Commercial Motor Awards 2018 shortlist: Bodybuilder of the Year

Commercial Motor Awards 2018

The Bodybuilder of the Year Award recognises best practice, innovation and outstanding levels of customer service delivered by a bodybuilder in the UK over the past 12 months. The winner will be announced on 15 November at The Vox, Birmingham. Go to to see the shortlists for all categories and to book tickets. Join the conversation by tweeting #2018CMA.

Lawrence David
Lawrence David has recently developed a range of rigid products including beavertails, crane trucks and dropside vehicles. Its range of bodies has been designed using virtual reality solid modelling, and manufactured using modular all-bolted construction techniques. The company carries out weekly reviews with key stakeholders to improve quality, reduce design and production errors, eliminate waste and lower warranty claims. Lawrence David has also launched a service - LD Multi-Parts - that offers competitively priced spares for all its products, and customers can browse print and online catalogues. Last month Poland-based Wielton Group took at 75% stake in the business.

Cartwright Conversions
Approximately £82m-worth of trailers were manufactured at Cartwright’s 39.8-acre headquarters in Altrincham over the past year. Its Cartwright Rentals division has more than 6,500 assets, including new and used trailers for short- and long-term hire as well as spot hire. Cartwright Conversions, based in Doncaster, specialises in conversions of ambulances, mobile banks, welfare, mobility and police vehicles, while Cartwright Finance offers finance options and independent advice. The company’s fleet services division CFS manages more than 12,000 assets and includes five owned regional workshops, 50 mobile technicians and a service partner network of 125 suppliers.

Following customer feedback, Gloucestershire-based Rothdean has designed a high-capacity, heavy-duty, high-strength steel, step-frame tri-axle accordion bulk tipping trailer. It is designed with the scrap metal industry in mind and has a capacity of 60cu m. According to Rothdean, the step-frame accordion design is the first to enter the UK market. The family-run firm has been in business since 1972 and understands the unique and specific requirements and operational needs of its customers. It has a loyal customer base in the UK and worldwide, ranging from owner-drivers to blue chip companies, and aims to offer a comprehensive service.

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Get employers’ liability insurance or face fines

Liability insurance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned businesses that they must have employers’ liability insurance in place or face being fined.

The warning follows a case at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court when vehicle repair company AE Motors Birmingham was fined £726 after it was unable to produce a certificate of insurance during an inspection in January 2018 - part of an HSE initiative with West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council.

Employers’ liability insurance ensures employers have at least the minimum level of insurance to cover against claims brought by employees who are injured at work or who become ill as a result of their work.