Fowler Welch Impresses Hat Trick of Awards Bodies
We’re beaming with pride here at Fowler Welch, having been nominated for four incredibly prestigious industry awards – with three highly regarded awarding bodies.
It’s a fantastic accomplishment to be recognised by so many industry associations for our ongoing achievements across a breadth of areas. Two of our core values are to maximise efficiency and be socially responsible, so making the shortlist for Environmentally Efficient Logistics at the Footprint Awards is a tremendous achievement and one that we at Fowler Welch are incredibly proud of.
You can read more about some of the impressive results from the first phase of our Environmental and Sustainability Plan here.
It’s not just our focus on our environmental impact that is creating waves in the industry. In 2017 we launched our first apprenticeship scheme and to date this has created 29 permanent members of the Fowler Welch driving team.
This year, we have extended our programme to include apprenticeships to cover supply chain and warehouse operatives – highlighting our commitment to investing in people not just for ourselves, but for the industry as a whole.
The impressive retention statistics, along with the demonstrable support and passion we have provided to our apprentices, has now been recognised as one of the best schemes in the trade by making the shortlist for Apprenticeship of the Year at the Motor Transport Awards.
The Motor Transport Awards are seen as a benchmark for excellence within the UK road transport fleet operators, manufacturer and innovators. This year, Fowler Welch has been shortlisted for two awards, getting a further nod in the Team of the Year category.
In 2016, we entered into a 10-year strategic partnership with Dairy Crest at the shared state-of-the-art facility in Nuneaton. When we entered into the partnership, we were adamant we wanted to achieve three main targets:
- Retain the team from Dairy Crest following the integration to Fowler Welch;
- Maintain the industry leading service levels the customer expected;
- Increase the customer portfolio based at the site.
In the first three years of the partnership, all these targets have been achieved and saw service levels improve, demonstrating the Fowler Welch mission of listening, responding, delivering.
The diversity of these nominations highlights some of the meaningful and tangible results Fowler Welch has achieved across a number of different areas – and it doesn’t stop there. As the current holder of the much-coveted Grocer Gold Logistics Supplier of the Year, to be shortlisted again in 2019 strengthens our position to become the UK’s leading food supply chain logistics experts in ambient and temperature controlled products.
Nick Hay, Fowler Welch CEO, says: “Increasing sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment is really important to us as a business, so we’re delighted to be considered as one of the industry leaders in this area. The Apprenticeship of the Year accolade speaks volumes about our passion for developing talent in the supply chain and pushes us even further towards reaching our aim of being recognised as an employer of choice.
“I’d like to say a personal ‘thanks’ to everyone involved. Investing in our people is always at the forefront at Fowler Welch and it’s great our colleagues’ efforts are being recognised in this way.”