Johnathan Bulmer, Managing Director of a Teesside-based shipping container supplier firm, has been named as a finalist for a nationwide ‘Lockdown Leader’ award, as part of the SME National Business Awards 2020.
After a huge year of growth during 2020, that has seen the business increase by 350 per cent Cleveland Containers starts the new year with further celebrations following news of the successful nomination.
The category is described as ‘an award for a leader who has kept their team motivated, informed and inspired showing exceptional leadership skills throughout these difficult times’.
Lewis Pennicott, Marketing Manager at Cleveland Containers, discusses why the company decided to put forward Johnathan for the award: “Once we researched the Lockdown Leader category in the SME National Business Awards, it was a no brainer to nominate Johnathan. His leadership skills are second to none, even when we were hit with national lockdown rules only a couple of weeks after our head office move, Johnathan worked quickly with the team to ensure sales continued to be constant and we could all work business as usual.
“This mentality inspired our team to repeatedly achieve and break records weekly, with aspirational targets being met with ease. We’re becoming a market leader and it’s largely down to Johnathan and his invaluable industry knowledge.”
As reported previously, Cleveland Containers had supplied over 9000 shipping containers in 2019. As 2020 ended, the firm supplied a record-breaking 14,500+ containers to various customers across the UK.
Speaking on his nomination, Jonathan Bulmer said: “I’m honoured to have been nominated and to be a chosen finalist brings me great joy.
“Since March, we have worked tirelessly to not only supply all our customers but to keep our team motivated and working together seamlessly.”
The national shipping container supplier has repeatedly expanded its workforce with 10 new members of staff since March 2020 expanding its marketing, transport, sales and accounts team.
Jonathan continues: “With various new starters joining us throughout 2020, we endeavoured to keep our community spirit through our workforce. Having these strong united values has enabled us to continue securing new customers and supplying a high-quality service to our existing customers.”
Cleveland Containers established a number of successful contracts throughout 2020 with national companies and carrying out some bespoke projects such as creating 10 bespoke built hotel rooms for Gulliver’s Valley, supplying bespoke container to STACK Seaburn, building a confined space training unit for Openreach, and many more.