Cammell Laird wins brace of North West business awards
Birkenhead shipbuilder Cammell Laird has added to its silverware collection following recent wins at two regional business award ceremonies.
In June, the firm was named Business of the Year (Over 250 employees) at the 2018 ECHO Regional Business Awards during a glitzy event at Liverpool Cathedral.
The win followed hot on the heels of success at Insider Media’s Made In The North West Awards 2018, where Cammell Laird was named Manufacturing Company of the Year (over £25m). May’s ceremony at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester brought together the cream of the region’s manufacturing sector and saw Cammell Laird hailed by judges as a “world class business”.
Following the award wins, Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret praised the tireless efforts of the business’ workforce and management to build on Cammell Laird’s proud history and put the firm back in the premier league of the shipbuilding world.
He said: “To have won two Business of the Year awards in a matter of months is an honour and a real testament to the hard work put in by the entire team at Cammell Laird.
“Our workers, their families and the whole supply chain involved with Cammell Laird have shown incredible commitment and dedication to a huge range of ambitious projects. These award wins are a direct result of their efforts.
“We’d also like to thank our customers who’ve invested and shown continued faith in the business, our ethos and in our ability to deliver at the very highest level. Recent projects have allowed us to highlight the world-class engineering skills and facilities on offer here in Birkenhead, and as a company we’re determined to harness that momentum. I’m confident there will be many more milestones and achievements to celebrate in the years ahead.”
July 14 was a landmark day in the shipbuilder and ship repairer’s history, with the launch of the 10,000-tonne hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough into the River Mersey. The state-of-the-art polar research ship, hull number 1390, represents the biggest commercial shipbuilding contract in the UK for 30 years, worth circa £155m.
At the start of June the Birkenhead yard hosted some 300 invited guests and media to mark the keel-laying of a £10m freight ship, Red Kestrel. The ro-ro vessel will be run by Red Funnel, the original Isle of Wight ferry operator, on its route between Southampton and East Cowes.
Main image: Andy Heath, managing director of Merseyrail, third right, presenting the Business of the Year (Over 250 employees) Award to Cammell Laird (Image: Andrew Teebay / Liverpool Echo)