The Isle of Wight’s largest independent freight carrier, Steve Porter Transport, has beaten off stiff opposition from national competitors to win one of the transport industry’s most prestigious awards.

Together with Southampton based Meachers Global Logistics, and Solent ferry operator, Red Funnel Ferries, the collaboration took first place in the Partnership category in the 2017 Motor Transport Awards.

The island based logistics company and associates outshone a range of national and international brands that included Parcelforce, Screwfix, and Europe’s largest logistics provider DFDS.

The annual awards, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London celebrate achievement, leadership and success in the road transport industry, which constitutes a major part of the UK economy.

The three organisations have been recoginised for the formation of a Solent Alliance – an innovative and unique partnership facilitating smarter deliveries to the Isle of Wight.

The long-standing strategic partnership agreement was first established in 2012 to co-operate on the delivery of inbound and outbound freight from the Isle of Wight via Southampton.

Steve Porter Transport Managing Director, Malcolm Gibson, said: We are truly overjoyed to win this prestigious award in conjunction with Red Funnel and Meachers Global Logistics. It acknowledges true partnership working, which is required when moving significant volumes of cross-Solent freight.  The transport of goods on and off the Isle of Wight has been enhanced by the Solent Alliance and I’m proud to be part of a great team and look forward to witnessing the partnership continue to flourish.”

Gary Whittle, Commercial Director at Meachers said: “We are pleased that this successful partnership has been recognised nationally in this year’s Motor Transport Awards. The Solent Alliance demonstrates a unique way of working.  Its success comes from each company bringing a high-level of core expertise to the different aspects of off-shore operations.”

Kevin George, Red Funnel’s CEO commented said: We are delighted to win this award in conjunction with Steve Porter Transport and Meachers Global Logistics. The partnership is virtually unique in the UK and draws upon the strengths of each organisation to offer an unrivalled range of benefits for customers, while providing significant cost efficiencies.”

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