A CUMBRIAN company has scooped a national transport award for their efforts in maintaining a stellar supply chain during a difficult year.

Wm Armstrong Group LTD was awarded brand ambassador at the Palletforce Gala Awards due to their successful operation during a time in which transport and logistics companies faced major disruption and operational challenges.

Managing director, Jennifer Whyberd said: "This honour is a tribute to all of our dedicated employees, from the drivers to office staff, who have gone above and beyond in the past year to ensure that we deliver a consistently high level of performance for our customers.

"Palletforce is the UK’s premier distribution network and to receive recognition from them is a vindication of all the efforts that our workers have put in in the past year to ensure vital deliveries are always made efficiently and on time," she said.

The group is based at Longtown near Carlisle, and operates a fleet of over 100 vehicles with depots spread across both Cumbria and Glasgow and was established in 1927.

Hosts of the award, Palletforce, is the UK’s premier express freight distribution network, facilitating 100 companies throughout the UK and Europe, orchestrating the delivery of 45 million pallets.

The members within the Palletforce network have been responsible for delivering everything from medical supplies to help keeping supermarket shelves stocked, over the past year.

The networks chief operating officer, Mark Tapper said the award will recognise those who have "went the extra mile" to support the network.

"Despite the challenges, Palletforce and its entire membership have been equal to the task. Wm Armstrong Group Ltd stands out as having put in extra effort and impressed our management," he said.