Huddersfield based Hewitt & Booth, a bespoke manufacturer of pipe cleaners for a variety of specialist industries has been awarded the Business of the Month prize for June.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Hewitt & Booth is part of the John Brierley Group, an established textile business started by the current owner’s great grandfather.
Previously they specialised in manufacturing smokers pipe cleaners which at the time was a very large market. As this sector has declined over recent years, the company has had to develop new markets and now operates in many different specialist areas including medical, engineering, laboratories, craft, sports, gardening and textiles. The craft market is the largest by turnover closely followed by the medical industry.
The judges were impressed by recent strategic development plans which have been put into place to help drive the business forward including a business merger, on-going training on a range of lean manufacturing techniques for all staff, recruitment of sales and marketing personnel and the launch of a new website and associated branding. Coupled with them being market leaders in their field and the only one in the UK, they can offer turnaround times which are around a third quicker than all of their overseas competitors.
Managing Director Viv Jebson said ”We are thrilled to bits to have won the Business of the Month award, it’s great recognition for the abilities of the fantastic employees in this business to adapt to change as Hewitt and Booth has reinvented itself over time”.
The Business of the Month award is run in association with Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and UKTI. It is open to firms in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
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