Regional Chamber awards for two top companies

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Nov 2018

TWO northern Lincolnshire businesses have been named winners in the regional heats of the British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards for 2018.

Scunthorpe’s British Steel has won the Export Business of the Year Award for its expanding wire rod interests, with Grimsby-based Ramsden International taking the Workplace Wellbeing accolade.

Now in their 15th year, the awards are a highlight of the UK business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the British economy.

The pair will now go forward to represent Yorkshire and the Humber in the national finals, which take place in London at the end of the month.

Read more: £50m Scunthorpe Rod Mill enhancement will see British Steel leapfrog European competition

Richard Sims, managing director for British Steel’s wire rod division, said: “We’re delighted to have won this award which recognises the quality of our people, products and services.

“A key part of our ongoing transformation is focused on growing into new markets, at home and abroad, and we’re pleased to be making significant progress on both these fronts.

“Our growth will be further supported by the £50 million upgrade we’re undertaking at our Scunthorpe Rod Mill, as covered on page two, and the full integration of FN Steel – the wire rod business we acquired in the Netherlands last October – into our business.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to this decision and we look forward to attending the national awards later this year.”

Exporting is the reason for Ramsden International’s being, but it is the care for the multi-lingual team on Adam Smith Street that has won recognition this time round.

Read more: Award-winning Sean Ramsden on the entrepreneurial evolution of the family business

Serial award winner Sean Ramsden, of Ramsden International, said: “This is amazing news! Thank you so much to everyone involved.

“It’s great to win this award and it will be a boost to our colleagues”. National winners will be revealed at the 2018 Chamber Business Awards Gala Dinner at Tobacco Dock in London, on November 29.

Anne Tate, the Chamber’s northern Lincolnshire manager, said: “Businesses are the engines of the UK economy – creating opportunities and prosperity in our towns, cities and counties. Even in times of austerity, they continue to show their adaptability, resilience and strength. Every year the judges are impressed by the calibre of entries, and this year was no different.

“All our finalists should be proud to reach this stage given the stiff competition among our diverse and enterprising pool of applicants.”

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