Kestrel named in the Kings Birthday Honours list


We are delighted to announce that we have been named in the Kings Birthday Honours list as recipients of this year’s Kings Awards for International Trade, the highest echelon of recommendation authorised by Number 10 Downing Street and then by His Majesty King Charles. This is an accolade that expresses every sentiment that we hold dear and that are the keys to our success.

The Kings Awards for International Trade recognise those companies who are able todemonstrate exponential growth and prove new growth outside of their existing core business within a strict framework of financial and ethical boundaries.

We cannot tell you how excited and proud we are for the entire global Kestrel family to achieve this. Being the recipient of three Queens Awards for International Trade, to receive a Kings Award has left us speechless and could not come at a more opportune time. This year Kestrel in the UK celebrated its 30th anniversary on 30th April - the same day as Founder and CEO Andy Thorne’s 60th birthday and this year we also celebrate 21 years of Kestrel in the USA.

Kestrel was formed in partnership with Andy Thorne and Mark Patterson (now retired) quite literally launched by two young men with big dreams and little else except their ability! Armed with only a gifted fax machine and part of the space of a portacabin, they created a worldwide group of companies by sheer hard work, determination, coupled with expert knowledge and experience, a desire to be different to other companies offering 24/7 service within logistics at a time when this was unheard of. It is easy to say from the outside that they were bound to succeed but as every business owner and entrepreneur recognised,obstacles, hardship and disappointment are the constant companions of those that seek to succeed. What sets the successful apart is the sheer determination and will to rise above all challenges and think outside of the box. A genuine desire to provide superlative customer service, resulting in many customers becoming good friends along the journey, is a hallmark of Kestrel’s success. But of course, it wouldn’t be Kestrel without our worldwide family of employees who all work with the same philosophy and passion.

To say we are delighted is an understatement. We will be sharing the success at a fabulous event at the Palace of Westminster in June whilst Andy Thorne will meet His Majesty King Charles at Windsor Palace in July.

Our thanks and appreciation go to all of our employees, customers and colleagues globally.