Yorkshire firms triumph in North of England Excellence Awards

safe moveSafe-Move, the Bradford business which provides property searches for conveyancing solicitors, was one of five Yorkshire winners at the 2014 North of England Excellence Awards last night.

The company, which is part of Yorkshire Water, was one of only two to win an Excellence Award at the ceremony at The Royal Armouries, Leeds.

Safe-Move started out providing water searches but now has expanded its service and acts as a one-stop shop for property searches. Over the past five years it has increased turnover from £2.6 to £4.3m.

The 2014 Awards were presented by John Cridland CBE, Director General, CBI and Adam Parsons of the BBC’s Wake up to Money programme,at a ceremony at the Royal Armouries Leeds, attended by almost 400 business leaders from across the North.

Insurance broker Jelf Insurance Partnership which has offices in Leeds, York and Hull, won the Special Award for Customer Service, while Leeds law firm DWF LLP and rail operator First TransPennine Express both won a Special Award for Leadership. Meanwhile Leeds-based Northern Rail won the Special Award for Sustainability and Sheffield’s JRI Orthapaedics were commended in the North of England Excellence Awards.

David Teale, Chief Executive of awards organiser North of England Excellence, said: “The achievements of these Yorkshire businesses hold lessons for us all. We hope their success will inspire others to find ways to improve productivity and performance and continue to develop a culture of excellence in the North.”

The 2015 North of England Excellence Awards are now open for applications, as are applications to join the 2015 Assessor Team. For more details go to www.noee.co.uk or contact Suzanne House – Suzanne@noee.co.uk 01925 715242.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Business of the Year

Merseyrail Electrics 2002, Liverpool

Excellence Awards

Safe-Move, part of Yorkshire Water,  Bradford

Merseyrail Electrics 2002, Liverpool

Wincanton Group – highly commended, Blackburn and other sites

Trafford Council – highly commended, Manchester

JRI Orthopaedics – commended, Sheffield

Special Award for Customer Service

Jelf Insurance Partnership, Hull, York, Leeds

Liverpool Direct – Benefits Service, Liverpool

Merseyrail Electrics 2002 Ltd, Liverpool

University of Chester, Chester

Special Award for Leadership

DWF LLP, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Preston

First TransPennine Express

University of Chester, Chester

Special Award for Lean

GlaxoSmithKline, Barnard Castle, Yorks

Special Award for Learning & Development

After Adoption, Manchester

Special Award for Sustainability

Northern Rail, Leeds

Special Award for International Trade

Brand-Rex, Leigh

BBC Digital Excellence Award

UKFast, Manchester

Written on 28th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News