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Congratulations to Tom Kent, a driver instructor at Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, who has been awarded the prestigious ‘Driver of the Year’ award by the Freight Transport Association. It is the second year a Samworth Brothers Supply Chain Driver has scooped the prestigious national title, with SBSC driver Matthew Pickering winning the top spot in 2016.
Tom started his career as an HGV driver at Samworth Brothers Supply Chain five years ago and joined SBSC’s award winning driving training team in April 2016. It was a double triumph when Tom was named the FTA’s 44 tonne category competition winner earlier this year. One of the young drivers he had taught, Reece Cornelius, won the FTA Young Driver of the Year award at the same time.
“I was not surprised Tom took the top prize”, said SBSC’s National Driver Academy Manager Mark Taylor. “He is meticulous in his application to what he does. He is very knowledgeable on regulation, very thorough in his driving approach ensuring safety and fuel efficiency. He brings all those qualities together and then passes that knowledge onto others.”
Tom had to pass a number of tough tests to win the title culminating in a day long series of challenges at the Mercedes Benz test track in Yorkshire.
It’s been a year of award wins for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain. Its full honours list for 2017 includes Microlise Driver of the Year (Raf Kolanko); Microlise Young Driver of the Year (Laura Farnsworth); Motor Transport Training Award (SBSC); FTA 44 tonne Driver of the Year (Tom Kent); FTA 44 tonne Young Driver of the Year (Reece Cornelius); FTA Overall Driver of the Year (Tom Kent); Samworth Brothers Innovation in People Award presented by Samworth Brothers Group.