been critical to the flow of goods across the UK borders since Brexit.
The logistics specialist is globally accredited for both Quality Assurance (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2015) and recently achieved Investor in People accreditation in recognition of their staff development, care and management expertise. The company employs over 200 staff across several strategically-located control centres in Europe.