Mechanical seal specialist Aesseal has beaten a shortlist of top companies to win an inaugural award created by the City of London to honour firms who encourage trust in business.
The Rotherham-based company, which exports worldwide, was named the inaugural Business of Trust Champion – a new award launched by the City of London Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman, as part of mayor’s annual Dragon Awards.
The shortlist for the trophy – that honours companies that create a legacy of better business trusted by the public – included a global investment management corporation, international communications company and a major retail bank.
Managing director of Aesseal, Chris Rea, said: “Our company ethos since 1979 has been to develop, support and value our staff, from our newest apprentices to our world-class engineers and innovators.
“We provide a powerful role model, particularly to younger companies and SMEs, by sharing the Aesseal story of integrity, ethics and care for its people and the wider community. I am particularly delighted to see the efforts of my brilliant colleagues rewarded by being named Business of Trust Champion, as all the other finalists are such high calibre businesses.”
The mayor said that the City of London – which comprises the ‘Square Mile’ of the capital’s financial hub and is governed separately by the Corporation of London – needed to recognise and celebrate the innovative work that firms are doing within their responsible business initiatives.
“It’s no longer simply about engaging with local communities. It is about benefiting workforces and creating a better and fairer society,” he added.
Aesseal has won eight awards so far this year. The other seven include:
Lifetime Achievement Award in the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association (BPMA) Pump Industry Awards for MD Chris Rea
Award for International Trade in at TheBusinessDesk.com’s Yorkshire Business Masters Awards 2018
Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Award in the Made in Sheffield (MiS) Awards
Princess Royal Training Award for outstanding training and development
Apprentice of the Year, Derby College Peak Awards and Apprentice of the Year in the East Midlands Enterprising Women Awards won by Amber Nicholson
Rotherham Apprentice of the Year Award won by Ryan Morris
Rotherham Advanced Apprentice of the Year award Nathan Wall
Photo: City of London Lord Mayor Charles Bowman, centre, with Chris Rea and Gary Mills of Aesseal