Staffordshire's local newspaper The Sentinel, has released The 100 Most Influential People in North Staffordshire for 2017. This feature names individuals who are recognised as key influencers within Stoke-on-Trent and who are believed to be making an inspiring contribution to our city.
The list includes the bosses of major local employers, innovative entrepreneurs and individuals who work as good ambassadors for local charities, or the potteries in general. There is no ranking system and so the list itself is presented in alphabetical order.
Impressively, KMF's Managing Director Gareth Higgins, has been highlighted as one of these key influencers.
Gareth has been the managing director of KMF since 2009. Before that he spent five years as the company's operations manager, followed by 11 years as operations director. Since Gareth's appointment KMF has grown considerably, with the acquisition of three new companies (KMF Precision Engineering, KMF Slovakia & BETD Cycle Components) to form the KMF Group Ltd and a £10Million increase in turnover to over £35 Million. Employee numbers have also increased from 270 to 500.
This impressive growth demonstrates Gareth as a successful business leader, who acts as an expert within the sheet metal and manufacturing sector.
Gareth is also recognised for the way he champions charity and engages with local students and schools. He is a passionate advocate for both North Staffordshire and the young people who live here. The Sentinel credit Gareth for KMF's highly successful Young Engineer of the competition and our award-winning apprenticeship scheme. Gareth teaches within our dedicated training centre and invests a great amount in each apprentice's personal development.
To find out more about KMF's work within Stoke on Trent, please visit our community page.
The Sentinel 100 is intended to show the wealth of talent Stoke-on-Trent has to offer and the passion of its people. Congratulations to everyone recognised, including Abi Brown (Deputy Leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council), Steve Buxton (Managing Director, PREM Management) and Jane Gratton (Deputy CEO, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce).