A SPECIAL prize is up for grabs in this year’s Examiner Business Awards.
Companies and individuals will compete in no fewer than 12 categories in this year’s awards.
The latest accolade is the Judge’s Choice Award, which is being sponsored by Lockwood-based engineering company David Brown.
The firm was the recipient of the first Judge’s Choice Award at last year’s ceremony, when judges paid tribute to the company’s achievements as it celebrated 150 years in business.
Now, David Brown is supporting the Judge’s Choice Award as the company embarks on a new phase of development with plans for two modern buildings – a global centre of excellence for gear manufacture and a wind innovation centre – on land at Mirfield.
The winner of the Judge’s Choice Award will be selected from all the entries – covering every category – received by the judges.
Consideration will be paid to the presentation, attention to detail and financial performance of the nominees.
The winner may not even have been shortlisted in any of the other categories, but will have demonstrated – in the eyes of the judges – commitment, determination and dedication.
David Brown was established in Huddersfield in 1860 and the town has been home to its UK operations ever since.
The company has a worldwide reputation for excellence in gear manufacturing and a clear vision to drive growth.
Key to the David Brown strategy is the commitment to develop the next generation of David Brown engineers through its companywide training and development programme; the David Brown Gear Academy, and its global apprentice scheme.
Wayne Ball, general manager of UK operations for David Brown, said: “David Brown has a strong connection with this category, having been nominated for and then going on to win the Judge’s Choice Award in 2010.
“We are extremely delighted to be sponsoring this category and celebrating the triumphs of local businesses.
“The Judge’s Choice Award is a fantastic way of recognising local companies who go the extra mile and inspire us all to work hard and battle through challenging times.”