David Norris from DC NORRIS - Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

David Norris Lifetime Achievement Award

"Winning the Lifetime Achievement Award was a great accolade; having spent 45 years working within the food processing industry it was a true honour to be recognised by my colleagues and by the PPMA.

During my career, I have felt the greatest sense of achievement from developing ideas which will improve production processes for our customers.   Over the years I have been proud to see many of these initial concepts become industry standard practices. I am also passionate about British manufacturing and am delighted to have been able to help secure the future of BCH; one of the finest processing companies in the UK.   

Since winning the award, both DC Norris and BCH have continued to expand and flourish, installing systems around the World, in countries such as Australia, South Africa and the US this year.  We have also just been granted planning permission to extend our premises as a result of new business and diversification in the use of our technologies. Thank you very much to the PPMA for the award, it was a great surprise!"


Harry Phelps from ADELPHI - WINNER OF The apprentice of the year award 2016

Harry the apprentice

"I never expected to win an award, I wasn’t even aware that I was nominated!” laughs Harry when asked about his PPMA 2016 Apprentice of the Year victory. Thinking he was simply getting on with his work and learning as any apprentice should, Harry’s award came as a surprise to nobody but himself, after he was secretly nominated by Adelphi Workshop Manager Gary Thompson. All his Adelphi colleagues were fully supportive of the nomination, aware that Harry was going above and beyond at every opportunity.

Since winning the award two years ago, Harry has continued to excel, and his career is going from strength to strength. He has completed his level three Advanced Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering, and, backed by Adelphi, has also finished three further level two welding courses (TIG Aluminium, TIG Stainless Steel and MIG). These new skills have meant that Harry is now fully involved and often depended on for prototype and modification work, and is continuing to learn on each new machine build that he is a part of.

Looking to the future and in light of the significant recent growth seen by the Adelphi Group, Harry is enthusiastic about continuing to develop his welding and machining knowledge at the company, as more projects are undertaken. He hopes to “perhaps even learn about electrical side of things, who knows?” – but it’s certainly clear that his future is bright.