awards, business support, small business, training

Cutting-edge firm honoured for investing in staff

A FALKIRK company at the “cutting edge” of things has earned a top business award.

Cairnwell Components Ltd., of Middlefield Industrial Estate, has gained the Investors in People (IIP) Standard for its strong commitment to staff training and development.

The company, which carries out computer-controlled cutting work, was launched at the end of 1999. It manufactures everything from candle holders to parts for buses and also sells gifts from a shop at its Middlefield base.

Cairnwell worked with IIP assessors from Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley to gain the Investors in People honour.

Company director Ken Howard – who set up the firm with fellow director John Paterson – said: “Staff are delighted with this award. Everybody here has gained from this experience and we hope to maintain these high standards in the years to come.”

Russell Parker of Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust formally handed over the IIP plaque to Cairnwell. As a Scottish Enterprise-funded Small Business Gateway, FEAT worked closely with Cairnwell since its inception.

Said Mr Parker: “We’re pleased to see Cairnwell’s investment in training and development being recognised through this award and we hope the firm will go on to even greater success in the years ahead.”

FEAT recently received its own IIP plaque for maintaining Investors in People standards. It provides a range of training services to businesses and other organisations across Falkirk district.

Scottish Enterprise and its network of local enterprise companies promote Investors in People in Scotland and assess whether companies are eligible for the coveted IIP award. June Davis, of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, said: “One in three businesses now choose Investors in People as their tool for managing change and achieving success.”

In fact, recent research has shown that 80 per cent of organisations involved in the programme benefit from increased levels of customer satisfaction and 70 per cent improve their competitive edge and productivity.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Investors in People can call Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley on 01786 451919.


1. Cairnwell Components was established as a Limited Company in 1999. It was a joint venture between the two directors, Ken Howard and John Paterson, who amalgamated their own companies to form Cairnwell Components. The firm carries out routing, precision contract cutting, engraving, template design and production, laser cutting services, plastic forming and 3D carving facilities – working with aluminium, plastics, laminates, acrylics & wood. For more information, log onto:

2. FEAT operates the Small Business Gateway for Falkirk district. This provides a range of services, many free, to help new and growing businesses. FEAT’s core funding comes from Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and Falkirk Council. To find out more, log onto <a href=””>the FEAT website</a>

3. Scottish Enterprise is the main economic development agency for Scotland covering 93 per cent of the population from Grampian to the Borders. The Scottish Enterprise Network consists of Scottish Enterprise and 12 Local Enterprise Companies. Working in partnership with the private and public sectors, Scottish Enterprise aims to build more and better businesses, to develop the skills and knowledge of Scottish people, and to encourage innovation to make Scottish business internationally competitive. To find out more, log onto:

For further information contact:

Russell Parker at FEAT on 01324 665500

Or Adrian Mahoney at The PR Store
on 01506 823714 or 07967 150560