Priority Freight, receives the King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade

Priority Freight, a time-critical freight and logistics specialist, has been honoured with the King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. This prestigious award recognises the company’s good business practices and significant, sustained growth in overseas sales.

The company, founded in 1996, now employs nearly 300 people, operating from nine offices in the UK and Europe. Priority Freight, which also won the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2020, is a leading provider of time-critical logistics solutions around the globe, working 24/7, 365 days a year to offer supply chain certainty which is crucial to its customers.

Neal Williams, Managing Director said, “We are exceptionally proud to have been recognised with this distinguished award and would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the whole team. Normally, recipients have to wait a further five years before reapplying but Priority Freight’s continued achievements secured an outstanding growth award despite a particularly fast-changing and challenging period in logistics.

“The last few years have seen unforeseen adversities in our industry from factors such as Brexit, global conflicts, and the coronavirus pandemic. To attain this highly esteemed commendation despite the challenging backdrop is a tribute to our global teamwork, innovation and agility.”

Priority Freight’s largest volume of work comes from the global automotive industry, of which it has specialist knowledge. As a trusted logistics partner, offering the fastest, most cost-effective and reliable transport solutions, their success relies on responding to and delivering parts needed in emergency situations.

The company offers a wide range of services, globally, to support their customers’ supply chains, from dedicated vehicles through to on board couriers, air freight, air charters and project cargo management. All bespoke solutions are designed specifically to meet customer production requirements.

Recent examples range from providing dedicated full trailer loads to move engines from Eastern Europe to the UK, which are then sequenced and delivered in a specific time window to maintain production integrity, and chartering two 747s to collect engine components from the Far East to maintain production during the Red Sea crisis.

Neal Williams continues, “We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of committed, hard-working and high-achieving staff. Each and every one of our workforce has contributed to our success in international sales. Our people are our biggest asset and every day they orchestrate complex deliveries within an ever-challenging industry. Their knowledge, combined with a high-tech transport management system, provides a rapid response when a client needs it the most. We will take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate with our staff and stakeholders.”

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The awards programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

Applications for King’s Awards for Enterprise 2025 will open in May 2024. For more information, visit www.gov.uk.