Tom Barrett, branch director at Rotherham-based C Roberts, part of the Barrett Steel Group, the UK's largest independent steel stockholder, has won the prestigious Red Ribbon Award in the ‘Young Gun' category. He was presented with his award at a dazzling event at the Lancaster London Hotel recently. Hosted by Family Business Place, Red Ribbon is the UK's only national award to recognise the contribution family businesses of all sizes make to the British economy.
Anita Brightley-Hodges, MD of Family Business Place says: "Tom Barrett was chosen as a winner because of his commitment to the family business, his strong work ethic, the respect and admiration from his colleagues and peers and because of his determination to succeed. We are delighted to present Tom with this prestigious accolade and wish him continued success with his fantastic family business."
Tom, who is 30 and lives in Sheffield, has worked at C Roberts for eight years. He has overall responsibility for the business, which employs 100 people and has a £40M turnover.
James Barrett, Managing Director of the Barrett Steel Group and Tom's father, explains why he was nominated for the award:
"Tom has a natural passion for the business. With his personable and charismatic character he is able to overcome the daily pressures of running a steel business, as well as being part of the sixth generation of the Barrett family. He is a modest young man, who does not shirk his responsibilities and has deservedly earned the respect of his colleagues."