Sheffield company on road to European acclaim

Posted on 29 Jul 2011 by The Manufacturer

Sheffield Forgemasters outshine European competition and proceed to the next round of the challenging HSBC European Business Awards

After being selected in June to represent the UK in the European Business Awards Sheffield Forgemasters has been awarded a Ruban d’Honneur in the first round of the competition.

Sheffield Forgemasters has been going from strength to strength in the last year, recovering adroitly from the disappointment of loosing £80m of funding in the transition between governments in 2010.

In February the company, which specialises in heavy forged and cast steel products, won a major order from American steel castings company, ATI Allegheny Ludlum, cementing its reputation over the Atlantic. But earlier this month the company proved its ambitions are stretching in all direction with the announcement of a £15.5m contract to supply Russian steel rolling giant Severstal.

Success has not only been evident in deals and sales however. Among numerous accolades for its work on the delivery of apprenticeships the most recent has been the company’s nomination as one of the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the UK at the National Apprenticeship Awards in June.

Recognising Sheffield Forgemaster’s business excellence, dedication to quality and commitment to the prosperity of its industry in the UK the company was selected in June to stand alongside 24 other UK companies in the highly competitive European Business Awards, sponsored by HSBC.

Today the company announced that it has been awarded the coveted Ruban d’Honneur, a mark which allows it to proceed to the next round of the competition and which is given as mark of perceived excellence within the company’s sector.

Forgemasters was one of only two UK companies to be given a Ruban d’Honneur, the other being independent catering group, CH&Co. Both companies have been invited to the awards final in Barcelona on November 22.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters said: “For Forgemasters to receive a Ruban d’Honneur from the European Business Awards is a real mark of distinction and is testament to the determination and passion which drives this company.

“The commitment of our staff, the importance of our customers and partners culminate in being recognised as being leaders in our field. The anticipation of the Awards final is building but for now we’re delighted to receive this tribute.”

Sheffield Forgemasters will now compete as a finalist within the Export/Import category with a chance of winning the ultimate prize of a European Business Award.