Best of Butters

In October of 2014 the business launched its brand new employee recognition award “Best of Butters”. These awards were introduced to allow our colleagues within the business to recognise each contributions and achievements during the year.

For our first year we had a large number of nominations come flooding in from all areas of the business, which was great. Our colleagues are our greatest assets and for them to have this facility to recognise each other contribution and achievement through-out the year, is absolutely fantastic. The awards were awarded by Andy Coaten, Managing Director at our annual party in January 2015.

Colleague of the Year - David Hunt - David has not only been nominated by his colleagues but also the customer, who have his picture hanging on the office wall. David has shown exceptional customer care internally and externally and always goes that extra mile to ensure the task is completed to the highest standard

Outstanding Achievement - Lynda Nixon started June 2009 at our plants division and very quickly showed the business that she was a great people person, who had the ability to lead and motivate employees. Now based at our flowers division Lynda has been instrumental in the success of the site and has developed in to a fantastic supervisor who very quickly earns the respect of people around her.

Outstanding Achievement - Becky Lowe started in September 2011 and over this last year has really started to shine and become an excellent team leader within our flowers division. Becky ran one of the off-site locations during peak asking for very little management support, which is testament to how far she has progressed.

Team of the Year - Westside - Three years ago we took a bold decision to start growing some of the plants that we supply to our customers. Starting with a modest 3 acres in year we are now at 12 acres in year 4 and with a turnover £3m. The decision to go into growing has been a major success and this success is down to the Westside team who run the nursery as if it’s their own business.

Outstanding Innovation - James Swift has been responsible for the total rebranding on the Group and the overall design of the main reception. Bringing us bang up to date and on trend, creating a talking point with both customers and visitors.

Outstanding Achievement - Tracey Moger & Angela Cawley had the idea of reducing line 18 to a team of 4 people to handle the small volume high value direct mail lines, then move all packaging/add-ons closer to the line on racking to reduce waiting time and speed up changeovers. This idea was implemented and has since evolved into the running two small dedicated lines on the later shift for direct mail improving overall efficiency on the direct mail accounts by over 50%.

Community impact - Three Peaks Challenge Team - Every two years Butters takes part in an event to raise money for charity. This year we did the Yorkshire three peaks and had 15 people taking part in the challenge, raising £4500.

Outstanding Achievement Award - Diane Gill (not attending) – One of our Westside employees gives up a lot of her own time to help others. Diane over the last year has run a marathon, completed a 24 hour endurance challenge and regularly works at Moulton Mill as a volunteer. Diane has raised over £3000 for Sue Ryder Hospice this year.

James Swift