Freight firm celebrates Queen's Award

Dover freight forwarding company Priority Freight has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise. Based at Menzies Road, Whitfield, it was among 21 South East businesses honoured by her majesty last month in the Enterprise in the International Trade category.

Neal Williams, managing director of Priority Freight, is celebrating after the company won a Queen's Award for Enterprise

Neal Williams, group managing director at Priority Freight said: "We are delighted that the company has been recognised for its achievements in and contributions to international trade. "Winning this award is great recognition for the company and a testament to our ongoing commitment to our customers.

Our clients know they can trust us to deliver even when the options are limited or time-critical.

"This has been particularly apparent during the COVID-19 crisis where we have been supporting governments and companies to bring PPE in from around the world." The freight and logistics company has enjoyed overseas sales growth for the past six years, rising from GBP8 million to GBP56.6 million, a 601% increase. Founded in 1996, it specialises in the automotive and aerospace industries, operating across the supply chain from the shipping of small components or fragile prototype parts to arranging tailored solutions to support large volume and weight shipments.

Overseas sales now account for 70.7% of total sales.

"Our clients know they can trust us to deliver even when the options are limited or time-critical..."

The company services businesses across Europe and also operates in China. Its top five markets are Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Spain. Priority Freight joined Sittingbourne's Nim's Fruit Crisps in being recognised.

The two firms' success was haled by Viscount De L'Isle on the day he stood down as Lord-Lieutenant of Kent on April 21 - the Queen's birthday.

He said: "There are many excellent companies in the county. "I hope the success of Nim's and Priority Freight Holdings will encourage more to apply for The Queen's Awards for Enterprise."

Viscount De L'Isle was the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent from September 1, 2011 to April 21, 2020. Picture: Steve Hickey

Lady Annabel (Bella) Colgrain succeeded Viscount De L'Isle as Lord-Lieutenant of Kent on April 22. Head to our business page for all of the latest news about businesses in Kent.

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