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BUSINESS REPORT


BUSINESS REPORT


Businesses across the county are being urged to put themselves forward for the 2019 Northamptonshire Business Awards. The awards opened in February and


businesses have until Friday 10 May, to enter and be in with a chance of winning the top award of Business of the Year which comes with a £10,000 cash prize. Nine category award winners


NORTHAMPTONSHIRE CHAMBER keeps its members up to date with all the latest business news. Whether it’s through the pages of this magazine, via our website or by regular email updates, we will always endeavour to keep you in the picture and informed


COULD YOU BE NEXT?


HAMPTON EXPANDS WITH ACQUISITION


The manufacture of painted wire fencing under the Tinsley Green, Rylock and Sentinel brands is to remain in the UK. Under an agreement signed in February


between Hampton Steel and Betafence, the green paint line in the Shepcote Lane factory in Sheffield will be dismantled and rebuilt in Hampton’s factory in Sanders Road, Wellingborough. The acquisition of this facility by Hampton


Last year’s winners


will also receive £1,000 of marketing support from Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and could be eligible for the regional and national finals of the British Chambers of Commerce’s Chamber Business Awards. Northamptonshire Chamber chief executive


‘THE FEEDBACK FROM LAST YEAR WAS INCREDIBLE’


everyone involved last year was incredible and we were delighted to see county winners go on to have success at the regional and national finals of the Chamber Business Awards. “It was fantastic recognition of the high calibre of businesses that we have in Northamptonshire and we can’t wait to see this year’s entries. “I’d like to thank everyone


who is involved in the awards, especially all our sponsors, including Wilson Browne Solicitors who are our headline sponsors for the second


consecutive year.” The Northamptonshire Business Awards


Paul Griffiths said: “We are thrilled to have opened the Northamptonshire Business Awards for the second year in a row. The feedback we had from


will culminate with an awards ceremony and dinner on 5 September at Park Inn Northampton.


Visit: www.northants-chamber.co.uk/awards AWARD FOR MODIFIER’S LATEST LUXURY KIT


An independent modifier that is creating exciting new looks for the hottest luxury sports utility vehicles has won an award for its most complex kit to date. Urban Automotive Ltd displayed its new


Urban 700s at the Performance Car Show at Birmingham’s NEC and earned the Best Launch at Autosport International 2019 award. The award was fantastic recognition for the


The Urban 700s


firm and its new kit which is based on the 2018 G-Wagon and features 35 complex components. Distribution and export manager Adam Sheppard said: “We were really excited to put our own stamp on this brand new vehicle.


“There was a lot of hard work involved from


all the team and it took three months to complete this particularly complex kit. “It was a long haul but we were thrilled to


launch it at the Performance Car Show and we were delighted and surprised to win the award. “To get such a fantastic honour at such a big


show is a huge accolade for the whole team and it recognises all the effort that has gone into producing the Urban 700s. “We had great feedback about the kit at the


show and the response we’ve had on social media has been phenomenal.”


Visit: www.urban-automotive.co.uk APRIL/MAY 2019 inbusiness 5


will enable the continuing production of premium green painted products in hinge- joint and fixed knot fencing, barbed wire and related products under these well-known brands, thereby creating sustainable and environmentally friendly products for its customers in the agricultural and forestry sectors in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The line, which was installed in Sheffield


in February 2018, joins Hampton’s state of the art wire weaving machinery at the Wellingborough factory in Sanders Road whilst Hampton’s innovative VERSALOK FENCE POST will continue to be produced at the nearby London Road site. “We are delighted with this acquisition,”


said Mark Johnson, Hampton’s managing director. “It enables us to maintain and extend our reputation for high quality and premium products demanded by our customers.”


Visit: www.hamptonsteel.co.uk Hampton’s factory in Wellingborough


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