VEKA comes to the four on Burnley Business Awards shortlist

April 9, 2019

Major local employer and proud Burnley manufacturer VEKA Group has been shortlisted in four categories of the upcoming Burnley Business Awards!

The Farrington Road-based company is part of a family-owned global group and produces high quality uPVC profile for the window and door industry. VEKA Group is no stranger to these Awards having, in recent years, been named ‘Business of the Year’ twice in a row, and ‘Employer of the Year’ at the most recent BBA event.

The nominations come just weeks after VEKA Group was crowned ‘Manufacturing Company of the Year’ at the region’s prestigious Red Rose Awards.

2019 sees VEKA Group shortlisted for ‘Manufacturing Excellence’, ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Burnley Business of the Year’ while hard-working Junior Operations Manager Khaleel Mahmood is a finalist in the ‘Young Employee of the Year’ category.

Head of HR Gabriela Hammond says: “VEKA Group is proud to contribute so significantly to the business community of our hometown. We’re delighted to be shortlisted in so many categories at the Burnley Business Awards; it’s always a pleasure to be recognised for our continuing hard work.

“Our ‘Manufacturing Excellence’ nomination comes thanks to our constant commitment to quality UK manufacturing, innovation in product development and an exceptional standard of customer service, including a 99.3% ‘on time in full’ performance figure. We’re also committed to reducing waste and energy consumption: 2018 alone saw enough energy saved to power 750 average houses for a full year!

“We made the shortlist for ‘Employer of the Year’ because we believe that our people are our most valuable asset, they keep the company going and growing. We strive to find the perfect person for every role, and then we work hard to keep them! We nurture a positive culture that we call VEKA SPIRIT and we’re proud to invest in all the training and development our teams could want, asking ‘what do you want to be doing in 12 months, how do we get there and what development do you need?’

“Visitors to our factory are often surprised to find that it spans over 400,000 sq. ft and two postcodes, and employs 380 people (87% of whom live within the BB postcode). We’re committed to making sure all employees enjoy the ideal work/life balance and, as a result, VEKA Group is well known for staff loyalty.

“Our entry for Burnley’s ‘Business of the Year’ detailed how, despite a very challenging market we have invested millions into our business, shared our profit with employees, increased our employee number by almost 10% and made our business smarter, leaner and more efficient, meaning that we can predict healthy growth in both turnover and profits for 2019.

“We’re proud to support charities and local organisations and, over the last two years, VEKA Group has raised or donated over £86,000. We’ve cycled, baked, run, painted, transformed a dilapidated bus into a children’s library, helped open a community kitchen, and slept out at Turf Moor, to name just a few of our activities!

“The fourth of our nominations is for ‘Young Employee of the Year’ Khaleel Mahmood. Since joining VEKA Group just less than two years ago, Khaleel has been instrumental in a host of initiatives and projects that have helped us become safer, more efficient and more profitable. This exceptionally hard-working young man, who we are preparing to be a future leader within the company, has proven himself invaluable in at least four different departments during his short time with us so far, and he’s been described as a ‘huge asset to the business’.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating a great night with other hard-working businesses in the stunning surroundings of Towneley Hall on June 20th and we’d like to thank employees, customers and friends for their continued support. Best of luck to all our fellow nominees!”

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