On behalf of their company, a team from Gripple Limited, the global, market-leading, employee-owned manufacturer of the iconic wire fastener, walked away with one of the major accolades in one of the UK’s most respected and largest annual awards programme.
In the Manufacturer MX Awards it was in the People and Skills category which most impressed the hand-picked, experienced judges, following a final presentation at Gripple’s Sheffield headquarters.
Gripple’s People & Culture team – an alternative to the traditional HR department – has grown from two to five in a year, to drive the company’s values-driven culture through learning and development.
Supported by leading industry sponsors, its headline sponsor Santander, the sought-after award scheme is in partnership with The Manufacturer and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Matt Rooney, engineering policy adviser at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: Manufacturing is one of the major drivers of our economy and, in order to remain so, the sector will need to adapt to a fast-changing technological landscape. Congratulations to all the winners.”
Katrina Ritchie, head of the People & Culture team: “This award means so much to the P&C team and I am proud of the them. However, it really recognises the passion and commitment of everyone at Gripple who understand that training and developing people to be the best they can is vital and will work hard to make Gripple a great place to work.
“The Gripple ‘spirit’ in essence means working together with respect and integrity and going the extra miles to make Gripple the best place to work and so successful.”
Photo caption: Members of Gripple’s People & Culture team who attended the awards’ presentation: l-r Ewa Smereka, Katrina Ritchie and Emma Hibbert.