Colleagues at the Bradbury Group were delighted to be named a national champion in the European Business Awards 2015/2016.
The Scunthorpe based manufacturer of steel doors and security grilles received the honour in the Entrepreneur Category and now goes head to head with entries from 33 countries across Europe.
The Company was nominated after coming to the attention of awards sponsor, accountancy firm Baker Tilly, following successes in the 2015 Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The European Business Awards showcases the most innovative companies across Europe, engaging last year with over 32,000 businesses. The Bradbury Group joins an illustrious field of past National Champions including British Airways, Mercedes Benz and Marks and Spencer.
The Bradbury Group has grown rapidly over recent years and now employs nearly 200 people in Scunthorpe. The business has developed a number of niche markets to become the UK’s largest manufacturer of steel doors. Managing Director Tim Strawson explains:
We use our core strengths in engineering and manufacturing technology to make products better and more quickly than competitors. I am delighted that our success has been recognised in the wider context of Europe.’ The Company specialises in high security doors, window grilles and cages that are third party tested and certified. Key markets include utilities, data centres, social housing, transport, government and defence.
In the last 5 years, Bradbury Group turnover has quadrupled to nearly £18 million and profits re-invested in expanding the Scunthorpe plant to keep pace with demand for products. Last year saw the launch of the Bradbury Academy (working in conjunction with North Lindsey College) which provides workplace based and classroom training for Apprentice Engineers. Owner Tim Strawson has also been instrumental in the foundation of Youth Engineering – a charity based in Scunthorpe providing an opportunity to get on the employment ladder for long term unemployed young people.
In the next stage of the European Business Awards, Bradbury must submit a video which is subject to a public vote. This will be launched on the Bradbury website at the end of November ( www.bradburyuk.com ) and last year, over 170,000 votes were cast in support of entering videos.
Please watch this space for details on how to vote for Bradbury, and help to see a truly local business reach the European Business Awards final which is scheduled to take place in Milan next summer.