Business Working with Wythenshawe member, logistics company Cardinal Maritime, hit success in the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Awards, scooping one of ten awards recognising growth of businesses.

Cardinal Maritime competed with firms DOMU Brands and Rayburn Trading to win the Robert Walters £50m-£100m turnover award, a deserving win after seeing a huge growth of 41% in turnover this year, rising from £59m to £85m.

Cardinal Maritime has four market facing brands and serves many local businesses. With global expansion the company now employs 300 people worldwide, serving 500 ports.

As part of its global expansion the company now employs 300 people worldwide, serving 500 ports. In the past four years it has opened four offices in China and plans a further two in South East Asia – Thailand and Vietnam – in the next 12 months.

During 2017 a third facility opened on Sharston Industrial Estate creating a further 40 local jobs and contributing towards the regeneration of Wythenshawe.

Cardinal Maritime’s CEO and BW3 committee member, Brian Hay, said: “We remain true to our culture and values and deliver these exciting developments for the benefit of our clients and stakeholders alike, without ego, in the hope that can achieve our ambition and perhaps change the way in which world trade is organised.”

The award recognises the supportive culture of the business for employees, use of technology and fast paced growth. Brian added: “We opened offices in Asia, but the real pleasure comes from creating jobs in Wythenshawe.”

Incredibly Brian also finds the time to be an active BW3 committee member and an aspirational mentor, part of his commitment to ‘giving back’ to Wythenshawe where he grew up.

This year six of his Cardinal Maritime colleagues will be mentoring at The Manchester College Wythenshawe Campus and Northenden Campus to inspire and support the students to reach their goals and hopefully pass on some of the great Cardinal ethos. Who knows, they may become future employees of the company!