ELB Partners has retained the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold standard, the top accolade for safety and environmental best practice in the logistics sector, for the sixth consecutive year.

The Wimbledon-based business, a member of Pallet-Track, also confirmed its retention of the FORS Silver and Bronze awards as part of the annual root and branch compliance audit.

ELB Partners, which also has a site at Purfleet in Essex, is still the only London-based business to hold the award, which recognises innovation including ongoing investment in the 60-strong fleet, additional camera technology to protect vulnerable road users in the capital and reducing emissions with the latest Euro-6 engines.

“Christmas is associated with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh but I am thrilled with the gift of FORS Gold for the sixth consecutive year,” said Pete Eason, managing director of ELB Partners.

“It is testament to the hard work of the team, particularly Dan Philpot who, as our new commercial director, has worked tirelessly with all members of the business to ensure our compliance was up to the required level to meet the demanding gold standard.

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“Regulations continue to change and inside London and other cities, including Manchester and Birmingham, there are many construction sites that will now only accept FORS-recognised standard deliveries.”

Nigel Parkes, managing director of Pallet-Track, said: “ELB Partners and its team are to be congratulated for the well-deserved retention of FORS Gold recognition which underlines the business’s ongoing commitment to quality service to its customers and the broader Pallet-Track family.

“We work in an increasingly competitive market where customers are looking for operators who differentiate themselves on service and quality rather than price.”