Friday, October 25, 2013

News: Winners react to Chamber awards

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Category winners are celebrating their success at the recent Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards.

Held last week in front of over 400 guests at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, the awards saw Rotherham manufacturer London & Scandinavian Metallurgical Co Limited (LSM) take the overall award.

Winner of The Source Skills Academy Most Promising Start-up Award was CCTV Factory UK Ltd. 12 months ago Andrew Thomas from Clifton, Rotherham, gave up his day job as a sales engineer for a local manufacturing firm and followed his lifelong dream to start his own company whilst on holiday in Mexico.

The supplier of CCTV and security equipment has grown from RiDO's Century Business Centre at Manvers and recently moved into larger premises on Wombwell High Street.

Andrew Thomas, director of CCTV Factory Ltd (pictured top, left), said: "Winning the award for Most Promising Business Start-up still hasn't sunk in yet. When I started the company I never envisioned winning an award or how difficult and mentally straining a business would be. I soon realised there was nothing glamorous about being a company director, the role comes with immense pressure, accountability and many sacrifices along the way. Whilst my gamble is still on-going, I now feel the odds are starting to go in my favour."

Jason Mace, managing director of Rotherham-based marquee and gazebo manufacturer Gala Tent, won The Bull Information Systems Business Person of the Year Award. He said: "It was a great surprise to be chosen as the Business Person of the Year. There were some really strong contenders in this category and it's a real honour to take the title.

"I hope that the work I do, not only in my business life, but also in the local community and in encouraging young people to learn more about enterprise, will help to inspire and create new entrepreneurs of the future."
Willmott Dixon Partnerships picked up the The Barnsley College Skills Development Award for demonstrating an involvement in all aspects of training and staff development. The company's Rotherham branch delivers repairs and maintenance to 10,500 homes for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Sharon Ayles, national training manager at Willmott Dixon (pictured above), said: "We are extremely proud to win this award and receive recognition for our training initiatives in Rotherham. We are committed to investing in our staff and delivering training opportunities to all members of the local community.

"Our team in Rotherham have worked very closely with local organisations to target the issue of high unemployment and offer training to help secure long term jobs. We position ourselves at the heart of the communities that we operate within and are delighted to have received this accolade."

CCTV Factory UK Ltd website
Gala Tent website
Willmott Dixon Partnerships website
Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber website

Images: BR Chamber

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