UKIFDA EXPO 2024: the industry awards

The annual awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of remarkable companies and individuals within the evolving liquid fuel distribution industry.

UKIFDA EXPO 2024: the industry awards

The prestigious awards ceremony will be hosted by UKIFDA President Rory Clarke at the EXPO Dinner sponsored by Mabanaft, which will take place at the end of day one of EXPO 2024 (10-11 April).

Ken Cronin comments: “These awards are a tangible testament to the dedication and innovation that continue to drive our industry onward. They are a much-anticipated part of the EXPO event. They encourage others to push boundaries, experiment, and set new standards for excellence in this ever-evolving landscape.

Recognising the wider industry, the green and innovation awards are open to entries from both members and non-members of UKIFDA though a non-member must be nominated by a UKIFDA member.

Winning or even being nominated for an EXPO Award brings validation from industry experts, building trust in your brand, products and services.

Customer Service Award sponsored by Worldpay

This is the second year Worldpay has sponsored the Customer Service award, as Alison Sweeney, Corporate Sales Director, International Fuel Oil Energy and Agriculture, explains: “This year’s EXPO theme ‘Working Together in Changing Times’ is more important than ever, especially when it comes to customer service. It’s evident that the Fuel Distribution industry is committed to delivering excellent service and this award provides the opportunity to recognise the customer service champions making a difference in their organisation and for their customers.

“As a global payments leader, we partner with our customers to help them modernise their systems and ease technology burdens so businesses can deliver great customer and partner experiences. It was great to get involved last year, and we’re delighted to be sponsoring the award again.”

Recognition for good customer service is to be celebrated

The Worldpay Customer Service Award honours customer service personnel who consistently deliver outstanding service.

In considering who to nominate, your nominee may, for example:

• Ensure customers receive the guidance and answers needed.

• Show empathy, responsiveness and resourcefulness when troubleshooting problems.

• Have a positive attitude both in overall ability, adaptability and communication.

• Take ownership of problems and follow through to completion.

Entries closed on the 7th March 2024.

Driver of the Year sponsored by OAMPS

Karl Jones, Account Director of OAMPS Hazardous Industries, the specialist adviser to the hazardous fuels and environmental sectors and sponsor of the prestigious Driver of the Year Award, said: “The search is on! It’s time to find the industry’s best tanker drivers across the UK and Ireland whose inspirational stories motivate the entire industry to keep pushing for the highest standards in safety, efficiency and customer care.

“This is our 23rd consecutive year of sponsoring this award, and we’re proud to do so.

“By recognising the drivers who deliver at every level, over and above the fuel deliveries they make day in and day out, we are rewarding their all-important wider contribution. Drivers’ positive actions and behaviour help reduce the number of spillages, prevent pollution incidents and increase awareness among customers of environmentally beneficial initiatives, such as alternative green fuels.

“As a specialist fuel distribution insurer, we are looking forward to learning more about all the great drivers nominated while we support the industry and applaud its successes.”

Get your stand-out delivery driver recognised

The OAMPS Driver of the Year Award celebrates those in the liquid fuel distribution sector who demonstrate industry excellence.

The following criteria are considered in deciding the winner of this prestigious award, with the judges looking for someone who:

• Consistently maintain industry-leading and high delivery standards.

• Support customers and raise awareness about tank safety.

• Conduct business safely and professionally, demonstrating industry best practices.

• Be an ambassador for the company or industry.

Entries are closed for this year’s Driver of the Year Award.

Green Award sponsored by Oilshield

For the 6th year, Oilshield, which provides insurance and risk management solutions for fuel oil distributors, is sponsoring the Green Award.

Tom Ower, Development and Marketing Lead said: “The sector is certainly moving forward year-on-year to reach a greener future, and it’s great to be involved with events like UKIFDA’s EXPO, where we get to pool knowledge and network.

“Last year’s entries were inspirational, and deciding on the winner was tough. We know there’s been lots more happening since. This year’s award will represent companies making significant changes in the Fuel Distribution industry and we look forward to learning more about the entrants’ latest green achievements and milestones.”

We’re on the hunt for a ‘green’ leader in the liquid fuel distribution sector

The Oilshield Green Award recognises a business or organisation that is taking genuine steps towards a decarbonised future.

Acknowledge and nominate as your green champion a company or organisation that:

• Reduces carbon emissions and delivers energy savings or waste reduction.

• Has introduced new technology, fuel or additive that cuts carbon emissions.

• Has developed risk management policies that prevent spills and protect the environment.

• Implements continuous improvement measures for year-on-year sustainability progress.

• Promotes future fuels to staff, customers and communities.

Entries closed on the 7th March 2024.

Innovation Award sponsored by Fuel Oil News

Commenting on the Innovation Award 2024, Margaret Major, Publishing Director for the award sponsor Fuel Oil News, stated: “As the communication hub of the community, it’s our role to share industry developments, and the Innovation Award is an excellent opportunity to uncover the latest sector innovations. This is the third year we have sponsored this relatively new addition to the UKIFDA Awards and, each year, we have been extremely impressed with the innovations submitted. We are very much looking forward to seeing 2024’s entries.

“As a sector in transition, recognising and rewarding the companies in our community that are innovating, be that on the pathway to net zero or to deliver liquid fuels to sectors in a new way, is crucial. It is also a vital factor in motivating others in the industry to overcome the challenges the sector is facing right now.”

Innovation in liquid fuel distribution is what drives the sector forward

The Fuel Oil News Innovation Award recognises businesses introducing new ideas, technologies and ways of working.

Acknowledge and nominate an organisation that you regard as a great innovator because it:

• Has created/introduced an innovative product, service or new technology.

• Has adopted and/or introduced new business models and/or ideas.

• Is making an overall positive difference within the fuel distribution sector.

• Has created an innovative and collaborative partnership relevant to liquid fuel distribution..

Young Person of the Year sponsored by Just Tankers

Let’s celebrate the emerging talent in our industry

The Just Tankers Young Person of the Year Award highlights the contribution that young people make.

Acknowledge and nominate as your top young person someone who:

• Has made a positive impact on the organisation.

• Always strive for excellence.

• Exceeds expectations frequently.

• Is an excellent point of contact for customers.

Entries closed on 7th March 2024.

Depot of the Year sponsored by Pen Underwriting

The search is underway to find the best fuel distribution depot for 2024.

The winning distributor needs to demonstrate they are an industry leader in standards or safety and operation improvements.

All depots audited and passed by UKIFDA Technical Manager Tony Brown as part of the association’s Depot Certification Scheme in the past 12 months are automatically entered.

To find out more about this year’s awards and download the entry forms, please visit: