When winning isn’t just about an award

Fri, November 16th, 2018

We caught up with some of our Liverpool & Sefton Chambers 2018 annual award...

We caught up with some of our Liverpool & Sefton Chambers 2018 annual award winners to find out more about what winning the award means for them.

Yanco were the winners of our Exporter of the Year 2018, sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport who felt that Yanco had demonstrated a real commitment to the export market achieving significant increases in overseas sales revenues across a number of new countries in 2018. The company’s innovative products and their research into potential new overseas customers is now paying dividends, having worked with various partners to better understand how best to do business in these new overseas markets and raise awareness of their products.

Glen Smith, Managing Director, said: Yanco are delighted to have won the Exporter of the Year award for 2018 and would like to thank Liverpool John Lennon Airport for choosing us ahead of stiff competition. We would also like to thank Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce and the various sponsors for hosting a most enjoyable event.

2018 has shown significant growth in our export business with market entry in thirteen new markets so far. We are confident that our progress will continue in 2019 and beyond as further markets open to us as part of our continued export strategy.

We would like to thank the Chamber for their support over the last four years, which has enabled us to enter several key markets. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Chamber in the future.”

Arriva North West, sponsors of our Responsible Business of the Year (under 250 employees) told us how hard their decision had been given the standard of entries, all of which showcased the amazing work which is being done across the Liverpool city region. The judges were particularly impressed with the way in which Liverpool One engaged all their employees in both the business as well as their community engagement, particularly through the One Foundation.

Liverpool ONE Estate Director, Steven Connolly, said: “Liverpool ONE is delighted to have been recognised as Responsible Employer of the Year for our ONE Community initiative, which supports local communities and their environment.

In our tenth year, our focus has been to provide greater opportunities for direct involvement by our team members in community projects and activities that matter to them. We achieved this with the introduction of a Volunteer Scheme which has seen over 450 hours volunteered with local organisations so far.”

Winners of the Responsible Business of the Year (over 250 employees), Mott MacDonald were also delighted to win the award for Responsible Business of the Year particularly in such a strong category. Growth Partners, who sponsored the award, said: “Choosing an overall winner was really difficult as all the shortlisted organisations have shown what it takes to be classed as a responsible employer, implementing a wide range of initiatives and strategies that marks them out as responsible businesses in the 21st century, and all the finalists should be commended for that. Mott Macdonald’s submission highlighted a number of fantastic initiatives that went above and beyond the selection criteria and ably demonstrated that employee well-being and engagement is not only important but key to their business growth.”

Emma McGrory from Mott MacDonald said: “We strive to be a responsible business and it is brilliant to be recognised by the Growth Partners. The team is extremely proud and wish to thank the Chamber for a fantastic evening and for their continued support. We are already looking forward to next year.”

Rutherford Cancer Centres sponsored our Workplace Health and Wellbeing awards which was also another very strong category. The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust were the worthy winners. Mark Caffrey, Health and Wellbeing Manager, said: “Here at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals we were delighted to win the Workplace Wellbeing Award at the Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce awards.

As a large university hospital and a major employer in the city we are well aware of the links between a healthy and happy workforce, improved patient outcomes and shorter hospital stays and a key reason for entering this category was to gain recognition for the work we have done to date.

Over a number of years we have initiated a wide range of programmes to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of our staff, recognising that Health and Wellbeing is about changing culture. Winning this category has given all the team a real boost as we focus on improving our health and wellbeing in our organisation in the coming years.

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