NATIONAL BUSINESS 2014
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NATIONAL BUSINESS 2014
Steelite International claims the title of ‘The Employer of the Year’ at The National Business
Steelite International is today celebrating its success in winning the prestigious award and
equally coveted title of ‘Employer of the Year’. The judges called Steelite International an
‘outstanding employer’ whose ‘practices reach beyond the workplace’. Its ‘holistic approach
is transforming a traditional industry, giving it a fresh image, and improving lives in a highly
challenging environment.’ The award celebrates organisations seeing the best return on an
investment in people; recognising the employee strategy that best attracts, retains and
develops talent – and how it contributes to sustainable growth and being an employer of
A cross section of the Middleport manufacturer’s workforce (including ex-apprentices and
long-serving employees who have, between them, dedicated over 150 years to the
business) attended the thirteenth National Business Awards gala dinner on 11 November at
the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London along with over 1200 business and thought
After the initial application process earlier in the year, Steelite International was invited to
present to an expert judging panel with over 150 of Britain’s leading businesses, business
leaders and social enterprises - all revealed as finalists for the 2014 National Business
Awards and subsequently went up against nine other companies (other winners at the
ceremony include Sainsbury’s, Ikea and ITV) in pursuit of the highly regarded award.
The Prime Minister opened proceedings at the ceremony with a message for all finalists,
telling the audience: “I want to send my best wishes to everyone at the National Business
Awards and to thank all of those who have been shortlisted because [...] you are creating
the growth and jobs that are turning this country around.”
“As these awards show, you’re not just helping to give families security and stability - you’re
helping society by encouraging citizenship among employees; helping the environment [...]
and helping make everyone’s day a little better by putting customer service at the forefront
of what you do”.
Alex Evans, Programme Director for the National Business Awards said: “It’s always
fascinating to see who will emerge victorious with such diverse and strong competition
across all of our Award categories. Showing that any type and size of organisation can win a
National Business Award. This year’s winners demonstrate the value of continually investing
in people, innovation and customer service - also proving the business case for sustainability
and corporate citizenship.”
The group's HR Director Wendy Dean said: "Winning this award is testament to everybody
within the business and we're all absolutely delighted.
"It's brilliant that we are able to showcase Stoke-On-Trent and our commitment to the
resurgence in manufacturing and the ceramic industry in Britain.
“Our ‘Stepping up to the Plate’ programme encapsulates our core values and makes them
real. We have a workforce that have been through an amazing journey and this award is
dedicated to them.”
“Having the title of Employer of the Year, 2014 emphasises exactly what Steelite
International is about - we will continue to fly the flag for ‘Made in Britain’ across the globe
while maintaining a commitment to manufacturing here in Stoke-on-Trent - creating more
jobs and continuing to invest in the regeneration of our city.”
For media queries, please contact Sophie Attwood at Steelite International on 01782
829393 or 07771856484.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Steelite International:
Steelite International is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of award-winning,
inspirational table top ranges for the international hospitality industry.
It is the owner of iconic fine bone china company Royal Crown Derby, following its
acquisition in December 2012.
Established in its current form in 1983, Steelite International has industry roots which
span more than 100 years.
Steelite International is a privately owned company which employs more than 1000
people in the UK and at Royal Crown Derby as well as 100 employees overseas.
The company’s Mission Statement is: "To be the hospitality industry's preferred choice
for table top products, achieved through the combination of inspirational design,
excellent quality and outstanding service whilst minimising our environmental impact".
The company’s core chinaware products are manufactured at its factory in Stoke-on-
Trent – one of the most modern and efficient production units in the world. Up to half a
million pieces of ware are made every week.
Steelite trades with more than 140 countries across the globe and its products are the
favoured brand of hotel chains such as Hilton and Four Seasons as well as food
operations as diverse as the MOD, Whitbread and Little Chef.
Steelite International’s business spans a number of industry sectors including
commercial catering, ranging from staff restaurants and retirement homes to contract
caterers and cruise lines; and the leisure and hospitality market including restaurants,
casinos and hotels.
The company has a retail outlet ‘Perfect Setting by Steelite International’ at Trentham
Shopping Village, Staffordshire.
Visit www.steelite.com for further information or follow us on Twitter @steeliteuk
About National Business Awards:
About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards
is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular
emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its 13th year, the National
Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-
round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme.
Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter