Excellence in Business Awards: Honour for company that engineered culture change

14 October 2015.......  Joanna Robinson of Mansfield Pollard recieves the Employer of the Year award from Archbishop Dr John Sentamu and Justin Webb at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business awards at The Queens Hotel  in Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson
14 October 2015....... Joanna Robinson of Mansfield Pollard recieves the Employer of the Year award from Archbishop Dr John Sentamu and Justin Webb at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business awards at The Queens Hotel in Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson
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Award-winning engineering business Mansfield Pollard is leading the way in encouraging more women into the engineering industry.

The Bradford-based business, which provides air management solutions for buildings and data centres, won Outstanding Employer of the Year at this year’s Excellence in Business awards.

Joanna Robinson, managing director of Mansfield Pollard, said the business has been through great cultural changes under her leadership.

She said: “We’ve just changed the culture within our business and it’s still changing.

“We’ve moved from an old fashioned engineering family run business to having a lady in charge and thinking about the employees in a different way.

“I see them as assets and we want to look after our assets.”

The change in culture has seen Mansfield Pollard, who beat off strong competition from YESSS Electrical and Kings Security Systems Ltd to triumph, reap the rewards.

Ms Robinson said: “We grew by a third in our last financial year and became more profitable as well. Staff engagement, we feel, leads to better results.”

Each of the 160 staff working within the company are encouraged to participate in learning and development programmes to help them fulfil their professional potential and develop the capabilities of the business. Spending on learning and development has increased seven fold over the last three years.

While Ms Robinson is proud to be an example for other women who aspire to careers in engineering, she said she wants her business to encourage more women into the industry.

She said: “One of the things we’d like to do is attract more women into engineering, because I like the idea of diversity within a business.

“Women in engineering is something that is needed not just in my business but all across manufacturing and engineering.

“It’s great for me to receive awards like this because it puts women within an engineering business in the spotlight, which I think is important.”

Mansfield Pollard has been going in Bradford and the firm reiterated its desire to continue operating in the city.

“We see ourselves always staying within Bradford because we have been in Bradford for nearly 150 years,” said Ms Robinson.

The managing director described the feeling of triumph at the awards as “amazing”.

She added: “We really, really didn’t expect that.

“We’re quite a small company in comparison to some of the other businesses so it was real surprise to be honest.”

Ms Robinson said she felt really pleased for the recognition it brought the team which she had put together at Mansfield Pollard.

The judges said Mansfield Pollard had been brave in changing the focus of its business.

The Outstanding Employer of the Year category was sponsored by University of Bradford’s School of Management.