PVC-U extrusion company, HL Plastics, creator of the Liniar system, has been awarded the top accolade at a gala dinner celebrating local businesses in Derby.
550 guests representing companies from around the Derbyshire region gathered for a sparkling gala dinner and awards ceremony in June.
13 awards were up for grabs on the night, with HL shortlisted as one of the final three for the main award – Company of the Year 2014.
The judging process was carried out by award sponsor, Derby College, which reviewed all the entries before deciding on the three finalists.
“The standard of the entries was extremely high,” commented April Hayhurst, Derby College’s business development director (shown congratulating the winning team on its award), “and it was a really tough job to decide on a winner. But we were really impressed by HL’s story – it’s great that a local company is so forward thinking, together with offering students opportunities within the manufacturing sector through apprenticeships and innovation.”
The delighted Liniar team, led by managing director, Roger Hartshorn, collected its award from TV presenters Paul Ross and Anne Davies.
Roger paid tribute to the company as a whole, saying: “We’re celebrating our 40th birthday as a firm this year – and we couldn’t have achieved this success without the great team we have at HL, so this award is for them!”