Farnell makes it a double at the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards 2011

Leeds employer shortlisted for Innovation of the Year and Best Company with turnover above £50m.

Farnell, Europe’s leading high service distributor of electronic components and a part of Premier Farnell Plc has been nominated in two categories at this year’s Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards.

The awards celebrate excellence and high performance within leading businesses in the Yorkshire region and the judging criteria is focused on enterprise, competitiveness, management, innovation, performance, customer service and employee motivation within the workplace. Farnell is shortlisted in the “Innovation of the Year” and “Companies with a turnover above £50m” categories.

Innovation is a key differentiator for Farnell, ranging from industry leading leadership ideas like the element14 eCommunity and the Knode on element14– both global industry firsts. As a company whose lifeblood pulses around hard-core asset management, high service and innovation, Farnell were the first in the world to devise, develop and take to market an online community exclusively focused on the electronic design engineering community.  Described as a ‘facebook for engineers’ it has brought together thousands of like minded people in every corner of the globe who have in interest in electronics, whether they are hobbyists, students or practicing design engineers.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards and I would like to pay tribute to all our teams for making this happen,” said Neil Harrison, President, Farnell Europe. “At Farnell we believe true innovation transcends product and service within the business – it needs to be part of the fabric of who we are, our culture, consciousness and psyche – and that’s what has been embedded across all levels of the organisation. Our employees and customers are at the heart of the business, which is another differentiator along with innovation.”

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 October at The Queens hotel, Leeds.

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