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We’re proud to announce that RED Manufacturing has been selected as a finalist in a leading Greater Manchester business awards programme.

We’re shortlisted in the 2019 Oldham Business Awards for the category of Employer of the Year. The ultimate winner will be announced during the business awards ceremony on Friday, April 26, at Oldham’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The Oldham Business Awards are now in their 11th year and reputed to be one of the biggest business award events in Greater Manchester and the north-west of England, with almost 600 guests attending the annual ceremony.

The 2019 awards will be hosted by BBC news presenter Louise Minchin and ITV’s Caroline Whitmore.

Our Employer of the Year submission outlined RED Manufacturing’s main areas of work in bespoke joinery, cabinet-making, engineering and metal fabrication services to a variety of business clients in commercial and industrial sectors across Greater Manchester and the north of England.

The entry highlighted our company as a progressive employer, RED Manufacuring sets itself apart with its people focused ethos, we have a high performance team producing high quality bespoke products for customers across the UK. The company offers excellent career and training opportunities, with an innovative design, manufacturing, research and development culture.

RED’s Silver accreditation with Investors in People reflects its people values and we hope to achieve Gold status this year. We have also previously been awarded the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to work for.

Commenting on the shortlisting, RED Manufacturings Operations Director Matthew Wolfenden said: “We are delighted to be a finalist in the 2019 Oldham Business Awards. This is the first time we have entered these awards and we’re really looking forward to the ceremony and dinner at Oldham’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on April 26.

“We recently attended an Oldham Business Awards reception hosted by Innovative Technology, where the organisers announced this year’s finalists. It was an excellent night where we got the chance to meet some of the other 29 shortlisted businesses along with sponsors, judges and organisers. It was brilliant to see so many impressive businesses together who reflect a significant element of the Northern Powerhouse. Well done and good luck to all the finalists at the awards.”

RED Manufacturing at Oldham Business Award Launch

Matthew added: “Our awards entry explains how RED Manufacturing currently has 15 staff at our Oldham design and manufacturing base and as a growing business we are currently recruiting. Our staff-retention is very high, owing to our culture, the diverse and interesting nature of our work, multi-skilled roles, employee training, engagement and satisfaction. On average, our staff have been with the company for 12 years. RED’s reward and recognition scheme is our own creation and we believe the quarlerly and annual bonuses and rewards help drive engagement and performance .

“Because our business is enjoying good growth, we have exciting development plans and have recently been recruiting for extra positions - for a joiner, a welder and an apprentice. We believe in supporting the local community and always welcome enquiries from candidates across a range of ages, skills, experience and backgrounds, and will be looking at further recruitment drives.

“Skills are important and we place great emphasis on our staff gaining multiple skills, recruiting people who are a good fit for the business is crucial and we are flexible in our approach and the right people with the right values can soon learn the necessary skills.

“For example, one of our team had previously worked in a magistrates’ court and had spent all his past career in the public sector so had no relevant experience. He did however have ambition and a great attitude; quickly proving that he has the drive and aptitude to learn a complex and demanding role, he’s an excellent recruit!”

Other examples of RED Manufacturing’s staff development opportunities involves two semi-skilled joiners. We successfully placed them on an NVQ cabinet-making course with North Lancs Training and now they are multi-skilled.

Similarly, our production manager has great problem-solving skills, attitude and ethos. So, we offered him an operations management course which leads to a qualification equivalent to a university degree. These few examples show how we really do invest in our employees’ development.

Elsewhere in our Oldham Business Awards entry, we explain how our team leader system really empowers each department, enabling staff to be much more involved in managing their own departments. We also conduct regular one to ones and training reviews to identify the needs of each employee and explain how each employee impacts on our profit.

Furthermore, we have a target to establish ‘internal experts’. This is where we invst in our people learning about materials, technology and methods in an area outside of their role to enrich the indivviduals themselves and the company’s knowlefge pool.

Financially, staff are recognised and rewarded with quarterly and annual bonuses along with employee awards. Other activities for their benefit include healthy-eating, fitness, well-being and team activities such as cycling and running..

In parallel with our investment in recruitment and staff development, RED Manufacturing is investing in the latest manufacturing technology and upgrading our workplace facilities to make it an even more appealing place to work..

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