Whiteley Corporation won both the “Excellence in Business” and “Excellence in Import of Export” categories at the Hunter Business Chambers Gala Event on Friday 20th November. Whiteley has been the recipient of many Hunter Business Awards over the years, however this has been our most successful year in award recognition. The awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication the company has endeavored to provide its customers and suppliers during the Pandemic.
Dr Greg. Whiteley accepted both awards on behalf of Whiteley Corporation and congratulated the entire Whiteley team and thanked the sponsors. The ‘Excellence in Business” Award was sponsored by NSW Minerals Council and “Excellence in Export” Award was sponsored by Port of Newcastle. He went on to say “This is truly a companywide award for all of the team at Whiteley. 2020 has been a very challenging year, and our team has risen to the enormous and unexpected challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Well done for a truly outstanding result.”
The COVID-19 pandemic saw Whiteley adapt its business operations rapidly in order to maintain supply for the Australian and regional healthcare market. Whiteley more than doubled its production capacity by expanding our workforce, adding a second shift and worked additional days to meet demand. Manufacturing capacity was improved by the recruitment of specialists and procurement roles, wider training for current staff and purchasing additional capital equipment for production, packaging and dispatch.
Whiteley optimised its supply chain and brought forward the capital equipment investment program to including the purchase of new filling machines with enhanced capacity. Investments were also made in staff training, and capital equipment for our research projects.
“Our export business has grown dramatically over the Pandemic with a large increase in demand from existing customers, and many new countries coming online” said Darran Leyden, Whiteley Managing Director.
The 2020 Hunter Business Awards were held on 20th November at Newcastle Civic Theatre. There were 17 awards presented on the night. “It is humbling to be recognized amongst so many great Hunter organizations and we empathise with those companies that have been negatively impacted by the Pandemic” said Darran Leyden.
(Photo L-R: Bob Howes, Hunter Business Chamber CEO and Dr Greg Whiteley, Executive Chairman Whiteley Corporation)