Picture: Eddie Blackmore, Managing Director Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd receives his award from Jennie Pearson from Nuvia (sponsor) .and talking to host Kim Inglis.
The Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster Awards singled out Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd as their member company making the most outstanding socio-economic commitment to West Cumbria.
Always a hotly contended Cluster Award, the judges singled out Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd because they felt for a small company they made a big impact because their culture was embedded across the company. Other shortlisted businesses included large organisations like Doosan Babcock and National Nuclear Laboratory as well as the smaller, Derwent Recycling Services Ltd.
Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd was started forty years ago by Mike and Barbara Livingstone, and they have always believed in looking after staff well and giving back to the community wherever possible.
Eddie Blackmore joined the business at an early age and worked his way up from the shop floor to become Managing Director. Eddie is the only ICATS (Industrial Coatings Applicators Training Scheme) External Trainer in the North West, and with the support of the Livingstone’s team, he has offered free course places, enabling those out of work and students to upskill and has also provided paid work placements to help them gain experience. Many offered the free places and work placement have found work as a result of this support.
Eddie Blackmore said “We’re a very small SME! SO to achieve greater impact in the community we need to work with partners, organisations and educational bodies to make a difference. If all SME’s in West Cumbria could take on just one apprentice – imagine the impact that could make. It’s been very humbling to hear some of the feedback we’ve had after winning this award, and hopefully it will inspire others to consider taking on trainees too.”
Jo Telfer, Head of Organisational Development for Sellafield Ltd is mentor to Eddie Blackmore. She said “I am proud to be an NDA SME Mentor and even more delighted to see Eddie do so well. It is extremely rewarding to mentor someone like Eddie who has so much commitment to the area as well as to his business and he thoroughly deserves the recognition.”