Andy Wood OBE, Chief Executive, Adnams
Adnams is an independent values-based family business committed to a sustainable future. It has been brewing from its base at Southwold on the Suffolk coast for more than 140 years and produces a range of cask, keg and bottled beers and award-winning spirits.
We are delighted to support the EADT Business Awards and in particular the Knowledge Catalyst category, as it recognises businesses who understand the need to innovate and develop knowledge in order to grow and thrive in the everchanging market place.
Adnams has always prided itself on “doing the right thing” and ensuring our business is sustainable and this does not stop with environmental matters, it goes right through our business ensuring that what we do makes us fit for the future.
This includes working with the next generation through projects such as Food for Thought and the Adnams Ambitions programme run in partnership with Great Yarmouth College to ensure they have the knowledge and skills required by businesses.
Our board and senior team work hard to ensure that managers and leaders within the business continue to thrive and look for the next opportunity to develop not only themselves but their team.
The heart of any business is the workforce, and it’s essential to ensure they are motivated, engaged and given the tools and opportunity to grow as individuals and as a whole. This is done through a range of leadership programmes, workshops, cross business networking and collaboration and supported by flexible working and learning
Consumer and market trends are rapidly changing and this is seen strongly in the drinks industry, meaning we must invest in R&D to come up with new products which the consumers demand, continue to develop how we interact and serve customers and always be considering the future needs and demands of the consumer. This approach is vital to the longevity and success of any business and relies on our employees developing their knowledge to enable this process.
The judges of the Knowledge Catalyst award will be looking for businesses which understand the need to develop and invest in the future, whilst staying true to their business values.