Rotec named triple finalists at Somerset Business Awards 2024

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd has been revealed as a triple finalist at the 2024 Somerset Business Awards.

The awards, run annually by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, is hotly contested and following a rigorous judging process, only the most outstanding businesses that Somerset has to offer have been named finalists. 

Rotec’s business ethos to put the customer first, alongside their impressive added value service offer has earned them a place at the grand final in the ‘Service Excellence’ award category.

Named finalist in the new ‘Manufacturing and Engineering’ category at this years’ awards is testament to Rotec’s innovative development of several new products and service capabilities, alongside their consistently outstanding customer feedback results. Rotec is proud to have a team with diverse skill sets and capabilities including specialist design engineers, allowing them to be able to deliver on challenging projects throughout the UK.

Rotec has once again been named finalist for ‘Large Business of the Year’, which focuses on celebrating a business which continues to thrive and grow successfully, without compromising on customer service and quality.

Somerset Chamber Executive Director, Emma Rawlings, said,

“Despite some really challenging trading conditions, it’s been incredibly encouraging to see so many fantastic applications from business and charities from across the county – they are doing some great work and we are honoured to be able to highlight that through these awards.


“The finalists have come from across the county, representing a wide range of sectors and industries and we are looking forward to celebrating their achievements at the final on March 22.”

Paul Prouse, Managing Director of Rotec Hydraulics, commented,

“We’re delighted to be announcing Rotec has been named a triple finalist at the 2024 Somerset Business Awards. We have been named among the most innovative and forward-thinking businesses operating in the county.


Being named finalist in three categories, in what is our 45th year of trading, is a fantastic achievement and testament to our dedicated and diverse team who continue year on year to provide solutions and outstanding products and services to our customers.”

This year is the 19th anniversary of the awards with the grand final taking place at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, in Weston-super-Mare, on 22nd March, hosted by Global broadcast journalist Cormac MacMahon. To find out more, click here.

Rotec shortlisted in three categories at the 2024 Somerset Business Awards

The shortlist has been announced for the Somerset Business Awards 2024, with Rotec Hydraulics Ltd named in three of the categories.

Run annually by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, judges faced a tough time whittling down the huge number of entries for the 2024 awards.

Rotec’s clear business plan, evidenced growth and business ethos to embrace new technologies, provide exemplary customer service and create a positive work environment for all team members has earned them a place on the shortlist for the ‘Large Business of the Year’ award category.

Shortlisted for the new ‘Manufacturing and Engineering’ category at this years’ awards is testament to Rotec’s innovative research and development projects and their proven revenue growth and expansion of services. Rotec is proud to boast a number of long-standing, market-leading clients who year on year submit outstanding customer reviews, in addition to those received from new business.

Perhaps the most hotly contested category, Rotec has been shortlisted for ‘Service Excellence’ following their consistently excellent customer survey results and track record of shaping our business plan in line with our client’s needs.

Somerset Chamber Executive Director, Emma Rawlings, said,

“I am really looking forward to the final as it always a great opportunity to celebrate the successes and achievements of Somerset’s many incredible businesses and organisations.”

Paul Prouse, Managing Director of Rotec Hydraulics, commented,

“We’re delighted to be announcing Rotec has been shortlisted for three 2024 Somerset Business Awards. Having won the Somerset Manufacturer & Producer Award earlier this year, being successfully shortlisted again is testament to our consistently hardworking and diverse team of employees who have continued to provide solutions and outstanding products and services.”

This year is the 19th anniversary of the awards, which are again supported by main sponsor Albert Goodman. The grand final will be hosted by Global broadcast journalist Cormac MacMahon at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, in Weston-super-Mare, on March 22, 2024. To read the full shortlist, please visit the Somerset Business Awards website. 

Staff Awards 2023 recognises outstanding team members

The Rotec Staff Awards acknowledges and celebrates team members who have made a positive impact, achieved results and those who go above and beyond within their work role.

Our company works with hundreds of clients every year, engineering solutions, providing exemplary customer service and delivering high quality products.

Rotec’s team span four service centres and have a range of skill sets from engineering to purchasing, accountancy to design, HR to marketing.

Every Rotec employee is given the opportunity to nominate a colleague for each award category. The nominations are then presented to the judging panel, consisting of senior management and directors.

This year, a record number of nominations were received, with a representative span of submissions across all locations and facets of the business. The judging panel commented on how difficult selecting a shortlist and winner were for each award category.

The judging panel decided to shortlist and name as winners the following individuals:

Personal Development Award

An award to acknowledge a team member who has shown a commitment to the growth and development of their skill set within the workplace, whether through training courses, facing new challenges or through a change of working role.

