At last years Chamber Business Awards, Windell won the NFU Mutual sponsored award for Small Business of the Year. In this blog we talk to Ian Henry, their Managing Director.
Windell are a commercial and blast enhanced glazing specialist based in Northern Ireland. They produce a variety of made-to-order products across a multitude of sectors. Some of the more iconic projects that the business has been involved in include the BBC's Broadcasting House and glazing London's Emirates Air Line.
How did it feel to win?
We were delighted to win this award even though it was a bit of a shock as we knew that we were up against some very good companies throughout the UK and it was a great honour to be announced as the overall winner on the night.
What happened after you won?
We celebrated with the team that we had taken to the awards night, it made the trip from Northern Ireland all the more enjoyable.
What changed in your day to day?
Not much changed in our day to day business but we did get more inquires in on the back of the award and the fact that our name was getting better known in the UK certainly helped to lift our profile.
Were the changes immediate?
The changes weren't immediate, whilst we achieved exposure from the award, we still had to work to generate opportunities although it certainly helped.
How has it impacted your life?
As a result of the award I have been asked to speak at several events and have been able to meet new contacts through this, it has also helped me see how great a workforce we have to make Windell what it is today.
How has it impacted your business?
The first thing we did after the award was to put the winner's logo on our correspondence and website and this in turn opened up different conversations and highlighted our professionalism, consequently creating more opportunities.
What would you say to anybody thinking about applying for the award?
I would say that you need to be positive. Apply for this award, as you can learn a lot from the process itself. It is all too easy not to enter or think that you don’t stand a chance against other companies, it's far better to encourage your staff and go for this with all the enthusiasm it requires as you just never know where it might take you.
What would you say to those hoping to win the award this year? Any advice?
Even making it to the final is a great achievement and all should be very proud of getting this far.