Daltons Wadkin nominated for Manufacturer of the Year Award

Made In The Midlands Shortlisted 2021

Continuing the celebration of our 120th Anniversary, Daltons Wadkin has been nominated for the Insider Media Manufacturer of the Year Award (Under £25m).

The awards, which are due to take place on the 6th of October in Birmingham, will bring together some of the best Manufacturers in the Midlands for a night of celebration.

Like the majority of businesses, Daltons Wadkin was impacted by the arrival of COVID-19 and, in line with the Government guidelines, were forced to close our doors during March. The real success and achievements for this business from the past year and a half lie in how we responded and adapted to the pandemic in order to remain current during a pivotal period in its history.

Daltons Wadkin became a leading voice and a case in point in how to re-open a business safely, doing so not just within its offices, but also within our showroom and warehouse along with how we also conducted our on-site training.

Throughout the remainder of 2020 and into 2021, the business grew from strength to strength.

By the end of the calendar year, many of Daltons Wadkins brands posted sales improvements between 50% and 100% – growth figures that have allowed the business to put plans in place for our own future growth.

2021 is a huge milestone for the business as we celebrate our 120th anniversary.

We also welcome the return of in-person events since pre-covid and have hosted our Autumn trade show in late September. The Wood & Panel Machinery Show showcased the latest equipment from leading European manufacturers including Salvador crosscut saws, Kimla CNC routers, Elcon vertical saws, Altendorf panel saws, Stenner band resaws and classical equipment from Wadkin and SCM.

During our 120 years of operating, Daltons Wadkin has overcome multiple challenges in order to continue thriving and the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be another one.

Wood & Panel Machinery Show 2021
Wood & Panel Machinery Show 2021

By being agile and having the ability to continuously pivot our business model, Daltons Wadkin has not only been able to remain in business, but post significantly improved brand sales and record an improved turnover in comparison to the previous year in the face of a worldwide pandemic.

Managing Director Alex Dalton comments, “It’s fantastic to welcome customers through our doors again. We have invested in growing our showroom and demonstration areas along with increased stock to give our customers a first class buying experience. Our open-house exhibition has been a successful launching point and our demonstration facilities will remain open to all visitors going forward”.

At the beginning of this year, we expanded the Daltons Wadkin team by five and announced a showroom expansion. Both moves showcase our commitment to take new opportunities and innovate our services.

During this period, we have been a business that has been a case in point to businesses and a success story on how firms within the manufacturing sector can adapt their model to remain current, despite the significant environmental and consumer challenges. These challenges have not only helped Daltons Wadkin survive the pandemic but also to lay the foundations to grow further in the future and support the industry we serve at a time where consumer demand is greater than ever.