The winners of the Re:locate Awards.
Move One Inc., Crown Relocations, Pickfords and EuRA all took away the honours in the Re:locate Awards presented at the Institute of Directors on 12th May. The event, organised by Re:locate magazine was packed with glamour and the awards themselves were presented by Baroness Floella Benjamin, broadcaster, actress, writer, cultural ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games, international children’s campaigner and member of the House of Lords.
Move One Inc took the award for Technological Innovation in Relocation, sponsored by Move Assist, for its Orientation Tour feature, which, the judges said, met the innovation criteria: was based on technology adapted by the company, showed creativity, and offered the chance to save time and money. Pickfords Moving & Storage was shortlisted in this same category for its use of the Destiny Digital Pen, which the judges called “a great new product, based on technology, which saves time and money, to the benefit of Pickfords and assignees”. The product was also awarded the Special Award for Creative Application of Technology.
The prize for Green Achievement went to Crown Relocations for what the judges described as “its holistic approach to sustainability, which considers both environmental and social aspects”. The company’s positive impact through its environmental initiatives impressed the judges, as did the fact that Crown is working hard to measure its environmental impact and use this information to set targets for the future. Accepting the trophy, Steffan Pandya encouraged the industry to recycle as much as possible, saying, “For us as a global organisation, green awareness is at the forefront of everything we do.”
The coveted Relocation Personality of the year went to Tad Zurlinden of EuRA. The judges said that Tad has been a leading light in the relocation world for many years through incredible dedication and a hugely charismatic approach. He helped found the Association of Relocation Professionals 25 years ago and EuRA 14 years ago. One judge said, “Tad is a huge character and excels in every aspect of what he does. He never stops breaking new ground.”
Other nominations from the moving industry were: Interdean International Relocations, Relocation Service Provider or Team of the Year; Anna Fletcher (Interdean), James Hooper (Oceanair International), and Kasia Pinska (Move One Inc.) for the Rising Star in Relocation award, won by Anthony Gallo from London Relocation; and Robinsons Relocation, Green Achievement.
Left to right: Dominic Tidey (EuRA); Alison van Dalen (ARP Chairman & Pricoa Relocation UK Ltd); Tad Zurlinden (EuRA), Relocation Personality of the Year; and Stephen Fairn (Senior Vice President International Operations Pricoa Relocation UK Ltd.) celebrate at the Re:locate awards in May.