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Pall-Ex is Named as Business of the Year Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Pall-Ex Managing Director Hilary Devey with the award and some of the members of her team
Pall-Ex have won the much coveted Business of the Year Award, at a ceremony for the Leicestershire Business Awards.The ceremony was accompanied by a glamorous Gala Dinner and held at DeMontfort Hall in Leicester. The evening’s events were attended by representatives from 18 finalist companies from across the region.

In a shock deliberate twist to the usual annual proceedings, event organisers allowed delegates to believe that all finalists were possible contenders for Business of the Year before dramatically revealing during the evening, that they had secretly narrowed the selection to three possible contenders. It was a shock for all attendees, and Pall-Ex staff were delighted to progress to the final three. The finalists for the award included Pall-Ex, Rushcliffe, and Geosynthetics. There were four rounds of judging before the winners were announced. Competition at this stage was tough. With 20,000 sq ft of storage Geosynthetics, part of the Hansam Group, is regarded as the largest distributor of geosynthetic material in the UK. Essentially they distribute fabrics which are used for soil stabilisation. Rushcliffe Care specialise in care for the elderly, and were finalists for the Success Through People award.

To win Business of the Year, Pall-Ex needed to demonstrate stability and strong reputation within the Leicestershire economy. The company easily exceeded these criteria by recently celebrating a landmark 10 years in business, and by currently assessing opportunities to expand the operation by building another hub in the style of the existing £12 million investment situated in Ellistown, Leicestershire, close to the A50 and M1. Anyone who is unfamiliar with Pall-Ex may wonder how they have built such a phenomenal business. Essentially, Pall-Ex unites 100 member depots from across the UK. These regionally based haulage companies collect freight from their designated postcode areas, destined for other parts of the country or Europe. The freight is then transported to the central Pall-Ex transhipment hub.

At the hub, the freight is sorted by delivery area and assigned to the haulier serving that location for delivery. Next day and economy services are available. Pall-Ex has access to over 7,500 vehicles and more than five million square feet of warehousing in the UK and Europe. The co-ordination of freight collections and deliveries, minimises mileage and maximises the usage of vehicle capacity. Essentially the Pall-Ex service concept is simple. They provide an organisational solution for cost effective distribution of palletised freight. The scale of the operation however, is breathtaking. Serving every UK postcode, from a 23 acre hub, Pall-Ex has a typical throughput of around 9000 pallets per night.

When the announcement was made that the winner for the Business of the Year award was Pall-Ex, Owner and Managing Director Hilary Devey could not have been more delighted. She commented, “As a winner of a number of awards reflecting my entrepreneurial skills, it is excellent to receive an award that recognises the achievements of my team and our member network. Whilst I was the catalyst for the concept, and I am still active and passionate about the business, the ongoing commitment of my team of 200 staff and 100 depot members make it all possible.”

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