Press release - 16 August 2023

Wincanton success in general merchandise and infrastructure recognised at industry awards

Wincanton has been recognised at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) 30th Awards for Excellence for its long and strong partnerships with B&Q and EDF, as the leading supply chain partner to UK business reaches the final three shortlisted in two operational categories:

Warehouse Operations Award: Driving efficiency for B&Q through a major automation project

Wincanton’s long-term partnership with B&Q, alongside warehouse automation experts Logistex, has seen the completion of a major project for B&Q at their Distribution Centre in Worksop, UK. The solution, which brings together a range of technologies, is operated by Wincanton on behalf of B&Q and represents a long-term strategic partnership between the two companies. 

Rachel Gilbey, Managing Director of General Merchandise at Wincanton commented:

“It was a hugely rewarding experience to be part of such a successful project, which has delivered tangible benefits for B&Q and strengthens our exceptional track record in delivering robotics and automation solutions for our customers. 

“Working in a live operational warehouse during the pandemic posed significant complexities, particularly as there was strong demand from B&Q customers during the implementation period. However, these were overcome by a collaborative approach, focused on successful project delivery, and the proactive management of project challenges by all stakeholders.”  

Operations Management Award: Guaranteeing accuracy, security and transparency for EDF’s £26 billion construction project

As the official warehouse and transport service partner for the ten-year construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, UK, in 2022 Wincanton continued to invest funds in innovation and time in collaborative working with HPC and its stakeholders to not just safeguard the supply chain, but to improve and accelerate its efficiency. 

Carl Meewezen, Managing Director of Public and Industrial at Wincanton commented:

“When Hinkley Point C is live and operational, it will generate enough low-carbon electricity for six million homes for the next 60 years. That’s 7% of the country’s electricity.

“Wincanton is proud to have a key role in this nationally important mega-project. Our partnership with EDF and our combined guiding principles of innovation, community engagement, security and safety continue to play an important role in the success of the project.”


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