ATG Access has been crowned the Manufacturing Company of the Year at the Insider Magazine’s annual “Made in the North West Awards.”
The company, which makes security bollards and vehicle barrier systems, took the main award on a glittering night designed to showcase the region’s manufacturing strengths. Held at the Park Royal Hotel in Warrington, the evening featured keynote addresses from EEF regional director Darrell Matthews and John Rogers, managing director of International Safety Products. Chris Maguire, editor of North West Business Insider, said: “Our economy has coughed and spluttered back into life and the medicine is manufacturing. The North West is leading the way when it comes to making things and the list of shortlisted and winning companies demonstrates we’re getting better at it and we’re exporting our products across the world.”
Other finalists included GJD Manufacturing, Jaguar LandroverGroup, Meltech Group, Plastic Card Services and Precision Polymer Engineering. ATG Access won the accolade due to “putting the North West region back on the map.”
ATG Access has continued to have great success in both the national and international market during the 2012-13 period. Having won the largest security bollard tender to date, supplying the New Doha International Airport; ATG Access have sent several teams of engineers to commission the site once installed and train the onsite security staff prior to hand over. Other large projects have varied hugely in scope from a local project to control traffic flow in and out of the new St Peter’s Square development in Manchester to over 80 high security road blockers supplied to an undisclosed project in Saudi Arabia. Projects continue in Qatar also with the first phase of the Heart of Doha project won with many other having been quoted. New markets include Brazil where we have just announced a new manufacturing facility, Russia where we held a hostile vehicle mitigation seminar to VIP contacts and Nigeria where we received our first order for surface mounted blockers to protect a financial facility. The company is going from strength to strength within the North West region.
Due to ATG Access’s increase in export sales and product sales over the last year, the North West region has benefitted through increased supplier orders, fabrication work and also specialist engineering work. Further value has been brought to the North West as ATG Access works very closely with local universities and colleges to bring interns into the business such as the Manchester Business School every year to complete final year projects to provide students with a live business to work with and build their commercial experience. The projects they undertake equip the business with the knowledge it may need in years to come, helping them understand markets and product gaps and exploit opportunities in the future. The company also works with apprenticeships in the North West. One of our budding young project managers started with ATG Access as an electrical apprentice as did our UK High Security Sales Manager who was responsible for the Olympic Games 2012 project. Our recent success has also allowed us to contribute to a variety of North West charities and also sponsor local sports teams. We have even attracted visitors to the region such as a royal visitor – HRH Prince Charles, various international military bodies and even appeared on BBC Breakfast News discussing the buoyant export market outside of the EU. Promoting the North West region as a hub of manufacturing and export innovation.
ATG Access will now go through to the Insider Made in the UK Awards, to be held at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool in July 2014.