A Cumbrian businesswoman has taken major logistics industry award.

Emily White, 26, of Carlisle's System Group, has collected the Institute of Couriers’ Chairman’s Citation Award.

She is responsible form managing and coordinating the logistics training for her company, which is based in Kingstown.

This sees her work with the firm's clients from across the UK and her work includes warehouse and forklift training and helping drivers to gain the skills to become commercial vehicle drivers.

The institute's awards recognise achievement in the courier industry and reflect personal development at the highest levels within the sector.

Miss White started working at System Group as an auditor and archivist before gaining specialist qualifications and an Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) licence, enabling her to drive a forklift in the warehouse.

She said: “Thank you so much for this award – it means so much. I’m so enthusiastic about training and thank you to System Group for supporting my continued development within the industry."

Mis White hopes her success will encourage other women to work in the logistics industry.

“The industry is male dominated but I hope that this success sends a strong message and will encourage more women to consider this as are real career opportunity,” she said.

Colin Gordon, business development director at System Group, was pleased to see Miss White's achievements recognised.

He said: “Her hard work and dedication to quality is truly commendable. She’s an inspiration and further endorses our group advocacy of promoting women in logistics.

“I’m also pleased for the team surrounding her, who have trained and supported her to get to this point and who I know are overjoyed at the outcome”.

The news follows earlier success for Emily, who won her heat in the RTITB International Operator of the Year competition, booking her place in next year’s final.