We are extremely proud to have been recognised with a number of national and regional awards. These are some of the awards and accreditations we’ve recently received.

  • Haulier Diversity Award 2018

    The Haulier Diversity award is awarded for Downton’s commendable initiatives to promote career opportunities regardless of gender, age and more in a bid to grow the industry workforce and combat the driver shortage.

  • Accolade Wines Supplier Awards 2017

    Managing Director Andy Downton was awarded Star Performer in Support Services in the Accolade Wines Supplier Awards 2017.

  • Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)

    Bronze Accreditation

    The Bronze accreditation confirms that an operator employs good practices and complies with the requirements laid out by the FORS Standard. This includes demonstrating dedication to driver and vehicle safety, combined with improving operating practices through effective monitoring of fuel and tyre usage.

  • Grow Gloucestershire Showcase Awards 2016

    Outstanding Business Contribution – Winner

    Run through Gloucestershire County Council, the Grow Gloucestershire Showcase Awards celebrate and recognise young people in Gloucestershire who have kick-started their careers, and the businesses or schools who have helped them.


    Large Employer of the Year (25+) – Winner

    The Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards aim to celebrate the best and brightest apprentices in the county.  Downton was crowned Employer of the Year (25+) for their strong commitment and investment in their future workforce.


    Apprenticeship of the Year – Finalist

    Bringing in new blood to the transport industry has never been more important, and apprenticeships are an excellent way to recruit, train and retain young people. Downton were shortlisted for Apprenticeship of the Year by demonstrating its success in attracting and retaining high quality recruits who are making a positive contribution to the business and wider industry. 

  • Bronze Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award (ERS)

    The Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme celebrates employers who support those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families. Downton was awarded the Bronze award on recognition of their commitment to employer and training ex-forces personnel. Downton actively recruits service leavers through an Armed Forces resettlement programme and any service leavers who apply for a role will be granted an interview.


    Company of the Year – Larger Firms – Honourable Mention

    The Growing Business Awards (hosted by Real Business and the CBI) are the most respected and established recognition of high-growth, mid-sized and entrepreneurial businesses in the UK.  Downton was a finalist in the ‘Company of the Year – Larger Firms’ category and received an honourable mention at the awards in October 2013 -narrowly losing out on the top prize to online property giant Zoopla.


    Partnership Award – Finalist

    The Motor Transport Awards is the transport industry ‘Oscars’, celebrating the achievements of the industry and recognising innovation, outstanding service, efficiency and quality. Downton narrowly missed out on winning the Partnership Award for its innovative partnership with customer UPM.

  • Cotswold Life Family Business Awards 2013

    Fastest Growing Family Business – Winner

    Business and Professional Life, a supplement published by regional magazines Cotswold Life and Oxfordshire Life, launched its inaugural Family Business Awards in 2013. Downton was proud to be named the winner of the Fastest Growing Family Business Award.


    Haulier of the Year – Winner

    Haulier of the Year is the most prestigious and coveted award on offer at the industry-leading Motor Transport Awards; awarded to “the outstanding road haulage or 3PL company” of that year. Downton was proud to be named Haulier of the Year at the 2012 Motor Transport Awards.