To make sure the Motor Transport Awards remain fresh and relevant, from time to time we introduce new categories or amend existing ones.

For 2023 there are two new Awards - Sustainable Transport and New Talent Development.

The Sustainable Transport Award, partnered with Vertellus, will be presesnted to the third party or own account operator that can show it has an effective environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy in place and is: working towards carbon-neutrality in its entire operation; protects the health and well-being of its employees and the public and is able to recruit and retain the people it needs; and can achieve these laudable aims while making enough money to reinvest in the future.

The New Talent Development Award is for the third party or own account operator that is working hard to recruit, train and retain the people who will be its staff, managers and directors of the future.

While there are now several apprenticeships that provide nationally recognised qualifications for people in the logistics sector, many companies have devised their own tailor-made talent development programmes, especially for HGV drivers, that fit better with their requirements.

But this Award isn’t just about recruiting young people – there are many pools of talent that the industry can tap into such as ex-offenders, service leavers and adults looking to learn new skills to boost their earning potential.

Go to the MT Awards website for full details in how to enter these and our other 17 Awards categories and to see a webinar giving top tips on how to prepare a successful entry. Entry is free and the deadline is March 31.