The prestigious
Archies awards:
Honouring excellence
in material handling

Join us on Saturday 14th September for the prestigious UKMHA Archies awards dinner to honour excellence in material handling. This evening is a celebration of our forward-thinking industry, where we come together to recognise and acknowledge the brilliant companies, teams and individuals who work tirelessly to innovate and raise standards across our industry.

With the UK’s premier logistics supply chain exhibition IMHX as our headline sponsor, this year’s much-anticipated Archies is set to be a particularly memorable occasion.

Have you booked your Archies awards dinner tickets yet? The popular awards dinner attracts a large audience, so make sure to reserve your tickets today.

Location: The Hilton Birmingham Metropole, The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Birmingham B40 1PP

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Compere for Archies Awards Announced

We are thrilled to reveal that the Archies Awards 2024 will be hosted by acclaimed actress and comedian Sally Phillips. Her natural wit and presenting style will help to make this year’s awards ceremony an unforgettable occasion!

Have you reserved your Archies awards dinner tickets yet? With a vibrant and entertaining compere like Sally Phillips presenting the awards, Archies Awards 2024 is bound to be unmissable. After the winners are unveiled, attendees can enjoy live music courtesy of The Kings and a disco.

Book your place today to ensure that you can be there to celebrate the UK material handling industry’s most impressive achievements and milestones.

The Archies

The Awards for Excellence event has been the highlight of the material handling industry’s calendar for over 30 years. A few years ago, it was renamed as the Archies to be more representative of how the industry has evolved, the event now represents the entire spectrum of material handling. This annual event is when we all come together on one night to celebrate the dynamism within our industry and recognise the innovative products and special people that make it what it is today.

The Archies - Honouring excellence in materials handling 2024

Every year, entrants seek to win the ultimate accolade: a hand-cast Archie statuette, which we modelled on Archimedes– the father of engineering. The award has become a symbol of distinction within the material handling sector, so to honour this most coveted prize, the event is known as The Archies.

Award categories and Sponsorship opportunities

Raise your company profile by sponsoring the Archies awards – The Archies event is made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. A benefit for being a sponsor at the event is the outstanding opportunity it presents to raise the profile of your company with hundreds of material handling industry representatives attending the event. To register your interest in sponsoring an award please click ‘Sponsor’ below next to the relevant award that you would like to sponsor. The cost to sponsor an award is £8500.

Below you’ll see a range of award categories that embrace the entire industry. Simply clicking on the one(s) most applicable to you will take you straight through to the entry forms.

Nominations for the Archies awards are now closed!

We are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the prestigious Archies awards. This is the most respected award in the material handling industry, and we encourage you to submit your nominations today and recognise the hard work of those in the industry.

This is your opportunity to shine and showcase your achievements. Entering is simple, free of charge and open to all (you are encouraged to nominate your own business).

Nominations are for products, services or other initiatives launched/brought to market. Closing date: 13th June 2024.

The award nominations are open to both non-members and members of the association. To nominate please submit a 200-400 word description with any supporting images, videos or links to illustrate your nomination.

The winners will be unveiled on Saturday 14th September 2024 at the UKMHA awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. Representatives from across the industry will gather to recognise and pay tribute to the outstanding companies, teams and individuals who have done so much to innovate, raise standards and help operators work more effectively and safely.

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Sustainability Award of the Year

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Founded in 1980, B&B Attachments has grown to become the UK’s leading independent supplier of forklift truck attachments and masts. The company offers the widest selection of products available from a single source, including a full range from leading manufacturer KAUP.
This award is open to manufacturers, dealers and suppliers of material handling products that have made a significant contribution to reducing the environmental impact of material handling equipment.

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Ergonomics Award of the Year

Open to manufacturers of material handling or ancillary equipment that improves the user experience and thereby increases productivity.

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Safety Product of the Year

This award is open to manufacturers of material handling equipment whose product or other initiative has made a significant contribution to safety.

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Manufacturer Product Innovation of the Year

This award is open to manufacturers of material handling equipment whose products and services demonstrate significant innovation.

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Automation Product Innovation of the Year

This award is open to manufacturers of automated material handling equipment whose products demonstrate significant innovation.

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Supplier of the Year

This award is presented to a company that is a Supplier Member and supplies products or services to members of the Association and does so in an exemplary manner.

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Safe Site Award

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This award is open to any company that operates industrial trucks who have introduced a new initiative to significantly improve material handling site safety.

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Apprentice of the Year Award

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TVH, founded in 1969, is a global leader in parts and accessories for forklifts, industrial vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery, headquartered in Belgium. With 90 branches worldwide and more than 46 million part numbers, TVH serves customers in 182 countries and employs more than 5,000 people across the globe.
This award is presented to a second-year student who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated an exemplary enthusiasm for the industry. Displaying a good work ethic and attitude they will have achieved a thorough understanding of lift truck technologies and developed skills of a standard commensurate with their current stage of learning, within a formal, forklift truck apprenticeship scheme. Nominations can be made by employers and by appropriate representatives from colleges.

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Services to the Industry Award

This award is presented to an individual who has devoted their career to the material handling industry, demonstrating exceptional service and dedication. This is open to anyone to make a nomination.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

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HUBTEX is a leading international manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts, sideloaders, order picking vehicles, purpose-built industrial trucks and special equipment for transporting long, heavy and bulky goods. The products enable an efficient flow of materials and to allow goods handling in the narrowest of aisles.
This award is the highest individual honour bestowed by UKMHA. It is presented to an individual who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the material handling industry.

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UKMHA Dealer Member of the Year Award

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In the last 25 years Combilift has carved out an enviable reputation as one of the most innovative and successful names in the global materials handling sector. Recognising the importance of dealerships, it is proud to sponsor the Dealer of the Year award.
Open to dealer members of UKMHA considered to operate their businesses to the highest standards.

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Training Provider of the Year Award

This award is open to training providers who provide accredited (ABAwt, UKMHA, CFTS) training to the material handling industry.

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Unsung Hero of the Year Award

This award is open to nominations for any person who has gone above and beyond in their efforts to provide excellent service and support in the industry.

Rules of entry

For the full rules of entry click here.


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Register to attend

Join us at this year’s prestigious UKMHA Archies industry awards dinner on Saturday 14th September. This fabulous evening is where the material industry gathers together to honour excellence in material handling industry.

Tickets for the awards dinner can be purchased from our online store.
Wish to stay over? Please follow this link to book accommodation.

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Our Sponsors

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  • Members
        £195.00 pp or £1950.00 for a table of ten.
  • Non Members
        £245.00 pp or £2450.00 for a table of ten.

Introducing our headline sponsor: IMHX

The Archies awards ceremony celebrates the outstanding accomplishments the material handling industry has achieved over the past year, so it is fitting that an innovative intralogistics event like IMHX is the headline sponsor.

IMHX is the UK’s leading logistics event showcasing the latest cutting-edge supply chain solutions. This three-day exhibition provides exhibitors and visitors with an opportunity to discover the latest logistics technology and learn more about the trends and developments impacting the sector.

Whether you are a supplier looking to connect with potential buyers, or a customer seeking top-of-the-range solutions to optimise your supply chain operations, participating in IMHX is a must. The show attracts more than 10,000 attendees and over 300 world-class exhibitors, making it the ideal place to buy and showcase state-of-the-art supply chain solutions.

To discover more about this esteemed event, please visit the official IMHX website.

IMHX 2025
Over 10,000 attendees
Over 300 world-class exhibitors
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