Firm’s delight after getting three awards

Training and Development winners Hi-Force with Linda Coles and Simon Longhurst of Northampton Business School and Simon Weston (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-141216-102902001
Training and Development winners Hi-Force with Linda Coles and Simon Longhurst of Northampton Business School and Simon Weston (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-141216-102902001

Daventry based Hi-Force Limited, picked up three awards at the prestigious Northamptonshire Business Awards Gala Dinner and Presentation, held at Daventry Court Hotel.

The awards, which were held on Thursday last week is designed to recognise the achievements of Northamptonshire based businesses.

With Hi-Force nominated and shortlisted in three categories namely training and development, creative Innovation and business of the year and sister company H.E.S. Sales for long standing business of the year, group managing director Kevin Brown and his fellow directors and senior management turned up in force, to enjoy the ceremony. Falklands War veteran Simon Weston gave a speech at the event.

The company’s table erupted in celebration as it was announced that Hi-Force had bagged the Training & Development Award, which was the one award Mr Brown wanted to win the most.

He said: “I particularly wanted this Award because it recognises and demonstrates the high importance the company places on the development of our greatest asset, our people.

“Steven Wakelin, training manager has done an outstanding job, in the past two years, putting together a first class training facility and a spread of training courses, designed specifically for developing both our own employees worldwide, as well as those of our customers and distributors.”

Hi-Force was then announced as winner of business of the year to rapturous applause. The firm also won the ‘winner of winners’ award to complete the hat trick.

Mr Brown added: “What a fantastic night for Hi-Force and I am delighted to accept these awards on behalf of our amazing team of employees worldwide.

“The company can only achieve continued success, in a highly challenging global market for UK manufacturers, with a team of dedicated, motivated and highly trained people and the awards 
won here tonight clearly reflect that we are getting it right.

“Congratulations to all the other award winners and finalists also, as clearly other businesses in Northamptonshire are getting it right too!”