HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester visits GJD to present the Queen’s Award for Enterprise

GJD was honoured with a visit from Warren J. Smith, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester today to present the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade. The Mayor of Rochdale and other distinguished guests were also in attendance to celebrate the special occasion.

After initial introductions, the guests were given a guided tour of the offices and manufacturing facilities by Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s Managing Director and John Hale who is GJD’s Operations Director.

The tour gave the guests an opportunity to witness the company’s high-tech manufacturing processes first-hand including seeing finished products. Both the Lord-Lieutenant and the Mayor enjoyed talking to the team and seeing the state-of-the-art machinery.

After the tour the Lord-Lieutenant presented the crystal bowl commemorative item to Chris Moore, GJD’s Technical Director who is one of the longest serving staff members. The citation (scroll) was presented to Irene Newberry and June Allen who are long service employees. Irene and June are retiring next month, so they were really pleased to be presented with the scroll.

Mark Tibbenham said: “It was a great honour to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant to our business to present this prestigious award. On behalf of all at GJD I would like to thank the Lord-Lieutenant for making this an extremely enjoyable and memorable day”.

Tibbenham continued to say: “Receiving the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is a fantastic achievement for everyone at GJD. It is amazing recognition and high praise for all of our staff who always put in so much hard work and dedication to make the company what it is today”.

GJD was one of only 102 companies in the UK to achieve this prestigious accolade for International Trade. GJD was honoured with this award owing to the company’s significant growth and success in export trade over the past six years.

Tibbenham said: “The company has gone from strength to strength. We have been quick to recognise the changing needs of the export markets and the importance of developing the latest technology to meet those requirements”.

Mark Tibbenham and Ana Maria Sagra-Smith, GJD’s Sales and Marketing Director attended a reception at Buckingham Palace on the 11th of July. The visit from the Lord-Lieutenant, the Mayor and other distinguished guests was a great opportunity for GJD to bring everyone together to recognise everyone’s hard work and dedication which has contributed to the company’s success.

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