EDP Business of the Year Lintott Control Systems says award win will fuel future innovations
The company crowned Business of the Year at the EDP Business Awards 2017 says the accolade has put “great fuel” in the tank as it continues its upward trajectory.
Lintott Control Systems said the award would help push the company forward after coming back from the brink of collapse in 2012.
The Norwich-based firm, which supplies water treatment and water control systems to major utilities firms including Anglian Water and Scottish Water, saw pre-tax profit hit £871,000 in 2016 – up by more than 1,000% – following sales growth of 22% to £9.7m in 2015.
Chief operating officer Jamie Thums, who stepped in to reinvigorate the firm with managing director David Owen, said: “It is great fuel for the journey, but that journey cannot stop. It serves as rich motivation to double our efforts to work harder and smarter, learn faster and contribute more to the community and economy.”
Mr Thums said goals including improved people engagement, building new partnerships and the widespread adoption of Industry 4.0 – the trend of greater automation and data exchange in manufacturing – will help the firm to “improve productivity, maintain sustainability and improve living standards”.
Its latest innovation is i-Catalyst, a digital platform which has the capacity to cut its system development time for customers from weeks to hours.
It allows customers to design their own treatment systems, enables aftercare and monitoring, and has complementary software through which customers can access associated technical packages using a QR code.
The company hopes i-Catalyst will help it enter new markets like building services and hospitality.
Mr Thums said: “Ultimately we want to be digitally pioneering, but we don’t want that at the expense of people. We have industry-leading talent and technologies that underpin the product, how we design it and how we support it in the field.
“Lintott’s story is one of resilience. Six years ago it was in a completely different place and the only way we have been able to do what we have done is through galvanising the collective efforts of the team. If the ingredients that allow people to be creative and to contribute are right, it enables you to do amazing things.”
Lintott employs 119 people at its headquarters in Bowthorpe and a satellite office in Rotherham.