International Timber praised staff and colleagues during a two-day conference with the launch of the first-annual International Timber awards.
The ceremony, which took place in The Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, focused on innovation, outstanding contributions and those who go above and beyond in their day-to-day roles.
Dozens of applications were entered by peers of those who deserved recognition, however only 19 people could be chosen as finalists. Of these 19, six were presented with their award from host for the evening, MD Ross Baxter.
Andy Moore of Trafford Park won the innovation category for improving quality and efficiencies within the mill, whilst Julie Roberts took home the award for Outstanding Contribution to Sales, as her colleagues describe her as simply “first class at securing business due to her fantastic customer service”. With 16 years in the business, Roberts has an incredible knowledge of our business and a great understanding of the importance of customer relationships.
Receiving the award for Newcomer of the Year is Hayley Watt – a branch manager at Jewson said: “Hayley at Hull is amazing and you should never let her leave”. Incredible praise for the newcomer, whilst Darren Hackett & Graham Young won for their outstanding contributions to the environmental, health and safety aspects of International Timber, after they saved a colleagues life – all in a day’s work for the International Timber team.
Another winner was Ron Garnett from the Hull branch who won the Outstanding Contribution to International Timber category. In nine years Garnett has consolidated two buildings into one, drove improvements in stock availability and operational flexibility – which dramatically improved customer service – and most recently he positioned the Hull site to become a finalist in the SGBD Reference awards in 2017. Nine years well spent.
A special mention was given to the Hull branch who came out on top as Operations Branch of the Year.
The awards highlighted just how talented, resourceful and caring the expansive International Timber team is, and resulted in a night of much-deserved celebrations.