Winner 2019
2019 Forklift Driver of the Year Winner Paul Stafford from Alpro receives his award from Jane Briggs-Burkitt, representing trophy sponsor Howdens.

Best of the Best
Northamptonshire Fork Lift Truck Driver’s Competition 2019

Friday 6th September saw Linde Material Handling in Wellingborough host the inaugural Northamptonshire Logistics Forum Fork Lift Truck Drivers Competition.
The competition saw Fork Lift Truck Drivers selected as the best Driver from companies across the county competing in a range of challenges from Rugby through to Penalty Shootout, showcasing the high level of skills required as a Fork Lift Truck Driver.

There were some amazing prizes on offer to the winning drivers with the United Pallet Network donating £1,200 holiday vouchers to the winning driver and sponsors Wilson Browne Solicitors, ACS Recruitment and Pallite presenting vouchers to the runners up.

The Winners
RUGBY challenge (sponsored by Pallite) - winner Daniel Ribano from Festo Ltd.
PENALTY SHOOTOUT challenge (sponsored by ACS Recruitment) - winner Malgorzata Jakobczyk representing Kuehne + Nagel (Virgin Media contract.

Third Prize overall (£200 vouchers donated by the Northants Logistics Forum) - winner Sergiu Neculai from The NX Group.
Second Prize overall (£400 vouchers donated by Wilson Browne Solicitors) - winner Raj Singh from Weetabix.
First Prize overall (£1,200 vouchers donated by the United Pallet Network) - winner Paul Stafford from Alpro.

Winners Cup (sponsored by Howdens) presented to Alpro to keep for a year until next year’s competition! 

Leonard Smith – Logistics Manager at Alpro said “Absolutely shell shocked and proud of Paul’s win, not that he doesn’t have the ability, but you never know, and for some reason with some of the earlier winners by Category not including Paul I thought his chances were narrowing, but he did it – well deserved, he told before hand the day he had been “brushing up”, I think is great for Paul, for our company as it demonstrates do take their training serious, and for our MHE training provider (Pegasus), and of course for the area / region and industry, …. I just think it will prick peoples interest and up the bar for next time – well done Paul!.’’

Tony Bellott- Chair of the Northamptonshire Logistics Forum said
‘It’s great to see the skills demonstrated by the FLT Drivers, they are key to the success of the logistics sector in Northamptonshire. The Northamptonshire Logistics Forum was set up to represent and showcase the sector and today has been a great collaboration between businesses in the county to set this up. The competition is a truly collaborative event and we would like to thank all the companies who support the event, plans are in place for next year !’

Patrick Sheehy from Linde said ‘
Linde East were very pleased to host the event and showcase our new facility in Wellingborough.  It was great to see such a high standard of FLT driver and our team of experienced intructors enjoyed facilitating the event.  We look forward to next year!‘

Howdens sponsored the Winners Cup – this will be held by company in recognition of their winning Fork Lift Truck Driver until the next competition in 2020. Plans are already in place for the 2020 competition – if you would like to take part or get involved please email


Hear from the trainers of the Fork Lift Truck Driver winner – Pegasus Lift Truck Training -

Winner 2019