Daily Post crowns Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders ‘Business of the Year’
Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders is celebrating being crowned ‘Business of the Year’ at the prestigious Liverpool Daily Post Business Awards.
Company Chief Executive John Syvret and directors Mike Moran and John Kennedy collected the award in front of more than 400 guests at Liverpool’s famous St George’s Hall. As they left the stage the evening’s compare, Liverpool born BBC broadcaster Peter Sissons, caught the mood of the moment saying: “That must be one of the most popular awards ever made in this hall.”
Announcing the award the judges said: “Sheer grit and determination have seen this business rise from the ashes. With an emphasis on employee development through their apprenticeship scheme they are looking forward to a promising future. Their growth and investment has produced a beneficial impact locally which should increase. A real success story of great future potential.”
Mr Syvret said the award was a terrific result and testament to the huge effort put in by the workforce. “It has taken seven years of grit and determination, commitment and long hours from the whole team to rebuild a thriving business here again,” he said. “It is very pleasing to receive recognition of this stature from the local community. By renaming ourselves Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, we aim to catapult the business forward into the international ship repair, conversion and refit market. We intend to grow an even bigger business out of this shipyard driving wealth and job creation on Merseyside and in the North.”
In 2008 the shipyard had its most successful year since founding in 2002. The yard renamed itself back to Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders in November restoring the famous name to the Mersey. In June 2008 it signed a through life support contract with Ministry of Defence to maintain 11 ships in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary for up to 25 years. The contract is worth up to £1bn. The yard further pumped more than £50m into its supply chain, including £33m into the Merseyside economy, and employed more than 1500 people through-out the year. The yard’s apprenticeship scheme was also restarted with more than 50 youngsters signed up on the rigorous programme. The yard further continues to have a thriving commercial refit, repair and conversion operation serving many leading names in the marine industry.