The firm, a Todmorden-based manufacturer of wear resistant products to support wider industry, took gold in the ‘Health and Safety’ Award for the manufacturer that has achieved the most impressive or innovative improvements in the health and safety culture of their workplace.

Judges were impressed with their use of employee engagement through their risk assessment process, which led to a reduction in muscular skeletal issues in a demanding work environment.

Judges were also won over by 21-year-old Jessica Stone, a first year apprentice at Airbus, who was crowned ‘Outstanding Apprentice of the Year’. She was named the winner after impressing judges with her work as an apprentice ambassador and the way she took herself outside of her comfort zone to develop her skills.

Joining Jessica on the podium was 20-year-old Rebecca Luck, a first year apprentice at Domino UK. Rebecca was crowned ‘Outstanding Business Apprentice of the Year’ after impressing judges with her passionate presentations during the selection stage and her ambitious career plan.

Other award winners announced on the night were:

Leadership: Edward Naylor, Naylor Industries

Developing People: Liberty Pressing Solutions Coventry

Environmental Achievement: The Wrigley Company

Partnerships: Hargreaves Ductwork Ltd

Innovation: Millers Oils Ltd