Aico has retained its Company of the Year title at this year’s Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, as well as taking home the awards for Sustainability and Young Business Person of the year.
The Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards recognise successful businesses in the county. This year, Aico were shortlisted for a record-breaking six awards and won three, becoming the first company in the awards 22-year history to retain the Company of the Year award and only the third company to win the top award more than once. The previous awards ceremony was carried out virtually due to the pandemic, so in this year’s ceremony Aico was invited on stage to collect its previous title and were then delighted to take home the accolade again for 2022 at the end of the night.
Aico’s wins began with Samuel Marston, Aico’s Product Development Executive taking the Young Business Person of the Year award in a particularly strong category. Samuel, who joined Aico at 18 years old as a level three Infrastructure Technician Apprentice has since flourished, earning an EDA Gold Circle before being promoted to his full time Product Development Executive role. Seeking continuous improvement, Samuel is now working on his level four Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship. Samuel also enjoys supporting Aico’s CSR programme, Aico in the Community, through supporting local education in his role as a STEM ambassador.
Aico also took home the award for Sustainability, which celebrates companies that have gone the extra mile to lower their carbon footprint. Aico have pledged to reach its net zero goal by 2030 and are continuously looking for innovative ways to cut its carbon footprint. Aico has not only made huge progress in cutting its product waste over previous years, but it has also massively extended its photovoltaic system, added 10 new EV charging points to its headquarters and are near completion of changing its entire company fleet of vehicles to hybrid/electric vehicles.
Managing Director, Neal Hooper comments “What an honour it is to become Company of the Year for the second time in a row. We are a strong company of good people living our values on a day-to-day basis, I am delighted for all my colleagues for this recognition. Thank you to the Shropshire Chamber for an amazing evening of celebration, well done to Samuel and all our fellow winners”.
Product Development Executive, Samuel Marston, who won the Young Business Person award adds “I was honoured to have been awarded the Young Business Person Award. Many thanks to all those involved, especially all my Aico colleagues for supporting me, who have been a real credit. Well done to everyone else shortlisted in my category which had some really tough competition this year.”