We are delighted that Simon Cammidge has won the prestigious "employee of the year" at the FIS Presidents Awards ceremony. Simon impressed the judges who considered the skills and dedication of employees from across the industry, and awarded the ultimate prize to Simon in recognition of his work in establishing a Sheet Metal production facility at aask us Ltd;
Simon joined the company in 2013 after being the general production manager at one of their competitors who unfortunately went into administration. Simon joined the production team where he provided some helpful guidance into improving work capabilities and efficiencies. Simon approached Managing Director, Anthony Chadley, in early 2015 with a concept to increase their production range by opening a sheet metal division. He had been working at home on various ideas, costing solutions on spread sheets, discussing possibilities with old contacts and generally seeing if there was a viable opportunity. By the time Simon approached Anthony he had worked out the costs, the products and the market, and from there the decision to invest in Simon and the new division was easy. aask us "Sheet Metal" went from a standing start to a new factory with full production capabilities within 5 months. The doors opened in late 2015 and over the first 12 months have manufactured a vast array of products from blind boxes, ceiling panels, wall cladding panels, Juliette balconies.. in fact, the list is endless. Simon has driven this project forward, he has made it work, with dedication, hard work and good old sheer bloody-mindedness!
Anthony reflects on some of the skills that encouraged him to nominate Simon;
Simon’s strengths are in these key areas;
Reliability - Simon is first in / last home. He takes business calls at home and at weekends. He has been at meetings at 8am on site 200 miles from home. If he says he will get something made by a date, it will be done.
Initiative - Simon is always looking for ways to improve what we do, how we do it, and who we do it for. Our range of products is matched by our range of customers.
Professionalism - Simon always represents my company as I would myself. I rely totally on him for all matters relating to this division.
A final thought on why I think Simon won; I think the manufacturers who support the Interiors are not acknowledged enough. The aesthetically pleasing projects that installers demonstrate their skills rely upon a team behind the scenes who manufacture quality products. Simon recognised this and has ensured aask us Ltd can be the manufacturer of choice for specialist installers. He has literally single-handed taken a concept through to success in a matter of months.
For more details on the FIS Presidents Awards visit their website; https://www.thefis.org/winners-announced-presidents-lunch/