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Aluminium recycling company achieves Beacon status

A Gloucester-based aluminium recycling company has triumphed through adversity and won a much coveted regional development award. Avon Metals has achieved Beacon status from Beacon South West, a South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA), for being an outstanding business. Just six years ago Avon Metals, formerly known as Avon Smelting, went into receivership in 2001. Part of the reason it was given Beacon status was because it has seen its turnover double in the last three years to £35 million for 2006/07. The company recycles metals primarily from factory waste into aluminium-based alloys, for use in everything from take away trays to beer cans. Beacon status is an award given to those companies who can demonstrate outstanding achievement across a range of criteria, including innovation, sustainable growth and work culture. Avon Metals will join 200 other companies in the South West with Becaon status to share working practices and ideas. Munnoch said: I am delighted that Avon Metals has achieved Beacon status. It is great that the companys efforts have been recognised in this way. I am particularly looking forward to the opportunity to meet up with my peers, sharing experiences, and hopefully learning new ways of doing things along the way. Beacon South West director Sue Baker added: Avon Metals is unquestionably one of the regions success stories. The turnaround in the companys fortunes has been nothing short of incredible and I am sure it will have a huge amount to offer other Beacon companies moving forward. Image: Sue Baker and Avon Metals

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