The finalists for the 2019 Wales Transport Awards have been revealed.

The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those in the Welsh transport industry and recognise the significant contribution made by the transport sector to the Welsh economy.

The inaugural awards will take place on November 1 in Cardiff, when more than 40 finalists will compete for awards in 11 categories including Fleet of the Year, Transport Operator of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

Newport-based Veezu is a finalist in the Excellence in Technology and Innovation category.

Liz Brookes, founder of the awards and director of Grapevine Event Management, said: “We have been blown away by the amazing response we have had for the inaugural year of the awards. There were some difficult decisions to make during the shortlisting process, however the awards night is shaping up to be a great celebration of the hard work that goes into the Welsh transport industry.”

A number of organisations have already sponsored the awards including The Caldicot Group, Petronas Lubricants International, Glenside Commercials, Plant-I, and Bluegg .

Gavin Edwards, managing director at The Caldicot Group, said: “Working within the sector supporting companies with their vehicle recovery needs, we know first-hand the tremendous contributions all those who entered make that are pivotal to the success of so many other businesses, which made the shortlisting process that much harder.”

Denise Lovering, head judge and former chairman of the Welsh Freight Council, said: “The transport sector in Wales is often overlooked and the work done by logistics as a whole is seriously under rated. It was a pleasure to read so many high-quality applications and to see so many organisations enter, putting themselves forward for the recognition they deserve.”