19th May 2017
Allied Vehicles has been named the country’s top engineering and manufacturing company for 2017.
The coveted award was made by Scottish Engineering, the industry body representing Scotland’s manufacturing companies, at the culmination of their annual awards ceremony in Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel.
Presenting the awards, Scottish Engineering chief executive Bryan Buchan hailed Allied’s sustained success, growing from just 18 employees in 1993 to more than 600 today. He also highlighted a “staggering” 81% increase in turnover during the past five years.
“This award recognises our commercial performance as a whole and I hope it makes everyone working for Allied Vehicles feel proud of being part of a successful team.”
Delighted Allied Vehicles managing director, Peter Facenna, commented: “We were up against some stiff competition in the form of large multinational household names, so it’s a tremendous honour to win this award. It really puts us on the map in terms of Scottish manufacturing companies.
“Special mention must go to our production and engineering teams, who work extremely hard to develop new and innovative products and deliver high quality output that helps keep us ahead of the competition.”
Allied co-chairman, Gerry Facenna, said: “This award recognises our commercial performance as a whole and I hope it makes everyone working for Allied Vehicles feel proud of being part of a successful team.
“We have great people in every aspect of the organisation and I’d like to dedicate this award to all their hard work and dedication to be the best.”
Impressive Business Model
The judging panel was impressed by Allied’s vertically integrated business model which sees it research, design, test, manufacture, distribute, sell and support a unique range of adapted vehicle products. They praised the company’s specialism in niche markets, where it provides safe, user-friendly wheelchair accessible cars, people carriers and taxis, which have enabled new freedom of travel for thousands of people across the UK.
Judges particularly noted Allied’s recent commercial success, its recent progress in developing innovative new products and its efforts to reach new markets overseas.
Other important factors in their decision included the company’s ongoing commitment to research and development; successful efforts to maximise production efficiency through straight line manufacturing principles; and capital investment in new products, plant and equipment totalling £3.4 million over the past year.
Ongoing commitment to learning and development, including 38 modern apprentices working across the business, was a further plus point. Corporate social responsibility was also highlighted, including Allied’s support for numerous local charities and national disability organisations, as well as its investment in creating a modern new sports stadium for Ashfield Football Club and Glasgow Tigers Speedway.