Kestrel was delighted to attend the spectacular evening celebrations for the National Business Awards as a Finalist in the ICAEW Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Award. These awards celebrate the top echelon of British business for excellence, innovation and ethical business in the public and private sector. The ICAEW award for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability recognises business for whom this is at the heart of what they do. Kestrel is delighted to congratulate The Co-Op who were the proud winners on the night, and also all 17 winners from the full array of awards.
To see Kestrel’s name up in lights alongside such prestigious blue chip companies as Coca-Cola, Unilever, Morgan Hunt, Commerical and of course the Co-Op truly puts our name as the front runner in Liner Agency business in the UK, and shipping to our chosen markets of the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and more recently Alaska, Far East Russia, Russia, the Pacific Islands and NW Australia. It is particularly rewarding to see our efforts in this area recognised, and to be commended for such high ethical standards and for our ability to put something back into the communities we work with. Kestrel specialises in niche markets around the world and is unique in being able to offer both containerised and breakbulk cargo, as well as a large portfolio of other related services including vessel handling operations and Aid & Relief cargo.
Highlights of the evening included a video address from the Prime Minister David Cameron, praising the UK’s leading businesses for their role in the recovery, and a live speech from the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who said the role of government was to listen to business and provide the support it needs for growth. Among the other well know faces were BBC Dragon and founder of the National Enterprise Academy, Peter Jones, who presented the award for Entrepreneur of the Year, and also Damian Reece, Head of Business at Telegraph Media Group, presented Sir Terry Leahy, CEO of Tesco, with the Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Business Excellence. The top award of the evening, voted for by the public and a ballot of top UK CEOs, went Martin McCourt, CEO of Dyson, who was crowned Orange Leader of the Year for making the business a global player and doubling profit in the last 12 months.