Logistics sector gathers to celebrate industry excellence
Peel Ports’ Abbie McGuffie was yesterday (6 July) named Young Employee of the Year at the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) awards.
Abbie, who is a Multiuser Warehouse Contracts Executive at Peel Ports Liverpool, topped the Young Employee of the Year category, which recognises rising stars in the industry, ahead of other highly commended logistics professionals from across the UK.
Now in its seventeenth year, the annual awards celebrates achievement in the third-party logistics sector with an audience of warehousing and logistics providers, and manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and suppliers to the industry.
David Huck, Port Director at Peel Ports, said:
“It’s great to have one of our rising stars acknowledged by our industry peers and it is clear Abbie has a bright future ahead of her within our commercial and operations team.
At Peel Ports we believe in the whole being more than the sum of individual parts and developing our team is crucial to achieving our business goals. While we are committed to continued investment in facilities and services, ultimately our success rests in the hands of our team of highly skilled individuals who ensure we deliver our promises to our customers each day."
Abbie received the prize from event host Nick Hewer, former PR guru and advisor to Lord Alan Sugar on the BBC’s popular show The Apprentice at the event at London’s Dorchester hotel. She said:
“One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role is building relationships with customers, being part of their logistics journey and witnessing how the added value services we deliver as part of a multi-user warehousing solution help them grow and become more competitive within the marketplace.
The ability to adapt to individual customer requirements lies at the heart of multi-user warehousing. In the role I liaise with cargo owners, developing solutions to meet the customers’ vision for the end destination. Every day is diverse, challenging and most of all enjoyable.”
After graduating with a degree in Politics from Liverpool John Moores University, Abbie began her career in the logistics sector as Operations Manager at the UK’s biggest regional distributor of hot beverage machines and drinks ingredients, before joining Peel Ports.
In her role as Multiuser Warehouse Contracts Executive she works with the Sales and Business Development teams on all aspects of new business and existing commercial contracts, ensuring revenue and budget targets are met, supporting industry best practice, and creating and retaining strong customer relationships.
One of the UK’s largest port groups, Peel Ports is currently undergoing a £650 million investment programme in the North West, including its £300 million landmark terminal expansion project, Liverpool2. The first phase of the new terminal will be fully operational in the autumn.
Once complete, Liverpool2 will create a state-of-the-art freight gateway as the UK’s most centrally located, deep-water container terminal and will offer import and export companies located in the north west of the UK ‘ship-to-door’ solutions via sustainable transport routes such as the Manchester Ship Canal.
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