May’s Northern Star


As we come to the end of another month it’s time for our next Northern Star Award winner. This month saw Natalie scoop the coveted prize after being nominated by colleagues.

Natalie works in our purchasing department and has spent a lot of her own time recently organising events for staff and fundraising events for charity. This includes training for the Dragon Boat Race and the race itself in June, the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride for The Christie, and bake sales to raise money for charity (her cakes are delicious!).

Well done to Natalie and thank you for your hard work!

Please welcome Jo

Jo is our new Trade Counter Assistant. Before joining us here Jo worked as a delivery driver for Amazon and she currently lives locally. Jo enjoys open water swimming and has completed both six mile and four mile swimming race in the past. She says the best thing she’s ever done was ziplining over Penrhyn Quarry in Wales at over 100mph but waterfall jumping was a close second. Ant Middleton is her favourite celebrity as he appears in her favourite TV show; SAS Who Dares Wins. Jo recently went to Chester Zoo to visit her most adored animal, the Panther. However, she also said that she loves seals just as much!

April’s Northern Stars

April saw another double win for the Northern Star Award with two employees scooping the prize.

First is Jacky who runs our admin department and some might say is an oracle here at Northern Industrial – if anyone has a problem Jacky is often the first person to ask. She won because there is not one colleague in the whole business who she hasn’t helped out at one point or another. A colleague who nominated Jacky said “I do not think there is a single person at NIControls that can say they have not had help from Jacky and no one deserves it more than her.”

Vik is one of our electronics engineers and team leaders and was also joint winner with Jacky this month. He was nominated for his help with a customer who one of our sales team was dealing with. One of his nominations said that Vik “helped me with tough order beyond his scope of duties, that helped a lot to speed up the order for customer on breakdown.”

Congratulations to both Jacky and Vik and thank you for going above and beyond and being a pleasure to work with!

March’s Northern Stars

Congratulations to Ryan and Khurum, this months Northern Stars!

Ryan is the newest member of our IT team. He has been recognised for helping out with an internal project that bridges across two departments. Our second winner is Khurum, one of our engineers. Khurum has been nominated for this award for his hard work on a customer’s job that required cross departmental support.

Well done to both winners! Keep your eyes peeled for Aprils winners.

Please Welcome Dafydd

DafyddDafydd has joined us as our new German account manager. Before joining Northern Industrial he worked for a textile company and he currently lives with his housemate in Lancaster. In his spare time Dafydd enjoys hiking; his favourite was when he reached the summit of Munro in Scotland. He also plays the double bass in a jazz band and says the best place he’s visited was when he went sightseeing in Poland. His favourite TV show is Mock the Week and he says that he also likes the Lord of the Rings series. Dafydd enjoys all types of music from the 90s; even better accompanied by his favourite Asian cuisine.

February’s Northern Star

JamesCongratulations to James, our second Northern Star winner! James works in our engineering team as an electronics engineer who diagnoses, repairs and services industrial automation parts for our customers. Recently, James has been working with other departments and one of our customers in a complex upgrade project which is why he was nominated by his colleagues.

On one of his nominations, he was commended for going “above the call of duty” and was “instrumental” in the success of the project and building “an excellent working relationship with the customer which undoubtedly was key in winning the order”.

Well done to James and keep your eyes posted for our Northern Star for March next month.


Danfoss Oldest Drives Competition – Enter and Win!

It’s the 25th anniversary for both the Danfoss VLT family and the Vacon brand.

To celebrate this remarkable double milestone, Danfoss are looking for the oldest drive of theirs that’s still in service.

The Company owning the oldest working product of each brand entered in the competition will be awarded a £500 gift voucher for a popular online retailer. Awards will also be made for the oldest drives in specific product ranges such as VLT® 3000, 5000, 6000 and VACON® V10, CX, NXL, etc. to find the oldest in each class!

How to enter and win £500

To enter the competition and find the oldest Danfoss/Vacon drives, please email [email protected] and give brief details of the drive you think has the best chance of winning including the model of the drive and how long it’s been in service. If it looks like your drive could be a winner, Danfoss will contact you for further information.

Entries must be submitted by the 4th March 2019 and the winners will be announced on the 18th March 2019!

*Please note, entrants’ details will be shared with Danfoss Ltd who are running the competition

Please welcome Ryan and Martin

RyanRyan is our new IT Developer. Ryan currently lives in Manchester with his two dogs Barney and Shadow. He also has a saltwater fishtank which is home to his very own Nemo! Ryan says his best experience was when he flew solo to explore Amsterdam and says he’d love to visit again one day. His favourite film is The Greatest Showman which is often accompanied by his favourite food; nachos. His favourite celebrity is Holly Willoughby because of her and Schofield’s antics on This Morning and his favourite band is Arctic Monkeys.

MartinMartin is our new repair engineer! Before joining Northern Industrial he worked for BAE and currently lives near Preston with his dog Teddy and three guinea pigs. In his spare time he enjoys going fishing as well as gaming. Martin says his best experience was when he flew over the hills of Anglesey in a Hawk and his favourite holiday was in Tenerife. His favourite TV show is Doctor Who and his book of choice is anything by Darren Shan. He enjoys watching Marvel movies and his favourite band is I Prevail. He says his favourite animal is a dog although he also likes reptiles.  

Please Welcome David

DavidDavid has joined as our new engineer! Before starting here at Northern Industrial he worked for Rentokil Initial and currently lives near Blackpool with his fiancėe, daughter and their dog Lola. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his daughter as well as playing the guitar and dog walking. He says one of his best experiences was when he visited Universal Studios in Florida and his favourite holiday was when he went skiing in Italy. David’s favourite TV show is ‘Breaking Bad’ even though it’s the only series he’s ever watched!

Our Northern Star

JunaidCongratulations to Junaid, our first ever Northern Star winner! Junaid works as part of our purchasing team; dealing with enquiries from sales as well as speaking with suppliers to source parts for stock.

The Northern Star award was created by Northern Industrial’s employee committee to recognise those who have gone the extra mile to help their colleagues or customers. The first vote opened in January 2019 with people from across the business nominating their choice of Northern Star. The outstanding nomination was for Junaid, who was recognised for his helpful and positive attitude as well as quick thinking to speed up deliveries.