Knutsford manufacturer takes gold at national business awards | Knutsford Times

Knutsford manufacturer takes gold at national business awards

By on February 11, 2018

Packaging Automation, a Knutsford-based manufacturer, has been crowned national champion at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards held in London last week.

Packaging Automation, a leading manufacturer of highly flexible, resource-efficient packaging machines, was named national champion for the Business Growth Award, which is given in recognition of a company delivering dynamic business growth through a consistent growth strategy.

Packaging Automation was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics and were up against tough competition from a range of dynamic businesses, small and large, from across the UK.

Judges were impressed with their story of how they went from the brink of collapse to a fantastic success, requiring numerous tough decisions along the way.

On top of this success Packaging Automation was named runner-up for the Developing People Award, for the manufacturer that has done the most to build skills, harness talent and develop its employees.

Samantha Ashton, Commercial Director at Packaging Automation, said: “We are always trying to innovate and push ahead with new ideas, so to win this award and to have our success recognised is a great accomplishment and a well-deserved complement to our team. This truly gives our business growth strategy the seal of approval. We hope our success will inspire other manufacturers and encourage them to share their achievements”

Stephen Phipson, CEO at EEF, added: “Business growth is critical to the success of companies, local communities and the UK as a whole. Packaging Automation is a great example of a company that has seized the initiative, created its own opportunities and has grown stronger and more resilient as a result. This is justly deserved and we wish Packaging Automation continued growth success in the future.”

For more information about the awards visit:

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Real Time Analytics