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JDR wins Hartlepool 2014 Business of the Year Award

: 28 May 2014: JDR, a leading provider of technology connecting the global offshore energy industry, has taken top honours at the Hartlepool Business Awards as the 2014 Business of the Year. This accolade was in addition to JDR’s win as Manufacturer of the Year and recognition as runner-up in the Export category.
The Hartlepool Business Awards, supported by the Hartlepool Business Forum, acknowledges the achievements of local businesses across a wide range of categories, with category winners going forwards to the Business of the Year Award.
The Manufacturer of the Year Award recognises JDR’s achievements in creating a world-class manufacturing facility at Victoria Dock in Hartlepool, which now employs over 160 people. From this facility JDR manufactures subsea production umbilicals, subsea power cables and inter-array cables for offshore oil, gas and renewable energy production. Work on JDR’s Hartlepool factory started in 2008, with the first product rolling out in 2009.
Ongoing investment, of over £35m, has enabled JDR to add important new product lines and enter new markets. Over 80% of the products JDR produces in Hartlepool are for export markets from Northern Europe to Africa, the Middle East Asia and Australia, hence JDR’s success as runner-up in the Export Award category. JDR’s success in export markets was also recognised with a 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
Don Rosie, JDR’s Operations Director in Hartlepool commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen as overall Business of the Year winner. Our Hartlepool team has worked incredibly hard to build a world-class manufacturing facility, producing products that enable JDR to compete alongside major international businesses. We have won this against a strong line-up of companies.”
About the Hartlepool Business Awards
The Business Awards recognise achievement across a number of categroes from retail to service and community. The winners of each category go forward to the top award, Business of the Year.
The judging criteria for the two categories entered by JDR were:
Manufacturer of the Year: The judges will consider all aspects of manufacture, including research and development, and the actual or likely commercial success of its product or service. Key success factors will include marketing, design process/best practice, market potential for growth/competition and profitability.
Exporter of the Year: Demonstration of a good track record in export activities and/or sound plans to develop export markets. Could be proof of overseas trading turnover, trade visits, language skills, links abroad, joint activities, and perhaps a range of countries that are involved now or in the future.

About JDR
JDR is a leading provider of technology connecting the global offshore energy industry. Our products and services enable vital control and power delivery to offshore oil, gas and renewable energy systems.
The world’s major energy companies and subsea service providers depend on high performance subsea control umbilicals and subsea power cables that operate in the world’s harshest offshore environments. JDR invests in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, technology and people to deliver these world-class subsea products.
We have a proven track record of delivering client expectations and are totally committed to lifecycle customer service. We achieve this through our specialist engineering teams, experienced project management, integrated safety systems and a global service network that ensures 24/7 aftermarket support.

JDR is a 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade recipient. This prestigious award recognises JDR’s success in international oil, gas and renewable energy markets.