Awards joy for Yorkshire companies

Yorkshire-based companies are celebrating victory at the 2015 North of England Excellence Awards.


The honours were presented at a gala dinner held at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds last night.


Healthcare firm JRI Orthopaedics, of Sheffield, was named business of the year after also scooping the North of England Excellence Award for the second year running, along with the international trade prize.


Northern Rail picked up three prizes – for sustainability, customer service and ethical culture.


Network Rail also won a customer service award, along with the prize for lean practices which maximise customer value and minimise waste.


Leeds-based car parks operator Q-Park won the innovation category.


Andrew Palmer, chief executive of North of England Excellence, said: “Our winners are proof that companies operating in the Northern Powerhouse region have a readiness to be best in class, run outstanding operations and, more importantly, achieve sustainable results.


“Our winners are testament to the fact that business excellence not only improves quality and performance but also benefits the bottom line.


“They showcase the north as the best place to do business, attract top talent and to live, and illustrate how a commitment to the continuous improvement journey brings tangible success in terms of competitiveness, creativity and innovation.”


Last night’s event marked the 21st year of the North of England Excellence Awards and was attended by 400 business leaders from across the region.


The guest speakers were Brigadier Gerald Strickland, Commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade, and Phil Jones, chief executive of Northern Powergrid, which runs the electricity distribution network across Yorkshire, the north east and northern Lincolnshire.

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