Engineering firm Spencer Group has been shortlisted for the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards in the Large Business of the Year category, following a year of large new contracts and impactful community work.
The award, given to the best Hull-based business with over 150 employees, recognises not only commercial success, but also the contribution a business makes to the economy, culture and presence of Hull as a city.
This nomination marks the first time Spencer has been recognised by the Awards in their 17-year history, with judges highlighting both the company’s stature as a local employer and a number of successes over the last year, including high profile contract wins in the rail sector and progress on its Energy Works project in the city.
The judges also highlighted Spencer’s work in the local community, particularly its support of the newly opened Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC), of which the company is a sponsor and founding partner. Driven by founder Charlie Spencer, a past winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards, the UTC creates an educational facility to help teenagers achieve in science and engineering disciplines.
Charlie Spencer, founder and Executive Chairman of Spencer Group, said the success of Spencer Group was due to the great people in the business: “I’m really proud of everyone who works at Spencer Group. It’s a real privilege to work with them and it’s fun to go to work every day.”
One judge said: “Sometimes with businesses you need to sit down and think about what they do, but everyone in Hull knows the contribution of Spencer Group.”
As well as Spencer’s work with the UTC and business success, delivering record profits in 2016, the judges also recognised support of initiatives such as the Tommy Coyle Academy and Cat Zero to help give young people confidence and skills for a better future. Spencer has also seen growth in new areas of construction, including enhancing its rail client base and portfolio with a £20m project in Cornwall critical to the start of HS2.
Now in its 17th year, the awards are a highlight in Hull and East Yorkshire’s business calendar, and will culminate in a glittering ceremony at the KCOM Stadium on November 16.