Bridgestone scoops tyre manufacturer of the year award

Bridgestone scoops tyre manufacturer of the year award for second year running

Pictured from left are TV presenter Suzi Perry; Rob Shelley, MD of Maritime Cargo Services; Robin Shaw, Managing Director, Bridgestone; and Roger Griggs, NTDA Chairman

Tyre and rubber company Bridgestone is celebrating back-to-back tyre manufacturer of the year titles after winning the National Tyre Distributors Association’s headline award for a second successive year as well as a staff training and development accolade.
Bridgestone’s Managing Director Robin Shaw said: “We are so proud to win the NTDA’s Tyre Manufacturer of the Year award for 2016, after also triumphing 12 months ago in the same category.
“It is such a difficult award to win. We thought it was something special in 2015, so to have won it for a second time is incredible.
“It validates the tremendous amount of hard work that everyone at the company carries out on a daily basis in an attempt to meet our ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’ mission statement.
“We were keen to highlight the many successes we’ve recorded since winning in 2015, while communicating how the many different parts of our business works together to product some memorable results.”
Bridgestone also scooped the NTDA’s Staff Training & Development award.
Bridgestone’s training scheme, headed up by training and development managers Phil Thirsk and Paul Turner, covers a broad range of practical courses for its network of dealers.

Phil said: “Our customers don’t need to lose their technicians for a day. We like to assess technicians within their working environment rather than having to take time out of their place of work.

“We don’t know of any competitors who will go on site to provide assessments in a place of work. We believe that this makes us unique.”

NTDA’s Chief Executive Stefan Hay commented: “This is another fantastic result for Bridgestone who, once again, have set the bar very high. Seeing Bridgestone’s training team win – featuring Phil Thirsk, who is also the Chairman of the REACT Steering Group and with whom I have worked very closely over the last three years - was terrific.
“And then a second year as manufacturer of the year is a tremendous effort. Bridgestone has truly wowed the judges!”