Currie takes away a tasty prize at the Commercial Motor Awards

Brian Currie collects award

Brian Currie, chairman, Brian Currie Milton Keynes, was the inaugural winner of the Dealer Principal of the Year Award at the 2018 Commercial Motor Awards.

“This award,” said Currie, “is in recognition of much more than just one individual. My wife, Pat, my family and a hugely dedicated, long-serving team of professionals have contributed to the success of Brian Currie. It’s a simple recipe; hard work and dedication, but to have delivered such a high level of service to our customers for 40-years is testament to the calibre of individual we have in our team.”

While Dealer Principal of the Year is nominated by our panel of independent judges, there at 15 categories that dealerships, service providers and bodybuilders to enter. Categories include Apprentice of the year, sponsored by Fleet Auction Group; the Customer Service Award, sponsored by Hankook Tyre UK; Technical team of the Year, sponsored by Diesel Technic; Workshop Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Hexagon leasing and Aftersales and Maintenance Provider of the year, sponsored by TotalKare.

If you think your business has what it takes to win in any of these categories or more go to to enter now – where you’ll find all the award criteria, plus our easy to use online entry process. All award entries are 1,000 words and you can support your entry with photography and customer testimonials.

This year’s awards take place on 28 November at the Vox in Birmingham.












Container haulier Newell & Wright adds a railway locomotive to its fleet


Container haulier Newell & Wright Transport (NWT) has had a railway locomotive painted in its livery.

The GB Railfreight-owned class 66 engine, which has been named Made in Sheffield, will operate a daily service from DP World London Gateway to the haulier’s own Rotherham rail terminal.

Since opening three years ago, NWT’s rail terminal has expanded rapidly, and currently receives 300 containers per day. In addition to the London Gateway train, there are also two daily services from Felixstowe.

Speaking at the naming ceremony at the London Gateway rail terminal this week, NWT operations director Stephen Newell (pictured), said: “This is a big step for us, both as a family and a business. It’s been a lot of hard work, but days like this make it all worthwhile. When we opened the rail terminal this momentous day was just a pipedream.”

Newell told Commercial Motor that instead of having a detrimental effect on the haulage business, the rail terminal has boosted it. “Not only is the haulage business growing, but we’re using the trucks more competitively these days,” he explained. “The long distances are covered by the train, meaning the trucks can service the local area. We’re covering considerably less distances these days.”

At the event NWT also showed a brand new MAN TGX 26.460, the 96th MAN on its 115-strong fleet. “We really like the MAN product,” said Newell. “They look after us well, and the back-up has been exceptional. The Euro-6 TGX is an excellent truck.”