Reading company takes Gold at prestigious regional business awards

R Bion & Co, a Reading-based manufacturer of perforated metal and plastic products, has won regional recognition at this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

R Bion & Co, which employs 30 staff won the Partnerships Award. This award is given to the company that has made the biggest strides in promoting engineering and manufacturing careers by working with education providers or engaging with the local community.

R Bion & Co was up against stiff competition from a range of innovative businesses – small and large – from across the region. It was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts, and academics after impressing them with their programme of collaboration that has delivered positive impacts on growth and future collaboration potential.

With the regional title now secured, R Bion & Co will now go on to compete for the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in January next year.

Nick Bion Managing Director at R Bion & Co, says: “Manufacturing and engineering offer great career opportunities but firms still struggle to fill places and to attract the skilled workers they need. We think this is a shame for the firms and the people who are missing out on exciting and rewarding careers. It’s important to raise awareness of this and we’re delighted that our work in this vital field has been recognised.

“It’s fantastic to get this far and now we’re all looking forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against the rest of the UK.”

Terry Scuoler CBE, CEO at EEF, says: “Companies that take steps to promote manufacturing amongst their local communities and education providers are essential for providing young people with the skills that will secure our industry into the future. This award is fully deserved and R Bion & Co should be applauded for their efforts. We wish them the best of luck for the national finals.”

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