As 2020 warms up Clipper Logistics is reflecting on a very successful year in 2019. Having received plenty of industry recognition along the way, Clipper was presented a number of prestigious awards.
Clipper’s Fresh Start initiative celebrated its one-year anniversary in May and has gone from strength to strength since the launch in 2018.
With over 800 Fresh Starters employed, an 88% retention rate amongst colleagues, and a 65% rise in applications to roles within the Clipper estate as a result of the initiative, Clipper is incredibly proud of what they have achieved.
By working in partnership with organisations such as the NHS, local education authorities and other charities, Clipper has recruited individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to astounding effect.
At the Institute of Couriers National Courier Awards 2019, Clipper were presented with the Recruitment Innovation Award for its Fresh Start initiative.
Individuals with physical, learning and mental health disabilities, as well as full-time parents, retirees, ex-offenders, ex-military, ex-homeless and long-term unemployed, have also been smoothly integrated into the business through Fresh Start.
As a result of Fresh Start’s successes in enhancing Clipper’s commitments to diversity and inclusion, the Road Haulage Association crowned Clipper with the 2019 Diversity Award. Clipper was also presented with the ‘Recruitment Innovation Award’ at the Institute of Couriers National Courier Awards 2019.
Elsewhere, at the Logistics Leaders Awards ceremony, Clipper picked up the 2019 People Development Award, for its proficiency in including individuals from marginalised backgrounds within the group.
At the Employment Related Services Association Awards, Clipper was highly commended for its dedication to a traineeship partnership with Mencap, one of the routes into employment afforded by the Fresh Start scheme.
Clipper was honoured with the Impact Through Innovation Award at the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion Awards, for its commitment to creating future leaders within the business.
Again, Clipper’s Fresh Start scheme contributed to this award win alongside the Revolve programme and Management Apprenticeship Degree Programme- in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University Business School.
For similar achievements and its forward-thinking approach to developing talent within the business, Clipper was granted the Best Future Skills Award at the 2019 Logistics Awards.
Likewise, Fresh Start made up a part of this win, as did the development of the Management Apprenticeship Degree programme, where Clipper’s second intake of apprentices will be starting their studies in Sheffield in January.
It also recognised the relationship Clipper has with Derby University and Superdry in providing students with the ability to obtain real world skills and experience, whilst undertaking a degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
In July, Clipper Logistics CEO Tony Mannix was awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Award by the UK Warehousing Association at its 75th anniversary celebration.
On Tony’s outstanding contribution to the industry over his thirty-year career, UKWA Chairman Graeme Undy made the case for his selection: “Tony is a fine example of all that is good about the logistics sector and the award is recognition of UKWA’s appreciation of everything he has achieved – and, no doubt, will go on to achieve in the years ahead – in a highly successful career”.
Continuous Improvement Manager Michael Price was also celebrated for his contributions to the business, with the Inspirational Leader of the Year Award at the Talent in Logistics Awards in June.
As well as successfully driving engagement amongst staff at his site, Michael has created a framework which has been embedded across the wider business and was recognised at the awards ceremony.
In October, Head of Resourcing Jennifer Swain was awarded the Diversity Champion Award at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Annual Awards for Excellence. Jennifer has been instrumental in delivering the success of Clipper’s Fresh Start program.
Elsewhere across the business, Clipper was awarded numerous awards for its successes in areas of health and safety. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents awarded group wide RoSPA Gold status to the business.
Individual sites across the estate also picked up RoSPA awards, with Northampton 2, Daventry, Dublin, Ollerton, Worsley, Bristol, Sheffield, and Wynyard granted gold status, and Brighouse, Enfield, Burton, Gelderd Road, Harlow, Selby, Tannochside, Northampton 1, Milton Keynes, Peterborough 1, Swadlincote, Rotherham, and Doncaster granted silver status.