PML, Perishable Movements Ltd took centre stage at this year’s Fresh Produce Consortium Fresh Awards ceremony, with the global logistics and supply chain solutions business winning two categories: Manager of the Year and the special Hero award.

The widely acclaimed industry event, which took place at Old Billingsgate in the heart of the city of London on Friday 19th November, was hosted by comedian and TV / radio presenter Patrick Kielty who skilfully led the proceedings to reveal the winners across 19 categories.

PML’s Technical Director Richard Hoyte (who was Production and Transport Manager when the award entry was prepared) was crowned Manager of the Year, in recognition of his exceptional achievements over the last year, which include navigating BRC Global Stand for Food Safety Certification issue 7 and 8 for PML’s packhouse;  the improvements made to productivity at the company’s packing facility; the implementation of a dedicated QC department and Richard’s impressive ‘can do’ approach even in the face of adversity.  Richard, who has been with PML for 11 years, has proved himself to be a major asset to the business and his role has been critical to developing an ever-improving service to PML’s customers.

26-year-old Ryan Parr, Operations Director at PML won the Hero award – which celebrates an individual who has made a significant impact in the face of the challenging circumstances associated with the pandemic and who has shown dedication over and above during the Covid crisis. Ryan was recently promoted to the role of Operations Director at the tender age of 25, making him the youngest Director in the company’s 18-year history. As Operations Director, Ryan assumes responsibility for all PML’s extensive operations as an import / export logistics business specialising in the transfer of temperature sensitive freight by air, road, and sea, with 12 managers reporting directly into him.  When the full impact of the global coronavirus pandemic began to play out in terms of the difficulties associated with maintaining the transfer of important food supplies both within the UK and abroad, Ryan worked tirelessly, putting in 15-16-hour days, seven days a week, co-ordinating between 10 and 20 trucks a day to facilitate the safe arrival of produce that would previously have been transferred by air. He was also accountable for identifying three to four flights a day out of the UK and Europe, to enable the export of goods from this country and thanks to his innovative thinking and refusal to accept defeat, not a single client was compromised, and every consignment was successfully delivered to its intended destination.

Commenting on the award wins, managing director Mike Parr said, ‘I’m delighted to see both Richard and Ryan receive these prestigious accolades, which recognise the major contribution both have made to the business in the last 12 months – and beyond. While PML is a global player, with impressive future growth and expansion plans, the company originally started out as a family business with a strong commitment to upholding the highest standard of customer service while establishing a supportive working environment, which places staff development and wellbeing at the heart of its operations. These awards represent clear evidence that the founding ethos of the business is still very much alive and deeply embedded in the PML culture. Congratulations and huge thanks to Richard and Ryan for their outstanding performance and loyalty.”