Car-handling specialist hits top gear at awards

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Nov 2017

GRIMSBY-headquartered GBA Group was in the driving seat at the Automotive Global Supply Chain Awards, with a hat-trick of accolades brought back to the Alexandra Dock base.

The family-run business won the prestigious Terminals and Ports Operator and Logistics Quality categories, with personal recognition for managing director Captain Sam Judah MBE.

He was recognised with the Outstanding Achievement award in appreciation of his service as a pioneer of the automotive logistics industry over the past 35 years.

Cale Judah, GBA’s commercial director, said: “The awards received represent recognition of the hard work and dedication of our family of employees who truly believe and take pride in what we do.

“By never standing still and continuing to proactively search for and implement new and more efficient means of service delivery for our customer base with whom we work in genuine partnership, we are able to maintain our position as one of the world’s leading quality automotive logistics providers.”

Particular mention was given to GBA’s significant operations in Killingholme and Grimsby, which incorporate the most productive new vehicle terminals in the UK for manufacturers such as Volkswagen Group, BMW, Suzuki and Toyota.

In addition, GBA – which is celebrating 30 years of business and 20 years in its Grimsby base off Westside Road – was runner up in the categories of IT Innovation, Service Excellence and Vehicle Processing Centre.

The success follows a double win at the same ceremony in 2015, and recognition of the £26 million Grimsby River Terminal it operates for Volkswagen Group in 2014.

Captain Judah, who launched the business after coming ashore having sailed the car carriers across the North Sea, said:

“I am truly honoured to have been presented with this award nominated by my peers and friends across the industry. The sector we work in is both exciting and demanding, and I am proud to continue to play our part in solving the most complex logistical challenges.”

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He was honoured by the Queen in 2008, and the business has gone from strength to strength.

Offering tailored, flexible finished vehicle logistics, shipping and port management services, GBA employs more than 850 employees and handles more than two million vehicles a year through its integrated UK port and terminal operations, state-of-the-art technical facilities and award-winning nationwide delivery operation.

The world-class storage operations and workshop facilities cover more than 750 acres across several UK ports. It also has operations in Ireland, India and Turkey.

It will soon formally add a BMW facility at North Killingholme, which is described as “on track”.

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