The management team was delighted that Bateman Groundworks was shortlisted in the final three entries of two categories of the Eastern Daily Press Business Awards in November.
It was the first time the company had entered any awards, so it was pleased to be selected to the top companies in the categories of Investing in Future Growth and Corporate Social Responsibility from more than 200 entries across all awards.
The theme of the 2016 awards was growth, with an emphasis on the companies and sectors which will provide the jobs, wealth and opportunities for the future.
Commercial director Jason Ramsey and production manager Lewis Nicholas and a team attended the awards, hosted by the BBC’s Stewart White.
The calibre of the entries was agreed by the judges to be impressively high, said EDP Business editor Mark Shields.
“So each business shortlisted on the night can be proud of its achievements.
The shortlisted companies “show there is a great cause for optimism within our region’s economy.”
Bateman Groundworks missed put on the trophy in each categories but we delighted to have been selected for the final three against such tough completion.
The process, involving judges’ visits to head office, was useful because it encouraged the management team to look at the company and its plans in a different way, Jason Ramsey said.
The judges’ comments of the Investing in Future Growth category said: “For 19 years, Bateman Groundworks has grown continuously as a result of its ability to deliver for its long-term national home-builder customers. The last few years have seen a new programme of investment in staff, training and communications as well as investment in machinery and premises.
A clear vision of its long-term goals and strategy, backed by impressive turnover and profit growth, makes Bateman a fine example of a finalist in this category.”
In the Corporate Social Responsibility category, the judges said: “the leadership team at Bateman Groundworks articulated clearly how they have developed a culture in the business that has the best interests of staff at the very centre.
“They are committed to delivering a high quality product while protecting the health, safety and welfare of employees through the implementation of a leadership and worker involvement toolkit.”