By Claire West

Oxfordshire-based Newton Europe has collected a prestigious national award for its contribution to helping other companies drive efficiency improvements.

The efficiency specialist claimed the ‘Business Enabler of the Year’ title at the eleventh National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, hosted by Sky News presenter Jeff Randall.

The award is given to companies whose aim is to help other businesses become more profitable or more cost-efficient; to achieve specific commercial goals, like expansion overseas or launches into new markets; to develop key areas of their business; or to improve operational excellence.

Established in 2001, Newton Europe works with a diverse range of clients across both the private and public sectors, in manufacturing, services, through to defence, NHS Trusts and Local Government.

The business has continued to achieve 40 per cent growth year-on-year and is also committed to increasing its graduate headcount by 25 per cent in the next 12 months as it continues to grow its client portfolio across current and new sectors.

On receiving the award Head of Marketing at Newton Europe Laura Lally said: “It is a testament to not only everyone at Newton but also our clients’ hard work, and it is a great honour to be recognised by the industry.

“We are operating in a very tough financial climate where our clients need to be efficient to prosper and we are proud to be able to provide the support the way that we do.

“Our approach to understanding specific problems, assessing their impact, and working with the client teams to implement sustainable solutions ensures that each of our clients can achieve growth, whether through increasing production output at a factory, reducing waiting times in a hospital, improving outcomes in the community or increasing market share.

“From our perspective, this award reflects the work being done in the operational improvement sector and illustrates how this approach can support the public sector and industry in meeting their efficiency challenges.

The National Business Awards included over 150 of Britain’s leading businesses and business leaders as finalists in the prestigious awards programme. Organisations shortlisted include a range of private, public and third sector companies, including National Grid, Marks and Spencer, and London early Years Foundation.

The National Business Awards judges said: “The breadth of businesses enabled, and the articulation of the value they bring, set Newton Europe apart — with an impressive business model that clearly demonstrates value through people engagement.”

The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support and advice for wounded soldiers.

Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “Attracting household names, and those aspiring to be; the National Business Awards are the accolade of choice for those seeking the highest recognition — whether it’s to attract talent, investment, new customers or media attention.”