ValveWorld America’s Houston 2017

ValveWorld America’s Houston 2017
SmartAct flying the flag for British Trade & Innovation
SmartAct flying the flag for British Trade & Innovation

Following great success at ValveWorld Dusseldorf in November 2016 we will be attending ValveWorld Expo America’s June 20th & “1st, 2017. This event is in Houston, Texas. We already have some business in USA so this should be a great opportunity to meet up with them & also make some new connections. Valve World Americas

 

We will be flying the flag for British Trade & Innovation. Watch this space for updates of the stand location and how you can arrange an appointment to talk to one of our representatives.

Chamber of Commerce Awards Night

The SmartAct team had a fabulous evening Celebrating The Chamber of Commerce Awards. We met so many lovely Companies who were also there Celebrating.

We are very proud to walk away with Highly Commnded in the High Growth Business of the year Award Category and also Delighted for everyone else who won an award that night!.

These awards reflects the time, commitment and effort that the whole team has invested, We recognise the value in the process of bringing great products to the world of building a great team. For us we know that team is not just about the staff team but also the wider network that we connect with who contribute to our success.

We are really proud of our team.

 

 

 

 

Hereford & Worcestershire Chamber Business Awards

Hereford & Worcestershire Chamber Business Awards

HW Chamber Business Awards. Manufacturer of the Year 2017Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

HW Chamber High Growth Business of The Year 2017
HW Chamber High Growth Business of The Year 2017

The Smart Actuator Company is shortlisted for 2 Awards. We are shortlisted for High Growth Business and Manufacturer of the Year. It is very exciting. Everyone here is getting quite excited. There have been new shoes & sparkly outfits ordered, hair do’s organised and nails done and that’s the just the boys. It is always great to be recognised for the work that we do. For such a young company to be winning & shortlisted for awards is simply amazing. These awards reflects the time, commitment and effort that the whole team has invested. These awards recognise a standard of commercial excellence & innovation recognised worldwide. Our job now is to continue to build on the success so far and to maximise the benefits our innovation can bring both to customers across the globe and our UK economy.

We recognise the value in the process of bringing great products to the world of building a great team. For us we know that team is not just about the staff team but also the wider network that we connect with who contribute to our success. The Department of International Trade, The LEP, The Chamber of Commerce, The British Valve & Actuator Association and all the conmpanies that we engage with either through these networks ore wider networks like the twitter business hours #WorcestershireHour and Get Set Midlands, Sterling Network and of course The Family Business network.

We of course wish all the finalists good luck but we hope we bring one of those Awards home ! Good luck everyone

 

BVAA Spring Conference

BVAA Spring Conference

SmartAct are one of the sponsors at the BVAA Spring Conference at Celtic Manor.

Returning to Celtic Manor Resort for 2017 is the BVAA Spring Conference & Golf event. The conference will be taking place on Wednesday 17th May, where attendees will receive presentations from keynote speakers – keep an eye out for announcements! Within the conference area will be an exhibition area for suppliers to the Valve & Actuator industry to showcase their products and company.

On Thursday 18th May there is the opportunity to explore the Montgomerie Course, a dramatic par 69 challenge designed by Ryder Cup legend, Colin Montgomerie. Spectacular views with dramatic tee shots over valleys and breath-taking downhill shots.

This event will afford you the chance to stay and play at one of the world’s most famous golf resorts!

The BVAA are grateful to HSP, Rotork & SmartAct for sponsoring this event once again; without their support this event would not be possible.

Queens Award

Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017
Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

We are pleased to announce that The Smart Actuator Company Ltd (SmartAct) has been named as a winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – one of the highest accolades for business achievement. We have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in Enterprise in acknowledgement of our Electric Actuation technology and growth in the last few years.

The Smart Actuator Company Team get ready to celebrate the Queens Award
The Smart Actuator Company Team get ready to celebrate the Queens Award

The Smart Actuator Company is a genuine business success story. Invented by a Malvern local resident James O’Donnell (MD) the company manufacture a truly innovative product that is revolutionising the world of Valve & Actuation. James said “We are the 6th fastest growing Engineering Manufacturing companies in the Midlands right now. The Smart Actuator Company is going from strength to strength and we are proud to be a Malvern company.”

Tony O’Donnell, CEO said “For our young company to have won one of Britain’s most coveted business awards is simply amazing. Especially so in this historic year when HM the Queen celebrates the sapphire anniversary of her reign.  The award appropriately reflects the time, commitment and effort that our people have invested in the outstanding achievement of our business. It is a standard of commercial excellence & innovation that is recognised worldwide. Our job now is to continue to build on the success so far and to maximise the benefits our innovation can bring both to customers across the globe and our UK economy.”

The timing is perfect as SmartAct join the National Apprenticeship scheme and welcome 4 new young apprentices into our team. The recognition of the Queen’s Award is a great achievement for the whole team; we have worked hard and built a robust platform from which to further grow this exciting business. We would also like to thank our local Chamber of Commerce and LEP along with The British Valve & Actuator Association and Department of International Trade support whose support has been invaluable to the success and growth of our business.

What is the Queens Award ?

