Friday, January 21, 2022

Award-winning Loughborough manufacturer retains ‘Best Family Business’ title

A sixth-generation homeware and garden supplier is celebrating another successful year, after gaining the title as ‘Best Family Business’ for the second year running in a prestigious Leicestershire awards ceremony.

After winning the same award at last year’s event, the Loughborough-based manufacturing company, Charles Bentley & Son beat two other worthy finalists to retain its title at the Niche Business Awards 2021.

Businesses across Leicester assembled for the return of the recognised awards at a ceremony at Athena in Queen Street, Leicester. Last year, strict coronavirus restrictions meant businesses were forced to celebrate virtually.

Steve Law, Sales Director at Charles Bentley & Son, said: “Winning any award just once is hard, retaining the award for the second year running and against such tough competition shows how determined we are within the Charles Bentley business to always look to improve. The continued dedication of every colleague within the company ensures that we always move forward collectively and with the same goals. With that said, we haven’t finished yet.”

He added: “With more projects to be delivered over the coming 12 months and beyond and with the further addition of talented people joining an already talented team, our eyes are certainly on the hattrick in 2022.”

Earlier this year, Charles Bentley & Son beat off well-known brands to claim the Retailer Support Initiative award for Retailer Support in the DIY Week Awards.

As a global supplier of contemporary home, garden and leisure products, the business – first established as a manufacturer of chimney sweep brushes 161 years ago – is passionate about transforming houses into homes. Over the years, the firm has reinvented itself to become a multi-million-pound global supplier of contemporary, high quality yet cost-effective brushware and homeware products.

With a workforce of 160, the manufacturer is now a major provider of Dropship Services for the UK’s biggest home and garden retailers and produces in excess of two million brushes each year.

Director, James Bentley, said: “It is a huge honour to win an award for the second year running at the renowned Niche Business Awards.

“Retaining this prestigious title is a massive achievement for the team who work around the clock to deliver an excellent service to all of our customers.”

He added: “None of this would be possible without the outstanding commitment by the people who work in the business. The team’s ongoing drive and ability to adapt has been a significant factor contributing to our success.”

Jenny Cross, CEO of Cross Productions, organisers of the Niche Business Awards said: “As Charles Bentley & Son are a sixth-generation, local, independent business, their passion in their products and services shines through. They believe that there really is no place like home and so they epitomise what it means to be part of the Leicester community.”

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