Last week Flatmans won the SME of the Year Award at the Slough Business Awards. The judges were impressed by the level of integrity displayed by the company in its practices along with thorough business processes, the wide range of services, commitment to staff development and strict financial controls.
Initially a family-run business, the Flatman Partnership has grown into a modern and efficient firm with offices in Langley, Reading and Wokingham, whilst still retaining all the original values of friendliness and personal service.
The award was presented by Jeffery Smith, Managing Partner at Eacotts, accompanied by a wonderful testimonial to the hard work the team at Langley have achieved this year. Jeffrey Smith said, whilst revealing the winner of The SME Business of The Year Slough Business Award, the Flatmans has built "A culture of continuous learning, an attractive product range to support its growth, uses the complete spectrum of social media and has convinced us that integrity is right up there on the priority list. It was these assets combined with quality internal management and of course financial information which gave this company the edge and the award."
Two of Flatmans directors (David Riley and Richard Holliday) were also jointly recognised, collecting the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This was for their role as successful serial entrepreneurs, involved the start up and growth of a range of companies, including the Flatman Partnership.
David Riley and Richard Holliday have set up and grown businesses in Slough for nearly 25 years, employing and training well over a hundred people and producing many millions of pounds in profits.
Ian Hopkins, chief executive of B P Collins who sponsored the award, said of Riley and Holliday "Besides their clear commercial success and job creation in the region, their support and dedication to training their employees and ‘never give up’ attitude really stood out for us."
The Slough Business Awards are held annually to celebrate business success in the SL postcodes. Including Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead and the surrounding areas, these awards recognise for businesses for their performance, excellence and entrepreneurship across a number of categories from start up to corporate business. It gives an opportunity to be recognised by their peers and the wider community.
Slough is a region that has long been regarded as a prime location for business, with more than 18,000 businesses operating within it. Slough boasts a higher proportion of corporate and multinational companies per capita than any other town in the UK. As well as these corporate giants there are a great many small and medium sized enterprises with big ambitions and with a higher than average number of new start ups.