Kendal, UK-based manufacturing company, Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon Ltd, has successfully achieved Class A performance in Planning & Control. 

Oliver Wight’s Class A award for excellence is globally recognised as the industry standard for best practice business process integration and improvement, says the company. Using the principles of Integrated Business Planning (IBP), Oliver Wight educates and inspires people to drive change throughout the organisation and out into the extended supply chain. Class A is a proven, integrated approach which delivers results that stick, and is awarded only to the highest performing companies who attain sustained performance levels of more than 95%.

Andy Poole, CEO of Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon Ltd said: “Class A is excellence through people! The drive and passion for change that Class A has engendered amongst our employees has been incredible; it has united our business. The Gilkes Board strongly believes that our employees are the ultimate differentiator and achieving Class A is the start of our ongoing drive to create a high-performance workplace”.

Dawn Howarth, Associate at Oliver Wight added: “We work with many large organisations, but I can safely say that many of the elements Gilkes presented this week are some of the best I have seen. The team has taken the principles and concepts of Class A, applied them to both self-educate, and design a process that is already at the core of who and what Gilkes is. In so doing, Gilkes has brought a level of control to the business it wouldn’t have believed even existed when we first met, back in 2015”.

Gilkes was presented with the Class A award by Dawn Howarth of Oliver White, on Monday 17th December at its head office in Kendal.