Steve Bridge, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, has been honoured with an Outstanding Achievement award from Van Excellence at the Commercial Fleet Awards.
The ceremony, which took place last night (Tuesday) at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, saw Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans at FTA, the organisation which administers Van Excellence, present Steve with the award.
“This award is our opportunity to recognise and thank those special individuals who have shown fantastic support for Van Excellence and the wider van operating industries. People who’ve influenced outcomes, inspired others both within their teams and more widely, and have made an impact.
“And Steve has done exactly that. He understood and supported Van Excellence back when we first asked for his feedback and has continued to freely give his time and honest views in support of the industry that he clearly loves, as he has been in it for nearly 30 years.
“I asked a few people what they thought of our recipient. There was a word that came up more often than any other to describe him – ‘passionate’. Steve is someone who really does care about his customers, his prospects, his team, and the industry as a whole. Someone who, if he feels strongly about something, will throw his hat in to the ring with wholehearted support.
“His involvement with Van Excellence has opened doors and demonstrated the validity of the scheme in the early days, and his continued support has allowed us to flourish. It’s no exaggeration to say that I don’t think Van Excellence would have got to where it has without him.”
Steve Bridge added:
“I am truly humbled to be receiving a Lifetime Achievement award in recognition for my work within an industry that I genuinely do love. Working with vans might not always be glamourous, but it is a down-to-earth community of people all striving to keep their businesses, customers and lives moving. We all support each other and get through the tough times together, as well as celebrate the good times, of course.
“While I might not be in the industry for another 30 years, I hope I have left enough of a legacy to inspire others and show just what a powerful and vital contribution we make to the UK and beyond.”