Industry honour for Derry director

Hunter Apparel Solutions Ltd MD Simon Hunter
Hunter Apparel Solutions Ltd MD Simon Hunter

The managing director of one of Derry’s last remaining clothing manufacturers has been highly commended at a UK wide awards ceremony.

The managing director of one of Derry’s last remaining clothing manufacturers has been highly commended at a UK wide awards ceremony.

Simon Hunter, of Hunter Apparel Solutions Ltd., says he is honoured to have been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Institute of Directors (IoD) UK Family Director of the Year, at a recent awards ceremony in London.

“This award is a huge honour,” Simon says.

“I was genuinely shocked to make the UK shortlist of six Directors. Our sector is not an easy one to trade in, so it remains a constant challenge for me. It is highly satisfying to have my efforts acknowledged at a National level.”

Open to directors across the business spectrum, the IoD Director of the Year Awards takes the winners from the local IoD Director of the Year Awards around the UK, and determines through a comprehensive judging process who is the best of the best.

Simon Walker, Director general of IoD says the past year has not been easy for business.

“The economic environment remains very challenging and the public’s perception of the positive contribution of business to society has been damaged.

“These awards seek to highlight the achievements of some of the UK’s finest business leaders, and affirm our belief that business is a force for good.”

Hunter Apparel Solutions Ltd is one of Derry’s oldest company’s having been established in 1936 and having celebrated their 75th year in business in 2011.

The company has diversified in recent times to become the country’s leading uniform supplier. It includes Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Body Shop, An Post, HSCNI, among it’s clients.

The company is also the UK’s market leader in the supply of fire service uniform.