Priority Freight Recognised as Top Kent Business
Priority Freight, the Dover-based freight specialist, was recognised this week (25 June) at the 2015 Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) as being one of the best large business performers in Kent and for its commitment to the environment. The awards, which acknowledge best practice in Kent’s businesses, were hosted at a gala dinner at the Kent Event Centre at Kent Showground, Detling on Thursday evening.
Priority Freight was listed in the county’s top three businesses in both the ‘2015 Large Business of the Year’, and ‘Commitment to the Environment’ awards. Judges saw that the Dover firm demonstrated outstanding performance in its business operations, including implementing an Environmental Policy, which aims to increase efficiency and minimise wastage throughout the company.
Founded in 1996 by a Kent family, Priority Freight has grown to become a leading international provider of time-critical logistics solutions, with a proven track record in the global automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. The company now has six offices in four countries (UK, Germany, Poland and Russia), employing 126 staff – 68 of which are based in Dover.
The company’s first shipment, almost 20 years ago, was by road to deliver supplies from Dover Docks to Orly airport, Paris, where they were urgently required for a global airline’s inflight services. In 2014, Priority Freight chartered the world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov An-225, to transport 150 tonnes of car production equipment; and it completed over 150,000 shipments globally. This resulted in the firm’s most successful year in its history, with a record turnover of £48.5m (+116%) and a pre-tax profit of £3.2m (+670%).
Despite a record year, the business managed to reduce its overall road freight CO2 consumption by over 10%, and, by using rail shipments wherever possible, Eurotunnel confirmed that the company had saved at least 749 tonnes of CO2. By the end of 2016, Priority Freight has ambitions to sustain its environmental responsibility, boost turnover by 25% and increase headcount to approximately 150 employees.
Paul Williams, Group Operations Director at Priority Freight, speaking at the awards ceremony, commented: “I am absolutely delighted with the result. Having started this company in Dover nearly 20 years ago, being named as a KEiBA finalist for two awards is a very proud moment for us. It’s recognition for everyone at Priority Freight who has worked so hard to grow this business into a local, and international, success story, while still remaining committed to sustainability.”