We were honoured to be awarded the coveted 2019 Medium-Sized Exporter of the Year at the recent Irish Export Industry Awards, following a year of strong international growth for the company.
Over 500 export industry professionals, local and international dignitaries were in attendance at the Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards in Dublin on 8th November. The black-tie gala event, held at the National Convention Centre and now in its 19th year, recognises the achievements of Irish Exporters across 12 categories. With award entries from Innovators and Small & Emerging exporters to the Multinationals, from Life Sciences and Food & Drink Exporters to the Services and Technology Exporters.
In a year that saw one of the most competitive processes in the Awards’ history, we were delighted to be shortlisted for 2 awards, Medium-Sized Exporter of the Year and Private Irish Business of the Year.
Each category was presided over by a prestigious judging panel who took into account a number of key factors including product innovation, long-term sustainability, and the company’s strategic plan. Up against some tough competition from Hanley Energy, Hovione, Turmec Teoranta and William Grant & Sons Irish Brands, we were honoured to take home the award.
Joined by members of the team on the evening, it was Owner and CEO, Seamus Farrell who took to the stage to collect the award from category sponsor DHL.
“SF Engineering has experienced continued growth over the last year despite tough trading conditions. Through strong partnerships with leading food manufacturers, we have continued to design and develop process innovations that position the company strongly within this competitive industry. We would like to thank the Irish Exporters Association and Enterprise Ireland for their support.” Seamus Farrell.
Congratulations are extended to East Coast Bakehouse who was crowned overall 2019 Exporter of the Year on the night following their win of Small & Emerging Exporter of the Year in an earlier category.
Now in their fourth year, the SF Employee of the Year Awards are a great way for staff to recognise the contributions of fellow work colleagues. Colleagues who have made significant contributions in areas related to the improvement of quality, performance, growth of the business and customer satisfaction. Each year we call on our teams to nominate a fellow coworker who consistently exceeds job expectations and in their own way, upholds SF Core values of being: Professional, Competitive and Flexible.
This year the winner at our SF UK site was Jonny Browne, Proposal Engineer, followed closely behind by Steve Fossey. Jonny, who has been with the company for 2 years received the following praise from his colleagues:
Jonny has a very polite telephone manner, he is always willing to help others with extra work and nothing is too much trouble. Jonny’s standard of work is consistently high, this is reflected in the quality of proposals/drawings sent to customers. He takes great pride in his work and is exceptionally approachable and always willing to help/train other team members. Jonny is a great communicator with a positive attitude who always goes the extra mile.
Also, collecting their 10 Year Service Awards from CEO Seamus Farrell was Jim Meade, Design Engineer and Steve Fossey, Senior Designer. Retention of staff and employee satisfaction is important at SF and it’s great to celebrate an individual’s dedicated service within the business.
It was an outstanding triple win for the SF UK site at the Hunts Post Business Awards last night.
We are so proud of Martyn Rose, whose hard work, dedication and mentoring skills earnt him the Employee of the Year Award.
It was our commitment to the ongoing progression of our team that earnt us the Training & Development Award.
And to top the evening off we were credited with the Overall Business of the Year Award which we are truly honoured to receive. Well done team and congratulations to all the other winners and finalists, what a great night.
We are very proud to have been awarded The Customer Excellence Award by the Sligo Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to all the team in SF Grange, this award is a true testament to all your hard work and a reflection of our brand’s commitment to consistently deliver excellent customer service. We would also like to thank Sligo Chamber of commerce and our competitors in our category Sligo office supplies and Radisson Sligo.
Winner of the Young Manager of the Year, Holly Miles, Dunbia
Congratulations to Holly Miles from Dunbia who was awarded the prestigious ‘Young Manager of the Year’ honour at the recent Meat Management Industry Awards.
The award was presented on the night by Richard Smith, General Manager at SF in front of over 400 guests, ranging from meat manufacturers, supermarkets, industry suppliers, trade organisations, equipment manufactures, training providors, catering butchers and independent retailers. The glittering celebratory dinner at Hilton Birmingham Metropole, was co-hosted by British magician and TV presenter Ben Hanlin and rounded off with a after-party with top band The Talent.
‘It is always an honour for SF to partner this award, as young talant is the future of this industry and the awards are a great celebration of the UK meat sector.’ States Richard Smith. ‘Contratulations to all the finalists and Holly Miles the winner’.
Finalists of The Young Manager of the Year Awards Photo Credit: Meat Management
The 2018 winners were:
The Catering Butcher Award: Aubrey Allen Limited
Best Trade Organisation: The Worshipful Company of Butchers
Best Online Business: Anderton’s Ribble Valley Butchers
Best Equipment / Machinery Supplier: Urschel International Limited
Training Scheme of the Year: Food & Drink Training & Education Council – Butchery Trailblazer Apprentice Scheme
Young Manager of the Year: Holly Miles – Dunbia
Britain’s Best Butchers Shop: Archer’s Butchers, Norwich
Supermarket /Multiple Meat Retailer of the Year: Marks & Spencer plc
Britain’s Best Sausage Award: Country Special Sausage – Owen Taylor & Sons
Britain’s Best Burger: Waitrose Easy To Cook Smoky Beef Burgers with Monterey Jack Cheese, Bourbon Sauce & Mini Waffles – Walkers Sausage Co
Britain’s Best Meat Pie: Pork Farms Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – Addo Food Group