The award ceremony will take place on the 20th March 2014, at the Effingham Park Hotel, Gatwick, where comedian Tim Vine will present the awards at a sumptuous sell-out evening celebrating the best of the region’s businesses.
The Gatwick Diamond sub-region is a key economic area and home to a vast array of companies ranging from multi-nationals to sole traders. When considering companies to shortlist for the coveted awards, the judging panel were looking for businesses that show innovation and inspiration in their work and demonstrate a real commitment to the Gatwick Diamond area. The key to Vent-Axia’s entry was its noteworthy investment in ground breaking new products and its clear investment in the local region.
Jenny Smith, marketing services manager at Vent-Axia, said, ‘We’re delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for a prestigious Gatwick Diamond Business Award. Innovation is central to Vent-Axia’s culture so it truly reflects the spirit of our company and we’re thrilled that this has been recognised by industry peers.’
Located in the heart of the Gatwick Diamond sub-region in Crawley, West Sussex, Vent-Axia recently demonstrated its support to the Gatwick Diamond economy when, in January 2013, the company opened three new production assembly lines at its headquarters. It was a bold move reshoring manufacturing from China back to Britain with the relocation creating 35 new Crawley based jobs in a tough economic climate. Vent Axia also spent over £350,000 in tooling and buildings showing a clear investment in the local economy.
As well investing in the local economy Vent-Axia’s commitment to British manufacturing has seen the company further investing in UK logistics which has helped lower the embodied energy of products by reducing carbon emissions. A reduction in international shipping and flights has had a remarkable result – saving 15 tonnes of CO2 a year.