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Artel Rubber Sets National First

A Warwickshire company which supplies rubber for Morgan cars has set a new pace by becoming the first firm to receive a national award.

Artel Rubber in Wellesbourne was the first firm in the country to reach a new standard for the Investors In People award.

The company was assessed for the standard on the same day last month that the new award was launched by a government minister.

The firm, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, this month and employs 42 people, has a wide range of customers for its rubber products. It has made goods for Formula One racing, the food industry and has even made hoses for body scanning equipment.

The company is planning to move to a new 15,000 sq ft base on Wellesbourne Park.

Chairman and managing director Jeff Arnold said he was delighted to receive the award.

He said:

“This new Investors In People award is recognition of the hard work and effort put in by everyone who works here, particularly over the past twelve months.

“By working towards the new standard we have solidified our structure, got a lot more out of our workforce in terms of production and morale and made sure that we retain the quality workforce we have in place at Artel.”

Charles Morgan, of the famous Morgan Motor Company, added:

“Here at Morgan we only use the nest, and Artel have shown that they are indeed the best hose providers on the market.

The firm was supported through the Investors In People process by advisers at Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber.

Ruth Spellman, chief executive of Investors In people UK said it was pleasing that a small  to medium sized business was the first to be recognised against the new standard.

She said:

“The recent changes made to the standard have been driven by the needs of employers and in particular the needs of smaller organisation.

“In practice this means that it is written in clearer language, focuses more on the results of an organisation’s actions and offers methods of assessment that do away with unnecessary paperwork.”

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