‘Staffordshire has long been recognised for its manufacturing history. The judges were looking at all aspects of the manufacturing process including product design, testing, development, production, marketing, sales and overall business performance. This may relate to a new product or product range, or an existing product that continues to lead the way within its field.”
Francois Levert, Michelin’s site manager in Stoke, said: ”The standard of applications was yet again very high. Finalists not only showed their flexibility in these difficult times to develop their customer offer and secure jobs, but also showing business growth and potential to create jobs moving forward. Sales and marketing, innovation in design and of course their responsibility to the environment and sustainability as well as being a responsible employer in the local community setting. The winner of the award tonight showed so many attributes above and beyond of what you would normally expect from this size of business and indeed those of twice this size.”
Nik Hardy, managing director of Hardy Signs, said: ”Over the last few years, our team has managed to secure projects with leading UK, European and North American brands. Within the past 24 months, we have completed our first major international project in Brussels and our first major digital signage project in California. We have a keen commitment to the environment, prioritising best practises in our manufacturing processes, in order to complete this vision. In recent years, we have taken significant steps to reduce waste, increase sustainability and maximise the efficiency of our manufacturing.