Fracino clocks up more awards and is crowned Company of the Year

2015 is proving another momentous year for Fracino with the UK’s only manufacturer of espresso and cappuccino machines clinching four awards - including the Birmingham Post’s top prize ‘Company of the Year’- within the space of ten days.

Winning a total of eight high-profile awards this year, the third generation family business also scooped the Birmingham Post’ exporter title, which acknowledges its trailblazing success in international trade since setting up an export arm from scratch in 2008.

Manufacturing almost 5,000 machines annually, exports have grown year on year - increasing by 24 per cent - the highest ever over the last 12 months - and constituting over £1m of Fracino’s unprecedented £4.6m turnover.

The manufacturer, which employs 60 staff, was also picked from the winners of the 12 award categories to be crowned Company of the Year in the Birmingham Post’s business awards.

Graeme Brown, editor of Birmingham Post BPM Media, said: “The quality of entrants this year was excellent, so for Fracino to come out on top is an impressive performance.

“I'm always pleased to see a manufacturer win Company of the Year. This region remains world class in engineering and production and Fracino are a case in point. The company uses ‘Brummie enginuity’ to sell coffee machines around the world - even to the Italians. It is a great case in point of how far you can take a business with hard work and the confidence to take on daunting new markets."

Just ten days earlier Fracino clinched two high-profile regional awards from manufacturer’s association, the EEF - the Outstanding Export Award and the Smart Product Award. The latter reflects Fracino’s innovation in creating a bespoke, state-of-the-art espresso machine for SUBWAY® Franchisee outlets across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The success of the project has resulted in machines being installed in franchises across Poland.

Additional accolades for the business in 2015 comprise the Manufacturing and Engineering category of the Midlands International Trade Awards and the New Frontiers category of the Red Ribbon Awards organised by Family Business Place.

Back in June the team clinched two awards in the space of one evening - the Midlands Family Business of the Year in the Family Business of the Year Awards and the hotly contested Manufacturer (SME) crown in the West Midlands Business Desk Business Masters awards.

Fracino MD, Adrian Maxwell, said: “What a phenomenal year it has been for our hard working and committed team who have been instrumental in us winning these fantastic awards. It is tremendous that such coveted accolades reinforce our reputation, innovation and dedication to consistently deliver world class manufacturing standards across the UK and the globe.”