Monday, 23 January 2012

Sheffield Business Person of the Year 2011 - Winner

Local businessman, Roger Pearson, is celebrating his prestigious win as Sheffield’s Business Person of the Year, awarded to him last week.

Roger, 31, who is managing director of Sizer Ltd, won the coveted award at the Annual Sheffield Business Awards, held at Ponds Forge on 19 January.

The award, sponsored by Lupton Fawcett LLC, was awarded to Roger for driving significant growth for Sizer even in tough global economic conditions. In 2011 the company had an excellent year increasing sales of its pelleting equipment by 20% and in particular non-EU export sales by a staggering 85%.

In addition Roger set a strategy to pursue the biomass and recycling markets, promoting the concept of pelleting materials for energy purposes, improved handling and reduced transportation costs.

“It’s fantastic to be recognised by the Sheffield business community in this way, and it’s a privilege to have won this award”, Roger explains.

“We’ve created a company that people want to buy from, want to work for and want to be generally associated with which is great. What’s more is that it’s all wrapped around manufacturing quality engineered equipment from Sheffield and having a passion for pellets!”

Roger was also recognised for his continued contribution to promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in local schools, as well as being an active member of JCI Sheffield.

He was shortlisted alongside James Hinchcliffe of VOICE Group, and Louisa Harrison-Walker of Benchmark Recruit.

Sizer Ltd manufactures the Orbit pellet presses and associated spare parts at its facility in Rotherham. The company has roots back to the original pellet press patent from Richard Sizer Ltd in 1912 and now supplies equipment across the globe to various sectors including animal feed, biomass, food & drink and recycled materials.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Work-wise apprentice scheme success

A NEW initiative to prepare pupils from South Yorkshire schools for a career in engineering has been paying dividends. The Work-wise initiative has been hailed as “the ultimate job interview”.

It aims to give pupils a taste of working life and a better understanding of the skills they will need, while also showing them that apprenticeships could offer a far cheaper route to university qualifications.

Managing director Vince Middleton, who is a co founder of Work-wise, says manufacturers needed one route to enable them to engage with schools, provide meaningful work experience, assess the future employability of young people, and provide guidance where needed.

“The ‘hands on’ approach also helps equip young individuals with the skills and attitude necessary to get a job straight from school, living up to the Work-wise description as the ultimate interview,” said Mr Middleton.

Newburgh’s Work-wise successes include Ryan Froggatt and Adam Flood.

Adam (pictured above) now works for Newburgh’s Sizer Pelleting Solutions business and is currently studying for qualifications in mechanical maintenance. He said: “The Work-wise programme gave me hands on experience at the job and made me feel comfortable within the working environment.”

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