Lancaster firm cleans up at top business awards ceremony

The Connect 2 Cleanrooms team collecting its Change for Growth Award at the BIBAs 2013
The Connect 2 Cleanrooms team collecting its Change for Growth Award at the BIBAs 2013

An innovative Lancaster company is celebrating after scooping an accoldade for the way it has developed the business.

Connect 2 Cleanrooms won the Change for Growth award at the BIBAs (Be Inspired Business Awards) and was shortlisted in another two categories - Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year.

The awards, organised by the North West Chamber of Commerce, seek to recognise the variety of business achievements in the region.

Bosses said the award was a ‘highlight of the year’ for the firm, which designs and manufactures hard and soft wall cleanrooms for critical environments and sells equipment to the cleanroom industry.

Managing director Joe Govier said: “Change with growth is inevitable, however when reflecting on our business and discussing business development with peers, ‘resistance to change’ is frequently hailed as the biggest barrier to growth.

“Here we are, receiving an award for embracing what all businesses collectively recognise as one of the biggest business challenges.

“I would like to thank customers, suppliers and my team for embracing change and for the support we have received to date, as we look forward to the opportunities to come.

“All the groundwork has been put in place to make the transition from a small company to a big player in the cleanroom market and this award is in recognition of the company’s drive and ambition.”

In December, the company left its premises at Kirkby Lonsdale to move to a 10,000 square feet site at Forge Lane, Halton, from where its products are shipped all over the world.

Bosses said the closer proximity to Lancaster would help the business widen its recruitment base and bring benefits from being close to the city’s university.

Over the last year, the company has also taken on more staff, with an expanding workforce now including a quality manager, finance manager, European project manager and several business development coordinators.

It has reported growth every year since its launch 11 years ago and, since its relocation, plans to develop its product range and expand its local and international markets.

An increase in new technologies means the cleanroom market is forecast to grow, giving the firm greater potential.

The awards ceremony was held at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom. The firm received its accolade from TV’s Eamonn Holmes.