Howorth Air Tech cleans up as awards flow in

A clean air technology business is celebrating another accolade after scooping an award for best company culture.

Howorth Air Technology’s latest honour was awarded by business coaching and mentoring organisation ActionCOACH Bolton.

Jim Liptrot, managing director of Howorth, received the accolade from ActionCOACH Bolton managing director Paul Limb.

It is the fourth award for the Howorth business in less than a year.

Last May, the company won the Best for Employee Engagement and Most Improved SME categories at the Greater Manchester Good Employment Awards, in recognition of its workplace culture that prioritises the growth and development of its employees.

In September, Howorth was named company of the year at the Bolton News Business Awards.

In addition, Jim was named 2023 Board Member of the Year by The Alternative Board Manchester.

The Alternative Board is a franchise network which provides peer advisory and coaching to business owners and leaders.

Jim’s award was based on his achievements during the year, the help he gave to fellow board members, and the quality of his contribution and advice. It was the second time he has won the honour since becoming a member in 2018.

Howorth, which has its headquarters in Farnworth, Bolton, and a facility at Raven Locks in Little Hulton, Salford, designs, manufactures and assembles ultra clean air equipment for use in operating theatres, and for the pharma, biotechnology and life science industries.

The company designs, assembles and supplies containment equipment for the pharma industry, such as isolators and downflow booths, to create pure air working environments for the safe handling and processing of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Howorth turns over more than £20m a year and employs more than 130 staff across its operations in the UK and the United States.

Paul Limb said: “Our annual client awards celebrate and reward their efforts and achievements across a range of categories, recognising success in all of the building blocks which make a great business even better.

“I cannot think of a more worthy winner of our Best Company Culture Award than Howorth Air Tech. Its core values of integrity, collaboration and excellence are exhibited in the behaviours of its employees across the business and make up what is called ‘The Howorth Way’.

“It has shown that people are at the very centre of a company’s performance and having a fantastic culture can lead to fantastic results.”

Paul Winterbottom, owner of The Alternative Board Manchester, said: “Jim is passionate about Howorth’s purpose of changing lives for the better, which not only relates to the ultimate beneficiaries of the medical and pharma products, but also the whole team at the company.

“He is passionate about people development and provides wise counsel to the other Board members about ‘all things people’. His recognition is really well deserved, he’s a fantastic member.”

Jim said: “Winning these awards is a massive recognition of the success that can be achieved by creating, developing and embedding a culture of good employment right across the company.

“Everyone at Howorth knows how important their role is, how much their contribution is valued, and how important everyone who walks through the doors is.

“Howorth has a phenomenal purpose and a team of great people who are all aligned behind the values of ‘The Howorth Way’.”