A factory owner has given trophies to his whole workforce after the firm won an important award in a national business competition.
Adrian Barraclough, chairman of Brighouse-based window manufacturer Quickslide, decided that all 100 employees should share the plaudits after the Bradford Road company was awarded a prize in the G Awards held every year for the glass and glazing industry.
The ceremony took place at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane, where Quickslide won the trophy for the industry’s Best Training and Development Initiative – one that had involved the commitment of the whole workforce.
When Adrian was called up in front of an audience of more than 700 guests at the black tie dinner, he vowed that he would share it with every one of the 100-plus employees back at the factory.
“Every one of our team signed up to the training programme, so it’s only fair that they all share this,” said Adrian. “I know it’s a cliché, but we could not have won this award without all of our people.
“I wanted them all to be up on the stage with us when we were called up at the original awards, but it wasn’t possible. So now we have been able to include everyone and they can look at their own trophy with pride, knowing that they played a real part in winning it.”
Quickslide is a leading manufacturer of PVC-U vertical sliding sash windows as well as a huge range of casement windows, bi-folding doors and residential doors which it sells nationally to builders and installers as well as through its retail and trade counter at the Brighouse site and a showroom in York.
The award was won after the whole workforce committed to a training programme that has saved the firm hundreds of thousands of pounds while improving quality and output.
The accolade is the latest in a series of local and national awards to be won by Quickslide, which uses the same “World Class Manufacturing” production system that was established by Toyota and is used around the globe by many other top brands.