We are proud to have been shortlisted for a trio of awards in the last week: Small Business of the year at the Knowsley Business Awards; Ben Pybus apprentice of the year at the Knowsley Business Awards and Lennon Nolan for apprentice of the year at the Northwest Training Council awards.

Lennon and Ben have both worked extremely hard during their apprenticeships, receiving double distinctions in every year of their respective college courses. They have developed a wide range of skills and are now able to go out to customers both independently and as part of teams installing machines.

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Apprentice Ben Pybus
Ben comments “ I'm proud to been shortlisted for the award I have learnt a lot during my apprenticeship at JJ Smith and I know I will continue to do so as I'm always learning new things each day and the engineers treat you like an engineer not an apprentice.

Trainee Engineer Lennon Nolan
Lennon comments "I've just completed my advanced apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture and I couldn't have done it without the constant support from my colleagues at JJ Smith as well the the support received from the tutors at North Westjj smith worker 2 Training College. Commercial Director Rachael Baker said “by setting the standard that the company now expects from its other apprentices, Ben and Lennon have shown the high levels that apprentices can achieve. As a company we extremely proud of all that they have achieved and are glad to see them getting external recognition for their efforts.”

As a fourth generation family business we understand that people are at the heart of our business and make us the success that we are. We are able to take the long view with customers, suppliers and employees to make investments and build relationships that are in the best long-term interests of everyone. Our in depth knowledge of the woodworking industry, developed over the past 95 years enables us to give the best advice to our customers and places us in a position to be able to develop new products for the future. We are committed to the future success of our business and at the centre of this is our plan for the training and development of all our employees, including our apprentices who will be central to our engineering department in the future. Most of our technical team started with us as apprentices and have worked up to senior positions in engineering or sales.

Rachael Baker said “being shortlisted for Small Business of the year is an honour and it is a great opportunity to showcase how successful a year we have had over the past 12 months, with exciting new product developments and investment in the people that make this business such a good place to work”.

JJ Smith will be exhibiting at W Exhibition 2020 on stands N700 and P700