Next stop national final as Naylor Industries takes regional Global Connections award

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MANUFACTURING firm Naylor Industries has been named best Mid-Market Enterprise in the North and Scotland.

The Barnsley-based firm, which manufactures building and construction products for the chemical drainage and trenches markets, was crowned a regional winner at the HSBC Global Connections awards ceremony.

Naylor is a fourth generation family business founded in 1890.

It employs over 220 people at factories in Yorkshire, Fife and the West Midlands, and generates a turnover in excess of £30m.

Its products have been used on every continent and in 49 different countries.

Chief executive Edward Naylor said: “For once, I’m absolutely speechless. The whole workforce has contributed to this award and everyone will be really proud.

“The financial rewards will enable us to further speed our growth in our three priority markets – Indonesia, the Philippines and Mexico.”

Other regional winners included Endura, based in West Lothian, and Andrew James, based in Durham, which picked up awards in the SME category.

The companies received their awards at a ceremony held at The Monastery in Manchester.

They will now go on to compete in the national final, along with 12 other businesses from across the UK.

The HSBC Global Connections initiative was founded on the belief that expansion and success for UK businesses is likely to come to those that venture beyond their home territories and take their products and services into the growth markets of the future.

The winning businesses recently joined other regional finalists on an HSBC International Exchange visit to Turkey to look at opportunities and develop links with local businesses.

In addition to the international exchange, the winning businesses can gain access to lending facilities up to £6m, linked to a financial reward of up to £120,000.

David Beaty, regional director for HSBC Commercial Banking in the North & Scotland, said: “All the SMEs in the final have overcome challenges. All of them really invest for the future and invest in their people.”

Alison McGregor, regional director of corporate banking, UK North, added: “The MME judges were looking for passion, innovation and sustainability.”