Sir David McMurtry to receive Decade Of Excellence Award at National Business Awards

Nominated by the National Business Awards’ Advisory Board, he will receive this prestigious award recognising the business personality who best represents achievement and longevity. Synonymous with their business sector in the UK, the award acknowledges the winner’s sustained achievements within the business community during a distinguished career. Previous winners of this award include Lord Wolfson, CEO, Next and Terry Leahy, CEO, Tesco.

Sir David McMurtry began his career at Bristol Aero Engines as an apprentice. The company was later bought by Rolls Royce, where his breakthrough came when he created the first ever touch-trigger probe – which led to him starting his own business Renishaw, with co-founder John Deer. Now at the age of 73 McMurtry has been at the helm of Renishaw for 40 years, with the company now employing 3,300 people and reaching the FTSE 250.

Tim Jotischky, Head of Business at Telegraph Media Group said: “Sir David McMurtry is a very worthy winner of The Daily Telegraph Decade of Excellence Award. He exemplifies all that is best about British engineering and innovation and during 40 years at the helm of Renishaw has also proved himself a very astute businessman. He is a self-effacing figure, who does not seek the limelight, so Renishaw’s remarkable story has seldom been told. We are delighted that the award will bring wider recognition to an outstanding British business and, in particular, Sir David’s role in training a new generation of engineers”.

Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “It’s great to see one of Britain’s top inventors winning the prestigious Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence. Innovation and entrepreneurship are key themes for the National Business Awards and Sir David McMurtry has championed both in his distinguished career.”

Next week will see Sir David acknowledged for his achievement, along with winners of another 16 categories amongst over 150 finalists. These finalists represent categories including The QBE FTSE 100 Business of the Year, The ICAEW Sustainable Business and The Inflexion Growth Business of the Year. The companies range from UK based FTSE 100 businesses to disruptive start-ups and pioneering social enterprises. Some of the shortlisted finalists include Barclays, LV=,, Transitions Skate CIC and E-lites.

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