What More UK is proud to say it is a finalist in three categories of the Red Rose Awards 2016, organised annually by the county's acclaimed publisher Lancashire Business View. We have been shortlisted in the categories for Manufacturing Business Award, International Achievement Award and Large Business Award.
"We're absolutely thrilled to have made the final shortlist in three categories for these well-respected awards. We haven't really gone in for business awards in the past simply because it hasn't been on our radar, but as our business has grown and become more prominent and conspicuous we've been persuaded to get involved."
What More director Tony Grimshaw.
Established in 1999 in what Tony describes affectionately as "a Nissen hut on the outskirts of Accrington", What More began by producing a small range of plastic gardening products. But right from the start What More stuck rigidly to a model of reinvesting profit in the best machinery and the best people available to develop new products and build its product range. In that first year we achieved sales of £4.3 million ─ 16 years on and it is on target to hit sales of £50 million this year.
We now employ more than 230 people at our purpose-built 500,000 sq.ft manufacturing and distribution facility at Altham and our nearby head offices at Padiham We now manufacture more than 650 product lines in plastic housewares from storage boxes to plant pots, pet beds, washing up bowl, buckets and bins.
We have also diversified into manufacturing traditional brushes, brooms and our rapidly expanding range of Wham Cook non-stick and enamel bakeware, after buying tooling and machinery from renowned local company George Wilkinson to keep another British manufacturing industry from disappearing.
"We've invested more than £6 million in new machinery since 2014 and we spend around £2.5 million annually on new product development," added Tony Grimshaw. "It's an overused word, but we really are passionate about British manufacturing and its importance to the local, regional and national economy. Innovation and a quest for affordable excellence are what keep driving us forward."
Since 2007 we started exporting our Made in Britain products, and now in 2016 we have just added Sweden as our 64th country to our ever-growing list of export markets. We proudly hold the coveted Queen's Award for Industry in International Trade and one of our proudest achievements is turning the tide of international trade by exporting plastic goods to China and the Far East.
What More also supports the community that sustains it, backing a number of local good causes both as a company and through staff-led initiatives. Last year it became the major shareholder in iconic local football club Accrington Stanley, where it sponsors the ‘Wham Stadium'. Its investment freed the club from crippling debt and put it on a sound financial footing for the first time in a generation.
As well as winning awards, What More also supports them. This year it is sponsoring the Awards Ceremony in June for the inaugural Hyndburn Business Awards, promoting other new and established ventures in the borough where it has its own roots.
"We're up against some tough competition in the Red Rose Awards, but whatever the outcome at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on March 10th, we're proud to be part of it," said Tony Grimshaw.
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