Fernite of Sheffield Ltd has been shortlisted for a prestigious Sheffield Business Award.
Organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, the Sheffield Business Awards recognise exceptional local businesses of all sizes and from a wide range of sectors across Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
Fernite has been nominated for the Wake Smith Excellence in Manufacturing Award, which is awarded for exceptional standards, investment and innovation in the manufacturing sector.
Founded in 1832 Fernite have developed a world class reputation as a producer of machine knives, and supply world leading brands with high quality knives for use in the food, packaging, recycling print and paper industries. Every Fernite product is manufactured in Sheffield.
Over the past twelve months, Fernite have carried out a significant programme of investment both in technological improvements and by expanding and upskilling the workforce. This has included taking on two apprentices trained at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which is renowned for delivering outstanding specialist training for young people seeking a career in the manufacturing sector.
Fernite Managing Director, James Kitching at the AMRC with apprentice Jacob Moss
Managing Director James Kitching said:-
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious business awards in the region. In such a competitive field it is fantastic news for Fernite that we have made the cut.
“The nomination comes in a year in which we have made significant investment both in our technology and our team. This programme of investment is enabling us to not only increase productivity and efficiency in the factory, but also offer our customers a responsive and friendly service, tailored to their individual needs – something which I feel proudly sets us apart from the competition.
In a challenging and competitive market, Fernite are continuing to grow and we’re continuing to aim high. My aim is for our business to be our customers’ favourite supplier and that’s a vision shared across the whole company.
We proudly fly the flag for the Sheffield manufacturing industry both in the UK and abroad. It’s great news for the whole team that we’ve been recognised in our home city with this prestigious nomination. “
The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted at Ponds Forge on Thursday 7th December.