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Spooner Industries Named One of Britain’s "1000 Companies to Inspire"

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Spooner Industries, Ilkley, U.K., has been identified as one of the "1000 Companies to Inspire Britain."  Manufacturing industrial process machinery such as industrial ovens, dryers, coolers, provers/proofers, air turns, stabilizers, oxidizers, and solvent and energy recovery equipment, the company has been a leading innovator in the principles of forced convection technology since 1932.

Collated by the London Stock Exchange, this annual report is a celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the U.K. Spooner was one of only 75 companies honored across the Yorkshire and Humber region. To be selected, Spooner had to demonstrate not only consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, but also significantly outperform peers in the same sector of manufacturing. The manufacturing sector, which contributes £139 billion to the national economic output, boasts average annual revenue growth of 180% (2010-2014), carries the largest number of companies named in the report, and continues to create significant employment opportunities across the U.K.

This accolade for Spooner follows a visit of Prime Minster David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne to the manufacturing and engineering company last month. Their visit included meeting the directors and a comprehensive tour of the offices and factory floor in the wake of a buoyant order book and continued year-on-year growth. Commenting on his visit, Prime Minister Cameron said that "Spooner is a great example of the kind of ‘advanced manufacturing’ businesses this government is trying to get behind."

In the photo (l-r) are Spooner Managing Director Mike Brook with Prime Minster David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne in the Spooner factory. Behind (l-r) are Steve Newell, Spooner deputy managing director, and local MP Kris Hopkins.

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