Rail Operator is a Winner Four Times Over

A rail operator has been honoured four times in the North of England Excellence Awards 2013. First TransPennine Express won Special Awards for Sustainability, High Growth, Leadership and Learning & Development. 

Assessors were impressed by the companys commitment to sustainability projects, particularly the Green GrantsScheme operated in partnership with the Forestry Commission, and its success in increasing passenger journeys by 85% over the past nine years compared to an industry average of 33%. They also praised the companys leadership charter, which ‘set a benchmark for others to follow’ and its personal development programme.

First TransPennine Express operates intercity rail services linking major towns and cities across the North of England and Scotland. The company was presented with its awards by Richard Else, Operations Director of Jaguar Land Rover, at the awards ceremony at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club.

David Teale, Chief Executive of North of England Excellence, said: The 2013 awards have once again revealed some outstanding examples of best practice in business. These are organisations which are pursuing world-class levels of performance. No doubt they will use the feedback from assessors which they have gained from taking part in the awards to raise their game even higher.

The full list of winners is:

Northumbrian Water Limited    Durham
GlaxoSmithKline (Pack Artwork Shared Service)   Barnard Castle
Trent & Dove Housing    Burton Upon Tre

Business of the Year
Northumbrian Water Limited    Durham 

Special Award for Sustainability  sponsored by URENCO UK
AESSEAL plc     Rotherham 
First TransPennine Express    Manchester
Grundfos Manufacturing Ltd    Sunderland

Special Award for Customer Service  sponsored by Customer First
GlaxoSmithKline (Pack Artwork Shared Service)   Barnard Castle
ALPLA UK Ltd    Wirral
South Yorkshire Probation Trust   Sheffield

Special Award for High Growth
First TransPennine Express    Manchester
DWF LLP     Leeds, Liverpool,
     Newcastle, Preston

Special Award for International Trade  supported by UKTI
EDM Ltd     Newton Heath, Manchester

Special Award for Leadership
First TransPennine Express    Manchester

Special Award for Lean  
GlaxoSmithKline (Pack Artwork Shared Service)   Barnard Castle

Special Award for Learning & Development 
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service   Manchester
Plus Dane Group    Liverpool
First TransPennine Express    Manchester 

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