Dedicated white glove delivery specialist Panther Warehousing is celebrating two prestigious awards.
The company – the UK-based independent next-day, two-man delivery specialist – won the Large Company of the Year and the Innovation accolades in the inaugural Northamptonshire Logistics Awards. The recognition comes hot on the heels of the recent £17 million management buyout of Panther by mid-market private equity firm LDC forming the road map for Panther's further development and expansion. The buyout was led by Panther Managing Director Colin McCarthy and seven members of his management team.
Colin McCarthy said: "We are delighted with our double win in the very first Northampton Logistics Awards. Organised to raise the profile of logistics as a rewarding career choice for young people, the awards are the perfect platform to showcase the industry as a whole and its multitude of benefits.
"After a fantastic five years in which Panther Warehousing has enjoyed spiralling growth and market recognition*, culminating in the recent management buyout of the company, these awards were the icing on the cake. They are testament to the hard work of all our employees who have helped grow the business over the past five years, establishing Panther as the leading next-day, two-man home delivery specialist in the UK."
With the huge DIRFT development and Northamptonshire at the heart of the UK's motorway network the awards were held to celebrate the achievements of the transport industry locally.
Panther, which was established in Northamptonshire more than 25 years ago, won the accolades in recognition of its success in re-inventing itself over the past five years – dispensing with its long-established general haulage offering to focus on a game-changing next-day, two-man delivery service.
Judges were impressed by the series of innovations – including the launch of a mobile app which allowed the company's entire delivery process to be conducted from a mobile phone – which have allowed Panther to grow in line with soaring online sales.
Also the company's ability to demonstrate excellence across all areas of the business. Specialising in the delivery of heavy furniture and appliances the company has grown its turnover from £5 million in 2010 to over £27 million last year. The forecast for this year is £35 million.
* In 2015 Panther's success was further recognised by being listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and also named by the London Stock Exchange as one of the top 1000 companies to inspire Britain.