Directors of a Sheffield firm that secured a top award for entrepreneurship during the Global Manufacturing Festival have dedicated their success to their former company chairman, who died earlier this year.
Materials handling systems specialist Geo Robson & Co were named winners of the Made in Sheffield Entrepreneurial Award for successfully diversifying into the oil exploration and power generation sectors.
Judges said the company also responded to the needs of design companies that struggle to find a complete manufacturing package, by developing its own fabrication, coating, mechanical engineering, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic installation and testing services.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Robson board, managing director Kevin Mannion dedicated it to the memory of chairman Jim Robson.
Mr Robson, who died aged 64, in February, was hailed as “a true gentleman and entrepreneur” at the awards ceremony.
During his time at the helm of the company founded in 1906 by his grandfather, he built on its success, adding fabrication business RJD Engineering Ltd to the group and ensuring that it had the finance and resources available to expand and develop a highly skilled and experienced team.
Recent years have seen Robson move into the offshore oil and gas industry, developing an offshore drill tube conveyor that moves pipes on a rig from storage to the drilling stage.
The company has also adapted its vast experience within the bulk sugar industry to develop biomass conveyors that have resulted in contracts with companies such as E.ON.