Northamptonshire Chamber members RS Components and Whittlebury Hall Hotel have been crowned regional winners at the Chamber Awards 2012.
RS Components of Corby, which employs 2,500 people across the UK, made it a double celebration by winning two awards - Business of the Year for the East Midlands and Excellence in Innovation – beating off stiff competition from across the region.
Judges were impressed with the company’s ability to grow turnover through advancements in its e-commerce facility and a renewed focus on developing its staff and expansion in international markets, where it currently boasts operations in 32 countries.
Improved logistics, supply chain processes and focused marketing has helped the company bounce back from the recession to post year-on-year growth, with the transformation of its paper catalogue into a number of local currency e-commerce websites driving this expansion.
Iain Lennard, head of UK sales at RS, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised by the British Chambers of Commerce by winning two categories of the prestigious Chamber Awards.
“We have worked hard to build a successful business that offers a huge product range yet continues to provide a service second to none to our customers.
“This achievement is testament to the devotion of our employees across the UK.”
Whittlebury Hall Hotel, Conference and Training Centre, which employs more than 300 staff, attracts more than 120,000 visitors a year for business and pleasure from across the UK.
It secured the Sustainability Award after making moves to ‘become one of the greenest hotels and conference centres in the UK’.
Some of the eco-friendly measures already introduced include power-off master switches, smart meter programming for the gas boilers, an energy efficient laundry machine.
The hotel is also fully committed to recycling all glass, office paper, waste, plastics and, through an on-site bailing machine, card waste.
This waste management system has reduced costs but achieving zero waste to landfill is the biggest achievement so far.
Michael Stott, director at Whittlebury Hall, said: “The team has worked hard to make these changes and these efforts being recognised by the British Chambers of Commerce is excellent news for our staff, customers and suppliers.
“Even more importantly, the environment will benefit as we continue to make our business even more sustainable.”
The two Northamptonshire companies will now represent the East Midlands in their respective categories in the Grand Final of the Chamber Awards 2012 in London on Thursday, November 29, with the chance to win £25,000 and the title of Outstanding Business Achievement, courtesy of the RBS Group.
Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Northamptonshire Chamber, said: “There has never been a more important time for businesses to showcase the amazing work they are doing on a day-to-day basis.
“The Chamber Awards is a perfect platform for companies in Northamptonshire to do just that and receive the recognition and national profile they deserve for helping to move the economy forward and create employment opportunities.”