Burnley Business Award_2019 _(C) Andy Ford _20/6/19

VEKA UK Group’s Trainee Operations Manager, Khaleel Mahmood, has been named joint winner of the Young Employee of the Year Award at the prestigious Burnley Business Awards 2019. VEKA UK Group was shortlisted for in an impressive four awards, including  ‘Manufacturing Excellence’, ‘Employer of the Year’, ‘Burnley Business of the Year’ and ‘Young Employee of the Year’ which hardworking Khaleel scooped on the night.

The trophy was presented in recognition of the valuable contribution Khaleel has made to the industry-leading PVCu systems supplier since he joined in 2017 at a ceremony organised by Burnley Council and the Burnley Bondholder Brand Scheme, in the beautiful surroundings of Towneley Hall.

The Lancashire manufacturer is no stranger to these Awards having, in recent years, been named ‘Business of the Year’ twice in a row, and ‘Employer of the Year’ at the last BBA event.

Operations Director Paul Armstrong said: “VEKA UK Group is a major Burnley employer and we were delighted to be shortlisted in so many categories at the Business Awards; it’s always a pleasure to be recognised for continuing hard work, and being shortlisted in four such varied categories shows that ours is a well-rounded company, as committed to staff training and development as we are to manufacturing excellence.

“Khaleel’s award was very well deserved; since joining us, he has consistently gone ‘above and beyond’ in every task. Khaleel’s first project saw him lead a team in carbon fibre wrapping concrete beams within the technically advanced mixing plant. He was responsible for managing his team safely and effectively and for managing a budget of £200,000. After a stint in the packaging department, where Khaleel and the team had a backlog of around 150-200 pallets with a combined value of £280,000 cleared in under three months; Khaleel then spent four months on shifts in the lamination department where he acted as Interim Production Unit Leader during the restructure of three teams.

“These experiences led Khaleel to his current role as Graduate Trainee in Operations Management. He’s proven himself to be capable, intelligent and efficient in a way that makes him a pleasure to work with and a huge asset to the business; displaying VEKA values at all times.”