Richard Burbidge, the stair parts specialist, has won the Investing in Skills category at the North West Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) Future Manufacturing Awards.
The company were awarded the prize in a ceremony held at Salford City Stadium, and will now go on to compete in the national finals, which will be held in London in January 2014.
Richard Burbidge’s implementation of the Lean Manufacturing philosophy was outlined as a key contributor to its success, with the stair parts, decking and mouldings manufacturer demonstrating its ability to improve efficiency and provide a better service to its customers by engaging staff at all levels to adopt new ways of working.
Since implementing the Lean Manufacturing philosophy the business has successfully trained 105 managers, purchasing staff, production planners, general operators and engineers.
Paul Haggerty, group operations director for Richard Burbidge, said: “We are delighted to win the regional EEF Future Manufacturing Award. As a family-run business spanning many generations, we are particularly pleased to be recognised in the Investing in Skills category.
“From experience, we know firsthand how important it is to equip our staff with the best possible knowledge and resources so they in turn can provide the highest standard of service to our customers. Thanks must go to our employees, who have shown such commitment to improving efficiency within the business.”