Tuesday, October 21, 2014

News: Hatfield on top at Chamber awards


Rotherham manufacturing and recycling company, Roy Hatfield Limited took the top prize at this year's Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards event, a follow up to being awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise earlier in the year.

The company triumphed over the competition and walked away with the RBS Business of the Year trophy in front a record number of guests (close to 600) at the Barnsley Metrodome.

The achievement followed the company's earlier success in the Wosskow Brown Solicitors Business Growth Award. Company directors, Grant and Mark Hatfield said: "It really is an honour to be recognised by our local chamber during these awards. We are extremely proud to have won the "Business Growth" category and the "Business of the Year Award" which was truly the icing on the cake for what has been an exciting, but challenging few years during the company's development.

"We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a dedicated and hardworking team at Roy Hatfield Ltd and these awards are testament to their efforts."

Roy Hatfield Ltd was formed in 1971 when the founder Roy Hatfield recognised a demand in the market place for quality and consistent alternative raw materials destined for the concrete industry. The firm grew to become the UK's first and largest manufacturer of decorative and industrial concrete finishing products.

In 1985 the firm moved to Templeborough with a custom manufacturing facility and on site laboratory which is where the company still operates from today.

Anticipating legislation banning gypsum-based waste streams from landfills, the company developed methods for stripping the substance from ceramics and plasterboard. Following continual investment and expansion, the Rotherham site processes 50,000 tonnes of waste plasterboard per annum. More shifts have begun and plans have been submitted for further expansion.

Other Rotherham firms successful on the night included wheeled-bin manufacturer, MGB Plastics in the manufacturing category; S3 ID, the provider of cutting edge location awareness solutions in the innovation category; and colourful town centre gift shop, Patchwork Pig in the retail category. Remember the Date, the online card enterprise started by former Aston Comprehensive student, Lauren Nicholson was recognised as the most promising new business.

This year's ceremony, hosted by former international referee Howard Webb, was held for the first time in Barnsley at the Metrodome and the change of venue was well received with the event being declared a sell out with three weeks still to go.

Andrew Denniff, chief executive at Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: "What a fantastic evening, one that has exceeded all our expectations. My congratulations go to all our winners and especially everyone at Roy Hatfield's, the Business of the Year.

"Holding the evening in Barnsley has certainly set the bar for our future events and has given us a real challenge, one I am sure the Chamber will rise to next year."

This year also saw the Chamber present their first Charity of the Year award, which was awarded to The Pippa Jones Little Treasure Trust who received £3,000 in prize money.

A full list of results is as follows:

The Solar Europa Most Promising New Business Award

Winner - Remember the Date
Highly Commended - Themesparx Ltd
Highly Commended - Vertex Rope Access Ltd

The Wosskow Brown Solicitors Business Growth Award

Winner - Roy Hatfield Ltd
Highly Commended - Cornerstones Education
Highly Commended - Pollywiggles Day Nursery

The NPS Barnsley Business Community Impact Award

Winner - One Barnsley Apprenticeship Pledge
Highly Commended - LASER Credit Union
Highly Commended - Wosskow Brown Solicitors

The Brook Corporate Developments Excellence in Manufacturing Award

Winner - MGB Plastics
Highly Commended - Specialised Laser Products
Highly Commended - Wintwire Ltd

The Sheffield Hallam University Design & Innovation Award

Winner - Osborne Technologies Ltd
Highly Commended - Merlin Software
Highly Commended - S3 ID

The Gala Tent Business Person of the Year Award

Winner - Lynne Darwin – Building Product Solutions
Highly Commended - Katie Buckle – Provide Education
Highly Commended - Nigel Short – VOOT

The ASD Lighting/Rotherham United Excellence in International Trade Award

Winner - S3 ID
Highly Commended - D A Cooper & Sons
Highly Commended - Merlin Software

The Source Skills Academy Outstanding Retailer of the Year

Winner - Patchwork Pig
Highly Commended - Fresh n Chic Boutique
Highly Commended - Sara's Flowers and Teas

The Rotherham College Digital & Creativity in Business Award

Winner - DEB Chartered Accountants
Highly Commended - Berneslai Homes
Highly Commended - Bigfoot Digital

The Barnsley College Apprentice of the Year Award

Winner - Tom Matthews – Tata Steel Speciality Steels
Highly Commended - Elliott Mann – ITS Group
Highly Commended - Elspeth Jones - Harris+Co

Chamber website

Images: Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber


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