"It was transport's equivalent of the Oscars," said Shaun Stephenson, national fleet manager for Arla Foods, of the national Motor Transport Awards.
He was shortlisted for the 'Fleet Engineer of the Year' earlier in the year and attended the presentation ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 3rd July.
Shaun was awarded second place and considering there were over 600 applicants altogether and that this is the first time Arla has ever entered, it is an impressive achievement.
"I am a bit disappointed but still very honoured to be one of the three shortlisted in the first place. Arla will be entering numerous catergories next year as this is seen as the transport Oscars by the industry," said Shaun, whose workmates joined him for the celebrations at the ceremony.
Applications for the coveted award were judged against a set of criteria, these included innovation, efficiency improvements and performance.
The judges were impressed by Shaun's "strong plan and ongoing ideas", his "sound process management" and "a great deal of innovation."
Arla Foods UK plc is home to some of the UK’s leading dairy brands including Cravendale, Lurpak and Anchor. Processing approximately two billion litres of milk a year Arla continues to be one of the UK’s leading dairy companies and a supplier of fresh liquid milk and cream to the top seven retailers.
Over 2,500 daily deliveries are made directly to stores nationwide and Arla brands can be found across the dairy category. As well as the leader of the butter, spreads and margarine sector, and a major supplier of other added value products including flavoured milk and cheese, Arla continues to build working relationships with Arla Foods Milk Partnership, a unique group of dairy farmers, which supplies around 90 per cent of Arla's total milk requirements.
Behind this leading business is a team of circa 2,800 people across the UK located at our dairies, distribution centres and head office.