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Spiroflow at the double with Company of the Year Awards

Spiroflow Ltd is celebrating a double achievement after winning two Company of the Year Awards in a matter of months, adding the Food Processing magazine accolade in June 2015 to the prestigious SHAPA Company of the Year Award it was presented with earlier in the year.

The Lancashire business beat off incredibly strong competition for the SHAPA title – given to the UK organisation that has achieved the most in any category, relative to their size, by promoting best practice, setting aspirational industry standards and increasing sales.

No sooner had the dust settled on celebrations for this award when it was announced that readers of influential publication Food Processing magazine had voted for Spiroflow as their Company of the Year 2014, edging out the other finalists in a hotly-contested category.

Success for Spiroflow is nothing new. Sales have rocketed in recent years, with the company reporting a 35% increase between 2011 and 2014 and are on target for a further 20% increase in 2015. The company trades on a solid reputation in customised powder handling equipment. The gross profit has allowed for investment in infrastructure, namely IT, Health and Safety and training as well as taking on more staff.

Marketing Director Cathy Podevyn, says she’s thrilled with the awards: “It’s made me realise just how much we have achieved over the last three years. Good profits, steady sales growth (particularly exports), a solid and growing bank of key customers, and a new technology centre for testing and machine demonstration.”

She added: “Above all I am grateful to the strong team of long-serving colleagues who have made our success possible through good times and not so good, and for the young team that will propel us forward in the future.”

Spiroflow has experienced a busy year, with the opening of its new state-of-the-art technology centre, close to its head office in Clitheroe. Here Spiroflow is able to offer services which really make the company a cut above the rest. Clients can benefit enormously from Spiroflow’s unique powder characterisation and testing laboratory.

It actively encourages customers to use the fully equipped test centre before purchasing any of its Flexible Screw Conveyors, Aero Mechanical Conveyors, Tubular Cable and Chain Drag Conveyors, Vacuum Conveyors, Bulk Bag Dischargers, Bulk Bag Fillers or Ingredients Handling and Weighing Systems.

Whether equipment is required for efficiently conveying food ingredients such as flour, cereals and coffee granules or accurately controlling the flow of materials for the chemical and water treatment sectors, Spiroflow can reassure customers that the wide range of dust-tight systems that they can supply provide optimum performance and offer value for money.

As well as providing a comprehensive range of equipment and testing facilities, an outstanding level of customer service is part and parcel of the Spiroflow experience and is one of the reasons why companies in the food, chemicals and process industries return again and again to Spiroflow for their filling, discharging and conveying needs.

Recruiting graduates from universities in the area, Spiroflow provides opportunities for aspiring design engineers in the region as well as training a new generation of sales engineers, marketing and IT staff.

Cathy Podevyn says the intake is hugely beneficial for the company: “It’s one of the most rewarding aspects – the recruitment of young, energetic personnel. Their questioning minds, tenacity and fresh ideas have altered the dynamics of the company. They bring with them mind-blowing IT skills. We can now boast a team ready to take on the future with drive and confidence, with the support of experienced long-serving personnel.”

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