Sun Chemical receives UK Excellence Award

Back Row Left to Right: Simon Davies (Sun Chemical), Chris Heath (Saica), Greg Hayes (Sun Chemical), Dominic Montford (Sun Chemical), Mark Frost (Sun Chemical), Paul Sullivan (Saica), Rob Hawkins (Sun Chemical), Keith Greasley (Saica) Front Row Left to Right: Sam Moncur (Sun Chemical), Gareth Phillips (Sun Chemical), Adam Anderson (Sun Chemical), Roy McGregor (Sun Chemical)

Sun Chemical has received a Jury Commendation for the UK Excellence Award for “Managing with Agility” from the British Quality Foundation, after it received a five star EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) rating.

The UK Excellence Award and Jury Commendation involves a robust assessment undertaken by an experienced team of trained assessors using the EFQM Excellence Model. The assessment judges various aspects of a business ranging from strategy and leadership to processes and business results. Sun Chemical first undertook the assessment in 2014, receiving a four star rating. The company was then reassessed in November 2018, resulting in a five star rating and it being shortlisted for the UK Excellence Award.

Sun Chemical received the Jury Commendation for excelling in “Managing with Agility”, for which it was specifically recognised for entering new markets.

Sun Chemical was also shortlisted as a finalist for the Excellence in Collaboration Award, in recognition of a project it ran in partnership with its packaging customer, Saica Flex, a division of Saica Group, at its Buxton site. As part of Sun Chemical’s previous contract with Saica Flex, it adapted a partnership approach and, after carrying out an assessment at the Buxton site, implemented a project to insource more of their products and improve the capacity and speeds of various production lines. Thanks to this project, Saica improved its processes in a more efficient way. It also, helped Sun Chemical to increase its sales.

Greg Hayes, group managing director Northern Europe, Sun Chemical, said: “Utilising our business improvement skills in partnership with our customers has added tremendous value to customer relationships. The recognition of this by the British Quality Foundation in being shortlisted through such a rigorous process with other great companies is a great honour and a tremendous credit to the teams involved.”

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