Richard Close, CEO of Briggs Equipment Ltd Wins 2012 IOD ‘Director of the Year’ at West Midlands Awards

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Richard Close, business turnaround expert and chief executive of materials handling supplier Briggs Equipment Ltd, based in Cannock, Staffordshire has been named as the winner of the ‘Director of the Year’ in the ‘large company’ category in the West Midlands by the Institute of Directors (IOD).

Richard Close, business turnaround expert and chief executive of materials handling supplier Briggs Equipment Ltd, based in Cannock, Staffordshire has been named as the winner of the West Midlands ‘Director of the Year in a large company' by the Institute of Directors (IOD). The award was presented by category sponsor Neil Burton, Sales Director at Web Spiders at a breakfast ceremony held at Warwickshire County Cricket Club on 15th May 2012.

Richard Close was credited with turning around the fortunes of Briggs Equipment Ltd, having joined in 2006 when the company was experiencing a multi-million pound loss. With a commitment to employee engagement and driving the business forwards, Richard spearheaded the business transformation and led Briggs to a tenfold profit increase year on year from 2010-2011, with annual record profits of £3 million.

The ‘Director of the Year’ awards recognise the achievements of the leaders in the region who are ‘best in their field’, based on a number of criteria including employee engagement, financial performance and business growth and innovation. The awards entry included an application form and a meeting with a panel of judges from the West Midlands IOD. Richard Close will now be eligible to apply for the national ‘Director of the Year’ award which will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 5 October 2012. The judges were particularly impressed with Richard’s management style, his commitment to his people and passion for customer service.

Richard Close comments: “It is a real honour to receive this award and acknowledgement from such an esteemed organisation. I am lucky to have a great team behind me which makes my job a lot easier, and my colleagues at Briggs Equipment have been hugely supportive. I look forward to the next step going forwards for the national awards.”

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About Richard Close
Richard Close is one of the UK’s most experienced international business leaders with more than 30 years’ experience turning around the fortunes of businesses. Currently working as the chief executive of Briggs Equipment, the UK’s leading independent service provider and materials handling equipment supplier, Richard has transformed four loss making businesses into multi-million pound profit making organisations.

For further information please visit http://www.richard-close.com.

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