PACKAGING Automation Ltd, the Knutsford-based manufacturer of tray sealing and pot-filling equipment, has won regional recognition at this year's EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

PAL, which employs 116 staff, won the Business Growth Award in recognition of a company delivering dynamic business growth through a consistent growth strategy.

The company also won the Developing People Award, sponsored by Jonathan Lee Recruitment, for the manufacturer that has done the most to build skills, harness talent and develop its employees.

A panel of judges consisted of business leaders, industry experts and academics.

With the regional titles now secured, Packaging Automation will now go on to compete for the national titles at an awards gala dinner in London in January.

Commercial director Sam Ashton said: “Every business aims to grow, but it requires a defined strategy to achieve this.

"These awards are testament to our hard working team who have been essential to delivering our growth plans and ensuring we go from strength-to-strength.

"It’s fantastic to get this far and now we’re all looking forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against the rest of the UK.”

Jonathan Lee, chairman at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, said: “Packaging Automation fully deserves these awards for the fantastic work that they do in nurturing their employee’s skills. We wish them the best of luck in the national finals.”