Lister Trade Frames of Stoke on Trent has just hit a new industry milestone; 2014 has seen them achieve 10 consecutive years being nominated as finalists in the country’s preeminent, National Glass and Glazing, G-Awards.
This year they have been nominated in two categories of the awards; Fabricator of the Year and Environmental Initiative of the Year.
Listers first tried for the Awards back in 2005 and despite it being the first ever competition that they had entered they took the top prize of ‘Fabricator of the Year’, which came as a complete but happy surprise. This gave them the confidence to enter the following year where they won the ‘Training and Development’ award.
Since 2005, Listers have entered the G-Awards every year without fail and they have been nominated finalists on an amazing 20 occasions. They have been winners 8 times at the awards event, including 3 times winners of the ‘Fabricator of the Year’ award and in 2012 they were chosen to receive the prestigious Derrek Bonnard Award for Excellence.
So how do they do it? Mark Warren, Listers’ Managing Director says that they get chosen each year for several reasons: “Firstly… you have to enter!” says Mark, a little tongue in cheek, but very true! “You have to have a good story to tell about what you have achieved over the last 12 months, but more importantly you have to have all the facts lined up to prove what you’ve written down. So a long time before you start writing your entry you have to have been working hard in the business to make outstanding and noteworthy improvements that will be recognised by the judges.”
So it’s simple then… do some great things in your business that are outstanding compared to the rest of the industry and then write them up as your entry. Job done.
Talking a little more with Mark and looking at the business and the people that they employ does give a broader perspective on their winning streak. Listers is a dynamic company who actively embraces change. They are always looking to improve what they do and how they do it. They have embedded this culture across the business so that everyone has this state of mind so that everyone everywhere are always looking to make improvements.
“Our continued success in the G-Awards and in our business is down to the actions and hard work of the people we employ. Getting that right is our primary objective and it’s our people who have delivered such outstanding results for the company.”
“Please correct me if I’m wrong, but 20 nominations as finalists, over 10 consecutive years, 8 times winners, 3 times winners of the top Fabricator award and winner of the Derrek Bonnard Award… This must be an Industry record in itself?!” Says Mark.
“We look forward to the G-Awards as the highlight of the year and sincerely thank the organisers for running it. It’s a great event to enjoy whether you’re winners or not. All the finalists have to be outstanding to get nominated. We wish everyone the best on the night of the G-Awards that highlight the best of the best in glazing.” Mark Warren.
This year the G-Awards will be held on the 21st November, at the London Hilton Park Lane. More information can be found here: http://www.g-awards.co.uk/