PA Win Knutsford Growth Award

Knutsford company takes home two Golds at prestigious regional business awards

Packaging Automation, a Knutsford based manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling equipment has won regional recognition at this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

Packaging Automation, which employs 116 staff, won the Business Growth Award, which is given in recognition of a company delivering dynamic business growth through a consistent growth strategy.

The company also won the Developing People Award, sponsored by Jonathan Lee Recruitment. This award recognises the manufacturer that has done the most to build skills, harness talent and develop its employees.

Packaging Automation was up against stiff competition from a range of innovative businesses - small and large - from across the region. It was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics.

With the regional titles now secured, Packaging Automation will now go on to compete for the national titles at an awards gala dinner in London in January next year.

Sam Ashton Commercial Director at Packaging Automation, says: “Every business aims to grow, but it requires a defined strategy to achieve this. These awards are testament to our hard working team who have been essential to delivering our growth plans and ensuring we go from strength-to-strength. It’s fantastic to get this far and now we’re all looking forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against the rest of the UK.”

Jonathan Lee, Chairman at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, says: “People are critical to the success of any business. As the UK manufacturing sector continues to make a global impact, there has never been a more important time to develop and foster the skills of employees to remain at the forefront of innovation, particularly as the industry faces a skills shortage. Doing so is essential for any company wishing to stay competitive. Packaging Automation fully deserves these awards for the fantastic work that they do in nurturing their employee’s skills. We wish them the best of luck in the national finals.”

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Alex Block: Tel 0207 654 1515, email

Notes to editors:
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