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Skills for Business

05.08.15

Medium Business of the Year Award Winners Barlows (UK) Ltd has been honoured with a prestigious award in this year’s Skills for Business Awards. The Nominees span every aspect of business from construction to education and reflect the breadth of talent, expertise and knowledge in Greater Manchester. The Skills for Business Awards, delivered by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) and Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub and in association with Pearson, is an annual event celebrating the outstanding contribution that skills and learning make to businesses across Greater Manchester.

Barlows (UK) Ltd was shortlisted for both the Manufacturing and Engineering Skills for Business Award and the Skills for Business Medium Business of the year award. Walking away with the coveted Skills for Business Medium Business of the year award. Barlows Contracts Managers Collecting The Award “The judges felt Barlows was a thriving business based on inputting structured and measured training that relates to improving outputs, both personal and corporate. They have survived 30 years with an excellent strategy of taking people on, training them, and then continuing to train them through the employment according to the changes that occur within the building services sector.”

Louise Timperley, Head of Skills and Employment, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The importance of a well-trained workforce has never been more critical for companies in Greater Manchester. With greater devolution and the opportunities afforded by the Northern Powerhouse, businesses need staff who can perform to the best of their abilities, if we are to properly reap the benefits. “The winners of this year’s awards once again demonstrate real passion and commitment to skills and training right across Greater Manchester. The Awards this year have seen more entries and attendees at the event and this proves beyond doubt that businesses are able to see tangible benefits from their investment in skills and training.”

Nigel Johnson addressed the audience “We expanded the Business into Manchester in 2005 with 5 members of staff and now 10 years later we directly employ 70 staff with 20 of them being apprentices”

David Barlow, Skills Development Director said: “I would like to express my thanks to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce for our organisation’s nomination and our win. The challenge for all companies is to maintain and develop the skills of their staff, but with the support of bodies such as the Chamber, the path is definitely made easier. The winners award we received last year enabled us to continue to promote our company and this year’s win will help us to keep telling our story.”

Richard Morris said “We now employ 70 people from our Manchester office and it is important to continue our employees training and development throughout their employment. This award shows our continued development after our success at last year’s Skills for Business awards when we won the Construction Skills for Business Award.

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