We are living in uncertain times, with more still to come as our industry, and British manufacturing and construction in general, deal with navigating the disruption caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Amongst all the negativity there are still good news stories to be found, one of which came last week for industry-leading systems company Liniar – a shortlist spot in the Made in the Midlands Awards for the coveted Manufacturer of the Year award.
This follows on from the announcement in March that Liniar had also won the Midlands Business Award for Manufacturer of the Year for the second year running!
Liniar has been a beacon of innovation for the Midlands for decades – and having been shortlisted for this award last year, the PVCu extrusion company is even more keen to bring this award back to its Derbyshire HQ.
“Being considered for awards always brings a sense of pride that our 500+ workforce are delighted to share,” comments Group MD Martin Thurley. “In these unprecedented times, it’s even more important than usual to be able to share these nuggets of much-needed good news to all those who work within our business, whilst most of them are furloughed and waiting to return.”
“If we were chosen to win Made in the Midlands Manufacturer of the Year, it would once again demonstrate to our employees and our community that we belong amongst the hub of powerhouse manufacturers in the region – even with such stiff competition!”
Winning an award of this calibre takes quite some work. Entries include information about every aspect of a manufacturing facility – from its financial performance to manufacturing efficiencies and quality, from infrastructure and investment in people to its impact on the local environment. With Liniar’s comprehensive investment programme, all these crucial areas of scrutiny are covered but the entry is only able to convey a fraction of what the company invests in internally – and it’s almost impossible to illustrate the culture of the company itself.
“We’re all very proud of the positive culture we have here at Liniar,” explains Martin. “It’s really come to the fore of late in the proactive way the team have dealt with the temporary closure of our site, as well as keeping all our communication channels open. We’ve also had a raft of willing volunteers to help with our initiative to produce protective face visors for key workers to help get through this crisis – everyone really does want to help where they can.
“We know the team are keen to return to work as soon as the government relaxes the restrictions and we are already planning how to ensure we do that safely – which is the most important focus for us.”
“In the meantime, it’s always great to be recognised for our achievements, and being shortlisted for the Made in the Midlands 2020 Manufacturer of the Year is an honour for us.”
The Made in the Midlands Awards ceremony is set to take place on 3 September. View the full shortlist and details about the award by visiting www.insidermedia.com/news/midlands/shortlists-for-made-in-the-midlands-2020-revealed.
For more information about Liniar’s award-winning manufacturing facility, visit www.liniar.co.uk/about/company-information/.