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One of the UK’s top health and safety consultancies has won two prestigious national awards.

Acorn Safety Services has won the UK Best Health & Safety Consultancy award at the SME News Midlands Enterprise Awards which showcase the region’s industry leaders.

News of the win came hot on the heels of Acorn’s health and safety manager, John Crockett, winning The Alan McArthur Unsung Hero Award at The Safety Health and Excellence (SHE) Awards. These national awards celebrate innovation and achievements in the health and safety sector and attract hundreds of entries from across the UK.

During the past 45 years, John has worked with many big clients including Bovis Construction, London Midlands Trains, HSBC Data Centres. BP, British Gypsum, Heathrow Airport, McDonald’s, Taylor Woodrow and Network Rail.

Since joining Acorn in early 2020, John has assisted more than 600 of its clients with their health and safety needs and helped the firm to further extend its extensive range of services.

He said: “I’ve always worked hard but I’ve never sought to be rewarded. To win the award was incredible because I was up against tough competition. I’m pleased for myself, but I’m also delighted for Acorn because winning these awards shows people that Acorn is somewhere they can go for expert health and safety advice in a wide range of areas.”

John has helped Acorn to launch its Retained Health and Safety Consultant Service and has spearheaded the launch of its free 30-minute Health and Safety Review Surgery in which John takes organisations through Acorn’s 20-point Health and Safety Compliance Audit. This forms the basis of a complimentary Health and Safety Compliance Report that identifies where organisations are getting health and safety right and where their business may be at risk. 

Acorn director Ian Stone said: “We’re so proud to have won these awards and are thrilled for John whose expert guidance has saved countless lives, prevented many injuries and saved so many clients from issues that would have ended in prosecutions.”

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