Unilever and Festo both winners at the Appetite for Engineering awards

At this year's A4E Food Processing Awards, Festo and Unilever were both successful.


Festo's Gary Wyles and Unilever's Hazel Elderkin pick up awards

Festo's Gary Wyles and Unilever's Hazel Elderkin pick up awards

Festo Training and Consulting has won Company of the Year at the 2011 Food Processing Awards, as judged by its readers.  The accolade was awarded to Festo for its continued business success, during a period of decline within the UK fluid power market.

 
During 2009, the global recession hit the manufacturing and engineering sector hard, with the UK market for fluid power falling by 22%. Despite this, Festo has outperformed the market and since 2004, has continued to increase its market share. 2009/2010 was a record year with 2.7% growth and market share now at 21.3%. Key to this has been the company’s focus on its people.

Gary Wyles, Managing Director at Festo Training and Consulting comments:  “Everyone knows how they contribute to the company and share in our success.  It’s not just about financial performance though, we are well known for training our people through our own 'Fit for Change' development programme and have a strong and open communications and coaching culture that ensures people are supported and personally developed.”

The Food Processing Awards has been running for 28 years and is well-respected as the definitive award scheme for the food processing and manufacturing industries.  The awards are judged on the highest number of votes from readers of Food Processing Magazine. 

This year’s awards ran alongside the Appetite for Engineering conference which had a strong emphasis on skills development.  In addition to Festo, three of Festo’s customers were also nominated with Unilever winning the Skills Development award, for its continued professional development programme of next-generation engineers.

Gary Wyles comments on receiving the award, “We are very proud to have received this award.  It is testimony to all the hard work that has been put in to developing our employees and providing them with the necessary skills and support to effectively meet our company objectives.  However, ultimately the award goes to the employees themselves for all their hard work and loyalty to the organisation.”

Skills development Award
Sponsored by Festo

An earlier manufacturing scheme from Unilever met standards for today but not tomorrow. Changing it required aligning 14 UK sites' varying schemes, and ensuring high-calibre, next-generation engineers. The company formed a UK team to share best practice and review processes; shareholder discussions identified business and individual needs and feedback on gaps. Performance monitoring followed, and the impact has been impressive: the company's mindset is focused on recruiting and retaining home-grown talent to meet manufacturing needs in 5-10 years, providing Unilever with high-calibre, competent individuals.
Runners-up: Warburtons, Kerry Foods

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Company of the Year
Sponsored by Rittal

In 2010 Festo proved that European manufacturing is alive and well. Despite the UK fluid power market falling by a third during the recession, Festo increased market share by a record 2.7% points. And the secret to our success - is our people. Everyone knows how they contribute and shares in the success. It's not just about financial performance though. We are well known for training our people through our own 'Fit for Change' development programme and have a strong and open communications and coaching culture that ensures people are supported and personally developed.Runners-up: Winkworth Group, Werma UK, BHJ UK Protein Foods

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