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News: Rotherham firms amongst UK's best in business

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Rotherham manufacturers, AESSEAL and Pyronix, have been named as finalists at the Private Business Awards 2014.

The Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC in association with HSBC Private Bank and Numis Securities Limited, celebrate the best in the private sector and highlights the achievements of individuals and companies. The event recognises the importance of private companies to the UK economy and is attended by CEOs and entrepreneurs from every region of the UK.

AES Engineering Ltd, parent to the AESSEAL Group, has been named on the shortlist in the Private Business of the Year category. Majority owned by entrepreneur, Chris Rea OBE, the business will be out to prove to the judges that it is a company that's moving forward, with good cash flows, a strong market position, growth in products or services and one that has excelled over the past year.

With global headquarters at Templeborough, AESSEAL is the world's fourth-largest designer and manufacturer of mechanical seals for a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, food, water, mining and pharmaceuticals.

AES Engineering Ltd, recently reported its annual results for the year to December 31 2013 which showed that sales increased by 11%, to £146.5m. It has set targets to break the £200m barrier and become the number one supplier in the world.

With a focus on innovation and quality, the manufacturer has won numerous awards, including 12 Queen's Awards to date.

Julie Kenny CBE DL, chair and chief executive of Pyronix Limited, is shortlisted for the prestigious title of Private Business Woman of the Year.

Based in Hellaby, Pyronix is an award-winning manufacturer with an extensive range of electronic security equipment for intruder alarms. Kenny is the major shareholder.

Manufacturing security equipment including control panels, detectors and external sounds, the firm has grown 15% every year since 2010 and is now on course to top £20m of annual sales by the end of 2014, 50% of which is in international markets.

Again, no stranger to awards, Julie was named Vitalise Business Woman of the Year in 2013. The Private Business Award judges will be looking for a woman "who's played an integral part in building a company. She might have founded it, driven the growth of the company, helped it to focus on customers or created opportunities for other people. She is a forward-thinker and a strong role model for other women in her industry or wider."

Brian Henderson, partner and Private Business Awards leader at sponsor, PwC, said: "This shortlist showcases the very best of the country's private businesses. It contains a mix of well-known household brands alongside some that are less well known, from every region in the UK. What these businesses share, apart from their success and valuable contribution to the UK economy, is their innovative and exciting approach.

"Each business has an unique and interesting story to tell, and I look forward to sharing their successes, and demonstrating the talent and innovation in the UK's private business sector."

Charlie Hoffman, managing director at sponsor, HSBC Private Bank (UK) Ltd, added: "We are delighted with the calibre of participants in this year's Private Business Awards. Once again, there is strong competition across all categories, and the candidates demonstrate immense talent and contribution to the private business sector in the UK.

"The award that really stood out to me was the Private Business Women of the Year Award whose entrants were outstanding, having achieved so much both within their own businesses and also in their contribution to the wider community."

The winners will be announced at an event in September.

AESSEAL website
Pyronix website

Images: Private Business Awards

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