Queens Award Presentation 2017

Queens Award Presentation 2017

Hon Lady Morrison presented The Smart Actuator Company with their Official Queens Award Trophy, What a fantastic day!

We are Very proud of our team here at The Smart Actuator Company, Everyone in the team has helped us get to this point, we have such a strong, powerful team that is dedicated to success of the Company as well as themselves.

What a wonderful achievement for us all!

It is such an Honour to be given this award.

We all had a great day, and lots of our guests came to celebrate with us and the buffet went down a treat.

Lady Morrison was lovely and we have some great photos to remember the day.

We won !! National Family Business 2017

We won !! National Family Business 2017

The Smart Actuator Company is proud & honoured to announce it was crowned as winners of the Judges Choice as Midlands Family Business of 2017 . We then went on to be awarded the highest accolade of the National Family Business Awards in Wembley being crowned as RBC National Family Business of the Year.

Our family values are very much at the heart of everything we do and we are proud to be flying the flag for family businesses all over the UK & Ireland.

The Smart Actuator Company wins Midlands Family Business of 2017There are 2 generations of family working at the company but really we consider the whole team part of our family team. Earlier in 2017 whilst taking part in some business coaching it became clear that celebrating being a family business was really important. The world is full of many highly successful family business including some big name brands and multi generational success stories. Family businesses really are the heart of a lot of local communities “the shining starts of the British economy” Anita Brightley-Hodges MD of Family Business Place.

“We were amazed and excited to be shortlisted as Regional winners” Tony O’Donnell CEO The Smart Actuator Company said. “To have won came as a surprise but we could never have imagined we would then end the night by winning the National award”. It is validation of the hard work, determination & love we have for our business, our team & our family.

“I entered the business into these awards at a time when we were being told to be ‘less family, more business’ ” said Tonya O’Donnell, Sales & Marketing Director. “Instead we decided to ignore that advice & actually celebrate being a family business. I hoped entering the awards I could show the team & my family just how great I think they are & how proud of us I am. Winning was simply unbelievable.

The Smart Actuator Company wins National Family Business of 2017The judges commented

“The culture of this business really stood out from the crowd, they are warm, friendly, welcoming and encouraging”

“They flew in the face of advice when told the business should be ‘less family, more business’ and thank goodness they did as they have recently gone on to win a Queens Award.”

“In true family business style although recently having been through some sad times they have embraced their love, stood together and carried on”

Family businesses really are special. They can do great things. We at The Smart Actuator Company aim to be proof of that. As we continue to grow we will continue to hold our family values close to our hearts. Our business vision and focus incorporates those family values. We continue to work hard to succeed for not just our immediate family working in the business right now but for the generations who we hope will continue to work in the business, the staff & families who work with us and the community that we live & do business within. Supporting our local community, economy and its people is important to us. Being a family business, innovating in the world of British Industry & Manufacturing all these are things are important to us. We won’t be resting on our laurels we will be working hard to continue to do great things.

Proud to win Judges Choice for Midland Region Family Business of 2017Tell us about your family business (What you do, how you started, who’s involved etc)
The Smart Actuator Company is an engineering manufacturing business. It is 6 years old but actually, we have had a lean manufacturing business in the IT Industry for 25 years so we had a great amount of 1st Generation & 2nd Generation experience in manufacturing & running a family business before we started this company. The Company is owned by father & son. I am the daughter & sister of these two. Our mother also works for the business and we hope to ensure some succession into 3rd generation as well.  We make Electric Actuators. Pretty much the worlds first truly smart electric spanner in a market of dumb ones. We all love working together and are very proud of the work we do together and the success of the company & the team.

What’s your proudest moment/biggest achievement as a family business?
Our proudest moment was very recently in April this year being awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation as well as of course being recognised as a family business. In fact, the Queens Award win is all the sweeter because we are a family business and proud to be. It is recognition that a seemingly small family business can really achieve great things. We have invested so much financially, time and effort into launching this venture and to gain such a prestigious accolade feels like recognition for all that hard work.

What do you love about being a family business?
We love being able to bring our family values into our work and business. We love working together as a unit. We love that the business will provide income for not just us but our children and also the team that work with us and their families too. As well as wanting to build a successful business we also create an environment which is a happy and caring place to work. We actually have family members that also work for us. One of our longest working staff members introduced her son into our workforce and he has proved to be an invaluable part of our production team. We work with people we know, like and trust and are very good at identifying skills shortages and supplementing those shortages with people who can help.  As a family, we have strong beliefs in supporting our community, social projects & environmental issues. Working within a family business means we can incorporate those values into our business as well. We have an internal environmental policy & do lots of work within the local community. 3 of the family hold various council positions. Our MD is a District Councillor.  We are also moving towards a large-scale social project in a developing country which we are very excited about.

 

Family Business Awards

Family Business Awards

We have been shortlisted as a Finalist at the National Family Business Awards so we are off to Wembley Stadium.

Being a family Business is so important to us. We all know that working hard to succeed in business and life can take real time & effort. It is so important in that journey that we recognise the things that are important. Amongst the things that we value as important among our business goals & values we recognise that our own personal values & family values shine through. The Smart Actuator Company is a #familybusiness and recognising that the values we see as important are partly rooted in our family values is so important. Being a family business & working for a family business may be different in some ways to a normal business model but we believe it brings real strength and positive value to our business. As such we celebrate being a family business. We are proud of it. Proud to include everyone in our growing team as part of that extended family.

There are some amazing businesses shortlisted amongst the finalists and we wish them all good luck. We will enjoy just being there among all these great family businesses who share those family values with us.

Wish us luck.

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.