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Barker Trailers receives regional accolade

  • Posted on Thursday 19th, September 2019.

Victorian trailer builder, Barker Trailers, has been recognised as the Business of the Year.

According to the Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards, the local manufacturer at an event held at the Kyneton Town Hall, was acknowledged as a major contributor to the local regional community having taken out the evening's top prize in addition to three other awards including Excellence in Trades, Construction and Manufacturing and Apprentice of the Year.

Fellow nominees across tourism, hospitality, health and wellness, all came from the Macedon Ranges Shire.

“At Barker we look to continually grow and develop our business and people so we can create more jobs and generate more economic benefit for the region while presenting a fantastic product for our valued customers.” said Barker Trailers CEO Simon Meadows.

Barker Trailers has crafted over 10,000 trailers in its 45 year history within the region through a skilled workforce of engineering and design, fabrication, mechanical activity, electrical paint and full finish applications.

The family-owned business had three apprentices named as finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category.

James Woollard, a first year heavy fabrication apprentice, bested workmates Bailey Cooper and Mitchell Spencer for the award.

“I have a lot of aspirations and Barker have been extremely supportive of me," he said.

"I’ve been given so many additional opportunities for further development both personally and professionally which proves if you are willing to work hard for the business and toward personal growth, you are very well rewarded and I look forward to working for Barker for many years to come” said Woolard.

Scott Barker said he was proud to have his business acknowledged so prominently at the awards.

"Our contribution in providing employment in the Macedon Ranges has always been a great source of pride for the Barker family and to have three of our apprentices named as finalists for Apprentice of the Year is a personal highlight - they are all winners to me,” he said.

Barker Trailers People, Culture and Compliance Manager Tracey Saines-Casey said ongoing training and continuous improvement is key.

“It's important to provide new opportunities with apprenticeships and invest in our people for continued growth and depth across the business.” she said.

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