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Awards success delivers string of benefits for entire team at Motiva
FRAMED certificates from last year’s Sentinel business awards take pride of place in reception at the Longton headquarters of Motiva Group.
Managing director Peter Davenport, who keeps another on the wall in his office, regards them as a constant source of inspiration.
The 50-year-old, who celebrated a decade at the helm this year, has led the company to a period of unprecedented success.
Yet he rates such independent accolades as the icing on the cake of a growing list of achievements.
Motiva Group has picked up several Sentinel awards in recent years including a notable double triumph in 2015.
Significant progress throughout the business saw the company land the Growth award for the second year in a row, while Peter was also named Entrepreneur of the Year.
Indeed, Motiva only narrowly missed out on a prestigious hat-trick, claiming runners-up spot in the overall Business of the Year category following a period in which new strategies led to outstanding results.
Mr Davenport said: “We’ve enjoyed a terrific couple of years and grown strongly as a business, so it’s fantastic for us to receive acknowledgement of our achievements from the local community.
“We like to think awards don’t just recognise the input of directors but of the entire workforce.
“We have a very inclusive approach towards our staff and the progress we’ve made as a company has very much been down to a genuine team effort.
“We see these awards as very public reward for the hard work and dedication of everyone at Motiva, of whom I’m incredibly proud.”
Taking part in the Sentinel business awards has delivered several positive spin-offs for Motiva Group, including one Mr Davenport was never expecting.
“Every company entering the competition is treated to excellent coverage in the paper, whether or not they’re shortlisted or actually win something,” he added.
“So that in itself is valuable exposure locally and a chance for businesses to reveal their own story of success to a lot of people.
“We have a good number of both customers and suppliers in Stoke-on-Trent and it’s a way of helping them to understand more about us and our plans for the future.
“But I didn’t realise, until we actually started to put award entries together, how it makes you take a step back and reflect on things.
“The day-to-day challenges of running a business mean you sometimes don’t take time to appreciate what has happened, the reasons for it and where you’re going next.
“The entry process in itself makes you consider everything you do, think about you stand out from the crowd and ensures you reflect on achievements.”
Mr Davenport was part of a 16-strong delegation from Motiva Group at last year’s awards ceremony held at the King’s Hall in Stoke.
“The event is unusual in that it’s a chance to meet lots of other people who run different companies in a wide range of industries,” he said.
“It’s an opportunity for the business community of Stoke-on-Trent to come together at what has become a true highlight of the calendar – and it’s also a great night out.”