The Lord Mayor of Birmingham visited Shelforce to congratulate staff on receiving The Kings Award for Enterprise in Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).
Cllr Maureen Cornish JP was introduced to the team at the Shelforce factory in Erdington just over a week after the company was recognised with the most prestigious award in UK business.
Shelforce employs 30 people, of which 75% have a disability, and His Majesty The King approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that the company be recognised for providing a place where people with mental or physical disabilities can thrive in employment.
The Lord Mayor also signed Shelforce’s illustrious guest book, which also includes The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne, who officially opened the factory in 1984.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Cornish, said: “Shelforce does fantastic work not only in industry but also as an inclusive employer, with everyone having their own skill set and a role to play in this successful business – so this recognition from King Charles III is well deserved. Congratulations to you all.”
Howard Trotter, Shelforce’s Business Manager, said: “It was an unbelievable honour to welcome the Lord Mayor to Shelforce and it was wonderful for the team. It has been quite a couple of weeks for us and it’s brilliant for the team to see this recognition for the job they do, and for the processes we have in place. It will give them huge confidence moving forward.”
Shelforce, which is a service within Birmingham City Council that specialises in providing high-quality PVCu windows and fire doors to local authority building projects, also won Business of the Year at the Great British Business and Community Awards 2023 in April.