Oswestry firm reaches final of UK’s best small business

Gary Robinson, Managing Director, GWR Fasteners Limited.
Gary Robinson, Managing Director, GWR Fasteners Limited.

GWR Fasteners Limited, based in Oswestry, was named best small business in the region in the 2014 FSB WorldPay UK Business Awards in the Business Innovation category.

The business will now go onto the national final where they could win almost £10,000 as overall UK winner. This year more than 950 businesses entered the awards.

GWR Fasteners Limited was founded in 2009 by Gary Robinson, a toolmaker by trade with over 25 years experience in the engineering industry. The company is based at Weston Farm in Oswestry and is jointly owned by Gary and Jude Robinson. They have several staff employed from the local area.

GWR Fasteners Limited is a standard fasteners distributor and also a manufacturer of special fasteners and precision components. The company also manufactures their GWR Colourfast® – coloured stainless steel fasteners and components – and this unique capability has been recognised by the judges of the FSB WorldPay UK Business Awards in their Business Innovation award category.

Gary Robinson said: “We are absolutely amazed we have won this award and to be chosen from the whole of the West Midlands region is astounding. This, in itself, is a great accolade for us. Our company is constantly growing, particularly our manufacturing capability, and we are very much looking forward to the national final which takes place this month.”

David Longstaff, Local Area Development Manager for the FSB, said: “The FSB WorldPay UK Business Awards are designed to raise the profile of small businesses across the UK and to highlight the crucial role they play in supporting the economy. We’ve had a high number of top quality entries this year and it’s a great achievement for GWR Fasteners Limited to have been selected as the Business Innovation winner for the West Midlands region.”

Ron Kalifa, Deputy Chairman of WorldPay, said: “For too long small business were struggling through recession, hit hard by a consumer spending dip and financial pressures. But many weathered the storm by adapting to new markets and driving innovation, and their fighting spirit is at the heart of the economic recovery. WorldPay is proud to recognise and reward these entrepreneurs.”