Alderman Tooling wins the Howard Kennedy Employer of the Year at the National Business Awards 2017

Alderman Tooling was named the Howard Kennedy Employer of the Year at the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards gala dinner ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 14 November.

This award celebrates the organisations seeing the best return on investment in people, and recognises employee strategy that best attracts, retains and develops talent.

Founded in 1969 by Bill Alderman, Alderman Tooling is a bespoke metal fabricator based in Plymouth which still remains in family ownership and management. Alderman Tooling offers comprehensive metalwork design and fabrication services to diverse markets (retail, IT, industrial, automotive) throughout the South West and nationally.

The judging panel commented “Alderman stood out as the employer of the year as the business had a really thorough understanding of the skills its employees need – both now and in the future. The collaborative NVQ training is simply brilliant and not only benefits Alderman Employees, but other SMEs in the area. Karen’s work as a STEM ambassador is also strategically smart as it demonstrates the career path in these sectors and enables her to foster and encourage the next generation of employees.”


Executive Director, Irena Molloy
Alderman stood out as a business that has people at the heart of its business.  We saw a genuine and authentic desire to bring out the best in people, and could clearly see the impact that this had on the lives of the individuals and the success of the business.  My recommendation for the future?  Don’t change! As a business do what you need to do to grow, at the same time, don't lose the distinctive approach to people.  Congratulations from all of us at Howard Kennedy.
Executive Director, Irena Molloy

Over 1,200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel for the 16th annual National Business Awards, and together continued the celebration of the Best of British Ambition. The ceremony was welcomed by the recently knighted athlete Mo Farah CBE and the awards were presented by BBC Breakfasts Naga Munchetty.

The winners across all 16 categories included Missguided, which triumphed as the Amazon Digital Business of the Year, Concrete Canvas winner of the Samsung Innovation Award and Accesso, winner of the Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year.

For more information on the awards and the other finalists please visit the National Business Awards website.

About Howard Kennedy

About Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy has 53 partners and numbers 350 people in total and works alongside national and international clients across many disciplines, including banking, corporate and commercial, family, finance, employment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, private client, real estate and tax. Howard Kennedy has particular focus on the Financial Services, Media and Technology, Real Estate, Retail and Leisure, Sports Individuals sectors.


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