The Middlesbrough-based port company has been recognized for its role in keeping the country's trade flowing during COVID-19 as well as for supporting local communities throughout this challenging time.
Nominated by the North East England Chamber of Commerce, PD Ports has continued to operate as normal throughout the coronavirus outbreak, ensuring that supermarket shelves remain fully stocked and vital supply chains kept moving.
The port operator has also gone that extra mile to offer support for the most vulnerable in society, donating in excess of £9,000 during the first phase of lockdown towards the provision of iPads for critically ill patients in hospital, and in donations to local food banks.
"We are absolutely delighted to be recognised by the British Chamber of Commerce for our commitment to our communities. We are incredibly proud to be able to play our part, as key workers, to keep the country moving throughout some of the most challenging times we have all experienced," Frans Calje, CEO, PD Ports, said.
He furthered, "As the pandemic took hold, we felt it was our duty as one of the largest businesses in the region to support people in the local area who were struggling in some way. We have a culture here in PD Ports which is based on inclusivity and support, regardless of your role, and these qualities drive our motivation to do more for our communities."
"Our people have also continued to work extremely hard throughout this year, and the challenges that have come with it, to keep operations running as normal to ensure that vital supply chains keep moving. This recognition is truly a testament to them," Calje underlined.
The Business Heroes campaign was launched by the British Chamber of Commerce to recognize and pay tribute to the work that businesses are doing in the most challenging of circumstances.
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