MX Award hat-trick for Hozelock

MX Award presentation

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Hozelock MD, Peter Rush proudly holds the MX2009 Award for Logistics and Resource Efficiency, 

flanked by (left to right):  Lord Paddy Ashdown; Simon Noakes, Hozelock Operations Manager; 

Terry Bennett, Hozelock Director of Logistics; and Dr Amanda Dowd, Director of Graduate studies, 

The University of Warwick.

Hozelock has won the 2009 MX Award for Logistics and Resource Efficiency in the prestigious annual manufacturing industry 'Oscars' bestowed by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at London's Dorchester Hotel in June*.

The WMG-sponsored award, presented to MD, Peter Rush by Lord Paddy Ashdown, recognised the company's achievement in managing fluctuations in demand created by short term weather patterns. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Birmingham-based market leading producer of garden watering, spraying and aquatics equipment won its third consecutive MX Award. In 2008 it won the Customer Focus Award after winning the Business Development and Change Management Award the previous year.

Its 2009 success was achieved against stiff opposition from four other blue chip finalists: Leyland Trucks, Gripple, ZF Lemforder and Agfa Graphics. Hozelock was also shortlisted for three further MX Awards: Customer Focus, People Effectiveness and Business Development & Change Management.

"Winning our third MX Award is the best possible 50th anniversary gift we could have had," said Peter Rush. "Managing the supply chain is critical to our business and it is highly appropriate that we should win the Logistics and Resource Efficiency Award in a year which has seen record demand for our products throughout the spring and early summer. Over 75% of our products are manufactured in Birmingham and our commitment to on-shore production is the key to our speed and flexibility."

In a successful month for the company, Hozelock also won a GIMA Award for its EasyClear all-in-one pond pump and filter. 



July 2009

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