  • 1st Place: Sam Jones
  • 2nd Place: Craig Kerr
  • 3rd Place: Ryan Jenkin

Outstanding Achievement Award

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises staff members who have achieved greatness through hard work, expertise and determination whilst in their working role.

  • 1st Place: Alex Pounde
  • 2nd Place: Rachel Worth
  • Joint 3rd Place: Paul Sharland and John Llewellyn

Special Recognition

A category to celebrate team members who regularly go above and beyond at work.

  • 1st Place: Glyn Cattle
  • 2nd Place: Beverly Chalmers
  • 3rd Place: Isaac Anderson

Rising Star Award

Awarding a staff member who has made an outstanding impact within the first 2 years of their role.

  • Joint 1st Place: Chris Kennedy and Kevin Arscott
  • 3rd Place: Paul Sharland

Long Service Awards

During the course of the evening, recipients of continuous long service awards were also recognised. Team members celebrating 5-year milestones during 2023 were as follows:

  • Richard Renfree – 30 years
  • Andy Rimes – 25 years
  • Steve Alcock – 20 years
  • Dale Edney – 10 years
  • Lee Barns – 5 years

Rotec reports 21% reduction in CO2e emissions as they journey towards Net Zero

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd are a responsible business that identifies, plans and invests in solutions to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact. 

We are delighted to report a 21% reduction in CO2e emissions during 2022, compared with the previous year.

To achieve this, we have implemented changes such as installing LED lighting, investing in EV vehicles where possible and by sourcing biofuels instead of oil to reduce fossil fuel consumption on-site. Further, we have reduced our gas usage and sourced alternative heating suppliers, reducing its carbon footprint affects to 0 kgs CO2e.

The biggest independently recorded reduction is that of our business, car and van miles – which has had a significant impact on our carbon footprint and is helping us to achieve our Net Zero ambition.

Rotec’s next steps include investing in renewable technologies, such as Solar PV & Battery Storage, creating staff awareness sessions and employee incentives for green travel/zero carbon miles, in addition to procuring a 100% renewable energy provider.

Sustainability is embedded within our company strategy and engrained into our daily business due to us having the necessary management frameworks, processes and systems in place. This includes our ISO 14001 certification – an internationally recognised standard that relates to a stringent and specific set of requirements all linked to systems of environmental management.

For more information of Rotec’s Environmental Sustainability policies, updates and aims please visit

Rotec supports ‘Shine Bright for Bristol Children’s Hospital’ this Christmas

One thing no-one has on their Santa wish list is spending Christmas in hospital. Unfortunately, the reality is that many children and families will have to spend time away from home, to receive vital care.

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd is proud to announce we will once again be supporting Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the official Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, this festive season.

To help better the quality of life for the thousands of children that’ll be treated at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children over this Christmas season, we sponsored Noel (a Christmas Tree inspired Gromit Unleashed character) on a magical projection lighting up the hospital. Our donation will go towards helping to fund two new life-saving ventilators.

Rotec’s Managing Director, Paul Prouse comments,

“It has been a pleasure to support Bristol Children’s Hospital’s charity for 10 years now. The hospital team go over and above to support and care for children and their families every year. We are proud to be supporting this worthwhile cause once again in 2023.”

Bristol Children’s Hospital cares for over 100,000 babies, children and young adults from across the South West annually and supports patients with rare genetic disorders, neurological conditions, congenital heart disease, traumatic injuries, cancer and kidney disease.

Everyone can get involved with the campaign by spreading cheer in their community and decorating their house, window or garden. For more information about the ‘Shine Bright’ campaign, including how to get involved visit or you can donate here

Every penny raised will help children in hospital get the care they deserve and families the support they need.

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Rotec confirmed as LEEA Full Member

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd are thrilled to announce that following a thorough audit they have achieved full membership status with the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, better known as the LEEA.

LEEA are a respected organisation dedicated to ensuring safety and quality across lifting equipment materials and supplier integrity. LEEA supports the education and quality procedures to ensure that safe practice is the everyday norm.

To become a full LEEA member, Rotec provided evidence of their activities within the lifting equipment industry and underwent a thorough compliance audit where the business’s processes were examined and assessed on their ability to uphold and maintain the exemplary standards required by LEEA. 

This thorough membership process ensures that only those who provide the highest-quality products and services can attain a membership.

When using a LEEA member, you can be confident that they are compliant to any and all relevant standards and legislation, competent, and are continually raising the standards of practice.

Quality Systems Manager at Rotec Hydraulics Ltd, Josie Chamberlain, commented,

“It is a fantastic achievement to have been confirmed as full LEEA members. Rotec are highly experienced at hydraulic projects for the lifting equipment industry, including being a well-renowned producer of bespoke hydraulic winch systems.


We look forward to continuing our work with LEEA, and ensuring we deliver expertly trained staff to all our clients.”