The Queens Award for  Enterprise in InnovationJust in Case you don’t know what the Queens Award is – About the Queen’s Awards

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious accolades for businesses and individuals in the United Kingdom. The winners are announced each year on 21st April, Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday. The corporate awards recognise outstanding achievements by UK companies in three categories: International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Each Award is valid for five years and winners are invited to a reception with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Her Majesty the Queen herself actually shakes the hand of the winners and gives them their award. Usually the Company is also visited by a Queens representative. 

Oman Energy & Water Expo 2017

Oman Energy & Water Expo 2017

 

Oman Energy & Water Expo 2017
Oman Energy & Water Expo 2017
The Smart Actuator Company (SmartAct) attend the Oman Energy & Water Expo 2017
The Smart Actuator Company (SmartAct) attend the Oman Energy & Water Expo 2017

We have been invited by the Department of Trade & Industry and British Water to attend the Oman Energy & Water Expo in Muscat. It is always an honour to be invited to attend exhibitions but to be asked to attend is an exceptional honour. We intend to showcase our Subsea Actuator but will obviously take some workings samples of our small and medium Smart Electric Actuators. The Small Actuator in particular is a great product for water treatment plants or irrigation systems.

The Exhibition is held in Muscat, Oman. The continued strength of the Omani economy coupled with significant investment taking place in the water and wastewater industry, has created high opportunities for British companies. British Water is a UK Trade & Investment Challenge Partner and is working with the British Embassy in Muscat and Intec Export Intelligence.

This is a great opportunity for The Smart Actuator Company to showcase their truly Smart Electric Actuators across the range of products.

 

ISO9001 : 2015 Certification

ISO 9001:2015 Logo for The Smart Actuator Company
ISO 9001:2015 Logo for The Smart Actuator Company

 

ISO 9001:2015 Certificate for The Smart Actuator Company
ISO 9001:2015 Certificate for The Smart Actuator Company

We are pleased to announce that we received our ISO9001:2015 Certification. Quality Standards are so important for a business. We are proud to have the ISO9001 Certification upgraded to ISO9001:2015. Later this year myself and another staff member are taking part in the training to work towards the next level of certification.  Quality standards help to increases customer confidence in your organization as it shows you care for your customer business, and as in our case are committed to good quality standards of manufacturing & business practice.

Quality Standards help to improvement the credibility and image of your business – Because ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized standard, it has become the basis for creating a quality management system around the world, replacing many previously published requirements. When a company is looking for a supplier, it is often a requirement to have a QMS based on ISO 9001 in order to be considered. It is really important for us at The Smart Actuator Company to know that our customers can see we have this standard.

We want to improve our customer satisfaction – One of the quality management principles that are the foundation of the ISO 9001 requirements is to improve customer satisfaction by planning for and striving to meet customer requirements. Happy customers are exactly what we want.

Improve your evidence for decision making – We all make gut decisions in life but in business we need to work towards making more evidence based decisions. This is a professional process that is good for any business. Monitoring our internal processes means we can work towards constantly improving our use of resources and look at cost savings throughout the business.

Create a continual improvement culture – Continual improvement is a third quality management principle of ISO 9001. By adopting this culture to improve your processes and organizational output, you will find efficiencies and cost savings, including the use of systematic processes when problems occur in order to reduce the impact of the problem and increase the speed of recovery. By making this continual, improving year after year, the company can see continuing benefits from this.

Engagement of employees – Employees who are involved in the improvements of the processes they work with are happier and more engaged employees. Who better than the people working on the process to best identify the areas that need improvement, and to help to test and advance these improvements when they are implemented? Engaged employees are more productive and will help the company better improve and save, especially when they understand how the quality of the process depends on them.

Mindlands Engine Trade Summit

Mindlands Engine Trade Summit

Tony O'Donnell Marketing Director of The Smart Actuator Company
Tony O’Donnell Marketing Director of The Smart Actuator Company

The Smart Actuator company will be attending the Midlands Engine Trade Summit on Thursday 9th March. Looking at our opportunities in International is really important to us. We work closely with our contacts at the Department for International Trade. Linda Smith, Director of International Trade at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce has given us a lot of support over recent years to help us go Global. In fact we hit the press this week when our Marketing Director Tonya O’Donnell was featured in the Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Direction Magazine in an article all about Global trade and our work with DIT.

Hopefully we will see some interesting speakers at the event on Thursday 9th.

The Smart Actuator Company in the press

The Smart Actuator Company in the press
Tony O'Donnell Marketing Director of The Smart Actuator Company
Tony O’Donnell Marketing Director of The Smart Actuator Company

The Smart Actuator Company hit the press this week when our Marketing Director Tonya O’Donnell was featured in the Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Direction Magazine in an article all about Global trade and our work with DIT. Headed ‘Smart Technology going global after DIT support’ the article was about our work with The Department of International Trade towards Internationalisation of our products and brand.

 

H&W Chamber Business Expo

H&W Chamber Business Expo
Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

The Business Expo is a great chance to: Network
Promote your company
Find new suppliers
Generate sales leads
Increase your product and service profile
Make new business contacts

Over 1000 visitors will attend the Business Expo

With over 120 exhibitors from lots of business sectors, a dedicated Network Zone with free tea and coffee – don’t miss the chance to raise your profile with others in the Herefordshire & Worcestershire business community.

The Smart Actuator never miss a chance for good local networking within the business community. The benefits of good networking speak for themselves. We are proud members of our local Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce.