Firm in running for prestigious award

Brian Palmer, CEO of Tharsus in the factory in Blyth.
Brian Palmer, CEO of Tharsus in the factory in Blyth.

A Blyth-based equipment design and manufacturer has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Tharsus has been shortlisted for the 2013 Best Factory Award run by Cranfield School of Management and Works Management.

The nomination comes less than 18 months after Tharsus opened its new facility in Blyth, part of a sustained investment programme to develop an innovative end-to-end design and manufacturing service.

The awards programme celebrates manufacturing excellence in the UK. Others among the 14 shortlisted companies include those that make goods as varied as tea bags, hand-crafted mattresses, material for airbags and broadcast and professional cameras.

Brian Palmer, Tharsus’ chief executive officer, said: “Our main motivation for entering the awards was to benchmark our progress against the best.

“This is a significant early milestone in our journey towards becoming a world-class business.

“Making the shortlist is a clear indication that we’ve developed the robust processes that our customers rely on from supply chain management and new product introduction to component manufacture and the assembly of fully-finished equipment.”

“We’ve built a great team at Tharsus and encourage everyone to contribute to continuous improvement across the business.

“We’re committed to providing opportunities for people to grow with the business and it’s always a pleasure to see people developing their skills and making an invaluable contribution to our success.”

The winners will be announced at the Best Factory Award Ceremony taking place on Friday, September 27, at Northumberland Avenue, London.