Spiroflow scooped two awards at this year’s SHAPA Solids Handling Industry Awards, held on the SS Great Britain, Bristol on 17 April.
The Clitheroe-based manufacturer of dry ingredients conveying and bulk bag handling equipment won the top accolade of Company of the Year, with employee, Aimee Donaldson, being presented with the Newcomer of the Year Award.
SHAPA has been the UK’s leading specialist Association for the solids handling and processing industry since its formation in 1981. The Solids Handling Industry awards are open to all UK registered member and non-member companies and institutions operating in the Solids Handling and Processing Industry.
In achieving their Company of the Year Award, Spiroflow needed to show a consistent level of achievement, through sales and best practice. The company’s winning entry not only showed a marked increase in sales, but also an array of progressive infrastructure and technological initiatives aimed at maintaining Spiroflow’s position as a leading provider to the process industries. Key milestones have included: the expansion of production, stores, spare parts and despatch areas; a new website; the relocation and upgrade of Spiroflow’s Technology Centre; online conferencing and IT upgrades; the development of Spiroflow’s Automated Maintenance (SAM) offering; health & safety, quality and training investments; the recruitment of young, energetic graduate engineers; and finally involvement with local schools, STEM and apprenticeship schemes.
In addition, the award of Newcomer of Year Award is testament to Aimee Donaldson’s drive and passion for engineering. Having joined the Spiroflow team in 2014, Aimee is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire with a Masters in Motorsports with Honours in Engineering. Initially recruited as a trainee sales support engineer, she has since made rapid progression within the company to her current role as a project engineer.
In commenting on both awards, Spiroflow’s James Podevyn said: “This is a fantastic result for Spiroflow, and in particular, our dedicated and hard working employees. Much of our progression, whether it be product related, IT, customer support or technology initiatives, emanates from the extensive skill sets of the Spiroflow team. We are delighted for Aimee and her award is richly deserved – she has a great future ahead of her.”